For almost fifteen years, the Woods Hole Public Library has been fortunate to receive pottery from their favorite local potters to raffle in an effort to raise funds for the Library’s operations. The Library is grateful to these people who eke out a living with their craft, yet are generous enough to share in this way. The public eagerly awaits this opportunity to win a piece of local art, and simultaneously support their local library.

This year the featured potters are Ann Newbury, Anne Halpin, and Tessa Morgan, all avid users and supporters of the Library.  Considering the geographical  closeness of their studios, the craftsmen’s styles are surprisingly different. Tessa specializes in “sgraffito,” in which she creates an image by carving away the surrounding surface, leaving it unglazed. Most of her pieces are adorned with whimsical sea creatures, and her donation this year is a serving plate with squid swimming around a sea green center.

Platter by Tessa Morgan (12 1/2″ diameter)

 Ann Newbury’s work is strong, traditional, functional, and beautiful. She has donated a set of four dark green, almost black, mugs. In a fit of generosity, she has also donated a set of six brown and white seven- inch plates and a matching bowl, suitable for lunch or snacks. The plates seem dipped in sequential shades of brown and cinnamon creating a rich banding.

Set of 7 plates (7″ diameter) and bowl (5 1/2″ diameter, 2 1/2″ high) by Ann Newbury

Set of 4 mugs by Ann Newbury (3 1/2″ diameter, 3″ high)

 Anne Halpin’s pieces are also traditional, with a graceful touch. This year she has donated a beautiful, yet functional set of three nesting bowls in enchanting tones of copper green with a blue rim. 

Set of 3 nesting bowls by Anne Halpin (small bowl: 6″ diameter, 3″ high; medium bowl: 6 3/4″ diameter, 3 1/2″ high; large bowl: 7 1/2″ diameter, 4″ high)

 All the pottery is on view when the Library is open, which is 10 to 2, Monday through Saturday. Tickets for the raffle, which are $2 for one ticket and $5 for three tickets, are available at the Library at 581 Woods Hole Road. The final day to buy tickets is Wednesday, December 9, when the drawing will be held.

The Library encourages the public to visit these generous artists at their studios, and support them, just as the potters have done for the Library.