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Henninger seeks inspiration from nature, travel for pottery

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Christine Henninger will be demonstrating how she paints her pottery during the 60th Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26-28, at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center.

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BY Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Correspondent

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Christine Henninger said her pottery is inspired by nature and the landscapes she encounters on her travels.

“I try to make pieces that you can enjoy,” said Henninger.

Henninger’s work will be on display at the 60th Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26-28, at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center.

Originally from France, Henninger moved with her husband, Edouard to Elizabeth City in 2001. 

She recently returned to France in June and said she witnessed the “poppies blooming all over.” She painted those flowers in vibrant colors on her pottery.

Henninger says one of the best aspects of being an artist is the act of creating something. In a quiet setting in a studio at her home, Henninger is able to design and create her art.

“I like to close my eyes and feel it,” she said, referring to creating her art.

Using a wheel or a slab, Henninger’s ideas take shape in the form of the clay. Henninger utilizes a kiln in her pottery studio.

“All of my dishes are different,” said Henninger.

Whether it is the leaves of a ginkgo tree or a field of flowers, nature is reflected in her art.

Henninger, who enjoys painting with watercolor and oils, said a field of cotton was the subject of one of her paintings.

The Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair is a demonstration fair, meaning artisans demonstrate their crafts during the three-day event. Henninger will demonstrate her craft by painting on her pottery pieces.

Henninger is familiar with demonstrating her techniques. She instructs a ceramics class at College of The Albemarle. Henninger said a new session begins in October. A schedule of classes is available at https://www.albemarle.edu/apply-register/noncredit-students/workforce-development-career-readiness/class-schedules/.

When she’s not creating her pottery, Henninger enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She also enjoys playing tennis and participating in ballroom dancing.

For more information about the 60th Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, visit http://albemarlecraftsmansfair.com/.

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