Surrounded by friends, family and fellow potters, Amelie (Amie) Anderson Sloan was surprised to learn the Rehoboth Art League’s Hand-Building Studio would now bear her name.
“Longtime RAL potter Carmela Coleman approached us on behalf of family and friends a few months ago to spearhead a fundraising effort that resulted in naming the studio after Amie," said RAL Executive Director Sheila Bravo. “We made significant renovations to the studio recently, and these funds are helping to offset the cost.”
The Hand-Building Studio started as a screened porch, and over the years and through the dedication of the potters who use the space, has evolved into an active workspace for shaping and pressing clay. Upon receiving the plaque recognizing the new studio, Sloan shared stories about the early days of the pottery studio and her own efforts as she mastered the art.
Sloan is a lifetime member of the Rehoboth Art League and attended the opening ceremonies in 1938. She took her first pottery class at the Rehoboth Art League in 1973 from Dorothy Lewis (Mrs. Jack Lewis). The mother of three, grandmother of six, with one great-granddaughter, Sloan is a native Delawarean. She was an elementary school teacher and taught pottery at the art league for the Osher Academy of Lifelong Learning. “It is fitting that during its 75th anniversary year, this studio will now bear her name to honor her contribution to the league and the community over the years,” says Bravo.
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These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.