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Local twins big fans of the ceramic arts

The Holiday Pottery Sale goes on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Studio 2880, 2880-15th Avenue.

“She’s our kind of woman,” Therese Martin and Rita Francis agreed about their favourite ceramic artist Karen Heathman.

Therese and Rita are twin patrons of the ceramic arts and will be heading to Studio 2880’s Pop Up Artisan Market as Clayworks North hosts their holiday sale on Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Karen always makes the most whimsical items,” Rita said, gesturing to the 3D cows on several mugs and the little angel ornament she was about to purchase when The Citizen caught up with the twins a couple of weeks ago at Studio 2880.

“We’ve loved the arts since we were little,” Therese said. Both ladies are musicians.

And as far as ceramics goes it’s the hands-on aspect that appeals to them the most, they agreed.

“It’s the touch and feel of the pieces,” Therese said.

“And the glazes,” Rita added. “It’s not just the craft but the imagination that goes into it all.”

"These artists are masters of what they do," Therese added.

Their mother only had one little piece of pottery when they were little, the twins recalled.

“And I loved it and I still have it – it’s a little vase,” Therese said.

It’s always worth a look to find the perfect gift, including noodle bowls, mugs, ornaments, yarn bowls, soap dispensers and all things ceramic.

“This time of year we try to concentrate on things that people would like to buy for gifts,” Karen Heathman of Clayworks North said.

“So we bring out things we think might appeal to people including some holiday items and lots and lots of mugs because those make good gifts.”

Clayworks North consists of three local ceramic artists, including Donna Murphy, Joanne Mikkelsen and Karen Heathman whose wares are available at the Holiday Pottery Sale on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Studio 2880, 2880-15th Avenue.