Clay lays beneath many homes and businesses in Vernon, but it is a significant part of the foundation for the success of the Vernon Community Arts Centre and it’s bustling pottery studio.
A new mural within the walls of the centre, The Power of Clay, speaks to the importance of arts education, the process of creation and the value of a community arts space.
“Clay is an extraordinary artistic medium that has the power to transform people’s lives through tactile experience, social connectivity, profound knowledge sharing, collaboration and creativity,” said Svetlana Shkuratova, the creator of the mural.
“This mural is a celebration of this power of clay and of people who, bound together by it, have created an evolving community of pottery makers.”
Among the many stories the mural portrays is the journey of the sculptor, Shkuratova.
“The mural is a timeline of a journey that a potter makes here – from the first baby steps to confident strides of a ceramic artist or a production potter,” said Shkuratova.
“The maker starts with a lump of clay, giving it a spark of life, and the exciting process of learning begins. As the student gets more involved, different doors start to open, the doors leading to the experience and knowledge of previous generations of potters.”
The Community Arts Centre clay studio is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.