Wednesday, July 11, 2007

OFTA Hears from Smithcreek Potters

OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) attendees gathered at the Buchanan Center for the Arts on Wednesday, July 11th to hear Linda Sickmon and Carol Tenold of the Smithcreek Pottery talk about "The Soul of the Potter." Each woman brought samples of their work and talked briefly about how they had gotten started in ceramics and how they approach their art. Sickmon, for instance, prefers stoneware creations while Tenold favors working with porcelain finishes. Both talked about the unpredictability of working with various glazes and of the tensions that rise as they wait to open the kiln after a firing. The Smithcreek Pottery is located just west of Monmouth on Hwy 164 toward Oquawka. Look for a small sign on the right just after the intersection with Hwy 94.

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