Workshops in Isle Focus on Clay
slab, coil, wheel, fire and glaze are all words that will become
part of the regular arts vocabulary at the Creative Center in
downtown Isle during the month of April.
Resident artist Mike Edin,
pictured at right,
will work in tandem with Kanabec County artist Latana Harris to
teach a series of clay workshops from April 5 through May 3. The
purpose of the project is to introduce clay arts to local artists
and provide technical support to each participant.
“All ages are welcome to
explore and expand what you know about clay art,” says project
director Angie Moen. “Practiced or beginner, you can work at your
own level,” she adds. Seasoned potters will have the opportunity to
formulate and develop glazes under the knowledgeable guidance of
Mike Edin, pictured at right. All participants can have a brand-new
experience or increase their current skills with local artist Latana
There will be Saturday open
studios from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from April 5 through 26.
workshops will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks
beginning April 8. There are two time slots, noon to 2:30 p.m. for
adults, and after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for youth.
Transportation is provided for Isle and Onamia students.
The final event is a Gallery
Tour and Opening on Saturday May 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. All are
At left is an example of
Mike Edin's creativity - a ceramic chess set. Heather Tideman
and Allen Coombs get an aerial view of the board as they play the
There is a modest fee to participate and
scholarships are available. The Creative Center is located in
downtown Isle on the north side of Main Street. For more
information, contact Angie at 320-676-1962 or
This activity is made
possible, in part, by a grant from the East Central Regional
Development Commission and the East Central Arts Council with funds
provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.