Ex­plore a new artis­tic av­enue at Clay on Main with work­shops

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The base fee for work­shops, $50 for each adult and $18 for school-aged kids, re­flects Clay on Main’s com­mit­ment to en­cour­ag­ing in­ter­gen­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We be­lieve that artists come in all shapes, sizes, and ages,” ex­plains Liz Wheeler, Clay on Main’s man­ag­ing direc­tor. “It’s so im­por­tant for kids, par­ents, and grand­par­ents to do things to­gether that are fun and mean­ing­ful. Each gen­er­a­tion has some­thing spe­cial to share with the oth­ers. That’s why we cre­ated our spe­cial schoolage price. We know how ex­pen­sive it can get to do some­thing all to­gether, so we made the kids’ pric­ing ac­ces­si­ble. We do need to ask that kids 12 and un­der be with an adult, but other than that, all ages are wel­come here!”

Next up, Lor­raine A’Brunzo will share her skills in the Euro­pean folk craft called Tole Paint­ing on Sat­ur­day, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This method orig­i­nated in Ger­many and the Nether­lands, and uses spe­cial brush tech­niques to dec­o­rate house­hold items made of tin or wood with re­al­is­tic and lovely flow­ers and an­i­mal shapes.

Lor­raine has adapted Tole paint­ing for use on ceram­ics, and has cre­ated clay wall hang­ings for par­tic­i­pants to work on us­ing spe­cial ce­ramic paints. “This tech­nique is ac­tu­ally very sim­ple, and it’s so grat­i­fy­ing to see peo­ple achieve such a pol­ished re­sult af­ter spend­ing just a half hour or so learn­ing how to use the brush,” she ex­plains. The fee of $55 for each adult, and $23 for school-aged kids, in­cludes the ce­ramic wall hang­ing.

Nat­u­ral­ist Su­san Munch brings her love and knowl­edge of diminu­tive plants back to Clay on Main. Last year, she brought stu­dents into the world of mosses and liv­er­worts; this year, she’ll con­tinue to bring the fo­cus into the rich and com­plex world that un­folds in the realm of the small.

Her work­shop, The Beauty of Plants in De­tail, is on Sat­ur­day, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “It’s just in­cred­i­ble how much there is to see if one pauses and looks more closely,” says Su­san. “We’ll fo­cus in on the finest pat­terns in plant struc­ture, us­ing de­tailed draw­ings and/or closeup pho­tog­ra­phy.

Par­tic­i­pants will use mag­ni­fy­ing glasses and mi­cro­scopes to dive into lay­ers of minia­ture de­tail, and I’ll help you de­pict them with pen­cil and pa­per, or us­ing a cam­era. If you don’t have a cam­era, you can bor­row mine.” $50 for each adult, $18 for school-aged kids.

Clay on Main is also run­ning a class for peo­ple who have some ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with ceram­ics.

“This class is a four-part series, rather than a one-day event,” ex­plains Wheeler. “Stu­dents have told us they’d like to learn more in depth about glaze for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion. Glazes are a lot of fun to work with, but we usu­ally don’t get the chance to dive in like this with stu­dents — we’re ex­cited!” All About Glaze will take place on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noons from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 27, and Nov. 3 and 10.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the work­shops, visit clay­on­main@gmail.org. Clay on Main is a non-profit artists’ co­op­er­a­tive, lo­cated at 313 Main St in the his­toric vil­lage of Oley.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Suc­cu­lents work­shop

Lor­raine A’Brunzo with Tole paint­ing

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