by Katie Sorensen
This month, La Tiendita, the Santa Barbara Presidio gift shop, is pleased to be carrying 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Jeannie Davis’s pottery. Jeannie Davis is a sixth generation descendant of the de la Guerra family on her mother’s side and has been working with the Santa Barbara Trust for historic Preservation for many years.
In January, Jeannie created pottery with a Mediterranean theme to complement SBTHP’s Santa Inés Mission Mills Olive Oil. We are carrying dishes and trays and each piece has a one-of-a-kind glaze featuring olives, with a green or lavender border.
Jeannie began working with clay in 1984, cultivating her skills through practice and instruction. Over the years she took many classes and in 2003 became a Duncan Certified Teacher, instructing classes in air-brush, brushwork, silk-screening and glazing techniques. Duncan certified teaching was created in 1968 by Robert Duncan to create a teacher Certification Program which later became a pillar of ceramics knowledge and is an international supplier of ceramic paints and crafts.
Jeannie created each piece using a low-fire earthen technique with emphasis on quality brushwork. Jeannie loves working with people and giving back to the community by working with clay. Her ability to “speak with clay” is reflected in the quality and character of her work. Her items can be found in both the Presidio gift shop and Casa de la Guerra gift shops. Please call (805) 965-0093 with questions or visit the gift shop.
Katie Sorensen is the shop manager at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation