The artists are busy molding objects of both form and function. “If you can dream it you can do it,” said Sierra Pescher of the Southern California Chapter of the Ceramic Society of America.
The ceramics studio is always buzzing with activity as techniques and secrets are shared willingly. The poor economy has fostered a renewed interest in ceramics, Pescher said.
People want the ability to express their emotions through art.
Artist Karin Swildens creates both delicate eggs and brutish horses. “I’ve loved horses since I was a little girl and they feed the part of me that wants to express strength. And the eggs are like a beginning. So if I need inspiration I carve an egg sculpture and I find inspiration,” Swildens said.
The festival is also part of a fundraiser for the Arboretum.