-Kimberli Cummings-

...began her love for pottery at Tampa's Clay Factory in 1991. Originally, it was to heal from a broken marriage. On her daily drive home, the clay store's sign blared the words 'Come on and call, you know you've always wanted this!' That was the first 'sign' that this was  the right path to follow. There, she was able to to study with many local and internationally recognized potters. She learned to RAKU (in Japanese this means 'to have fun') with Robert Piepenberg, make raw, organic forms with Paul Soldner and Peter Voulkos (American Modern Masters), structure and form from Scott L. Aubrey, and paint fantastic creatures with colorful glazes by her favorite teacher, the late Rudy Autio (Archie Bray Foundation).

These days, Kimberli has traded her dark, brooding glazes for happier times, shown by her depiction in Majolica glazes , thanks to Linda Arbuckle’s in depth training, of Florida sunsets and gardens of fruit. Her happy marriage to Bill is evident in her landscape of fish (whether swimming or broiled!), apples, lemons, and Tango Dancers. She is keeping busy this year by creating custom wedding, anniversary and birthday pots to include facial likenesses, names and dates. Please consider a custom made piece when searching for a meaningful and memorable gift.

Kimberli was recently chosen to represent Tampa as a potter on HGTV's That's Clever! She will demonstrate how to make her Tango Dancers dance!

Born and raised in Tampa, Kimberli attended Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle, Plant High, and University of South Florida. After an extended acting career both in Tampa and Los Angeles (among a few, Gidget's best friend on The New Gidget ShowKnot's LandingEnosAce Crawford;Private Eye with Tim Conway, Superboy, and Second Noah ) she moved back to Tampa, allowing her children Shadia and Tarek to graduate from her alma mater, Plant High School.

Please support your local artists!

kimberli901@gmail.com or  kimberli1@me.com

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