One of my longer-term goals in this project was to help establish a community based around the pottery studio: A place for people to meet, hang out, develop relationships and share ideas centered on a common interest. What I didn't understand at the time was that Stafford Springs already *is* a community. I've mentioned before that it has been a great experience being welcomed into this artistic town. I have help when I need it, support, commiseration, creativity, camaraderie...
Now that the big deadlines have been met, for the most part, and I can get down to some of these other goals, this one is turning out to be a lot of fun. In keeping with the Stafford Springs character, I came up with a really cool community project that I will be announcing shortly, and in the meantime I'm getting some details around it into place.
I always had a plan with the layout of the shop to have some hanging-out community cafe tables, and I'm just now getting to that. So today the tabletops were dropped off, and we put one on a base to take a look... It took literally less than fifteen minutes for the riffraff to find it and use it exactly as it was intended. (See photo above). So cool! They're on my floor right now (the tabletops) waiting for polyurethane.
So my community idea has been fabulously expanded to incorporate what is already here in Stafford Springs. My goal is to be a contributor and facilitator to help nurture this already creative and supportive (and eclectic) community.
More to come!