Current Artist Residencies
Through the generosity of the Putnam Foundation, Crotched Mountain was able to purchase an electric kiln and related supplies for the CM School Art Classroom. With this equipment, we can now offer an ongoing ceramic arts program as well as occasional artist residencies. Visiting artists work with CM Art Teacher, Eric Peterson in the classroom. Students learn techniques of working with clay, design principals, decision making, self expression through art making and safety measures. Patience is a large part of ceramic art because students work on one piece over a number of weeks; gradually completing the different steps. They also experience how their work changes over time through the decisions that they make along the way.
Recent ceramic projects include: musical instruments such as horns, ocarinas, rattles and xylophones, ceramic masks, mugs and bowls.
Two New Hampshire ceramic artists have visited the classroom recently.
Shana Brautigam, Rooted in Clay, Rindge, NH
Shana is the owner of Rooted in Clay, a ceramic studio in Rindge, NH. She is a member of the League of NH Craftsmen, the NH Potter's Guild and the NH State Council on the Arts Community Artist Roster. She exhibits and teaches across New Hampshire. Shana has been a visiting artist in the CM Hospital Day Program and the CM School Art Classroom. She has led workshops in ceramic musical instruments that have then been part of the CM music program and performance. Students and clients have also made pinch pots, mugs and other ceramic pieces under her direction. Natural objects such as walnut shells, sea shells, corn cobs and various mark making tools are used to decorate. www.rootedinclay.com
Teresa Taylor, Salty Dog Pottery, Barnstead, NH
Teresa has been a studio potter at Salty Dog Pottery in Barnstead, NH since 1973. She strives to maintain an energetic human spirit within her handmade pottery and believes that working with clay can permit people to record their impressions of the natural world. She is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, the Potter’s Guild and a participating Artist-In-Education through the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Teresa has exhibited her work in galleries and shows throughout New Hampshire and the Northeast. During her residency at Crotched Mountain, she led the students in mask making. www.saltydogpottery.com