Annie Burrell to demonstrate at Shapes and Colors show

Annie Burrell of Franklin will display her pottery skills at the 18th annual Mountain Shapes and Colors Art and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center.

After working various jobs and having various hobbies over the years, Burrell took a pottery class four years ago with the Southwestern Community College Heritage Arts Institute. She came to love making pottery and now her hobby is her living.  

After taking several classes, Burrell developed her own style; she now has a line of functional pottery wares centered on the bee theme. The bee motif came from the first letter of her last name and her husband Tim’s enthusiasm for raising bees. One of her wares is a pottery honey pot packaged together with a jar of honey from Tim’s bees.

The Mountain Shapes and Colors Fair features a variety of arts and crafts, all made by local craftsmen and women. Among others, this year’s line-up includes pottery, soap, decorated gourds, folk art, jewelry, woodwork, salves, baskets and braided rugs.

Four workshops are offered this year and each cost $5.

• 10 a.m. – Local artist Pam Deas will teach a mini sketching class at 10 a.m.

• 11 a.m. – Claire Suminski will hold a workshop on building a birdhouse out of a gourd.

• 1 p.m. – Doug Hubbs will teach a candle making workshop.

• 2 p.m. – Hank Shuler and Shirley Vennstra will teach a pottery workshop. Participants will build a pencil holder that will be available for pick up in a few weeks.

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