Sunday, February 24, 2013

February 16 - Saturday Ellen Shankin workshop I

Saturday was the first day of the Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild's Ellen Shankin workshop at CPCC.  Ellen was a joy to watch work and amazing to listen to.  She shared stories about her life, education, and career with us.  She studied with Gwyn Hanssen Piggot* at Goddard, then with Val Cushing at Alfred.

She shared her philosophies on life and pottery in her easy-going way.  I was in the right place at the right time to hear what she had to say.  I was very inspired by her ideas on form and function and her general philosophy on making.   I see changes coming in my own work.  Thank you, Ellen.

*I have included some links to Gwyn Hanssen Piggot's work here and here.


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