On Saturday November 1, potter Lou Hanson will be conducting a pipspel making workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, Illinois. Participants will learn to make a red clay whistle… that works, called a pipspel. A pipspel is a clay whistle shaped like a bird, commonly used as a child’s toy in Sweden. Space for the workshop will be limited to 15 adults. To reserve your spot, call 309 927-3899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20 per person. However, if you are a member of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, the cost is only $15. All clay, tools, materials, and kiln firing are included in the fee. You may pick up your pipspel two weeks after the workshop.
Lou Hanson apprenticed with Colony Potter Steve Holden in 1976 and 1977. She has been making her living with clay ever since. Lou owns and creates at Hantverk Galleri in Bishop Hill, Illinois. This Swedish workshop is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street, on the north end of town.
While you are waiting for the workshop to start, visit Sweet Annie Primitives for their Sweet Annie Christmas. Located at 106 South Bishop Hill Road, this unique American primitive shop will be having their Christmas open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 309-927-3072 or check out www.sweetannieprimitives.net for more details.