Today, I will be reaching out to the community of Dover by means of doing a wheel throwing demonstration. Dover is where I am a member of the Powessit CSA. They have embraced the community spirit and encouraged workshops and selling by Potters Place members. I look forward to spending a few hours there engaging with members and their families around the pottery wheel. I'm planning to demonstrate "throwing off the hump" where I can make a group of small bowls from one larger ball of clay.
On Wednesday, I'm heading over to nearby Dedham. There is a farmers market in the square that features members from the outlying communities. Demonstrating wheel throwing again, this will be a different experience. I've decided to demonstrate a couple of different forms like a spoonrest, bowl, tumbler. I'll be talking about classes and workshops, membership and sales at the Dedham Farmers Market. Perhaps I can interest some neighbors to come "play with clay".
As creative people, artists have many gifts to share. Potters create functional wares to sell, teach students a craft, and, plant seeds that will guarantee future generations of potters. Too often, the need to earn overshadows the gifts we can share without monetary value. A community of potters can do great things! Wish me luck!