THE ART BLOG
by Lisa Durand, Photos by Teri Cleverly
"Flop it, smush it and do the pastry flip” were just a few of the new terms heard coming from the Elkford Arts Studio
A small group of budding artists were gifted with a two day workshop from Sarah Pike, potter extraordinare from Fernie BC. The Elkford Arts Council hosted the workshop in their space upstairs in the Elkford Recreation Centre. Early Saturday morning participants were greeted with muffins, coffee and eight tables nicely prepared with all the necessary tools and equipment for two days of wonderful creativity and learning.
Saturday began with each potter introducing themselves. There were a variety of levels of experience in the room. Sarah followed with one of many of her valuable demonstrations: how to roll a slab of clay using her technique. Oh, she did make it look easy. The banging soon began with everyone wedging their block of clay and then doing the “CPR” method. Yes another new term.
The flop, pastry flip and rolling came next. We soon got the hang of it; however, not looking quite like Sarah’s slab. The energy in the room was a buzz. Participants were busy making their own texture rollers and stamps using ideas shared by Sarah or creating their own. Before we knew it lunch time had arrived. In the afternoon, Sarah shared a short slide show revealing influences on her art over the years followed by a second demonstration of how to make her signature puffy mugs.
Throughout all her demonstrations she continually gave the participants pointers and tricks for working with clay. I wondered how I would remember it all even with writing it down in my notebook. Off we went again to make another piece, this time it was a rectangular mug, well sort off, mine was a bit round and rectangular. Four thirty came too quickly and it was time to clean up. Eager participants arrived back again on Sunday morning for another full day of invaluable demonstrations, one on one instruction, sharing and laughter. Sarah showed us how to make handles (three methods), spouts for creamers, square dishes and so so much more. The seed of hand building has certainly been planted in me.
A big thank you to the Arts Council members who worked so hard to put on this workshop. Your commitment to art, creativity and community is evident in what you were able to do for us, the participants of this workshop.
Thank you Sarah Pike, your gentle kindness, expertise and artist eye were inspirational.
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