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NH State Council on the Arts Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Whatever Happened To...?

Studio potters come together on a rooftop in Warner, NH. Thirty years later, one of them became the state's first Artist Laureate (Gerry Williams).

Shelley Westenberg (Gerry Williams' daughter) writes: "The photo is actually taken in 1972 at the barn-raising of my father’s studio after it burned down. The entire NH pottery community pitched in materials and labor, and within 2 weeks of the fire, the studio was rebuilt. The location is my father’s pottery rooftop during construction in Dunbarton. I’m guessing it was early January, 1972. After the Studio was rebuilt, he and Pete Sabin, who I believe is in the picture as well, started Studio Potter. My dad and Mom, Julie, named the new pottery 'Pheonix Pottery' after the mythical bird that rises from the ashes."


warner potters

In the photo: David Robinson, Gerry Williams, Jack O'Leary, Betsy and Dudley Giberson, Shelly (Williams) Westenberg, Pete Sabin, Otto Heino.

Can you identify anyone else? Are you in this photo? If so, email with details.

Photo by Joe Scannell, courtesy of Studio Potter Magazine

Last updated: August 12, 2014

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