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Ms. Bronsted Featured in Cape Coral Breeze Article

By JANE BRICKLEY and ELLA NAYOR, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com enayor@breezenewspapers.com

As summer slowly sizzles out, bringing with it cooler, temperature drops, it might be time to put your creativity to the test by taking a class or signing up for a workshop at Sanibel’s very own BIG ARTS.

From jewelry making to Spanish lessons, the 2008-2009 BIG Arts season has something in store for everyone.

Though the season really goes into full swing in October, three BIG ARTS classes starting in September will help you get in the fall groove as you develop new talents and hone one’s you already have!

If dance isn’t quite your style, there are also plenty of sculpting and pottery classes coming up that will quench your creative appetites.

Clay Expressions, taught by Gail Jones, invites potters of all experience and talents to spend a few afternoons experiencing the excitement and joy of working with clay and exploring all of its possibilities.

Students will learn to use the pottery wheel, hand-build from clay and will be encouraged to pursue personal interests ranging from low to high fire and from sculptural to thrown pieces.

Jones’ class will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 22 and will be held every Tuesday thereafter until Oct. 13, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is $58 for members and $72 for non-members.

Jones teaches at BIG ARTS and maintains her own studio called Full Circle Pottery. Her creations include stoneware fountains, raku, horsehair and crystalline glazed porcelain. 

The sculpture and ceramics class is taught by Marjorie Bronsted, a full-time Bishop Verot High School teacher.

The cheery-voiced art teacher doesn’t mind carrying a full work load at the high school and then teaching at BIG ARTS.

“I could not stop doing the BIG ARTS because they’re so wonderful there,” Bronsted said.

Bronsted who has been teaching pottery and ceramics for 20 years remembers when her classroom at BIG ARTS consisted of the back porch.

Things have changed since then with the expansion and addition of two kilns. The artisthas worked with the likes of well known sculptors Tom Fleming and Robert Segal and has built statues for Bishop Verot High School. She is currently working on building several 15 foot statues for a Buddist temple in Lehigh Acres.

Bronsted prefers to lead unstructured classes for BIG ARTS letting her students needs guide the direction of the classes.

“I take them from beginner to expert,” she said.

Bronsted many of her students come for the inspiration and camaraderie of their fellow students.

During her class students can learn how to work on the wheel, do hand work or mold making.

Some of her students have gone on to establish themselves as artists and have their own shows, Bronsted said.

For more information, or to sign up for Bronsted’s upcoming class, call 395-0900 or visit www.BIGARTS.org.

Story and picture courtesy of Cape Coral Daily Breeze.