As most of us settle into the holidays by preparing gifts and planning trips, preparations of another nature take place at a studio on Cape Cod. Up through a hillside path in Dennis, overlooking peaceful Scargo beach, Scargo pottery and art gallery is well-known throughout Cape Cod, and is also studio to Tina Holl, potter and artist extraordinaire. If there ever exists a relationship between one and the immaterial, then one definitely exists between Tina Holl and the medium of clay. And the relationship is a strong one.
Tina started doing art as a child, but at the age of 17 became more interested in art and attended the then Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After a personal decision to move to Cape Cod to stay with her father, renowned artist Harry Holl, Tina explored the world of pottery. Although known for her amazing sculptures and functional pottery sets, Tina speaks of her love for painting which she considers a luxury. Her characterized style of art also includes large slab vases, statues with exaggerated facial features, and others that combine both the essence of animal and human to create a new type of mystical creature. Tina, who appears youthfully relaxed in weathered boots and a comfortable sweat-jacket, also spoke of a personal interest in tribal and cultural masks. “Faces are interesting”, states the artist while smiling. When asked if she would say her art has changed over the years Tina says, “my art is always changing...constantly improving”. She shares how a piece can already be glazed but she may see something that she wants to change altogether or make another. Tina's amazing creativity and interests are evident in all of her art pieces, as is her hard work, versatility, and depth of imagination. Tina uses several types of clay including stoneware, flameware, and porcelain. All clay and glazes used are made at the studio.
Tina works on projects most of the winter for summer business, and currently co-runs Scargo pottery with family and friends. She has presented her art at numerous shows and galleries, but most of her work is at Scargo gallery, along with work from her talented family. Scargo pottery is open year-round, and since the late 60s and early 70s, has hosted their annual Christmas Show and Party. During the summer, the gallery also holds Raku fire demonstrations. The location and the garden of the gallery is superb with whimsical castles and stone walls with artwork. The gallery is definitely a 'must-see', and not just because Tina is the daughter of an extremely talented artist, but because she is the daughter of a talented artist in which her talent has blossomed in its own light.