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May / June 2015

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58 | MAY + JUNE 2015 nshoremag.com way. She's a great guide." Bidwell's most valuable life lesson from her classes is learning to let go. "It allows you to realize that you're not totally in control of everything that happens," Bidwell says. "You have to learn to let things be what they will be." Bidwell is one of more than 1,000 students who have taken classes at Cynthia Curtis Pottery, in a studio adjoining Curtis's home. Located in a woodsy area near the quarries in Pigeon Cove, the studio shines with natural light and views. Her gallery is in a nearby barnlike structure. For Curtis, whose own ceramic DiCesare LIVE pieces sing of the ocean and its sea life, teaching fills a void. "It's a special connection of heart, hands, and head," she says. Curtis gets as much as she gives. "Working with clients is very therapeutic," she says. Her students talk about over- coming stress and anxiety while they expand creativity, something Curtis has experienced many times. "When you're sitting at a wheel or table, the clay takes all your at- tention," she says. "It's a hard skill to learn, so it's very gratifying to learn to make a pot. Laughing and breathing are encouraged." With six eight-week class ses- Cynthia among her many hand- molded wares

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