“10 Weeks of Clay” with David Dahstedt – Weekly Classes Beginning Feb. 8 at the Arkansas Craft School

Register by January 31st

Have Fun in the Mud! – Pottery Comes in Many Forms

If you want to advance your skills in pottery, either wheel-thrown or hand built, you will want this class. This workshop focuses on fundamental clay forming techniques and the wildly creative and expressive potential of the utilitarian ceramic form. There will be demonstrations and instruction of hand building, such as pinch pots, coil pots, and slab construction; as well as wheel-throwing techniques for creating bowls, cylinders, and altered wheel forms. The finishing processes of trimming and adding spouts, handles and lids will also be covered.

Instructor David Dahlstedt provides individual coaching, directed toward the student’s skill level. The class is appropriate for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Weekly classes allow student to pursue and advance in their specific interests. This class also includes studio pass access to the pottery class room while the clas is ongoing. This allows students to pursue additional projects.

David Dahlstedt is the Arkansas Craft School’s potter-in-residence, bringing his wealth of experience to the ACS.  Potters David and Becki Dahlstedt came to Mountain View via separate paths which converged in 1984 at the Ozark Folk Center where David had been the potter for 6 years. Together they continued to demonstrate pottery at the Folk Center for 12 years before establishing a studio in Mountain View. Combining their talents, skills, and interests, the Dahlstedts have established a full time pottery business, producing an extensive line of functional pottery, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces. David makes both functional and decorative pots. An elaborate teapot can make an artistic statement and still be used to steep and pour tea. David’s work has been included in many regional shows and is sold in galleries throughout the state. Becki makes pots as well but spends most of her time glazing the couple’s work using multiple glaze application techniques to achieve their trademark blended earth tones. David is the potter-in-residence at the Arkansas Craft School and teaches spring and fall classes at the school’s studio located in downtown Mountain View.

Arkansas Craft School | P.O. Box 2694, 110 E Main Street, Mountain View, AR 72560 or contact arkcraftschool@gmail.com

 

 

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.