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Northshore September 18

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 52 SEPTEMBER 2018 as how to let creativity blossom after learning the basic flower "recipe" stemming from base greenery. Attendees often bring their own wine, but Sigman also provides light bites and a signature drink like basil-infused lemonade. At the end of the night, everyone takes home their new floral arrangement in a beautiful vessel. Sigman has also taken her workshops abroad, even hosting one at a private chateau in Provence. "I find that floral design is very relaxing," she says. "You just see the mood lift." B OA R D & B R U S H Wood, hammers, sandpaper, paint, and pals. What's not to love? "You're making something worthy of your wall," says Dena Talbot, owner of the Ames- bury franchise of Board & Brush Creative Studio, where attendees create beautiful wooden signs, herb boxes, serving trays, and other home d├ęcor items that can be personal- ized in limitless ways, from family names to wedding dates to the latitude and longitude coordinates of your hometown. Armed with aprons and tools, participants distress, paint, and personalize their creations, all with the expert guidance of Talbot and her team, who are on hand to teach, coach, and (when needed) touch up your mistakes. Included in the class is step-by-step guidance from an instructor and all materials, including / L I V E + P L AY / S I P ' N ' S P I N For those who've always wanted to give pottery a whirl, check out the "sip n' spin" events at Clay Dreaming Pottery Studio in Beverly. "It's crazy popular," says studio manager Heather Demarkis. "It's an opportunity just to come in and try the potter's wheel, which is what everybody wants to do." e monthly BYOB classes invite students to bring their own snacks and drinks to the studio, where they can see a demo from the instructor before trying their hand (literally) at the potter's wheel with a little ball of clay. It's messy, no-worries fun because nothing gets saved: Attendees don't fire their creations and are free to just play around on the wheel. "We call it taking the performance pressure off and just making it fun for them," Demarkis says. For those who do catch the pottery bug, Clay Dreaming offers more intensive work- shops where students form, fire, and take home their creations. But for those who just want to see what pottery's all about, the sip 'n' spin classes are a fun option for girls' nights, date nights, and parties. "Come and get your Ghost on," Demarkis laughs, referencing the famous pottery scene in the movie Ghost. "It's not that sexy, but it is a lot of fun." PHOTOGRAPHS, TOP TO BOTTOM, BY RACHAEL KLOSS, COURTESY OF CLAY DREAMING wood, paint, stain, personalized stencils, and wall hangers. With music playing, snacks and drinks flowing, and hammers banging, spending time at Board and Brush makes for a fun few hours. And the bonus? Attendees' creations are legitimately gorgeous. "ey actually are proud of it when they leave," Talbot says. Armed with tools and aprons, participants at Board & Brush events distress, paint, and personalize their creations with guidance from owner Dena Talbot (pictured below) and her team. Give pottery a whirl at Clay Dreaming's "sip 'n' spin" events. Right, studio manager Heather Demarkis

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