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This month, Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Cheryl Allan Carlyle, encourages readers to try their hand – literally – at creating their own special piece of pottery. Featured here are five local studios to visit to begin connecting with potters who are passionate about sharing their skills and knowledge with other aspiring artists.

A part of cultures around the world for thousands of years, pottery is fascinating – both as an art form and as an entry point for studying history. Utilizing local resources, children’s literature, and online tools, families can explore art, history, culture, and science through pottery-centric studies!

Imagine a historic fingerprint that goes back 6,000 years? The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “The Potter’s Tale: Contextualizing 6,000 Years of Ceramics,” draws the curtain back on some rich historic revelations via pottery!

Ceramics involved a craft directed towards both utilitarian and artistic purpose. Imagine how tools changed over the years and how different cultures influenced different forms at certain periods in history. This new exhibit is a treasure trove of historic insight that awaits all ages. Read on more information on this rare exhibit, and how to get the most from a visit.

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