We all love travel adventures, and recently Nancee Neel, a member of our Independent Study and Mentoring Program, had a wonderful adventure to Cuba! While on the pre-designed tours, Nancee managed to talk her group’s tour guide into a slight diversion to visit the studio of reknown Cuban potter Azariel Santander. Here is a brief description with pictures of her grand experience – thanks for sharing it with us, Nancee, and hopefully we’ll make the next trip there with you!
“Is anyone here a potter?”, he asked in Spanish from his wheel. My husband pointed to me, and before I knew it, I was taking Azariel Santander’s place at his ‘torno’ in Trinidad, Cuba, about to throw a small bowl out of clay from the Escambray Mountains, while 25 people watched!!
It was an amazing experience with one of Cuba’s best-known potters. What’s next??? He invited me and my potter-friends to come back and spend a week or two throwing and sharing with him and his family!! Who’s in???