Tag: pottery

Happy Potters rocking in Raku

Carolyn Detjen Because fire in a trashcan is involved in the Raku process, we are traveling down the road a piece to Farmers Branch, Texas where Connor Muldoon, established professional potter and instructor, will guide us along the way to success. The word Raku means “happiness in the accident”. This technique was originally created for…

Introduction to pottery

Carolyn Detjen Three times a year, beginner’s classes are given in the Happy Potters Club, enabling those unfamiliar with clay to enjoy as we describe it, “learning how to play in the mud”. Pinch pots are the first step in the adventure. Our little one-pound bowl becomes the stepping stone toward uncovered hidden abilities. It…

The Heart of the Potter

Carolyn Detjen It takes more than perfect clay and an expensive kiln to make pottery “sing”. From the heart springs emotion and beauty, design and rhythm. When applied to clay, we see the practical and the art, create pottery that we lovingly use every day. Not only are our meals comfortable but we derive joy…

Happy Potters competition

Carolyn Detjen Jan Marx, education director and a teacher in the Happy Potters Club is once again stirring up the creativity genes of our members and causing questions to be asked. She is giving demos guiding the members to understand a portion of the artwork of the Southwest Pueblo natives. To make it more interesting…

Happy Potters visit Texas Clay Festival

Carolyn Detjen We always look forward to the fourth weekend in October! Gruene, Texas holds the opportunity for clay potters to meet and visit with artists and view and purchase their latest work. On the grounds of The Barn Pottery, the festival offers free demonstrations held in tents with seating for students and educators, professionals…

Happy Potters at the holiday sale

Carolyn Detjen Have you ever made mud pies as a child (or even a grown up)? Is it possible that you chanced upon a mysterious deposit in the pile of dirt you were playing with? Perhaps, you may have made a lucky find. You could possibly have come upon a body of clay. When water…

Show and tell with Happy Potters

Carolyn Detjen There are few secrets about clay use in the Happy Potters Club. Whether you throw or handbuild, it is a good thing when you reach out to guide and share methods with your fellow potters. On Monday, September 10 eighteen of us gathered around with one of our pots to show it off…

Farewell and welcome

Carolyn Detjen June 14 brought The Happy Potters Club together for the changing of the guard. We gave a round of applause to our President Judie Smothers, Vice President Colleen Jordan, Secretary Nancy Lussier and Treasurer Sandy Holt. Tender thanks and heartfelt recognition went forth to each of the potter/officers that carefully led us through…

Happy Potters… Raku and Masks

  Carolyn Detjen Clay, purified of rocks and organic matter, listened to the artisan spirit and became differing sights to behold. Each of the potters watched as birth came to life. Sarah Cunningham spoke of the experience as astonishing; never before had she watched as eyes looked back into hers and ears appeared beautifully. A…

Happy Potters in the spotlight

  Carolyn Detjen Travel over to the CATC building and walk the “gallery of windows”. On a monthly schedule the window displays are changed, exposing the talent of artists living here on the Ranch. Amazing! Bedazzling! Beautiful! Wow! Be ready to appreciate the wonders that the Ranch residents create. The Spotlight for March carries two…