One Sweet Dream Pot­tery Brings Joy…stoneware, or­na­ments and lots more for that per­fect Christ­mas gift

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Moose Jaw’s arts com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to thrive. New lo­cal artists get an op­por­tu­nity to dis­play their work as they tap into their artistry and ex­plore their tal­ents.

New artist Beth Bar­rett made her de­but at this year’s Moost­le­toe Tour but con­tin­ues to open her stu­dio for those in­ter­ested.

Bar­rett spe­cial­izes in pot­tery where she fires mostly func­tional cone six stoneware (dish­washer and mi­crowave safe) and or­na­ments, and has re­cently ex­plored tiling on mo­saic pieces. If you haven’t grabbed your Christ­mas gifts yet, Bar­rett’s One Sweet Dream Pot­tery is a great place to start! Bar­rett’s jour­ney in pot­tery be­gan about five years ago when she at­tended a class with Moose Jaw’s Wendy Par­sons. She fell in love with the art and has not looked back since. “I started pot­tery about five years ago. My hus­band got me a class be­cause I’ve al­ways wanted to try it. It was a class with Wendy Par­sons. On the first night, I fell to­tally in love with clay and pot­tery,” said an ex­cited Bar­rett. “I sub­se­quently joined the Pot­tery Club and I was a mem­ber for about four years. I took mul­ti­ple classes here in Moose Jaw, as well as some on­line cour­ses and I did ad­di­tional re­search on my own.”

Even though she is lover of all art forms, Bar­rett says she has al­ways had a pas­sion to do pot­tery. “I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated with pot­tery. I’ve done a lot of dif­fer­ent crafts through­out the years, but I found that there are so many choices within pot­tery. It pulls from a lot of the dif­fer­ent crafts out there, for ex­am­ple, sewing. There is just so much you can learn from pot­tery with so many vari­a­tions in it and I love to ex­plore them.” Af­ter learn­ing more about pot­tery, this in­spired Bar­rett to build her own stu­dio. “Shortly af­ter, I con­verted one of my rooms to a hand-build­ing room and pur­chased a wheel a few years later so that I can do more pot­tery at home. I have my own stu­dio at home now.”

She loves to cre­ate prac­ti­cal pieces for ev­ery­day use. Whether it is a cof­fee mug, plate or just an or­na­ment or ac­ces­sory, Bar­rett says she loves to cre­ate things that peo­ple can use con­sis­tently. “I mostly cre­ate func­tional ware— things you can use, be­cause I’m very prac­ti­cal. So, mugs, bowls, plates and cups are very com­mon items I make. I also make some or­na­ments and I’ve also branched out a lit­tle into tile work where I col­lab­o­rate with a fam­ily mem­ber who does mo­saic pieces.”

“I love to try new and dif­fer­ent ways to do pot­tery. I get a lot of joy out of it.” As a re­sult of the hap­pi­ness she gets from pot­tery, Bar­rett loves to share this joy with oth­ers by teach­ing her own pri­vate classes from time to time. “I love to share this joy I have from pot­tery with other peo­ple. So typ­i­cally, when peo­ple come and do pot­tery with me, they find it very re­lax­ing and peace­ful.”

As her craft de­vel­ops, Bar­rett has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in lo­cal events in the arts com­mu­nity that has brought some of her work into the spot­light. For ex­am­ple, she par­tic­i­pated in Moost­le­toe this year, an ex­pe­ri­ence that she says was a great one. “My hus­band and I at­tended last year and went around to see all the artists and what they of­fered. I was hon­ored to be asked this year to be part of that be­cause they are all such great artists. It felt great meet­ing and talk­ing to peo­ple about some of the pieces I had avail­able.”

If you’re look­ing for a per­fect and prac­ti­cal Christ­mas gift this year, Bar­rett of­fers a va­ri­ety of op­tions you can ex­plore. The best way to get a hold of Beth Bar­rett is through her Face­book page at One Sweet Dream Pot­tery. “Once you con­tact me via mes­sen­ger, we can go from there,” she says.

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