Every year, for more than a dozen years, the Woods Hole Public Library has been fortunate enough to receive pieces of pottery from their favorite local potters to raffle in December. The public eagerly awaits this opportunity to simultaneously win a piece of local art, and support their local library.
All the pieces have been graciously donated by these local people who eke out their living with their craft. Considering the geographical closeness of their studios, the craftsmen’s styles are surprisingly different.
The potters are Ann Newbury, Tessa Morgan, Anne Halpin, and , new this year, Susan Nowogrodski. Fortunately for the Library, Ron Geering, who has contributed his award-winning pottery to previous Library raffles, has contributed one of his new “Hedge Creatures”, a Norse inspired carved wooden figure.
Tessa specializes in “sgraffito”, in which she creates an image by carving away the surrounding surface, leaving it unglazed. Ann Newbury’s work is strong, traditional, functional, and beautiful. Anne Halpin’s pieces are also traditional, but with a modern, graceful, almost feminine, touch.
For this raffle, Tessa’s has brought a large bowl with sea turtles and fish swimming around a sea-green center; Ann Newbury has contributed a set of four brown striped bowls (suitable for cereal) and Anne Halpin has donated a lovely set of four blue , almost lavender, bowls, perfect for ice cream. Susan has contributed a large shallow green-toned serving bowl, with orange carp painted inside.
All the pottery is on view when the Library is open, which includes every late afternoon except Sunday as well as earlier on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday . For specific hours, and to see images of the pots, visit the Library’s website www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org.
The Library encourages the public to visit these generous artists at their studios, and support them, just as they have done for the Library.
Tickets for the raffle, which are $ 2 for one ticket and $ 5 for three tickets, are available at the Library at 581 Woods Hole Road. Tickets will also be on sale at the Renaissance Fair on December 1 . The final day to buy tickets is Wednesday, December 5 , when the drawing will be held.