We are fortunate to have so many generous potters and pottery students in Austin and we thank all of them for their donations. Throughout the year we will be featuring potters who have gone above and beyond and would like to start with the following who have “bowled us over” for years.
Dennis Trombatore, librarian by day, potter whenever he can manage, is donating 250 beautifully thrown and then carved stoneware bowls this year… We’ve lost count of how many bowls has donated over the years. Dennis is also a regular contributor to the AEBP silent auction.But he doesn’t stop with donating bowls. Every year Dennis and his wife Shiela Winchester show up for duty day of and spend the entire day helping to make things run smoothly. Look for them at the water stations or for Dennis demonstrating how to throw a bowl for people waiting in line.
Nancy Hallmark is a potter and recently retired art teacher in Austin. In addition to making and decorating dozens of gorgeous majolica bowls every year, Nancy holds a workshop for art teachers on how to make bowls for the project. Nancy is also a regular at our potter bowl making parties. Look for Nancy day of. She’ll be serving soup.
Pottery students at ClayWays Pottery Studio and members of Greater Austin Clay Artists hold bowl-a-thons and donate boxes of bowls every year.
Diana Melancon, former art teacher in West Lake Hills, regularly glazes and decorates 50 beautiful majoilica bowls for the project.
Hester Weigand doesn’t just donate a number of bowls. She donates by the ton. No joke. This potter and co-director of the project throws bowls all year long, some that she decorates, some that she gets friends and neighbors to decorate, some that other artists decorate, and some that celebrities sign for the silent auction. She’s the Clayzmanian Devil.