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For kids ages5 and up! Join instructors Lesley Burks and Brie Falwell in making a special gift for Mother’s Day, a handprint bowl!
Instructors: Lesley Burks
Lesley is a Lynchburg local who started pottery classes at the ACOA three years ago in search of a creative outlet. Since then, she has developed an interest in crafting ceramics and has cheerfully participated in classes and volunteer work around the campus.
Growing up I remember always being drawn to the unique dishware that my parents had. I always chose the mismatched pieces like the lone fork with the floral engraving, and the large bowl that was perfect for cereal, even the mug with the wide handle that all your fingers can fit around. Having the opportunity to participate in the pottery studio and learn how to apply those details into something that I create is so special. One of the many things that I find fascinating about ceramics is that the possibilities are endless and there is always more to learn. The community within the studio has elevated my knowledge and skill, everyone is so helpful and supportive. I am excited to share my experience with others as well.
I started working with clay in 2017 for a few courses while in University, and began to further my exploration of the art form in 2018 when I started taking classes with the Academy Center of the Arts. Since then I have continued my ceramic education via ACOA, and have begun selling my pieces via online retail or vendor fairs. Throughout the years pottery has grown to become one of the most fulfilling part of my life by watching my personal growth in both the technical skill and my personal achievements. I am very excited to combine my passion of working with children and my passion for art. I have learned so much throughout my few years, and I am so excited to be given the opportunity to share my passion with others.
Supported by the BWXT Access Program
with Education Access Program Discounts Underwritten by