Mitzi, who comes from South Carolina and is a renowned creative clay artist herself, is the bones that supports the structure of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer studio. She processes and reprocesses the clay. That may sound laconic, but believe me, it is not. One has to know how to work machines. The physical labor entailed in everything required to keep a pottery functioning is phenomenal. Just packing the kiln with pottery to fire and placing the heavy shelves between each layer of pottery is a task. I have seen Mitzi perform tasks which could not have been in her job description but are necessary to maintain a well organized and clean studio. She teaches a lesson to those wishing to succeed. Go beyond what is expected, and Mitzi does.
To learn the many options The New Harmony Clay Project offers, go to their website. You will find a listing of the classes and registration forms at NHClayProject.org.
When you attend a pottery workshop, you will receive instruction, encouragement and compliments from Mitzi Davis as well as other accomplished clay artists who assist as needed. It is Mitzi’s warm, winning personality combined with her fantastic supply of energy that creates the atmosphere making you feel that what you are doing is worthwhile.
The Blaffer Foundation is a major contributor of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer pottery studio. Other supporters are The Greater Houston Community Foundation, the Lennie and Annie Dowhie Trust, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the New Harmony Artist’s Guild. With all this help and the fantastic fun programs that are being well managed, I have nothing about which to lament concerning the New Harmony Clay Project.
Kudos to all who have made the project a success, especially Mitzi Davis!
©Ann Rains--June, 2019
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