One of Spark’s affiliates is the Appalachian Gateway Guild housed in SSCC’s Gateway Center in Fincastle. Part of the facility is a well equipped ceramic arts department and from time to time they offer a series of pottery workshops. Such is the case for this summer and this would be a great way to gain some insight into the art and craft of clay. I have a minor in ceramic arts and can attest to the calming effect of playing in mud and later seeing a thing of beauty emerge from the blast of a kiln.
I’ve also attended one of their sessions and met the resident potters who will lead these workshops. They are highly skilled and deeply engaged in their craft, truly special people.
Whether you create using coils, slabs, or on a potter’s wheel, pottery is like making mud pies or playing in the mud and not having to worry about your mother being upset.
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