Weaver one of many artists taking part in Wesleyan Potters show, sale
Published 10:36 pm, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
MIDDLETOWN — Longtime Middletown resident Laurie Frenzel is participating in the Wesleyan Potters 62nd Annual Exhibit and Sale, which began Nov. 24 and continues through Saturday, Dec. 10 at 350 South Main St.
Frenzel is an accomplished weaver and her finely hand-woven silk scarves and woolen blankets will be for sale at the Exhibit and Sale.
“Working with my hands is very soothing. The actual weaving is a form of meditation for me,” Frensel said of her work.
Part of the reason she says she loves weaving is due to the intensity of doing it well. “Weaving is time- consuming and must be totally accurate. It is not mechanized and is always done by hand. I’m partial to plaid patterns because they’re so organized and planned out.”
At one point in her life, Frenzel asked which of her friends were of Scottish descent and what clans they were from. She then did research on the patterns and colors of these clans and proceeded to make scarves for each clan, plaid of course.
After the yarn is “tied on,” she said, the hard part is over, and once the actual weaving begins, she is already beginning to plan her next project for color and pattern.
Frenzel and her husband have lived and raised a family in Middletown for the last 50 years. She says she loves living in the city of Middletown and, in the past, she and her husband have been associated with Wesleyan University.
Frenzel joined Wesleyan Potters in 1970. At that time, there were 25 table looms for weaving, on loan from Elmcrest Hospital in Middletown. Weaving classes have been part of her life since that time. She has three looms of her own at her home in Middletown.
Frenzel also makes pine needle baskets, loves to knit, cook, entertain, visit friends and attend lectures at Wesleyan University. In addition to selling her woven pieces at Wesleyan Potters Gallery and the Annual Exhibit and Sale, she regularly donates her work to help raise funds for worthy causes.
Frenzel and her husband, Peter, are avid opera fans and have travelled to many places to hear their favorite operas, including Australia, Germany, and England.
The 62nd Annual Wesleyan Potters Exhibit and Sale hours are Saturday through Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wesleyan Potters will present two Friday “Café nights” on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 with extended shopping hours and complimentary food and drinks.
For more information, contact Melissa Schilke at Wesleyan.firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-347-5925.
Story contributed by Norma Flynn, email@example.com