Many people with children know about the Pinckneyville Park's soccer fields and the walking trails but don't avail themselves of the Community Center. Consider taking a class in pottery, painting, dance, zumba, karate, language, drama or writing. Did you know the Center has rental facilities, a small catering kitchen, a stage and a beautiful garden as well?
The pottery studio, for example, is a great place to learn and practice the ceramic arts and you’ll find a whole range of people with a wide variety of skill levels and interests there.
The studio itself has 12 pottery wheels, a hand-building area and a full glazing area. There are five kilns, three electric, a Raku kiln and a gas-fired kiln which gives the capability to fire from Cone 04 to Cone 10. This indicates firing temperatures for different types of clay and glaze effects.
The Pinckneyville studio is comparable to any professional pottery studio in the area in terms of the equipment and materials and it’s within your reach, right here in your neighborhood! It's a great place for anyone interested in learning more, whether you haven't touched clay since the third grade or have been working in ceramics for years.
Many thanks to pottery artist Grace Markley-Reiter for the information she provided for this article. You can see Grace's work and her bio at www.art101.com/singinghands for her Singing Hands Pottery page.