Two local artists are proving there are many different ways to showcase art and be successful in the industry by having their art featured in television show pilot.
University of South Carolina's head of ceramics Virginia Scotchie and her partner Bri Kinard have spent the last month creating more than 300 pottery pieces to be used as ancient Egyptian props on Hieroglyph.
"I had never thrown an Amphora which is a pointed bottom piece and that was very difficult," said Scotchie. "I had to figure out how to do that. There was a lot of engineering in the actual skill of making it on the pottery wheel because everything we made was created on the pottery wheel."
Scotchie says she received the opportunity after a student she taught around 15 years ago sent her an email saying she was living in Los Angeles and working on the production team. After Kinard, who manages Redbird Studio and Gallery, signed on, the two had less than a month to get the pieces to the other side of the country.
"It's definitely hard work, it's worth it," said Kinard. "You never know what's coming your direction and that's the fun part of it. You work really hard and you get to experience different things."
Scotchie and Kinard say the project has pushed them to grow as artists and hope the journey can show others how much goes into the pieces. At the same time, the women admit it's opened their eyes to the production business.
"It really has enlightened me to what it takes to do something like this. Shows that I watch now I'm looking for things that I didn't normally look for before," said Scotchie. "Wondering if an artist created it or it's something that they purchased."
The team says they're hoping this job will open up other opportunities in the future, including continuing work on the show which could consist of a 13-episode first season if the pilot does well.