Cornerstone Family and Youth’s Girls Group has gone Off the Rails, or rather they have been creating masterpieces at the studio.
Misti Bayliss had no patience for the ceramics that were such a big part of her mother’s, Sandra Big Eagle, life. Although she had dabbled with pottery 20 years ago, when her son Wyatt moving to Regina to attend university, she quickly became obsessed. In order to provide herself with an excuse to be in the city while not appearing needy, she signed up for some classes at the Cathedral Art School, and quickly found that she couldn’t wait for the next weekend to roll around.
Sunday sessions quickly led to open studio nights on Fridays and the next thing she knew, she was setting up a studio at her home in Whitebear Lake Resort. She bought her wheel and a kiln two years ago and with the help of Carla Marie of Regina and Autumn Downey from Glorious Mud in Arcola, and thus began her journey that would combine her love of pottery and teaching.
Two afternoons a week, Bayliss can be found at the studio, formerly the RM building, on Railway Avenue in Carlyle, in the company of the CFY Girls Group, where she has been teaching them how to throw pots, make bowls, mugs and doing hand building. The girls work with a variety of tools, and once they finish their works of art, they are dried, glazed and fired. The girls will then be able to take home their completed works of art.
Bayliss has two different age groups attending her classes and says they have such imaginations. They aren’t held back by limitations, there is no overthinking and are very supportive of each other.
Her studio is designed to help people to discover their creativity, and she wants to open up her conference room to other artists so they can set up and teach, using their preferred medium.
CFY Girls Group trying their hands in the pottery art field.
Misti Bayliss trims up a bowl.