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Local artists welcome people into their world


POTSDAM - After most people drink a beer they either put the bottle in their recycling bin or somewhere to keep their cans and bottles before taking them back to earn their five cents.

Christina M. Adams of Canton isn’t one of those people, rather she breaks the bottles and uses the glass to make necklaces, earrings and pins.

Her business, Blue Frenzy Jewelry, recycles beer bottles, wine bottles, beach glass and even stained glass windows, turning them not only into jewelry, but wearable pieces of art.

“I’ve always been interested in melting and blowing glass,” Ms. Adams said from her studio, was one of 31 stops along the 25th annual St. Lawrence County Arts Council’s studio tour, Saturday morning.

Ms. Adams, who also creates “some small sculptures,” said her work began with the purchase of a torch.

“At first I bought a torch and started making small beads,” she said. “Then I bought a kiln that didn’t come with any directions, so I started melting everything. It was all just trial and error.”

Many of the pieces are made with multiple layers of glass, allowing for designs such as trees and dragon flies to be embedded inside. Some of her more unique pieces even include watch gears, which are sometimes pressed into the melted glass or sometimes welded together to create glass-free pieces.

Examples of her work can also be found on a Facebook page she created for Blue Frenzy Jewelry.

Just a couple doors down from Ms. Adams another artist, Sara E. Lynch of Potsdam was displaying her work, which included what Ms. Lynch likes to call, “functional animal shaped pottery.”

“I really like animals,” Ms. Lynch said. “Lots of people pots that people can use and lots of people do sculpting, but not very many people do both.”

A table set up inside her studio included bowls, mugs and tea pots, all hand made in the shape of either a bird, cat, rabbit or some other type of animal.

When asked if she had a favorite animal to integrate into their work, Ms. Lynch replied, “I like all animals, but I do lots of birds. People like birds.”

One of the more unique animals she sculpted was a capybara. “I want to do more capybaras,” she said.

Sometime in the near future, she said she’s hoping to start making gravy boats that are shaped like deer.

“The gravy would come out their mouth,” she said.

In addition to the pottery, Ms. Lynch also makes jewelry, paints and creates mixed media pieces by attaching objects to some of her paintings.

“I started as a painter, but now when I go to shows I don’t even know how to classify my work,” she said.

Ms. Lynch has a website,, where additional examples of her work can be seen and purchased.

While the bulk of the tour was in Potsdam, artists from Renselaer Falls to Akwesasne also participated in the three-day long event. Tours continue today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in some instances on Monday. For a complete listing of participating artists visit the Artist’s Council’s website.

Arts Council Executive Director Hilary M. Oak said this year was the first time the event is being held over Veterans Day weekend.

“We’ll see how it goes,” she said, adding in the past the event was held over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Even though there 31 studios open for tours, those 31 studios actually represent more than 40 artists, with some sites, such hosting multiple artists.

“One of the great things about the studio tours is there is something for everyone. There are so many people doing so many different types of things,” she said. “It’s a showcase for north country talent.”

Admission to each of the studios is free, although many of the artists will have pieces available for sale.

“This gives you an opportunity to purchase gifts straight from the artist,” Ms. Oak said. “It makes it very personal.”

Many of the artists will also be offering demonstrations.

“It’s a chance for visitors to get to know the artists and learn more about how their work is created,” Ms. Oak said, adding the studio tour is a great event that can be fun for the entire family.

It’s a great way for kids to learn about arts in their community,” she said.

Communities hosting tours include Potsdam, Parishville, Colton, Canton, Renselaer Falls, Ogdensburg, Winthrop and Akwesasne.

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