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Earth, Wind and Fire: Primitive Pottery Workshop

Posted June 13, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.

Monday, July 7, 2014 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: School Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream, Maine

For more information: 2077962100; downeastlakes.org/events/earth-wind-and-fire-primitive-pottery-workshop/

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to welcome Felise Levine for a creative three-part primitive pottery workshop in beautiful Grand Lake Stream.

Part I: EARTH. July 7: Students will use easy hand building techniques to form the stoneware clay. They will learn how to pinch-pot, coil and roll the clay into several decorative objects.

Part II: EARTH. July 21: After a two-week drying period, participants will return to decorate, create texture and burnish their pots in preparation for their firing.

AIR: After a week of slow drying, Cobscook Learning Center has graciously agreed to support the program by firing objects in their kiln, to harden the ware.

Part III: FIRE: July 28: Attendees will use the earth itself for pit firing. Students can help load the pit, and watch the fire as their pots cook and get color from the flames and the materials in the pit. The pit will be unloaded the next day once it has cooled. Results can be spectacular and unpredictable.

The cost of this program is $30 and it is open to only 8-10 participants. Register early by contacting the Downeast Lakes Land Trust to ensure a place!

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust will supply the clay, some tools and the pit firing materials.

Participants should bring the following items:

1) An apron

2) Rolling pin (wooden is best)

3) A small sponge

4) A few plastic grocery bags to cover pieces

5) A small smooth rock with rounded edges

6) A metal spoon and fork

7) A sharp knife

8) Anything from the woods that can be used to create texture on the clay.

9) An old pillowcase or cotton dishtowel (no terry cloth)

About the workshop leader: Felise Levine is a summer visitor to Grand Lake Stream. During the year, she lives in Del Mar California where she works as a psychologist and hobbies as a part-time potter. She is setting up her pottery studio at the Goodkind camp on Pocumcus and will call her studio GLS Pottery.

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