Deidra Krois, Artist

I adventure and create in Ridgway, Colorado, in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. I live with my husband, 3 young children, 2 labradors and 2 cats in our handmade earth plaster strawbale home that sits on a mesa at 8800'. I work in my new home studio while my dogs keep me company and where I am inspired by the majestic mountains in my backyard. My children teach me how to be a better person everyday and to walk through life with an open heart which influences my work in many ways. I am a wanderer, seeker, nature lover, but most of all a maker of many, peace, love, smiles!

Artist Statement

Wishing Star Pottery grew out of a simple mantra:

Make Art.

Live Simply.

Be Happy.

Dream BIG.

I am a maker of inspirational art that literally and emotionally speaks to me about place, visual and tactile senses, adventure and love. I am a mostly self taught potter who has fallen in love with clay through many serendipitous clay studio encounters.  I have fostered my love affair with clay and words by creating a ceramic business that inspires the world one pot at a time. My work consists of functional and decorative ceramics that display hand stamped words, quotes, poetry, original decal illustrations, hand drawn designs and textures. My ceramics are both hand thrown on the potters wheel and hand built from slabs of clay. I treasure the feel of earth in my hands, molding and manipulating the foundation of our world into timeless pieces of art that are used, loved and cherished. I take time with each piece I make, honoring it's uniqueness and ensure that it holds the authentic marks of a maker, not a manufacturer. My heart and passions are infused into my family, my mountains, my bike, my adventures. The words I choose to stamp resonate with my soul and are meant to be a conversation with the user, between friends, family, and lovers. The basic color palate I use is a reflection of my environment; natural, calming, interactive. Natural hues and dynamic shinos play with my shapes, textures, black lines, images and words to create contrasts which blossom into two distinct bodies of work: simple/modern and organic/rustic.

I do what I love. I love what I do.


1993-1995: College of Architecture, Penn State University

1997: BFA, Fiber Arts, Colorado State University

1997-2000: Ah Haa School for the Arts, Ceramic Studio Manager & Instructor, Telluride, CO

2011-2015: All Fired Up Clay Center, Studio Manager & Instructor, Ridgway, CO

2014-Present: Wishing Star Pottery, Artist/Owner, Ridgway, CO

2015 Durango Autumn Arts Festival Best of Show: Best Booth Award recipient

I collaborate with these two talented friends...


Erika Moss Gordon, Poet

Erika Moss Gordon lives in the mountains of southwest Colorado with her two beautiful children, where she writes poetry, works for a film festival and teaches yoga.  Her first collection of poetry, Of Eyes and Iris, was published by Liquid Light Press in 2013.  Erika’s writing has appeared in Mountain Gazette Magazine, Telluride Watch, Telluride Magazine, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, a collection of poetry. 

Read more of Erika's poetry here:

Unlearning Through Poetry






Kellie Day, Artist

Kellie Day’s artwork is like a breath of fresh air. Her snow-covered mountains, aspen trees and ravens’ wings suggest a lightness of being. Motivated by years as USFS ranger surveying wilderness, fighting wildfire, and traveling and climbing around the world, Kellie’s journeys simmer into her mixed-media paintings. She develops a lovable relationship with her subjects before painting them – skiing, hiking, camping and biking in the southwest landscapes she loves.

Kellie Day Art