Born in 1960, Hickory,NC native Tammy Leigh Brooks has created art for her entire life.
In 1992 she took a pottery class at the Hickory Museum of ART that completely CHANGED her life. Two years later, she quit her telecommunications job of 16 years
to become a full-time potter. Working with stoneware clay every day, Tammy Leigh found her niche in the sculptural realm. Eventually, in 2004, roosters became her focus, later adding hens and "peepees" to the brood in May 2008. Making it a family affair, she is no longer JUST the "Rooster Queen", but "Chicken Mom"" as well. Tammy Leigh has now declared 2009 as the "year of the guinea fowl" and will add "Guinea Goddess" to her many aliases.
The attitude, personality and natural beauty of different poultry breeds intrigue Tammy Leigh. Each of the "children" are dated,named and numbered and chronicles her path. Pieces are built with a combination of wheel-thrown, coil-built, and slab worked clay. Glazing details in a spectrum of colors add to the intricate, time-consuming
designs. Tammy Leigh's depth of research, artistic perception, and attention to detail
visually separates her work from the norm. The results are extraordinary one-of-a-kind creations that are in high demand and are sought by the most serious collectors.
In January 2007, Tammy Leigh was asked to participate in The Legendary Raw
Arts Festival in New York City. Originating in London, England in 2004 as a showcase for self-taught fine art visionaries, the movement later traveled to Valencia, Spain, and then on to NYC in 2007. Collaborating with NYARTS MAGAZINE, The Raw Arts Festival featured only 28 artists from all over the world in New York City. Tammy Leigh was one of only three potters represented in the international mix of passionate and talented artists.
i have'nt updated this page in a long while...lots has happened..but i like all of these guineas, ..and the inspiration at the time behind it, so i will leave it be...just hang on...love and peace, tammy leigh
"OL' HELMETHEAD" # 1
(my very first guinea)
"CHAQUITA" needed a good home, and we were more than happy to oblige. Please SUPPORT your local HUMANE SOCIETY. Mine could sure use some help. If able, DONATE! www.catawbahumane.org
"SOLDIER" & the "GUINEA GODDESS"
...and a lil' mirror magic!!!
"THE BIG HEAD GOES TO NASHVILLE...with buddies "OL' HELMETHEAD" and a fantastic bottlecap & LAUREL snake by folk artist ROBERT EADES
"THE BIG HEAD" #1 lives atop the grand piano
in darrell scott's great room, Nashville,TN.
What a home of INSPIRATION & BIG CHICKEN LOVE!!!"
In 2009, here we have Beth Nielsen Chapman and Odessa Settles
lovin on the Big Head at Darrell Scott's 50th birthday
party at his home....
What a wonderful celebration of love, life, friendship, creativity and an unbelievable homemade feast!
THANKS TO ALL for an unforgettable evening!
Darrell Scott, "King of the Jungle"....
in his own lion's den, celebrates his 50th with a super-sized
folk art birthday card by artist Patti Fenick.
***Catch brother Darrell in ROBERT PLANT''S newly formed
BAND OF JOY!!!! along with PATTI GRIFFIN,BUDDY MILLER,
BYRON HOUSE.& MARCO GIOVINI on TOUR this summer 2010!!!!
"CHICKEN LOVE IS A POWERFUL THANG"
THE BIG HEAD sez "BEST PARTY EVER!"
THE BIG HEAD # 2 THANKS YOU FOR LOOKING!
Guinea, Guinea some lovin', every-day!
September guinea fowl run, yeehaw!
"Daniel" #1 & "Genene" #1 met
the "real" Daniel and Genene!
It was all love at first sight...
what a great new roost for me children!
Joy to the World!
Love and Peace, tammy leigh