Your Green Life: "Sustainable Stoneware"

By KBJR News 1

Your Green Life: "Sustainable Stoneware"

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Long before plastics and Styrofoams, there was the process of ceramics.

It's an old earth–friendly art form still being practiced today.

One Duluth artist is hoping that spreading her passion for this fine art will help mold a more sustainable future as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in "Your Green Life."

Pottery gives the hand of an artist the opportunity to create one–of–a–kind pieces of ceramic.

"Goblet... Couple Little statues... Medallions... and a really odd coffin," said pottery student, Logan Dwyer.

For Logan, the time spent working on the potter's wheel has also been an extremely relaxing activity that has allowed him to connect with the world around him.

"The process of making a hand made bowl and using the materials from the earth, it just ties you right back to the earth, and it allows you to reflect on something that you are using in a very positive way," stated Tonya Borgeson, owner of Snoodle.

It's an earth–friendly process with clay and glazes mined directly from the earth.

Even the water in the studio was collected in rain barrels.

"Ceramics, when you throw them away, will not harm the environment at all. I mean, it is going to be there forever, but it isn't going to harm the environment," said Borgeson.

A Duluth art studio called Snoodle so embraces the environmentally friendly process that they even take it beyond the artwork.

"Purchasing the eco–friendly supplies, the low energy light bulbs, using wood for fuel. I am always willing to trade for service, and I think that it is a new green practice, in more and more people are getting into realizing that that is a great way. There doesn't actually have to be money changing hands," said Borgeson

Even the heat used for the kiln is an environmental process.

Excess heat is used as a secondary way to heat the studio... along with the wood burning stove.

In Duluth, meteorologist Shannon Murphy

Snoodle also features a gallery where other local artists can display their works.

Snoodle Ceramic Gallery also invites you to artwork by Megan Tengwall November 8-22, 2008. The opening reception is Thursday, November 13th, 6-8pm. The gallery will be open November 8th, 15th, and 22nd, from 11am-2pm. The gallery will also be available by appointment by calling 218-310-8903. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Come and enjoy!

You can also check out snoodleceramicstudio.com for more information.