Turtle Rock Transition

7 years ago I took a crazy job wedging and slabbing clay for Ron Levy’s Tandoori ovens in Islamorada.  Little did I know then that this would lead me to teaching and developing a community art gallery.  Then as a Morada Way Art District volunteer program coordinator and Board member

– of which, shout out to Diane – and Antoinette and Pam and so many who teach cook and give love to the kiddos and staff of the Children’s shelter!! Thank you thank you!!  And shout out to Judy (and Allison) for keeping the gallery going and to Skip for being the handy man with a smile!

Throughout it all I made (and sold) a lot of art, developed the craft of slip casting and created many treasured memories of all the folks who passed thru those (big) doors. Here are a few snap shots taken during my time at 140 Morada Way.web Judy and Allison


web Antoinette

web Dan Lawler

web ClayClass04     web figure drawingweb Jill

web Sam_Skip

While we enjoyed our time in the Keys we have always dreamed of a home in the country and so we bought a big beautiful home & studio in quiet Lake Placid Florida.    I invite you all to stay in touch and follow my adventures in art at turtlerockstudio.com.


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About Samantha

Ceramic artist Samantha Decker-Hoppen creates sacred vessels for everyday rituals. In a world full of disposable objects, be grounded in a handmade mug or amused by a whimsical bowl. Handcrafted to hold your tasty treats and savor the moment.

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  1. I absolutely loved my time at Morada Way Clay with you! You are missed but touches of Sam remain… your presence is comforting. 🙂 I hope to see you again along the way. Perhaps in Lake Placid or on Hatteras Island. You’re always invited. Hugs and love to you!

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