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Sculptors Workshop offers community to artists and art to community

 

Last updated 5/5/2016 at Noon

Sculptor Faye Gallagher glazes a clay bowl at the Sculptors Workshop, a pottery co-op at the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds.

A local sculptor has turned a childhood pastime into a lifetime hobby.

“I grew up on a farm, and after a good rain, I found wet clay to play with and make pinch pots,” Faye Gallagher said.

For Gallagher, the joy was “in the making” then, as she had no way to fire the pots she had made.

“They disintegrated as the clay dried,” she said. However, nearly 40 years later, Gallagher has a collection of pottery and a workshop complete with clay, glazes, and most importantly – a kiln.

Gallagher belongs to the Sculptors Workshop, a 45-year-old pottery co-operative that is housed in the Frances Anderson Center on Main Street.

Gallagher, along with 17 other co-op artists, will host the Sculptors Workshop Spring Pottery Sale from 1-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in Room 210 of the FAC.

The sale will feature decorative and functional pottery items like garden art, vases, mirrors, platters, mugs, plates, bowls and more.

Gallagher enjoys making functional pottery, and finds inspiration in nature.

“The colors I use are mostly the blues and greens that I see in the water and trees of the Puget Sound,” she said.

Fellow sculptor Terry Sonmore is also inspired by nature, but chooses more earthy shades for her dark stoneware platters.

Sonmore found a passion for clay sculpting in the 1980s. While attending Seattle University, she took a bronze casting class and quickly realized that form of art was too expensive.

She enrolled in a pottery class at Edmonds Community College, and then joined the Sculptors Workshop, where she has been creating ever since.

Gallagher and Sonmore said working with clay gives each of them a creative outlet.

“Making something of clay is very seductive and centering for my psyche,” Gallagher said. “The surprise of opening a kiln and seeing the finished product is rewarding to me.”

Faye Gallagher will feature her works of clay, like the aquamarine bowl pictured above, in the Sculptors Workshop Spring Pottery Sale from May 6-7.

Sonmore finds joy in expressing her thoughts through clay. She said the clay is pliable, and can be rearranged if an idea changes.

Each also finds inspiration in the community of artists at the co-op.

“The inspiration of creative energy of the Workshop group is priceless to me,” Gallagher said. “We work with the same clays and glazes, share ideas, and yet each of us comes up with a unique piece that expresses who each of us is.”

For more information, visit the Sculptors Workshop Facebook page or email sculptorsworkshop1967@gmail.com.

 

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