For­ag­ing for art

The Pilot - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEN­NIFER RAN­DELL

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.

JEN­NIFER RAN­DELL/SPE­CIAL TO TC MEDIA

JEN­NIFER RAN­DELL/SPE­CIAL TO TC MEDIA

Cre­at­ing Clay tiles in­spired by na­ture while sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful Back Har­bour scenery.

JEN­NIFER RAN­DELL/SPE­CIAL TO TC MEDIA

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.

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