Happy Potters Begin Preparations for Holiday Market

Potters hard at work

Lynne Kelsey

It may be warming up outside, but the Happy Potters have the holidays on their minds! On a designated morning every month, members gather to work on a particular category of creations that will be offered for sale at the Holiday Market in October. February’s project was luminaries, and March brought berry bowls and soap dishes. The selection of shape, design, and glaze is up to the individual artist and, as will be obvious to shoppers at the Market, our potters are exceptionally talented and creative!

In addition to Holiday Market prep, potters continue to learn new techniques and perfect their craft. A morning class explored the use of GR Forms, different commercially-available forms that can be used to shape slab-built pottery. Many members made a piece in preparation for a surface decorating class that will be given by a visiting potter in April. Another throwing class is at the wheels, centering, opening, and (in the case of this writer) muttering to the clay, “I am the boss, darn it!” Bowls eventually appear and, as wonky as they may be, are a great source of pride for the creators. To play with clay and end up with something functional and lovely to look at is satisfying, indeed, and to do it in the company of such talented colleagues is especially rewarding!

For a glimpse of the Happy Potters’ creations, stop by the CATC and admire the pieces in our display window. There’s much more to come!