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About the Artist:

I have loved to draw and paint since childhood and would spend hours poring over fairy tale books and copying the illustrations.  Perhaps because of growing up in a large family with no room for clutter, I came to appreciate things that were both functional and beautiful. I enjoy experimenting with classical forms and color, adding a whimsical twist.  As new ideas emerge, old ones are often retired. My studio looks out onto my organic garden and our seven chickens.  Between gardening and pottery, it seems like my hands are never clean.

A background in the fine and graphic arts, including 15 years of sign painting, developed brush and layout abilities; but it was when I took my first pottery class in the early 90s that my direction in art radically changed.  I was so excited that, driving to class, my heart would pound and it was hard to breathe.  Thankfully, it was an open studio - barring other obligations, I could be there from 7 in the morning till 10 at night.  I was especially drawn to majolica with its bright painterly colors and enduring elegance.  I work alone to preserve the sense of flow from beginning to end in the work, and because new ideas are often born in the quiet and solitude.

My work has been exhibited in national shows, including the Strictly Functional Pottery National, and in some of the top art & craft shows in the country.  In 2002 I won the award for Best Functional Pottery at the Colorado Clay exhibition at the Foothills Art Center in Golden; in 2006, the award for excellence in category at the Crested Butte Festival of the Arts; and in 2007, Best in Media at the Commonwheel Arts Festival, along with several other awards.  But more than the awards, what I hold dear is when customers come back after years to tell me that my work still brings them joy every day. 

Ways to contact me:

By mail @ 3820 S. Sherman St.; Englewood, CO  80113                                                                                                          

By phone @ 303-762-0987 or cell: 303-902-0956

Email: peggycrago@gmail.com

Here are galleries that carry my work.


Jane Hamilton Fine Art

2980 E. Skyline Dr., Suite 180

Tucson, AZ  85718


Pewabic Pottery

10125 E. Jefferson Ave.

Detroit, MI  48214

313-822-0954/ www.pewabic.org


Sharyn Blond Linens

2718 W. 53rd St.

Fairway, KS  66205


Old Salt's Pantry

5 Ocean Avenue

Kennebunkport, ME  04046


Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Museum Shop

221 N. Main St.

Greensburg, PA  15691


Jane Hamilton Fine Art

2890 E. Skyline Dr.

Tucson, AZ  85718









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