Mudslingers Totally Kilning It

From left to right: Shannon Hirschberg, Claire Tietje, Kristin Marada, Ellen Sosin, Kari Erickson, Michelle Kembitsky, Ladd Lindsay, Suzanne Shiff, Janelle Sundberg (photo By Stephen Weiss)

Patti Jo Lewis

Empty Bowls—what a success this has been for our club. The Mudslingers pottery club created, boxed, and delivered 138 bowls to the Empty Bowls event, which was held on March 4. Empty Bowls helps Interfaith Community Services (ICS) raise funds to feed people struggling with hunger in Pima County. Our potters did a great deal of work. Our kiln loaders fired all those bowls along with the normal volume during the past six months. Our Clay and Glaze Committee made sure we had an ample supply of materials to support this worthwhile endeavor. One of our potters, Suzanne Shiff, has been a volunteer with ICS. She was thrilled with the Mudslingers club and stated that the ICS is an amazing gift to the Tucson community.

We do like to keep busy. On top of the work for Empty Bowls, our potters have taught quite a few classes (pinch pots, extruder, wheel, glazing with flux and stroke coat, interactive pigments, and texturing and embellishments). All this in just the first three months of this year!

How can you join and take advantage of these wonderful programs? Reserve your space for one of two upcoming classes, Thursday, May 11, or Thursday, June 8. Stop by during studio hours and complete your enrollment for either the May or June session. The hand-building class starts at noon. The cost is $40. Approximately three to four weeks after attending your intro class, there is a session on glazing techniques, allowing you to put designer colors on your pottery piece (once your piece has been fired).

The SaddleBrooke Ranch Spring ArtWALK will be Saturday, April 22. Stop by our studio. Our display case will highlight unique pieces. You can also check out our website at

Regular Studio Hours

* Mondays and Wednesdays: 3 to 5 p.m.

* Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.