In a 100-year-old farmhouse located in the rustic, rural valleys just outside Asheville, Samantha has made her home a creative oasis. Her “half light” name comes from her love of analog photography and those golden, perfect-photo-lighting hours at the end of the day. Of course, her direction has switched since then, but it still accompanies her work and way of life as the Southern “honey” who cherishes the romantic aspects of making art. It was working with clay in undergrad at FSU that she found a new artistic pursuit in functional ceramics. “One of my favorite things about clay is the seemingly endless possibilities of what you can do with it. As an artist who could never really focus on one medium, I loved how open my options are with clay--makes it both interesting and challenging.”