Pottery Is Hot!

Some lucky shoppers took these adorable mice home from the Holiday Market!

Corinne Milligan demonstrates how to make a coiled handle.

Lynne Kelsey

As fall approached, the pottery studio was a whirlwind of activity as the Happy Potters prepared for a major event—the annual Holiday Market. With so many individual potters donating items, organizing the sale is a huge undertaking, but Co-Chairs Cindy Curry and Lori Shaddix had the task under control. With the help of their committee members, they priced, tagged, and logged every piece. The day of the sale, our table was an amazing display of craftsmanship and whimsy. An Artisan’s Corner featured a number of very special pieces. Among the flowers, ghosts, scarecrows, mice, mugs, ornaments, and a wide variety of other items, there was something for every taste and budget. We hope the recipients of the pottery purchased as holiday gifts enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them!

Even though the Holiday Market is over, things have not slowed down in the studio. We added eight new members who completed the orientation class in September, and have another class starting this month. Busy teacher Corinne Milligan held a workshop on creating handles for pieces other than mugs and led multi-week courses on Throwing 101 for those new to the wheel, and Throwing 102 for members who have completed the first course. The second course concentrates on building more advanced and taller items. Pat Bender and Jackie Graham led a group of Potters through the fundamentals of using our wall-mounted extruder to form three-dimensional elements. (If you ever used a Play-Doh Fun Factory, you know how that works on a very small scale!) Additionally, several members will be heading to Gruene at the end of the month to attend the 30th Annual Texas Clay Festival, which will feature over 80 Texas artisans, pottery sales, and demonstrations. As part of our charitable work, the club donated pieces to the Lady Niners charity auction for cancer and to the Alternative Fair, benefiting Our Daily Bread.

We hope you’ll drop in to the Creative Arts Center to view the work of our members! The window outside the Wine Cup Room has new things to see every couple of weeks.