Spring may be a long way off, but something new is blossoming at the Art Museum: the first-ever community pottery studio in Horry and Georgetown Counties, now under construction on the ground floor of our facility.
To be named the Lineta Pritchard Pottery Studio, the 1,000-square-foot facility will occupy previously underutilized space directly under our first-floor offices. The fully-enclosed, all-weather studio will include six pottery wheels, a hand-building area for up to 10 students, a glazing surface with storage for a colorful assortment of glazes, a cleaning station and a separate room for a kiln. The studio will offer pottery classes for both children and adults, five days a week year-round beginning in early spring. Students registered for any of these sessions will also be able to take advantage of open-studio hours where they can work on their own.
The project began with conversations between board members and Arielle Fatuova, the Art Museum’s Education Coordinator and ceramicist, whose enthusiasm was instrumental in moving the idea forward. Having marked our 20th successful year, we felt the concept not only filled a need in the community-at-large but also provided a new medium of creating art at the Museum.
The new Lineta Pritchard Pottery Studio honors a committed Museum leader whose hard work, dedication and sense of community – since the Museum’s earliest days – have helped make the Art Museum what it is today. Over the years, Lineta conceived and led the efforts to stage many of the Museum’s most recognizable annual fundraising events, including the Spring Tour of Homes and the Bag Ladies Luncheon.
We are very grateful to The Chapin Foundation, along with additional support from The Brittain Family, Carolyn Burroughs, Nancy Cave, Sharon and Mike Clayton, Cynthia and Eddie Dyer, Vern Hearl and Bill Pritchard, who have provided funding for this wonderful new facility.