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November 22, 2007 - Image 57

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-11-22

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Spencer Barefield with some of his ceramics

Stock Up On Pottery

Annual Potters Market offers Judaic
and non-Judaic fare for every taste.

afternoon, they taught members the
basics of making their own Chanukah
pottery.
The Collins' display, which consists
Iona and Sheldon Collins are
about to help Metro Detroiters only of functional designs, will be
very different from that of a younger
celebrate Chanukah. The
Jewish ceramics artist who is debut-
artistic team is bringing menorahs,
ing his secular work at the Potters
latke trays and holiday triv-
Market and also focuses on the
ets to the 32nd annual
functional.
Potters Market planned
Detroiter Spencer Barefield,
by Oakland Community
20, a student at Oakland
College.
Community College, is
The couple, known
showing large vases,
for whimsically
plates and bowls as well
colorful designs,
as mugs and small serv-
will be among 135
ing pieces.
ceramic specialists
"I think I'm the young-
showing and selling nearly
est person in the show:' says
40,000 items Friday-
Barefield, whose glazing
Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2,
suggests a sea motif through
at the UF & CW Union
Fiona and Sheldon
waves of color. "My interest
Hall in Madison Heights.
Collins: Chamsa
in art started with draw-
There will be lamps, tile-
(protective hand).
ing and painting, but that
topped tables, jewelry,
changed as I discovered the potter's
framed mirrors and many other cat-
wheel when I was 13 and became
egories of imaginative clay designs.
very involved with classes at Pewabic
"We're bringing between 300 and
400 pieces, and we'll have secular items Pottery"
Barefield, whose religious train-
as well': explains Fiona Collins, 44, who
ing was at Workmen's Circle, hopes to
trained at Haifa University. "Whether
we're showing mezuzahs or flower pots, make a career out of pottery but plans
we hope people will find our work eye- on working toward a teaching degree
so that he will have steady employ-
catching and often fun:'
ment.
Although this is the first time the
"I've begun doing digital artwork:'
Canadian couple have been at this
show, they have participated in popular Barefield says. "That's a new interest
for me' 1:
art events around the state. The Ann
Arbor Art Fairs and Art & Apples in
The 32nd annual Potters Market
Rochester have displayed the Collins'
runs Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30-
pottery.
Dec. 2, at the UF & CW Union
"My husband makes the pieces, and
Hall, 876 Horace Brown Dr., in
I do the decorating:' she explains. "Like
Madison Heights. Hours are 10
my husband, I lived in South Africa
a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6
but moved to Israel before relocating to
p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5
Canada."
p.m. Sunday. A preview sale will
The Collins family, which includes
be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov.
two children who help with the work,
29, when admission is $10. Call
are active in a Reform temple out-
(248) 246-2686 or log on to
side Toronto and have led a ceramics
www.thepottersmarket.com .
program for congregants. On one

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