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Anglen featured library artist


Donna Wassmuth Cottonwood 962-3561

COTTONWOOD — For the month of November the Prairie Community Library is featuring artisan, Jean Anglen who practices a firing and glazing technique that started more than four centuries ago in Japan — the raku firing of pottery.

She uses a raku process of glazing greenware pieces with raku bisque and firing it in a kiln that can be opened when still at high temperatures. When the kiln is opened, she places shredded newspaper, straw, leaves, dried flowers and other burnable material in a reduction chamber to attain rich colors, textures and patterns. The colors, textures and patterns are a result of how the piece reacts in the reduction chamber and water cooling processes, not painted on or even planned!

In conjunction with raku firing, she enjoys creating horsehair pottery. The same equipment and most of the process is the same as raku, yet horsehair pottery produces something expressly unique. Static electricity in the hair and the extreme heat makes the hair dance around the pot where it adheres to produce squiggly lines and smoke marks. Each piece is one of a kind. If a person chooses to provide their own horse hair, Jean will custom make a piece for them.

Stop by the library and have a look at her work. It is very beautiful and may be purchased through November at the library. Jean moved to Cottonwood in 2013 when she married Eldon Anglen. Welcome to the community, Jean, and thank you for sharing your beautiful display of Pahattery.

Virgil Wassmuth, Eric Wassmuth and Susan Wassmuth attended the Hunter Safety awards banquet in Lewiston last week. Virgil received a gift certificate for a hunting license and Eric’s award was a pair of walkie talkies for points he received for teaching hunter safety. Susan was the big winner as she received a rifle for her points earned. Congratulations to all of you. Thanks for teaching the kids all these years.

On Nov. 4 in Rome, at 4.a.m. Boise time, Pope Francis announced that he had accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael P. Driscoll and named Bishop Peter F. Christensen, of the Diocese of Superior, Wisc., as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Boise. A press conference introducing the new bishop from the Diocesan Pastoral Center took place later in the day. For information on this you can go to the website at


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