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Henry County Extension Bazaar

Henry County, Ky.’s Rawlins to exhibit her pottery at bazaar

This will be her first time taking part in the popular show

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (November 2018) – Connie Rawlins loves the fact that there is always something new to learn and experience when creating pottery. Her ideas are endless, and she knows she can always create something useful and beautiful out of what appears to be an ordinary lump of clay.
“I have more ideas of things I want to make with clay than I have time to create,” said the Henry County, Ky., resident. “I love the feel of clay-you can shape it, carve it, paint it.”

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Pictured are samples of Connie Rawlins’ work. Above is a serving tray. Below are flower vases, each one hand-painted with various designs.

Rawlins randomly tried her hand at the potter’s wheel when she attended West Georgia College (now University of West Georgia) for undergraduate studies and then the University of Kentucky for graduate school in philosophy. Thinking it was something she might someday like to do, she put it on a back burner.
Still entertaining the thought four years ago, she began taking wheel throwing classes at Mudworks in Lexington, Ky. Mudworks hold classes and workshops in multiple locations across the state. “You can still find me in class there every Monday night,” she said.
After two years of wheel throwing, she began to focus on hand building with clay. “I found that I could be more creative with hand building. Most of my work is done at Mudworks, although I do love painting the glazes on and adding creative touches at my kitchen table.”
Rawlins, 69, has thought about installing a home studio for her business, New Chapter Pottery, but “enjoys the supportive pottery community at Mudworks.” Feedback from other artists gives her direction in her work.
After more than 25 years as a certified public accountant, Rawlins sees New Chapter Pottery as “a new chapter for me. I’m still finding my way with this business and how I want to market my products.”
Rawlins will be one of more than 30 artists participating in the 26th annual Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The bazaar will be held in its usual location at the 4-H Fairgrounds Building on Hwy. 421 between New Castle and Pleasureville, Ky.
Booths will feature arts, crafts, food and gifts perfect for holiday gift giving. Lunch will be provided by the Country Ladies Homemaker Club.
“Most of the artists are from surrounding counties,” said Cathy Toole, Extension Agent for 4H & Youth Development. The Extension Office has organized this event for a quarter of a century.
Toole said shoppers like this event because of the “artisan aspect. Everything is handmade, making the items high quality and unique.” The bazaar has also become a “reunion type of thing for many. You look for, and see, the same familiar faces each year.”
“I have been attending the Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar for years, but this will be my first year as a vendor,” said Rawlins. “I’m excited to be part of this festive bazaar where I’ve always found something I had to have each year.”

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Connie Rawlins started taking pottery lessons just four years ago.

Her desire to make useful items led Rawlins to create serving platters that are both food and dishwasher safe. After many years, they are “still one of my favorites. There are so many possible textures, clays and glazes that they never get old for me.”
Affirmation bowls are another of her favorites. They are small English Porcelain bowls with an affirmation hand stamped in the center. “I keep one on my night stand to remind myself to “Be Still”. This time of year, I love coming up with unusual Christmas ornaments also.”
Originally from North Georgia, Rawlins has lived in Henry County since 1977. “Henry County was and is a beautiful place to live and raise a family.”
Rawlins is also a member of the Henry County Arts & Crafts Guild. “I’m just now beginning to market my work. The guild seemed like a good place to start locally.”

• For more information, contact the Henry County Extension Office at (502) 845-2811.

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