Deb Stewart has gone to pot |

Deb Stewart has gone to pot

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Deb Stewart loves working with her hands. She found that by using her hands, she can relieve stress. By using several interesting materials and techniques, she creates beautiful pottery and silver jewelry. She started making pottery in 1981 at the Glenwood Springs CMC pottery facility, with Henry Mead as the instructor. Since then, she’s taken pottery classes in New Mexico, southern Colorado, Arizona, Vail, Grand Junction and the Carbondale Clay Center. She learned to make horsehair pottery at a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. Lucky for her, she has an unlimited supply of horsehair from her own horses, located in back of her studio.One or two horsehairs are applied with tweezers to a pot which has come out of a small electric kiln at about 1,100 to 1,200 degrees. “All my horsehair pots are thrown on a wheel, sanded, burnished with a stone and fired,” said Stewart. “The horsehair puts a carbon trail when it’s fired.” She also creates beautiful foil sagger pottery and primitive blackware pottery. All three of these types of pottery are designed as art pieces and are not food- or water-safe.

Stewart makes functional pottery of terra cotta red and white earthenware, white stoneware and tan high-fire stoneware, which is oven/dishwasher/microwave safe, with no lead products used.Stewart also makes silver jewelry out of precious metal clay (PMC), old X-rays recycled by the Mitsubishi Corporation, which currently has 56 years’-worth of silver supply. This type of silver is easy to work with and easy to fire; and when the earrings, pendants and pins are finished, they are 99.9 percent pure silver and will never tarnish. She has had two all-day PMC workshops and is planning one for October.The Wild Sage Studio was built in the summer of 2006 and finished and stocked late last October. Ninety-six people attended Wild Sage Studio’s open house last weekend. The most popular items sold were coffee mugs, soup bowls and medium-to-large salad bowls, with lots of specialty items thrown in. Call 876-0839 for an appointment, or visit Deb at her studio from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and some Saturdays, at 3301 Peach Valley Road between New Castle and Silt, and let her show you how stress-free she is in her creative bit of heaven.

New Castle will be part of the 12th annual National Solar Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at two energy-efficient and solar-powered homes located at 25 Buckskin Circle and 468 Silverthorn Drive in New Castle. Citizens, civic leaders and contractors are invited to learn how easy and cost effective it can be to build or retrofit a home to be more efficient and to utilize clean, renewable energy. For questions, call Doug at 984-0617. The free event is presented by the New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee with the Town of New Castle, Sol Energy and the American Solar Energy Society.

Four Albanian artists from South Eastern Europe will be joining with New Castle artists Sept. 24-28 to paint a mural on a sign board, which will be mounted on the front of the New Castle Branch Library. Stop by and watch the process! The mural dedication will be held at noon Sunday, Sept. 30. Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips or inspirations, call 384-9118 or e-mail

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