Foraging for art
Wondering what was crafted on the beach in Twillingate? Find out inside.
The All Hands on Shore pottery workshop, hosted by Crystal Anstey, took place as part of the Unscripted Digital Arts Festival on Sept. 21.
Although this was Anstey’s first year participating with the Unscripted Festival, she has several years experience in the visual arts field. She has taught pottery off and on since 2000 through various workshops. Anstey is also the owner, designer and artist for her family business Merchant and Rogue.
Participants met at St. Peter’s Church hall and were led on a small hike through Back Harbour. During the hike participants were encouraged to find materials in nature to use in a group pottery project. Anstey, whose love and knowledge for her tiny community was apparent, took this time to speak about some local history and folklore, pointing out burial grounds, historical buildings and the beautiful scenery.
Once arriving at Back Harbour beach, Anstey supplied materials for the participants to make clay tiles. Everyone was encouraged to use the found objects, such as berries, shells, leaves, sea glass and feathers to make impressions in the clay, to add texture and colour.
Anstey hoped the piece would be an “impression of the island in clay.”
Participant Caroline Swan said, “This has been an amazing experience. It felt great to get my hands in nature.” This was a sentiment that the other participants eagerly shared.
Once the tiles are efficiently dried and fired in her Kiln, Crystal will prepare the final piece to be displayed at a later date for viewing at a location in scenic Back Harbour. Crystal Anstey, pointing out an area known locally as a burial ground. Anstey has a vast knowledge and love for her small hometown.
Creating Clay tiles inspired by nature while surrounded by beautiful Back Harbour scenery.
The finished tiles from the All Hands on Shore pottery workshop were taken back to Crystal Anstey’s house where she will complete the final stages on the project and prepare it for public display.