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Windfall Fine Art & Handcraft Market
Posted: Sep 10, 2014


Sara Bonnyman celebrates 40 years of pottery
Posted: Sep 10, 2014

Tatamagouche artist Sara Bonnyman will celebrate 40 years as a professional potter with an Open House and fundraiser on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm at her studio, 326 Maple Avenue in Tatamagouche.

The event is free of charge, and all proceeds from the food and refreshments will go to the local Hospital Auxiliary. Each year, they raise approximately $2,000 at this event, which is then matched by the local Scotiabank. Attendees can enjoy homemade cupcakes, along with fresh mulled cider from stemless wine cups that Bonnyman has donated for sale in the fundraiser.

“I feel very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community,” says Bonnyman, who has lived and worked in Tatamagouche for four decades. “This event is a fantastic opportunity to bring people together, support the local Hospital Auxiliary, and celebrate with performance artists.”

This will be the sixth Open House event hosted at Bonnyman’s studio, which always includes live demonstrations and tours of the pottery studio, which she has lovingly built and fostered over her 40-year career. But to celebrate this momentous anniversary, this year’s event will include special performances by three Atlantic Cirque performers as well as Magician Bill Wood and co-performers.

“We always have a fun time, but this year is really going to be something special.”

Growing up in Nova Scotia, Bonnyman has created some of the province’s finest and most in-demand pottery since she founded her studio four decades ago. She creates a wide assortment of plates, bowls, cups, serving platters, and many one-of-a-kind items, all of which come in a variety of glazes and patterns, and are shipped worldwide.

“I have a passion to throw pots,” says Bonnyman. “I share that age old belief that the true joy of handmade pottery is in holding it, feeling the spirit of the clay as it holds whatever small pleasure you have chosen for it.”





Bonnyman is also the maker of the “Moss Scuttle”, a unique type of wet shaving cup, which has received rave reviews from the wet shaving community. The largest of the moss scuttles she creates – called the “Texan” moss scuttle – was given to Texas Governor Rick Perry, who honoured Bonnyman with a certificate of official recognition that is displayed in her studio.

Another unique facet of Bonnyman’s studio is that it relies on wind-generated electricity, provided by the Colchester Cumberland WindField. She is one of over 200 shareholders that have a stake in this project, which helps meet the energy needs of the town.

“As a potter, it is incredible to have the opportunity to use clay and water and fire, which is standard, but to add wind power to the process is just extraordinary.”

The skilled artistry, dedication to her craft, and care for her community are just a few of the reasons why Bonnyman’s 40-year career is something worth celebrating.

Don’t miss this momentous occasion!

For more information, please contact:

Sara Bonnyman