Wendy Whatley creates tiny ceramic objects, with forest and oceanic themes, such as rocks with barnacles, fungi and sponge-like growth on them. She grew up exploring the mossy woods of Virginia, which was an early influence on her work. For many years, her artistic focus was spent on small watercolor botanical paintings but she took quickly to ceramics when her and her husband set up a kiln and studio at their residence in southern California. She works as a product designer by day, but you can find her on most nights and weekends working in the ceramics studio.