When we first started the Advanced Studies (Independent Study and Mentoring) Program at The Village Potters Clay Center, it was so difficult when students would complete the program. It meant they were leaving. Well, it is still difficult. We have accepted this, in fact we lean into it and celebrate what has been accomplished and the relationships that have grown from this time together.
Three wonderful potters, Cara Steinbuchel, Heather Taddonio, and Melissa Henry, have all completed the program. In that time each has developed their own body of work through a lot of exploration, experimentation and hard work. They are selling their work out in the greater art community. They are beautiful and wonderfully creative women.
At this point, we have so many former students that are across the country and here in Asheville, making pots in their studios, building professional careers in clay, and most importantly, living their dream. We are confident these three potters will, too.
We will miss them, it’s true. But we know we will stay connected because we are now friends for life and the creative connection is strong.
Heather, Missie and Cara we love you!
Check out their work on our Alumni Page and be sure to follow them as they continue in their journey and move into the greater creative community.