Hometown artisan will have a booth at PAF

Staff Writer

Jane Weaver Dill is a West Point artisan who has been perfecting her craft of creating pottery. In the past few years she has been recognized with a show at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts and she is a Tupelo Caron Gallery's Mississippi artist.
She will be selling her wares during the 39th annual Prairie Arts Festival, Saturday, Sept. 2.
"As an artist, I have tried many art forms," Dill said. "I decided to give pottery another try. I started dropping off some things at Mar-Lyn Ceramics to put in the kiln there."
She said she sold her first pieces at The Vintage Gypsy, a store owned by Shannon Smith Greenan.
"I bought a used kiln and made more pottery for the West Point Art Walk sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council," Dill said. " I sold more pieces at the West Point Farmer's Market."
Dill said her artwork started to improve and her husband Jimmy Dill, bought her a brand new kiln.
"Deborah Mansfield was kind enough to let me sell some of my pottery at her shop, Deborah Mansfield Decorative Painting," Dill said. "Mansfield has many different types of art for sale at her shop."
She was previously encouraged to participate in the Prairie Arts Festival by Lisa Klutts, director of the Growth Alliance.
"She guided me through the process of having a booth at Prairie Arts," Dill said. " I enjoyed selling my work there and seeing friends and family."
She said she was invited to exhibit a collection of her pottery with two other artists at the LCCA by the WPCC Arts Council. She is most proud of the work she did for that showing, which took months to complete.
"This year I was accepted to be one of the Tupelo Caron Gallery's Mississippi artists," Dill said. " I sold a few items there. I am happy to be part of the PAF again this year and plan to participate every year. I will return to selling at the Caron Gallery in October if my work is good enough."
All of Dill's work is hand created. She has not mastered how to make pottery on the wheel even though she was taught at the Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State University.
She said she loves making pottery. She loves the process, even though it is slow. It has taught her patience.
"During the process I have had a lot of pieces burst or crack, which is frustrating," Dill said. "But part of the nature of the medium."
She already has a vision for her next pieces and is looking forward to making new and interesting work.
"As an emerging artist, I feel that my work is just beginning to take shape," Dill said. "As I develop and refine my style. I love West Point. This is my home and the people here are kind. I am happy to represent my hometown in all my artistic endeavors."