Twist and Shout

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Vignettes from Vermont: Fiddlehead at Four Corners to feature 16-year-old Shaftsbury potter KC Tiffany

KC Tiffany's thick, sturdy pottery wares are for sale
at Fiddlehead at Four Corners. (AGD Photo)
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BENNINGTON -- Clay thrower KC Tiffany of Shaftsbury threw herself into the world of professional pottery today by agreeing to sell her sturdy, durable and gorgeous wares at Fiddlehead at Four Corners art gallery in downtown Bennington. KC is 16.

KC brought two pieces into Fiddlehead today, a Winnie the Pooh honey pot and a two-blue bowl for soup, cereal, ice cream or maybe jellybeans. Neat interior, too. 

"My mom calls it a dragon-scale design," KC said in the video below.

"I really like it. It's unlike any glaze we've had in here," Fiddlehead co-owner Nina Lentzner said of the blue bowls, which will start selling in a few weeks.

"KC's spoon holders pleasantly surprised me. They're unique and add a nice Bennington flair to the gallery," Fiddlehead manager Joey Kulkin said. 

"The pieces she brought in today impressed me because there is so much character and personality in them. Not to mention the honey pot and blue bowl are thick and heavy. Definitely built to last."

Also for sale is a set (4) of teardrop-shaped spoon rests with recycled glass that's crushed and melted into the center. KC said they can be used for teabag rests, too. She plans to make two or three more sets in the upcoming weeks.

For now KC's honey pot and spooners share a Vermont wood table (painted by Nina Lentzner) with the pottery of Alison Evans (Maine) and Exotic Sands of Bill Tabar (Utah).

The honey pot costs $40,
set of 4 spoon rests cost $24;
KC is making more spoon rests

"I'm almost inclined to buy the honey pot," Kulkin said, "but instead of using it for honey I'd fill it with Jimmy Joe's clam chowder."

KC, a swimmer and photographer, is renting space at the Vermont Arts Exchange in North B, where she will throw her clay and cook her wares in the kiln. 

Here's a 3-minute video of KC touting her wares ...