Mary Hepburn Artist of the Month

The work of Mary Hepburn will be featured during the month of November at the Jelly Bean Tree Artisans in Saxtons River.

Hepburn works in stoneware pottery, creating mostly functional pieces, and the shop is well stocked with bowls of all sizes, mugs and small pitchers. As a founding member of the crafts cooperative, she has been involved with the Jelly Bean Tree in several capacities since 1977, serving as treasurer, jury member, publicist and shop volunteer.

A pottery teacher at Vermont Academy since 1971, she is proud of the fact that several of her students have gone on to become professional potters.

Her current students have recently completed a project of making soup bowls for the local Empty Bowl Dinner. She has also taught young children at Main Street Arts, where she works in clay once a month with The Ex-Sighted Artists group.

The Jelly Bean Tree is located in the historic Main Street Arts building in downtown Saxtons River. The shop displays the work of about 50 local artisans.

Shop hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cooperative is solely run by members and new craftspeople are always welcome. For more information, call 869-2729 or 869-2099.

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