If you have ever stopped by the gift shop you will probably have noticed that it is stocked to the brim with beautiful local pottery. This month we asked our featured artist, Meta Bachman, to tell us a little bit about being a potter.
Meta began her potter's training in 1981 at the Edson Craft Centre and now creates pottery types ranging from hand-built or slab-built forms to carious functional clay forms made on the Potter’s wheel. When asked what originally drew her attention to pursuing this art form, she answered “The many facets of clay had always intrigued me and once I commenced my ‘hands-on’ pursuit of this delightful art form, I became totally immersed in the diversity of working with clay and the many options it allowed for self-expression.”
If anyone is interested in learning the ins and outs of pottery, Meta suggests contacting the Edson Craft Centre (potters guild) who have active programs available, ranging from Children’s workshops to more extensive classes for Adults.
Meta let us in on her process of creating a piece and it is definitely an art form that requires time and practice, with a single piece taking days to set (dry), touch-up, fire and glaze. Knowing this gives a whole new appreciation for the work our local potters do and we are privileged to have these works of art available in the Galloway gift shop.