BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library is offering three free craft workshops the week of spring break in honor of National Library Week. There will be hands-on sessions for pottery-making and jewelry-metalworking, and a presentation about glassblowing.
On Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m., potter Carole Beal will work with participants on a take-home project, demonstrate various techniques, and show some of her own work. The class is limited to 15 and pre-registration is required.
Ms. Beal creates functional pottery inspired by the coastal Maine scenes she loves – birch trees, islands and mountains. Her pieces are thrown on a potter’s wheel, hand-painted, and dipped in glazes she mixes from feldspars, flints and other naturally occurring materials.
On Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m., Patience Blythe of Meliora Designs will show various metalworking techniques for jewelry, then work with participants on a project they can take home. The class is limited to 15 and pre-registration is required.
Ms. Blythe’s work is inspired by the Art Nouveau techniques and styles of the late 19th-century, paintings by the Flemish masters, and engineering aspects of bridges and buildings in old industrial cities. She likes to explore the connection between forms in nature and forms created by people, and her creative process is constantly evolving. “All of my jewelry pieces speak to the independent spirit that drives me in my daily life,” she said. “Jewelry, to me, should be striking, unique, and provoke a conversation about the story of the piece … the story is as important as the piece itself.”
On Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m., Ken and Linda Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass in Ellsworth will give a slideshow and talk about the art of glassblowing, and will have some of their work on hand for display. There is no size limit for this session.
The Perrins create everything from vases and sculptures to jewelry and paperweights from hand-blown glass. They share a love for the beauty of nature, and that love inspires their work, they said. They established their first studio in the area in Hulls Cove in 1997, moving eight years later to a warehouse in Ellsworth where they still practice their craft and offer workshops.
For more information, or to sign up for the pottery or jewelry class, please call the library at 207-288-4245 or drop by in person.