Anyone looking for something unique for Mother’s Day or just a fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids is invited to visit the Goddard Center’s Art Studios Paint-A-Pot fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1.


Anyone looking for something unique for Mother’s Day or just a fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids is invited to visit the Goddard Center’s Art Studios Paint-A-Pot fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1.

 

Although geared for children, people of all ages will enjoy coming in and picking out a piece of pottery they would like to paint.

 

The bowls and vases are all handcrafted by artist Steven Phillips. There are also some unique masks, which were handcrafted by Murray College Professor of Art Alan Burris.
Phillips has turned the clay classroom into a production studio during the past month, turning out many unique bowls and vases, each one hand signed and numbered.

 

After a person selects a piece and glazes it, the piece will be ready for firing. The glazes are food safe and available in both colored and clear. Weather permitting, plans are being made to Raku fire a number of the works that day, but especially the masks.

 

Raku is a fast-fired ceramic process that uses both fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs and can achieve very interesting results. Pieces not Raku fired will be fired in the kiln during the next week just in time for Mother’s Day. All pieces will be available for pick-up by at 1 p.m. on May 8. The pieces cost $15, $20 or $25 depending on the size of the piece.

 

This is the first time this type of fundraiser has been done at the Art Studios. Paint-A-Pot was conceived as a fundraiser to help fund a new building to enclose the center’s newest gas-fired kiln.

 

“I am real excited about the possibilities of this endeavor. It will give the public an opportunity to come see the studio in action,” Phillips said.

 

Supplies for this event are limited. The event will be first-come, first-served. To ask questions, call the Goddard Center at (580) 226-0909 or the Art Studios at (580) 490-6556. The Goddard Art Studios building located at 425 1st Ave. S.W. in Ardmore.