By Allyson Wenzowski, Special to the News
Monika Schaefer loves the whimsical. A potter and a fibre artist, she delights in creating works in delightfully charming ways, from faery houses and dragons’ tails, to felted wall hangings, coasters and scarves.
Schaefer is featured as a new guest artist to this year’s Dundas Studio Tour, which runs Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6. She will be showing at the Doctor’s House, Dundas Museum, on Albert Street, along with potter Lou Hanson, doll artist Monika Shedden and jeweller Wendy Stanwick.
A graphic designer by profession, Schaefer’s interest in pottery began 14 years ago. She loves the three-dimensional aspect of pottery and enjoys creating a wide range of enchanting ornaments for the outdoor environment — brightly coloured dragons tails, bird houses, feeders, totems, butterfly spas and tree bling, as well as a range of pottery pieces for inside the home, from vases to sink pots and everything in between.
Two years ago, she started felting and now makes a series of bright wall hangings, coasters, finger puppets and her well-known felted “art scarves,” which provide instant ornamentation and elegance to any outfit.
Schaefer is active in both the Hamilton and Burlington Potters’ guilds, and participated in the June Faery Fest in Guelph.
The Dundas Studio Tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at seven different artist studios. Visitors can enjoy the art, food samples and table-setting inspiration of 27 artists.
This year’s theme is Seeing Stars. Admission is free and each studio offers a draw for a special prize. For more information, call 905-379-7353 or visit the website at www.dundasstudiotour.ca.