Busy year for Ceramics Club

Jill Conklin

The SaddleBrooke Ceramics Club (SCC) has had a busy year. Our annual meeting in January not only had great food and conversation, but we were also able to make a nice contribution to the Tri-Community Food Bank Project. Our next annual meeting is scheduled for Jan. 22, and we will have a different twist from previous years, so save the date.

The SaddleBrooke Activity Fair provided an opportunity for our members to showcase and talk to prospective new members. The SCC volunteer monitors extended the studio hours to include Saturdays, which allowed people with commitments during the week to enjoy the studio and time with fellow members. There were multiple beginner classes as well as classes to teach new techniques, including Southwest plate painting, painting on greenware, bronzing, clay building agaves, and Moroccan mounds. One member suggested having a “Let Someone Else Paint It” sale, in which members who had bisque that they decided not to finish sold to other members and allowed them room in their homes for new items. It was a win-win situation, all around.

The SCC was organized to assist residents in SaddleBrooke One and SaddleBrooke TWO in developing their interest and skills in ceramics. This is a great opportunity to meet others in the SaddleBrooke community. We welcome new members of all skill levels—no prior experience is necessary. The club has three kilns and several hundred molds. There is plenty of space in the SaddleBrooke TWO Arts and Crafts Complex to facilitate learning, socializing, and having a fun time. The members learn from each other while forming friendships that last a long time. The club is maintained by volunteers, and volunteer opportunities are available to be more involved. We offer classes for all levels (beginner to advanced) and social events throughout the year.

If this is an activity you have wanted to explore or you are just looking for something different here in SaddleBrooke, now is the time to plan for the new year before the holidays become all consuming. The next two-day beginner class is scheduled for Jan. 9 and 16, so stop by the ceramics studio to get more details and secure your spot.

The SCC meets in the SaddleBrooke TWO Arts and Crafts Complex Quartz Room, Monday through Friday (and most Saturdays), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The membership fee is only $20. For more information, stop by and visit with the daily monitor and see our facility.