Tua Shaw, 11, at right and Will Drebitko, 12, at center, work with Miranda Thomas to create clay doves. (Rick Russell Photo)
BRIDGEWATER – Local ceramic artist Miranda Thomas has been invited to attend and demonstrate her craft at the 48th Annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23-26.
The World Economic Forum is a Swiss nonprofit organization based in Cologny, Geneva. Its mission is cited as “committing to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”
It will be attended by world leaders such as British Prime Minister Theresa May, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Matt Damon, among many others.
Thomas is one of the leading ceramic artists in Vermont, and will be representing Turquoise Mountain Foundation, started by Prince Charles in 2006 with Hamid Karzai, then-president of Afghanistan, to regenerate and restore business and education in the traditional arts in Afghanistan. A potter and furniture maker from Afghanistan visited the ShackletonThomas workshops in Bridgewater, Vermont, last year as part of the program.
Last week, Thomas invited her pottery friends, Kathy Riley, Brian Lyttle, Will Drebitko and Tua Shaw, to help her make 300 little porcelain birds to be handed out to participants as a symbol of peace, rejuvenation and representing the hands of artists around the world.
Rick Russell Photos
A portion of these photos will appear in the Dec. 28, 2017 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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