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Pottery studio now open

Pebbles Stewart of Plattsburgh, left, and Shaunice Bonnier of Peru work on projects at the new pottery studio at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh.

Pebbles Stewart of Plattsburgh, left, and Shaunice Bonnier of Peru work on projects at the new pottery studio at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts has opened a new pottery studio.

The studio, located in the lower level of the arts center on Brinkerhoff Street, officially opened with an open house Aug. 27.

Clay instructors Kim Mazur and Jackie Sabourin were on hand to give tours and demonstrations, with emphasizing how excited they are about how the studio will add to the local arts scene.

“People have donated so much time and energy to make this happen,” said Mazur, noting the studio received many donations from the community. “It’s really come together.”

“It’s so neat. I can’t even explain how important this is,” Sabourin said of the studio’s opening.

Mazur noted that until now, there has no formal setting locally to get instruction in working with clay.

“Hopefully we’re setting the foundation for growing into something much bigger,” said Mazur.

Leigh Mundy, president of the NCCCA board of directors, said the opening of the studio is proof of how the arts center continues to grow.

“The pottery studio is going to be phenomenal in bringing even more people in from the community and once they’re here, we can find out what else they’re interested in,” said Mundy.

“We’re really excited to have the studio open,” added Janine Scherline, executive director of the arts center. “We’re looking forward to having people of all ages make use of it.”

During the open house, the studio was named in Sabourin’s honor, with an official dedication ceremony planned at a later date.

The studio space will be open Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the arts center at 563-1604 or visit www.plattsburgharts.org.

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