Empty Spoons 2018 Supporting HCFDC

What a ‘Spoonanza‘!  Artaroundtown has once again experienced an enthusiastic response for volunteers to come together to support the Huron County Food Distribution Center.   On July 10th almost 100 people from all over the county came to Dashwood to help create pottery spoons for ‘Empty Spoons’ to be held on Sept. 6th at the Christian Reformed Church in Exeter.  Working in three shifts in three different stations they created unique spoons in different techniques and shapes – over 500 spoons.  Wow. This is all in preparation for ArtaroundTown’s 4th annual soup event in support of the Huron County Food Distribution Center.   Tickets for this wonderful evening of soup, entertainment, celebrity silent auction and art show and sale are only $10 and you get to take home one of these special spoons too.   Contact artaroundtownx@gmail.com or talk to an artaroundtown member.    What a great way to support the HCFDC.


Richly Seeded

I am pleased to have this large piece hanging at the Blyth Gallery in Blyth, Ontario for the next three weeks.  This Community Show is an exhibition of art from the Huron region.  (May 26-June 16).   Drop in and see a wide range of media – photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, pottery, fabric and more.   It is a very uplifting show.

My piece is called ‘Richly Seeded’ a reflection of our wonderful multicultural community.

The ceramics pods are mounted on a wooden surface approximately 36 x34.


Claytopia is coming


I was so lucky to be able to attend the previous amazing conference this past March in Pittsburg.  Over 6500 enthusiastic clay lovers descending on the city and I was one of them.   Four great days of exhibits, lectures, tours and of course the incredible trade show.  Like everyone else I was like a kid in a candy store.  The tool temptations were hard to resist. So yes I treated myself – a bit every day so it would not seem as much.  Now here is the incredible part – I have forced myself to keep the tools in their packages until this past weekend as I had a lot of commitments upon my recent return from Arizona to home in Dashwood.   But now I am hooked – my new texture tools are so much fun – I can’t stop trying them out as you can see on the handles of these spoons (not fired yet),  And you might even be surprised that there are other packages of tools that I have not opened yet – got to get some housework done around here.  Sure am thinking about Minnesota already.


Fun, Friends and Fabulous creations


Green Art Glass on Glass Mosaics with Glass Etching

Yes it is a lot of preparation to teach workshops at an art conference but I love seeing some of the same people year after year and meeting new people from far and wide who are there to get inspired, try something new and have fun.  And we do have fun.  My 6 classes this year at Art Waves and Pin it Canada have kept me hopping for sure but I was able to enjoy a short time at the Pin it Canada Trade Show which was bigger and better than ever.   Congratulations Audrey and your great team for this success.

Raku and Wire Jewelry

Canadian Art and Impressionist Art Collage Jewelry

Tumbled Glass Jewelry

Special Thanks to all the participants in my classes this year!


Art Waves and Pin it Canada

Welcome to Spring in Dashwood after a warm winter in Arizona.  Home just in time to prepare for two great art conferences at Fanshawe College in London May 2-6, 2018

Check them out.  Artwaves  https://c2cevents.com/static/pdf/aw2018cat.pdf and

Pin it Canada   www.pin-itcanada.com

where I will be teaching a green art mosaic glass on glass workshop and 5 jewelry classes.  

Then I have promised myself and everyone else that I will take some time off to make my own art and smell the flowers as much as possible this summer.   I will likely waver but that is the plan.

Something Fishy

This is the one hour workshop that I am going to offer on the afternoon of ARTworks  May 28, 2016  from 2:30-3:30 at Exeter Christian Reformed Church.    These monoprints are created by actually inking a real fish.   It is not only fun but also a great way to preserve special fishing memories and triumphs.  Information on all the ARTworks classes being offered and details about Empty Bowls will be on http://www.artaroundtown.net.  Check it out – ARTworks – right here in our community!


ARTworks May 28, 2016

Artaroundtown proudly presents another full day of exciting art opportunities.  Chose from a great variety of creative workshops and also enjoy the wonderful Empty Bowls lunch which supports the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center.  Don’t miss this great event –ARTworks – right here in our own community.

See http://www.artaroundtown.net for workshop details, registration and Empty bowls tickets.