Pottery festival showcases local talent

Her daughter, however, urged her not to.

"I didn't, and I'm grateful," Glasheen said.

Today, Glasheen runs Spring Avenue Pottery. As an art teacher, Glasheen has worked in all kinds of mediums, but pottery holds a special appeal to her. Like Lafleur, she likes creating something unique.

"I like to change things," she said. "I don't like to make the same thing over and over."

It's a funny thing -- when she sits down with clay, ideas just come to her. She'll be making one thing and suddenly envision another.

The pottery festival is a chance not only to sell some of her wares, but to share them.

"People ask questions, and I don't know anyone who doesn't like to talk about what they do," she said. "It's sharing what you love and what you love to do."

Donald Glennon's love of pottery led him to open a shop and studio downstairs from his childhood home in Schenectady. Glennon moved back to the home when his dad got sick, helping his mom care for him. Today, he lives upstairs and works downstairs at Dragonfly Pottery.

After seeing a local woman's pottery, Glennon's interest was sparked and he took some classes at Skidmore College. Classes at Hudson Valley Community College followed, and then some at Northeast Ceramics.

Today, Glennon teaches his own classes, gathering potters around a table in the back of his shop. Some of the resulting pieces join his on shelves out front for customers to peruse.

Pottery is fun and relaxing as well as rewarding.

"It's just that I'm creating something from the earth," Glennon said. "It's a forever-changing thing for me."

Glennon is so intent on creating new things that he frequently tries different glazes. On a recent trip to the supply store, he raised eyebrows when he bought several glazes.

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