The best part about this job is getting to meet people like you, because you teach me about things that I know really would have known nothing about prior to meeting you.
I called the Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival coordinators to connect with a participating artist and that’s how I ended up connecting with my new friend, Ellen Robinson.
I thought I was going to Ellen’s house to just check out her art, grab a few clips for me weekly event video and head back to the office.
Ellen met me in her driveway in the quiet suburb of Deep Creek in Charlotte County. As I was unloading gear out of the truck, I noticed that she had her garage up and it was filled with Floridian-inspired drift wood and clay art.
She welcomed me into her garage-turned-studio where she started to work on clay-based art molded into the shape of a fish. As I started getting video footage, Ellen started to share that she spent 11 years teaching ceramics to children in Maryland. She used art to connect with children who struggle with social-emotional challenges. Her stories were filled with the kinesis of crafting. Art helped children to cope. Art helped children to express themselves.
Crafting became Ellen’s life work. Now, she sells art at festivals like the Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival. You can find here there this weekend showcasing the textured driftwood and clay art that she is best-known for.