Vessels Of Hope: Chapter 2
A Call for Help
Sarah has completed the Vessels of Hope: Chapter 1 with 500 Vessels made and 500 Vessels Claimed AMAZING!
It’s time for Chapter 2:
Unfortunately, we are all still dealing with Covid 19 and we all must continue to press into hope! The Village Potters Clay Center is not out of the woods yet. The amazing support we received from the project excited the whole TVPCC team (who are now back to work) to take the torch and carry on the mission with a second round of Vessels of Hope: Chapter 2. The Potters participating are: Lori Theriault, Judi Harwood, Christine Henry, Julia Mann, Tori Motyl and Katie Meili Messersmith.
Katie is an apprentice, instructor, emerging artist, and future Village Potter! We’re thrilled she’s joining the Vessels of Hope campaign and offering 100 – 2.5 lb vessels featuring some light patterned surface design using slip and some unique cut out embellishments, all of which will be fired using her beautiful signature glazes. If you’d like to support The Village Potters Clay Center and our community during this time check out with one of Katie’s vessels today by adding one to the cart. You will be notified prior to pick up or shipping. These pieces are being made now and will take a bit more time to be finished, fired, glazed, fired again, and ready to be in your hands and homes.
“After leaving my small liberal arts college unexpectedly because of mental health struggles, I was lonely and confused. As the depression set in from being plucked out of my college bubble, I tried to keep myself busy so I didn’t dwell on what I’d lost.
Finding the nurturing and positive community at The Village Potters was key in pulling myself out of the funk. Clay gave me a path to follow and finally I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With Sarah’s mentoring, I found my own voice and style in clay. Because of Sarah’s influence on my work and life, I’ve decided to pick up where she left off with the first 500 Vessels of Hope that she made from April – July. I will throw vases with 2.5 lbs of clay, like her, with the the hope that I grow as an artist, as well as move from an apprentice to a resident potter. The Village has given me life and I hope I can do the same by contributing my part to Vessels of Hope: Chapter 2.” – Katie Messersmith
Discovering new ways to sustain The Village Potters Clay Center during this season of closure is our primary job now. As Sarah continues to apply for loans and grants and we all choose hope each day. Now that we have reopened and we are all back in the studio we are all hard at work, throwing, handbuilding, carving, and glazing and saggar firing these vessels each unique to each potter. Just as every vessel is unique so is each potter. Watch for demonstrations on our Facebook and Instagram pages where we will be sowing the seeds of hope and sharing our thoughts and our process.
*You can order more than one and give them as gifts.
Return to the top of the page and click on “Add to cart” to purchase a vessel.