May 4 marked the close of a four-month challenge created for club members to stretch their imaginations. They were to explore clay making that has a flat back to hang on a wall or sit on a stand. They could create a decorative or utilitarian piece, which included mixed media objects. An original piece of “art” free from the restrictions of Pinterest, Etsy or other internet websites was their final objective.
The result? Incredible creations that are thoughtful and diverse. First, second and third place ribbons were given to the top four potters: Nancy Lussier, first; Carolyn Detjen and Colleen Jordan, tied for second; and Liz Katz, third. Carolyn Buchmann, who teaches painting at Robson Ranch’s CATC building, served as contest judge, not an easy task with so many artistic styles represented. We applaud her for the time and consideration she put into the difficult assignment.
Thanks also to Jackie Graham and Angela Daniels for creating the display in the windows, which highlights all contest entrants. The display window also contains items for sale year-round, which are made by our members. These pieces are donated and proceeds benefit the club in buying equipment.
It is exciting to be a part of a group that fosters and nurtures creativity, as well as the human spirit.