After 25 years of making her living as the studio potter at Black Bear Pottery and her years in Central America, Haddie Hadachek breaks out to show us the things in our lives that make it worth living.
Her new creations are comprised of sculptural works, large jars, hanging plates and masks in a combination of clay (her main medium) with metal, wood and glass. The marriage of culture, humor, beauty and thought provoking pieces offers a dose of Good Medicine to art appreciators.
Haddie owns Black Bear Pottery between Garrison and Brainerd, Minnesota. She built the pottery in 1985 and has been a full time potter since 1986. Black Bear Pottery is nestled deep in the woods, near the end of a dead end road. Driving to Black Bear Pottery is an experience itself. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife on your way. Be sure to call prior to visiting to confirm the pottery is open, as hours vary depending on the season.
Also included in Haddie's profession are mentorships, gallery exhibits, workshops and slide presentations. Every year she attends NCECA, a national conference of ceramic artists and educators. She is very active in Potters For Peace and serves on the board of directors. Potters for Peace is a non-profit organization made up of North American potters helping the potters of Nicaragua and other Latin American countries. Haddie also served on The Crossing Arts Alliance board of directors.
Haddie's legendary wood firings are events in and of themselves and draw other potters and art appreciators from far and wide. When winter gets too severe in the woods, you might find Haddie in Nicaragua in sandals.
You can meet featured artist Haddie Hadachek at the wine tasting fundraiser for The Crossing Arts on Thursday, October 13 from 4:30 to 6 at the Gull Lake Yacht Club, 19696 Love Lake Road, Brainerd. Enjoy fabulous appetizer creations by Prairie Bay and wonderful wines from Cash Wise Liquor, lovely background music, a beautiful setting, and the stimulating conversation of art lovers. It will be followed by our annual Crossing Arts Alliance meeting and election of new board members.