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• Withholdings and Estimated Taxes by Peter VanderWoude • Cortland Corset Building Showcase • Weddings & Wine by Dennis DeRado

• Local Calendar: September & October • Coltivare: Fall Events by Jason Sidle • Cortland Chamber On The Move by Bob Haight • Lack of Sleep/Hearing Loss by Dr. Suzette Pace



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Artisan: Hannah Graeper Carver Handmade stoneware clay pottery with intricate designs inspired by culture and nature


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Graeper Pottery is a small pottery business based in Trumansburg, owned and operated by Hannah Graeper Carver, a Trumansburg native. Her pieces are functional and intricately decorated in soft greens and blues. She hand draws elaborate patterns on her work so that no two pieces are alike, yet her body of work is pleasantly cohesive. Her patterns are reminiscent of those found in Moorish architecture and Mexican talavera. Hannah took her first pottery class in 2003 from local potter Marjory Martin, who sadly passed away in 2015. Hannah was immediately hooked and can remember telling her first teacher that she too wanted to be a professional potter. She loved the immediacy of clay: “You start with a cold lump of dirt and you end up with a beautiful piece of art!� After many years of taking classes and interning at local potteries, Hannah moved to rural North Carolina where she honed her craft. With the certainty that pottery was her calling, she relocated back to Trumansburg in 2013 and began Hannah Graeper Pottery. After setting up shop in an old,

converted sheep barn just outside the village, she has been happily making pots ever since. Hannah makes each piece by hand out of high quality stoneware clay. She has created a line of food and dishwasher safe glazes that she mixes herself. Her pots are easy to distinguish because of their distinctive half glazed/half bare aesthetic. Each piece is glazed inside and a large portion of the outside is left unglazed.

It is upon this surface that she draws fine lines of glaze to create geometric, repeating patterns. The glaze decoration serves not only an aesthetic purpose, but also adds functionality by creating a textured, gripping surface for the user. She loves the juxtaposition of the rough, raw clay against the smooth, shining surface of the glaze. The glaze drawings she adorns her pieces with are all applied freehand with a small, fine tipped bottle. She draws on many cultural influences to create her patterns. “Every culture in the world uses lines and dots in unique and distinguishable ways. I also use these simple structures to animate my pieces.” Hannah’s pots are also informed by the peaceful, rural setting in which they are made. Her studio is surrounded by cornfields and the hills of the Hector National Forest. “I love coming to work. Some days, I’ll work for hours in silence, just throwing pieces or decorating. It’s easy to lose track of time

that way, just listening to the birds outside, making things with my hands.” Her pieces are also influenced by her connection to the Finger Lakes and the Ithaca area. “I grew up here and I chose to move back here. The people in this community are incredible. I’ve received so much help and support all along the way. I can’t imagine setting up my studio anywhere else.” You can find Hannah and her pots at Handwork Cooperative Gallery in Ithaca. She also sells her work at Sundrees gift shop in Trumansburg, The Mulberry Tree in Mendon, and at Clayscapes Pottery in Syracuse. In addition, she attends several craft festivals each year. Her show list can be found on her website, www.hannahgraeperpottery. com. In September, she will attend the Clothesline Festival in Rochester, come visit her at booth 634! Hannah also teaches at The Ithaca Clay School. Classes start in September and a schedule can be found at www.clayschoolithaca.com.

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Saturday, September 8 Stewart Park, Ithaca 6:00 am: 102 and 90-milers check-in 6:30 am: Riders assemble for Opening Ceremony 6:45 am: Opening Ceremony begins 7:00 am: Ride Out! 8:15 am: 69-milers check-in at Stewart Park 9:00 am: 69-miler bus departs for Frontenac Park 9:45 am: 42-milers check-in at Stewart Park 10:30 am: 42-miler bus departs to Seneca Falls Community Center 12:00 pm: Riders begin arriving at Cass Park Finish Line 12:15 pm: 25 and 14-milers check-in at Stewart Park 1:00 pm: 25 and 14-miler bus departs for pit stops 5:00 pm: Cass Park pit stop closes 5:15 pm: Victor Ride begins Cass to Stewart Park 5:45 pm: Riders arrive at Stewart Park 6:00 pm: Event dinner, Closing Ceremony Stewart Park

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