Painters set up their easels, beginning the day with an empty canvas, and ending with new works. Laura Nichols, the president of Great Falls Studios and an accomplished potter (as well as the brood mother to 70 egg-laying chickens on her farm) showed how to make clay masks.
I set up a table and made jewelry. Lots of kids watched, holding and feeling many of my 'raw materials.' They saw how I weigh the various beads, findings, metals and wire to make a necklace or bracelet or pin.
A few people who gathered round also asked to be on my mailing list so I can alert them to things like the Open Studio event at my studio in Great Falls next Saturday, May 19. E-mail me if you'd like directions.
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