Open Studio in English/Spanish Beginning April 23 at the Arts Center of Saint Peter

    April 1st, 2023

    SAINT PETER – The community is invited to explore clay for the first time or refine their pottery skills at twice-monthly open clay studios beginning Sunday, April 23, 3:00-5:00 p.m., and continuing every second and fourth Sunday of the month at the Arts Center of Saint Peter.

    Facilitated by clay studio manager Alvaro A.J. Aburto, open clay studios will be conducted in Spanish and English. Aburto is a former Nicaraguan Program Director of the International NGO Potters for Peace (Ceramistas por la Paz), a role that included leading cultural and artistic exchanges with local communities of artisans throughout the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.

    “My favorite aspect of pottery is that whether it is rustic or refined, made out of fancy tools or salvaged materials, people and cultures can come together to enjoy a meal with their favorite pot or appreciate a work of art as they speak the common language of clay,” said Aburto, who has been active at the Arts Center since 2018.

    Program description:

    OPEN CLAY STUDIO Try your hand at clay or develop your skills, with guidance and encouragement from an experienced potter! Open studio participants do not keep what they make. The focus is on the process. All materials and aprons are provided by the Arts Center. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult (one adult per child). Every second and fourth Sunday of every month, 3-5 p.m. in the Arts Center’s clay studio. Free, with donations to the Arts Center encouraged.

    ESTUDIO DE BARRO ABIERTO ¿Estas interesado en explorar el barro o desarrollar sus técnicas de cerámica con un guía y motivación de un artesano con experiencia? Los participantes no llevan lo que inventan. Se enfocan en el proceso. Todos los materiales y delantales están prestados del Centro de Arte. No requiere registración. Los niños pueden asistir con un adulto paricipante. Un adulto por niño. Cada segundo y cuarto Domingo de cada mes, 3-5 p.m. en el estudio de barro del Centro de Arte. Gratis, con fomentación de donaciones al Centro de Arte posible.

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    This activity is made possible through grants the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.