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Students turn imagination into pieces of pottery
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As crafting a piece of pottery requires a steady, skillful hand, designing the surface of such artwork requires similar handiwork.

Therefore, Helen Arts & Heritage is conducting the first of a series of three classes on the design techniques for pottery surfaces.

Instructed by Helen artist Terry Buffington, students will learn how to use Mason stains to create an image transfer and how to use paper stencils to create unique color patterns. Those interested in the class should have a basic knowledge of working with clay.

The class will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 6, at the arts center at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in downtown Helen. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch since this first session involves the lunch hour.

The following two classes will be from 1-3 p.m. Mondays, July 13 and 20.

Class fee is $75 plus a $45 supply fee. Payment is due upon registration and can be processed online at

Buffington, always having a fascination with pottery, has learned to apply her own surface designs. It combines sculpting, design and painting all in one, and she has made it her main focus.

Many of Buffington’s pottery pieces reflect her favorite historic moments in Helen’s first century, recorded in photographs and transferred onto unique and lasting pottery pieces.

Buffington’s love for the Alpine village began more than 25 years ago when she and her husband, Richard, first visited the Bavarian-themed town. They returned many times, ultimately deciding to make it their home.

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