Annette Lansing

Ceramics Instructor

Annette loves the process of creating with clay. It brings her calm and lets her express herself in ways that she can’t with words. Annette came to the Multnomah Arts Center as a new ceramic student in the beginning of 2004. The infinite opportunity to create new things, make mistakes, and follow wild hairs has made her better able to tackle life’s uncertainties. Who knew?

When Annette gets an idea for a ceramic piece, she has a tendency to do a lot of preplanning to solidify her vision; on the other hand, she goes off on tangents, letting whimsy take her by the hand and lead her around. For example, you know how in the fall the leaves start turning, crinkling up, and falling on the road? And, then there you are, innocently driving along, when the wind picks up and skitters the leaves right toward your car, startling you to think that they must be alive, at least for a moment? This is a typical kind of tangent for Annette, and then she’ll study images of spiders to try to understand how their creepy legs articulate. (Studying spiders made Annette feel pretty darn heroic considering that spiders give her the heebie-jeebies!)

With her experience in clay, Masters in teaching, and studies in aging at PCC, Annette has been a stellar and popular instructor for MAC’s Senior Handbuilding classes. Even though the classes focus on the basic techniques of pinching, coiling, and slab — a tasting of what is available at the Multnomah Arts Center ceramic studio — Annette always invites discussions about the intertwining of technique, creativity, and a sense of aesthetics, and what that really means for the beginner. Annette gives her students that which she craves from ceramics: the opportunity to experiment, make mistakes, and follow those wild hairs. In turn, teaching handbuilding has made her a better handbuilder.

Some of Annette’s work: