Maggie of Fat Robin Pottery has been a member at SCAA for 10 years. After retiring, she considered becoming a full-time potter but found it didn't suit her. These days, Maggie enters some exhibits at SCAA as well as Spring Bull Gallery's Fakes and Forgeries show, winning "the occasional ribbon" as she modestly puts it. She's experienced great success in our Annual Holiday Sale with her beautiful ornaments, bowls, plates, mugs, and more. She has found a nice balance between her love of pottery, her grandchildren, gardening, reading, and travel--something we all aspire to.
How long have you been seriously pursuing art?
As my children went off to college (about 2005), it was me time. I discovered the clay classes at the Newport Art Museum and with the excellent guidance of the instructor, Charlene Carpezano , my clay journey began…is it a journey, obsession, or addiction? After 5 years in Tuesday night pottery, I got my own kiln and supplies –a couple hours of studio time a week was not enough; I needed to be immediately available at every stage of the clay.
What inspires you to create?
Life experiences, travel, nature, history, the world around us, spur of the moment decisions, fleeting moments, old artifacts, a bottle dump, an old barn, an old workshop filled with tools. Currently using my mother’s chair caning books as inspiration.
Is there a work of art that has changed your life or how you view the world in some way?
I’m amazed by all art work, now that I am aware of the thinking involved, let alone the actual process and the work involved. I have great respect for every artist no matter what they create.
As a member of SCAA, what do you like most about us?
I like the feeling of community. The highlight of the annual holiday sale for me is talking to fellow volunteers–it's amazing what similar connections and interests we have!
Tell us a joke.
When an artist meets his rival, what does he say?
I challenge you to a doodle….
See more of Maggie's work at Fat Robin Pottery Facebook page.
Colleen first joined the SCAA in 2009 and started taking pottery classes in our studio. She has taken many classes here over the years, and began exhibiting 6 years ago. The two watercolor paintings shown in this newsletter are both award-winning works of art.
Terry Van Heusen
Maker Mondays at SCAA
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