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Erik Lindstrom sits at the potter’s wheel and makes a bowl while a small audience watches in amazement at how quickly he works at his craft.  Photo by Christie Slocum

Erik Lindstrom sits at the potter’s wheel and makes a bowl while a small audience watches in amazement at how quickly he works at his craft. Photo by Christie Slocum

Colleton County Arts Council has had a full schedule of summer classes available for kids of all ages. One of the most popular classes has been taught by Erik Lindstrom, Colleton County Arts Council’s Potter in residence. Lindstrom is originally from Hartford, Connecticut. He moved to the lowcountry to study at the College of Charleston. Currently, he is the owner of the Golden Daffodil located at 356 East Washington Street.

Lindstrom also holds a title of Master Potter. A Master Potter is one that has completed a course of study and served an apprenticeship under a Master Potter for a certain amount of time. Lindstrom’s apprenticeship lasted four years. During that time he had to learn how to dig, process and mix his own clay. He also had to be able to build his own kiln. “The Colleton County Arts Council is very fortunate to have an artist like Erik. He is talented in so many areas and is willing to share his time and most importantly his love for the arts with others,” said Program Coordinator Kim Bridge.

During the month of August, Lindstrom will be teaching classes to children. The class will be for two days, August 11 and August 15, and it will be divided into three age groups. The first group is age four to seven. Their time slot is 10:00 am to 11:30 pm. The cost for this age group is $35. The next age group is eight to twelve. Their time slot is 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. The cost for this age group is $45.

The last age group is thirteen to seventeen. Their class will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The cost for this age group is also $45.

The first two groups will be having an introduction to pottery while the older group of children will be learning a style of pottery known as Raku. Raku ware is a type of Japanese Pottery that is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, most often in the form of tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by being hand shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperature and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air. The familiar technique of placing the ware in a container filled with combustible material introduced by Paul Soldner, is not a traditional Raku practice. Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide. This is a really cool art that teens will not want to miss out on.

To make sure the adults don’t feel left out the CCAC will start an adult pottery class in September. The class will run for six weeks. The student will have a choice of Tuesday or Thursday night classes. Tuesday nights will be open to anyone sixteen and older and Thursday night will be open to anyone twenty one and over. Class space for all classes offered through the CCAC is limited so come by and sign up early. For questions about the August schedule or more information about how to sign up for classes please call Program Coordinator Kim Bridge at 843-549-1922.

 

Christie Slocum (493 Posts)