On March 13, 2018, the Adams County Arts Council hosted a beautiful event at the Gettysburg Hotel to celebrate their 25th Anniversary and to honor the people who have played a key role in its evolution over the past 25 years. Jack Handshaw was one of those special people who was presented with a 2018 Applause award.
Jack discovered ceramics at a young age, growing up in Chambersburg. He credits his persistence with the medium to two special teachers, who pushed him to explore and improve on his work with clay. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army and became an arts and crafts instructor at Fort Dix. During this time, he also attended night classes at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
When he was honorably discharged in 1978, Jack set up a studio in North Philly, but he dreamed of building an outdoor kiln in the country. That dream came true the following year, when he bought an 18th century log home on Mount Hope and established Hobbitt House Pottery. He’s been making and selling pottery there ever since.
His work is part of the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Arts’ Series and has been recognized with numerous awards at our Juried Exhibition. His trademark figural pieces always bring a smile to your face.
Jack has been a great supporter of the Arts Council for 25 years. “I was interested and involved since the beginning,” says Jack. “It made sense. It was like a marriage.” Long before ACAC opened its Arts Education Center (AEC), Jack offered classes at Hobbitt House to benefit the organization. He’s been a fixture at artist events from Art at the Winery to the Holiday Market.
A natural born teacher, he enjoys passing along his knowledge of the wheel and hand building to students of all ages. When ACAC began theImagination Station, he encouraged families to come to classes together to make pottery. His classes and summer camps are always popular, and are now held in a workshop at the AEC that he helped to design and that he continues to oversee.
You can find out more about Jack and his work on his website: http://www.hobbitthousepottery.com/. He is also a featured artist on http://www.foothillsartists.net/, which offers a Foothills Studio Tour every year the weekend before Thanksgiving.
A talented and kind man with a big heart, ACAC is so thankful for all that he does.
Won’t you help make it possible for more children to attend camps like Jack’s? Please donate today to the Arts Benefit Children (ABC) campaign!