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student exhibit at the Newport Art Museum. That exhibit wrapped in November, leaving her time to create functional ware for her annual studio holiday sale at Domus Luti. Today Charlene lives in Portsmouth and splits time between Domus Luti and the Newport Art Museum’s art school – the Coleman Center for Creative Studies – where she has been on the faculty as an educator for 10 years. She works with a diverse group of students who range in age from 4 to 90 and in aptitude from beginner to professional. At the Bradley School she instructs students with psychiatric and behavioral needs. “Clay is such an expressive medium that all can benefit from it,” Charlene says about her students working with pottery. An accomplished, innovative ceramist and educator with extensive experience in teaching, one wonders what keeps Charlene going. “My curiosity, my passion, and my students,” the artist explains. “There is nothing like making that connection with another person. Whether it is at a Raku firing, teaching someone how to center a piece of clay, or working with a non-communicative student who has something to say through art, I am living my dream.” To share in Charlene’s dream, sign up for a class at the Newport Art Museum, or visit her studio Domus Luti, at 545 Pawtucket Avenue in Pawtucket, for their annual holiday sale on Saturday, December 7th and 14th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Domus Luti is currently taking interviews for one studio space available in their pottery co-op. See their Facebook page for details. Charlene can be reached at email@example.com.
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