Local Potter Carolyn Tomko Debuts Limited Edition 2015 Pumpkins at Gracious Designs

These collectible, one-of-a-kind pumpkins created by Carolyn Tomko are available at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee.

These collectible, one-of-a-kind pumpkins created by Carolyn Tomko are available at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee (or hot apple cider) and enjoy good conversation about everything from decorating for fall to favorite Etsy finds. Today on the blog, I am chatting about a local potter that I met during Gracious Designs annual Fall Festival.

Look how fabulously adorable this handmade, collectible pumpkin by Carolyn Tomko is! Don't you just want to take him home *smile*

Look how fabulously adorable this handmade, collectible pumpkin by Carolyn Tomko is! Don’t you just want to take him home *smile*

Last week, Gracious Designs of Johnson City held their annual Fall Festival, where they had bundles of preserved leaves, pumpkins galore, fall staples like hot apple cider and seasonal potpourri, and lots of twinkling lights. They also introduced new yummy soups, collectible pumpkins, and locally handmade jewelry. I attended the festivities last Thursday, and I had a delightful time learning about how to make the home grand for fall and meeting local potter Carolyn Tomko.

If I had to pick a favorite piece by Carolyn Tomko, this would be it. I adore the lady bug on its "hat" and the crooked, one-tooth smile. Each piece that Carolyn makes is a one-of-a-kind and handmade with love.

If I had to pick a favorite piece by Carolyn Tomko, this would be it. I adore the lady bug on its “hat” and the crooked, one-tooth smile. Each piece that Carolyn makes is one-of-a-kind and handmade with love.

Introduction of "Carolyn Tomko" Limited Edition 2015 Pumpkins at Gracious Designs. Pictured here is Carolyn with one of her adorable pumpkins. Isn't she precious!

Introduction of “Carolyn Tomko” Limited Edition 2015 Pumpkins at Gracious Designs. Pictured here is Carolyn with one of her adorable pumpkins. Isn’t she precious!

I had the most wonderful chat with Carolyn about not only her pumpkins, but her art in general. It is hard to believe that she has only been creating these fabulous pieces for about two years. It is obvious that she is a natural because her pottery pieces are just amazing + each one is handcrafted with love and a touch of whimsy.

Carolyn lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee + she also worked for the town of Jonesborough for two decades. While talking about the historic, little town and her art pieces, her face just lit up. Carrying on a conversation with her was easy and natural because Carolyn loves what she does and wants to share her art and experiences with creating it.

Carolyn with a sweet lady who purchased one of her collectible pumpkins. Carolyn signed her pieces at Gracious Designs Fall Festival.

Carolyn with a sweet lady who purchased one of her collectible pumpkins. Carolyn signed her pieces during Gracious Designs Fall Festival.

Another one of my favorites! I seriously could have bought them all, but I am pretty sure the hubby would have frowned upon that *wink*

Another one of my favorites! I seriously could have bought them all, but I am pretty sure the hubby would have frowned upon that *wink*

It was so nice meeting Carolyn Tomko and chatting with her about her passion for clay. She truly loves creating, and it shows not only in her art pieces, but also in her sweet smile. She is a local artist working with her hands and her heart to make the world a little happier place one pumpkin at a time *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about local potter Carolyn Tomko, whom I met during the annual Fall Festival at Gracious Designs. Be sure to check out Gracious Design on Facebook + check out their free decorating class schedule here.

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