CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard
SCUGOG: The Barn Pottery is ready to accept students for a seven week course, starting the first week of April. If you're a hands on person who wants to try something new, The Barn Pottery is for you!
Krista Sweet is a true artist, who enjoys the instant gratification of working with her hands on pottery. She learned pottery with ease. She was educated in Mississauga, but was mostly self taught.
“A lot of it is through self motivation, to figure out how things work, how the tools work, and just doing it. Like anything, the more you do it, the better you get.” Ms. Sweet said.
From these beginnings, she started her own pottery studio, on her sister's farm, called “The Barn Pottery.” After setting up her studio, she was ready to get the word out about her classes.
“When I first started putting ads in the paper, The Standard ran an ad on the pending launch of the studio. It was great exposure for me then, and I really appreciate that.”
The response has been exciting for Ms. Sweet, and she's found teaching to be very rewarding.
“It's really gratifying to see someone whose never done it before, and just through encouragement and some guidance, creating things.” Ms. Sweet said, “I couldn't have asked for a better group to start with. They so look forward to every week, which is great! You can't ask for anything more than that as a teacher.”
Her students are the proof, as they too agree the experience has been exciting.
Student Bruce Hubbard said, “Krista makes it easy to advance quickly, by keeping the classes small. She helps each student over any hurdle at their own pace. Her enthusiasm has been addictive, always ready with helpful suggestions, samples and ideas. I had no idea of all the different steps required to turn a lump of clay into a beautiful and functional piece of art! Each step develops fun new skills; I feel like a kid again.”
His classmate, Ceilidh Baxter agreed; adding, “I've enjoyed every session with Krista and am always looking forward to the next. Her work is inspiring, her teaching is fantastic, and her love of creating pottery is contagious.”
Ms. Sweet recognizes that good art takes, not only enthusiasm, but time and effort too.
“Rome wasn't built in a day. I always relate my own success and failure [to my students].” she said, speaking of how she encourages her students. “If you get it the first time, the second time, the third time, consider yourself lucky, it just doesn't happen that often. The centering [of the clay on the wheel] is the hardest part. If they can master that, everything else is easy.”
Don't be intimated by the learning curve though, Ms. Sweet is here to help anyone interested in pottery, even complete beginners.
“All of these people, except one who had done it before, not one of them had worked on the wheel. And they're creating things, I'm so proud of them!” she said.
If making something you can be proud of, with your own two hands, is something you're interested in, then go to The Barn Pottery's website, at www.thebarnpottery.ca, or email email@example.com, and sign up for the seven week pottery course. In this course you'll receive seven classes that are three hours in length. The cost is $300, and classes begin the first week of April, so be sure to sign up early.
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