Every year, for more than 10 years, several local potters have generously supported the Woods Hole Public Library by donating a piece of their work to the Library for a raffle. The public eagerly awaits this opportunity to simultaneously win a piece of local art, and support their local library. The Library is extremely grateful to these, their favorite local potters: Ann Newbury, Anne Halpin, Tessa Morgan, and Hollis Engley. For years, Ron Geering also belonged to this generous band, but has since moved on to other crafts.
This year, the potters have contributed to a diverse offering. Tessa, who specializes in “sgraffito”, in which she creates an image by carving away the surrounding surface, leaving it unglazed, has donated a large bowl decorated with sunflowers and crows. Ann Newbury’s piece is a large blue incised jar with lid, excellent for holding cookies. Anne Halpin’s donation is a beautiful rich blue covered porcelain dish. Hollis’s piece is very different, rustic and organic, looking like a primitive art form, large and rounded.
All the pottery is on view when the Library is open, which includes every late afternoon except Sunday as well as earlier on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
Also, all the potters’ studios are open for holiday viewing and shopping. The Library encourages the public to consider supporting these generous artists, just as they have done for the Library.
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,. Tickets will also be on sale at the Renaissance Fair on December 3. The final day to buy tickets is Wednesday, December 7, when the drawing will be held.