Artists ~ Weird Girl Creations ~ Barrington

Artist’s name: Meg Jones
Shop name: Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio & Gift Gallery

1. Tell us about your work: 
Our work consists of hand made ceramic as well as hand painted formed bisque and canvas painting.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
After college I attempted dress design, interior design and mosaics. My focus since high school had been ceramics (BFA Ceramics) so I suppose the diversion was necessary to bring me back to the mud! I started a studio out of my garage with a kerosene heater, wheel, table and 1 kiln - which I still operate as a back up kiln to this day. I started creating and selling at art shows in New England. Our house number tiles, dinnerware and baby name wall plaques were picked up by major distributors and today we maintain 2 studios-one where we work in wet clay, and one which is open to the public. I work with 2 of my 4 children and we create every piece by hand, no molds. At our brick and mortar studio we provide a space where clients may paint on pre fired bisqueware in over 200 shapes and sizes from fun to functional. We offer classes in drawing, painting, the wheel, hand building, and sewing as well as an extremely popular summer camp art program. In addition we added wet clay impressions of baby hand and feet (pet paw prints too) about 15 years ago.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
My inspiration is fabric and texture, I try to maintain an organic feel to my work.

4. What’s your favorite item to create? 
I love the dinnerware but am equally excited by every house number and baby name as each custom order is unique.

5. What’s your best seller? 
Equally popular are our house numbers and baby names as well as our textured dinnerware.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
15 years now.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
My youngest child is a freshman at a MA college and he is transferring back to RI. We recently had a conversation about just this, our LOVE of RI. Honestly my goal had always been to get back to NY, I love Soho and the Village, adore Brooklyn, can't find anything to compare to Central Park, but then we stumbled upon RI. My son remarked that he missed Providence. We were at Whole Foods delivering EMPTY BOWLS for a fundraiser there. As we were unloading the car my son said that when he sees the WELCOME TO RI sign on his way home from college that he gets happy. He says Boston isn't the same, that it's "depressing" ! In any case I love the proximity to NYC, the architecture, the oceans on all sides, the proximity to Newport, the "smallness" and quaintness of this beautiful city of Providence.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add: 
I co-own Weirdgirl with 2 of my daughters. Kyla Schmigle BFA/ceramics/Art Ed RIC-completing her Masters in Education and she is an Art teacher at Somerset MA high school. Kyla is married and has a beautiful daughter Everly-my only grandchild (so far). My other daughter Bianca is student teaching art/ East Providence high school as she completes the Art ED portion of her dual degree. Bianca has her BFA /ceramics RIC /Art Ed. She will begin working on her Masters in Ed in January. Bianca also started her own company which is She designs hair accessories from recycled materials and has a line of dresses sold locally and on her web site as well as our studio in Barrington RI. We are blessed to be able to share our love of art with the community. We also started a not for profit 8 years ago which is FAB-For Anything But...alcohol, drugs or tobacco. We provide substance free activities in the community to promote awareness and aid in the prevention of underage substance use. Our slogan is Do Good Things.


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