Learning to Work the Potter's Wheel

Students at Flood Brook School in Londonderry spent the last week in January working with artist Susan Leader, who visited the school to teach the art of working on the potter's wheel.

The excitement in the art room was high and the kids really did a great job working with our visiting potter. Susan Leader, who grew up in our area and perfected her craft through study and work with renowned village potters in Japan, has had her work featured in national publications.

Her decorated country pottery is sold in fine craft shows and galleries. Her work with students is also exceptional. With amazing skill and good humor, Susan taught students from Kindergarten through eighth grade how to be successful on the potter's wheel.

During the course of the week students made hundreds of decorated mugs, plates and bowls. These will be glazed and fired over the next few weeks. While many will go home with students, a number will also be donated to the Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for Vermont families in need of food in these difficult times.

Art teacher Casey Junker Bailey, along with the students and staff at Flood Brook, wish to thank The Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester and The Green Mountain Festival Series in Chester for the generous matching grants that made this residency possible.

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