Pottery proves popular in Prince Albert

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With classes running at capacity, the Prince Albert Arts Centre’s pottery offerings have proven popular.

 

“I think right now we have more than 50, 55 classes,” recreation co-ordinator and pottery instructor Lorri Wiberg said.

“The reason we don’t have more is that we don’t have more rooms in which to offer classes.”

Pounding and flattening out clay in preparation of a Sunday afternoon youth pottery class, Wiberg said that the art form’s been popular among both youth and adults.

“For those people who like working with their hands and playing in the mud as a child, you like creating and making messes -- that’s why I like it so much,” she said.

“It’s a lot of fun. You can basically come into the pottery studio and you have your own little private space for a couple hours devoid of the madness of the world.”

Enough people agree with this sentiment that the facility’s four kilns are kept busy “continually producing” year-round and are rarely left alone.

It’s a lot of fun. You can basically come into the pottery studio and you have your own little private space for a couple hours devoid of the madness of the world Lorri Wiberg

The Prince Albert Arts Centre’s pottery equipment and workspace fills up about half of the downtown Prince Albert building’s basement.

“We also have a silversmithing area for cutting rocks and polishing – lapidary is what it’s called,” Wiberg said of the basement’s other half.

“There’s also a sand blasting booth, which is where you take a piece of glass and you put it inside this machine and cut a design or pattern on it with sand blasting.

Classes continually start up, she said, noting that those interested in taking up the art form should visit the city’s website, www.citypa.ca, in order to sign up.

Keep a close eye on listings, she said, noting that classes taught by the more popular instructors tend to fill up overnight.

 

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