ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Linda Searcy, an artist out of Canton, Ga., is bringing pottery unlike any other to this year’s Crabapple Festival. Her booth will consist of her unique painted Halloween characters that are perfect for the fall season.
“I work with a potter who creates my design and then gets it back to me,” Searcy said. “Then I paint faces on them.”
Not just any faces, however. Her designs for Halloween include jack o’ lanterns, ghosts, mummies, witches, Frankenstein and Dracula. What makes her pottery interesting is she paints each character like it is dressing up as another.
“Dracula might look like a bandit, or I might paint lines on the ghost so he will look like a mummy — they’re all dressed up in their costumes waiting for the big Halloween party,” Searcy said.
Because of conflicting shows, Searcy hasn’t been able to attend the Crabapple Festival in a number of years. She said since then, her characters have developed from the traditional jack o’ lantern, and that she’s excited to show them to her new customers.
“That’s what’s so great about this. I love introducing my Halloween creations to new people, and it’s delightful for me to see their expressions when they see my different characters because nobody else does anything like this,” Searcy said.
Searcy added that her main goal with her artwork is maintaining the fun aspect of her characters.
“This year, I put teeth on the different characters because I want them to be humorous,” she said. “I don’t want my pottery to be scary, and it’s fun to see people walk into the booth with big smiles on their faces.”
Searcy said that on each piece of pottery, she’ll spend hours painting and creating the unique look. The aged appearance of the characters is accomplished with the help of her homemade antiquing ingredient that she calls “grunge.”
As for the future, Searcy said she plans to continue doing what she loves.
“I want to keep doing shows and creating other characters as well,” she said.