Where beauty & functionality combine

Sherri Hammack's earthy art for divine pleasures


… to Wine Affectionado!

“A Wine Aficionado knows and loves wine.  
A Wine Affectionado lives and breathes its soul.”

Wine Glasses & Pottery handmade by Sherri Adair Hammack in Austin, Texas.


Artist Statement

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Sherri Hammack

Greetings!  My name is Sherri and I am a woman that has a full and rich life as a wife and mom of three beautiful (now) young adults; an older daughter and a set of boy/girl twins.  I have been married for over  a quarter of a century to man that is a product of a Texas country boy and a Viennese woman. I grew up in north Texas, the third among my four siblings, with loving parents who have been great role models for me and my children.  I have spent the better part of my adult life dedicated to trying to be a good mom, wife and daughter.  I’ve spent the majority of my career striving to improve mental health services to Texas children and youth and their families.

That being said – It is also said that the best thing you can give your children is “roots and wings.”  As my children have sprouted wings, it has afforded me the opportunity to turn to interests I’ve wanted to discover, such as pottery, and interests I have always loved, like listening to live music and exploring the Texas hill country.  Now that my children are on their own and busy, like my husband and I are during the work week, we enjoy family gatherings every Sunday around delicious food, lively conversation, and good wine along with music.

When I started throwing clay, I felt like this was something I could see myself doing for a very long time.

I honed in on a particular piece of pottery that I had seen and was intrigued by – wine glasses.  But not just any wine glass, a mix of mediums between a pottery stem base and pairing the base with glass wine bowls.  At the very beginning of studying pottery, I told my teacher I am interested in making wine stems and I have been perfecting them ever since.  I have always loved being able to give homemade gifts to friends and family and now I feel that being inspired by living at the gateway of the Texas Hill Country wineries, I can offer a homemade wine glasses and a choice bottle of Texas wine. Living in Oak Hill of southwest Austin, Texas, has offered me ready access to day trips out to the beautiful hill country and I frequently escort guests to the nearby wineries and other wonderful stops along the way.  For now I participate in a couple of wine festivals a year to sell my hand-crafted wine glasses and share these unique vessels for folks, like me, who love wine. Unlike fine crystal wine glasses, these functional every-day, ‘feel good in the fist,’ wineglasses are one-of-a-kind. I continue to have fun experimenting with different glazes and various shapes of wine glasses that I attach.  You see pottery is so grounding (although they call it ‘centering’) and to feel the earthy clay helps me get in touch with my ‘inner child’ and takes me back to making mud pies as a kid.  It’s fun knowing that it’s ok to get splashes of clay all over you and through all the stages of creativity, it feels like Christmas morning to see the final product come out of the second firing in the kiln and then to add the finishing touches to make a unique wine glass.

I work within  my home studio, but I continue to enjoy my community of potters to learn from each other, encourage each other, break bread and drink wine together as we create pieces of art…much cheaper than therapy.

So if you have any of my little wine glass creations, I know it has found a good home and I sincerely hope you enjoy them. Cheers!