Rebecca came to Athens, Georgia in 1975, during the arts and music heyday that produced so many bands and talented artists. She completed her art degree in drawing and painting in 1977 at the University of Georgia and stayed on in Athens, soaking up the exciting brew of ideas and creativity.
She spent the next ten years painting still lifes in oil and selling most of the pieces she made. However, a stock market downturn during a solo exhibit in 1987 convinced her it was time to diversify. She soon began designing and painting furniture, jewelry, fabric, and other household items. She took a china painting class because she'd always had a vision of selling hand-painted teapots at Neiman Marcus. Quickly frustrated by the fragility of glaze on china, Rebecca set out to make her own kind of ceramics; colorful and durable. The kind you'd use every day. Things fell together. A friend bought her a used kiln at a yard sale for just $200. Rebecca ordered some clay and glazes, got out a rolling pin, and with no previous training in pottery-making, began rolling out circles of clay. She packed her first collection in a suitcase and flew to New York where she'd meet with buyers from Barneys and Zona, a legendary NYC boutique. It seemed Zona was a bust when the buyer abruptly left the room during Rebecca's pitch. But the buyer soon returned with a purchase order in hand: $1,500.00 worth of plates. It was 1991, Rebecca was stunned, and R.Wood Studio was born.
Fast-forward 27 years and R.Wood Studio is now one of the largest pottery studios in America. Rebecca proudly employs six artists who oversee the workings of the studio, leaving Rebecca time to pursue her creative interests. Besides creating her one-of-a-kind ceramics, Rebecca is also one of the photographers behind the blog and book, Beauty Everyday. It represents a pictorial and poetic love affair with southern beauty. She also has a blog, Southern Shacks, where she documents the beauty of old homesteads and rural structures. She is often found in the garden or the woods, studying nature in all its expressions. Through pictures and drawings, Rebecca studies the beauty in our world. These drawings and photographs inform all of her works, whether ceramics, sewing, gardening, or any other creative exploration! Beauty Everyday!
Honesty and kindness
Your favorite qualities in a man.
Kindness, strength, sense of humor, and passion for the earth.
Your favorite qualities in a woman.
Courage, passion, and kindness
Your chief characteristic.
What you appreciate the most in your friends.
Faith, trust, and humor
Your main fault.
Your favorite occupation.
Your idea of happiness.
Being surrounded by nature or sitting by a fire
Your idea of misery.
Crowds, traffic, and pavement
If not yourself, who would you be?
Where would you like to live?
Anywhere with an entrancing view and quiet
Your favorite color.
Orangy red, greeny blue, yellowy green
Your favorite prose authors.
Karl Ove Knausgaard, Carlos Castaneda
Your favorite poets.
Gerard Manley Hopkins, Carl Sandburg, Matsuo Basho
Your favorite painters and composers.
Cezanne, Matisse, Bach, Ravel