A creative partnership A cop and a belly dancer nurture their artistic ambitions
S to ry by K at h y H a n k s Ph oto g r aphy by D e b o r a h Wa l k e r
eaving Jim and Alex Potters’ home, there’s an urge to bid farewell to all the “characters” who have surfaced during the visit. It might appear that the couple live alone in the property nestled in the trees on the edge of the Sand Hills, but don’t be fooled. Step inside this rural Reno County home, and the truth is revealed. “There are entities in our house that have their own energy,” Alex says. For example, there is Rabbit Chief Joe, a large sculpture that has a prominent place on the Potters’ oak table, sitting in such a way that it appears he’s quietly listening and reflecting on the conversations taking place around him. Or you might meet Catalpa Morningcloud, a Native American girl, or Tom Jennings, a large sculpture of a detective. These original sculptures come from Jim’s imagination and were created as busts by Alex. A lot of creativity transpires at the Potters’ home.
Hutchinson Magazine | Spring 2012
Writer Jim Potter and artist Alex Potter are the masters of their own creativity.