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Digging a Deeper Well of Creativity
There is a wellspring of unique creativity within everyone. Those who know this and tap into this well daily are known as “The Artists”. The Artist is one who has chosen to take risk, to be an explorer. The artist digs and drinks from their deep well of creativity as a way of life.
An artist that teaches is an exceptional gift. To teach a person how to tap into their own well and find their own expression is in itself a unique form of creativity.
The artist teacher leads the student to discover that they too have a deep well of creativity. Teaching is a noble pursuit. Teaching in the arts requires a unique approach that stirs the waters within the student and allows the student to discover their own source. By nurturing the pursuit of excellence in skill and technique, the teacher gives the student the tools to dig their own well. They equip the student to successfully begin their own creative pursuit, then, the teacher encourages the student to dig even deeper.
The Village Potters has such resident teachers in Judi Harwood, Karen Dubois and Jenay Martin. They are professional potter and artists who live this lifestyle of creativity and choose to nurture this in others as well. They share skills, techniques and hands on experience with the purpose to help students discover their own path.
Beginning students rarely refer to themselves as an artist, but usually after just one class they discover the desire and passion to create is a deep well within them too. The discovery continues as one finds that their own creativity is endless and timeless.
Judi Harwood is a potter, sculptor, and musician. She also teaches sculpting and wheel classes, serves as a mentor in the Advanced Ceramics Program at TVP, and gives a mean demonstration on her ceramic drums!
Melanie Mitchell Robertson is a potter created to teach. Her passionate approach to life and creativity is contagious. She focuses on hand building , jewelry and surface design techniques. Melanie leads many of our Create Your Own Workshops.
Sarah Wells Rolland is the founder and owner of The Village Potters, and she has a passion and exuberance for clay that she shares that with her students in Intermediate HandBuilding and Advanced Throwing Wheel classes. Sarah also leads Masters Series workshops, and works as a Mentor in TVP’s Advanced Ceramics Programs.
Exploring clay at The Village Potters Teaching Center makes it possible for a student to evolve into an artist. An environment of creativity, the studio, is where relationship and community can exist and the studio can be a remarkable place for growth.
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