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My 15 Minutes of Fame Experience

It began with an email from Sara Clark of Veranda magazine on September 26, 2022:

"Hi Denise, 

I hope you are well! My name is Sara Clark and I work for Veranda Magazine. I am reaching out as I am working on a Jan/ Feb issue story about potters looking to the past for inspiration, from technique to design. We are looking at a few different American potters and would love to include you! 

We will have one of our writers reach out to interview you soon about your work and the history of Redware Sgraffito, but was wondering if it is possible to call in a few of your pieces to shoot in our Studio in Birmingham, Al? We shoot Oct. 5th and 6th, so we’ll need them shipped here before then, but can send you label, etc and can return them directly after the shoot!  .......

Sara Clark
Assistant Style & Market Editor
Veranda Magazine
2901 2nd Ave S.
Birmingham, AL 35233 "


I admit I had to look this up to make sure it was legit! And it was! Oh my gosh!

After a phone call with Sara I sent 12+ pieces to Alabama, most of them appear in the article.  Veranda also wanted a professional photo of me at work but I didn't have one so they sent a photographer to me. I had to send them photos of the studio - BUT I had to clean it up first!  Then they responded with what they wanted to see or have removed and I made the changes, staged the pottery and sent them new photos.   They sent a wonderful Philadelphia-based photographer to do the shoot - Shea Winter Roggio - small world that it is he is the nephew of jewelers I have done shows with! 
Check out the  "Call Sheet" with the photographer instructions - the photo shoot took about three hours.  It was the experience of a lifetime!

Denise Wilz, Artisan - Pennsylvania Redware and Shea Winter Roggio, Photographer.  Photo shoot for Veranda magazine Jan/Feb 2023 issue -  “Art Ceramicists”   wilzpottery.com  sheawinterphoto.com veranda.com
Denise Wilz, Artisan - Pennsylvania Redware and Shea Winter Roggio, Photographer.  Photo shoot for Veranda magazine Jan/Feb 2023 issue -  “Art Ceramicists”   wilzpottery.com  sheawinterphoto.com veranda.com
Denise Wilz, Artisan - Pennsylvania Redware and Shea Winter Roggio, Photographer.  Photo shoot for Veranda magazine Jan/Feb 2023 issue -  “Art Ceramicists”   wilzpottery.com  sheawinterphoto.com veranda.com

Credits

“Art Ceramicists”  page 58 - 62

As seen in Veranda Magazine, January/ February 2023. Photographs by Becky Luigart-Stayner (@sunnyhousestudio). Produced by Sara Clark (@saraellisclark). Written by Tracey Minkin (@tracey_minkin)

Reprinted with permission of Hearst Magazine Media, Inc.
Denise's photographer - Shea Winter Roggio (@sheawinterphoto)

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