Pottery Class and Wildlife at the Cajun Village


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Welcome to the Cajun Village.  Located in Sorrento, LA, this little tourist stop is an often overlooked treasure.  I have been here off and on over the years and thought I had seen everything. That is, until my good friend and I went there on a “field trip”. She is a teacher and off for the summer, so we had been doing some outings.  There is a little wine shop there which carries one of the local winery brands and that was our original destination. It was okay, and we did purchase some wine there.

But soon our attention went to the other buildings in the “village”. I have another good friend who loves pottery and has purchased pieces from Louisiana Pottery, as pictured above, so we stopped in there and visited with Judy.  Besides having the shop where she sells local artisans’ works, we found out she also gives pottery and sculpting classes!

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I have always wanted to get into sculpting so we decided to get our feet wet first with a beginning pottery class. What fun! I’ll get back to you later with the finished product, but I’d like to share some of our little adventure with you here. There are half a dozen shops in the village, each with their own special style and product to sell. There are antiques, a photography shop, where Mr. Oliphant has lots of vintage photo prints, the wine shop, one selling Louisiana souvenirs, and a restaurant where you can grab coffee and a bite if you are so inclined. 

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These are apparently cabins which can be rented out by the day or week, for a closer look at rustic Louisiana.

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One of the best “side effects” of this adventure was the little bayou out behind the village where there are two resident alligators (behind a fence of course) that you can observe. There is also bird watching and on this particular day, a lovely insect decided to emerge, just so I could have a little photo session with him. It was the first of this kind I had ever seen, so I was very excited.

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HELLO!! He really was a big guy. And so distinctly colored.

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And of course the close up! Smile for the camera!

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Just before he said, “Adieu” and jumped into the grasses.

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Of course my friend, the dragonfly, made an appearance to bless our day.

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The Mr. and Mrs…..errrrrggghhhh….

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I do believe she wanted to wink at me. Or eat me. One or the other…

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Yep, that’s definitely a winking pose, wouldn’t you say? Anyway, there was the fence….

So if you want to see a real alligator without risking life and limb or having to pay at a roadside “farm”, take a pit stop in Sorrento and check it all out. You will be glad you made the short detour, not a mile off the interstate. Oh…the pottery?

Well, it’s still in the works. And, mind you, it IS my first foray into this art form, but okay, here is a peek at what we have done.

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Welcome to “class.”

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First day bowls…

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Class 2-slab vases!

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This is fun stuff! I’m so hooked. Can’t wait for sculpting..

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Class 3. Coils. Judy said lots of people hate coils. I don’t mind the process but my carpal tunnel did protest that night. 😦

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Class 4-painting the glaze onto our bowls. Can’t wait to see the final result!

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These were done with a glaze called “crystal glaze” and it leaves little bursts of contrasting color in the fired vase.

I’ll get back to you when we are all done. We still have our other projects to glaze and fire. Now I have a hunk of clay at home and plan to dig in for some “independent” projects. And maybe do some kiln shopping….:0!

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And do stop in at Louisiana Pottery to say hi to Judy and check out the merchandise. She has some really unique items there.

Pura Vida everyone.

 

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