Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

SHE DIGS WILD CLAY

ERAMIC ARTIST Tori Motyl is beginning a new piece — not at the potter’s wheel in her Weaverville studio, but on the grassy banks of nearby Reems Creek. Wearing a bright pink stocking cap over her spiky brown hair, holding a lavender polka-dotted pillowcase in one hand and a long-handled shovel in the other, Motyl squats down at a half-bare patch of earth, scrabbles up a handful of dirt streaked with red, and sniffs it. Instead of the mulchy, vegetal odor that might make for a good garden, the scent is clean, mineral. Delighted, Motyl starts to dig.

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