Ester Lipscomb is a studio potter working in northeast Georgia. She took her first pottery class in 1998 at University of North Georgia and graduated with a degree in Art Education in 1999. Ester taught art for two years before hitting the road, living (and studying pottery whenever possible) in New York, Colorado, Japan, California and India. She returned to Georgia in 2008 and became an Artist in Residence at The Funky Chicken Art Project outside Dahlonega, Georgia. In 2012 she became a Resident Potter at Mark of the Potter in Clarkesville. She lives in Rabun county with her husband, children and their dog Loretta Lynn. "From the day we did Raku during my first pottery class in college, I was hooked. There is always something new to learn in pottery, and I love having a medium with so much to explore technically and artistically. I find a great balance in splitting my time between Raku and the production of functional pottery. These two very different work flows inspire and feed each other. Creativity comes from my appreciation of the world around me. Living in these beautiful mountains gives me the opportunity to enjoy the daily flow of nature and the seasons. Seeing how time acts on the landscape around me, I am inspired to create objects that I hope are part of that landscape. When I make even the humblest object, I aspire to the ideal of connecting people to their world by surrounding them with unique, imperfect beauty."