Tiny Treasures

during December at the Co-op


Bright Spot by Nina Anderson Coler                                                                             Watercolor


Tiny Weed Pots by Flo Rosenstock                                                                                         Pottery

Rainbow Baskets by Sandy Tobin                                                                                Coiled Fabric                                                                            
           Wee One and Mom by Nancy Baker                                                       Mixed Media

Winter Color by Nina Anderson Coler                                                                           Watercolor

Morn by Nancy Baker

Yellow Submarine
by Doreen Leskowitz  

White Sheep
by Lynn Perry
Just a sampling of the many ornaments in the shop

New Member
Kathryn LaCroix brings Treetop Pottery to the Co-op

Kathryn LaCroix makes functional pottery in her Shelburne Falls studio, located in the redeveloped Lamson Goodnow factory space on the Buckland side fo the river. I visited with her in this sunny, cheerful space on a recent Friday morning to find out about how her business, Treetop Pottery, developed and how she was doing as a young artist entrepreneur.     
Treetop Pottery is on the ground level of one of the brick buildings in the complex. The former grinding room of the cutlery manufacturer has been partitioned into several workshops and studios where people practice an array of arts, crafts and small scale manufacturing, including bicycles, furniture and Kathryn’s pottery.

  Kathryn has an electric kiln in one corner, worktables and a potters wheel, and shelves full of raw materials for mixing glazes. There is a table full of her birch bark series mugs, cups, and vases, glazed and looking ready to be sold. Each of the pieces had been hand carved to give the texture of tree bark, and glazed white except for slashes that showed the reddish-brown clay underneath, giving the finish the look of birch bark. 

    The clay Kathryn uses is red with black speckles of malachite, imparting a very earthy, natural look in her wares. The thin walls of her cups and mugs have a delicacy that contrasts with the tree-like aesthetic.

     Another feature on many of Kathryn's pieces is a dent which makes a natural resting place for one’s thumb. “It’s very helpful when I wash things — something to hold on to. People really like that,” she commented. 

    Thin cookies of glazed and fired clay were destined for holiday ornaments and gift tags. 

    “People can write on the back of these with chalk,” said Kathryn, turning over one of the tags she had glazed. 

    Nice way to top off a hand made gift, for sure.

By Nina Rossi

Photography by Kim Lindner
of Time Bandit Photography.

Shelburne Arts Co-op

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday – 11-5
Friday, Saturday – 11-8
Closed on Tuesdays


26 Bridge Street | Shelburne Falls, MA


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