The Moore American

Local News

April 23, 2013

Life can surprise you, if you can let the potter take control

MOORE — The Arts Festival was held outdoors under a scorching sun. Booths had been set up for artists to share their talents with “at-risk” teens.

Taking shelter from the sun, two teens slipped into a pottery booth. They sat down at the wheel and looked at the lump of clay.

“This looks like me — a worthless piece of dirt,” the boy said.

“Well if anyone thinks I can make something out of this — they’re nuts,” the young girl said.

In walked an overweight, elderly woman who was clearly overcome with heat. She sat down on a little stool and waited a few minutes before speaking.

“Bet I can help you make this into a beautiful work of art if you’ll let me,” she said after expelling a huge breath.

The boy was the first to respond. “What are you betting — even though we both know it ain’t gonna happen?”

“Don’t be too sure, my friend, but I’m so hot and thirsty and would love a cold soda, but the tent for refreshments is up that large hill over there.” The woman pointed to a tent about 200 yards away. “If I help you, then you get me a soda and we’ll call it even.”

“Give it your best shot,” the girl quipped. “Everyone says I’m a failure, I might as well hear it from you, too.”

“We’ll start with him. Then you’ll see how easy it can be to work with clay. The trick is to let me guide you. Relax your hands. Together, we can make something worth keeping.”

The boy snorted but, surprisingly, let her take control. Within minutes a vase took shape and the wheel stopped.

“Here, let me take it off and we’ll set it on the counter to dry. You can pick it up in a few hours.”

Text Only
Local News
  • DA declares theatre death case closed

    More than four months after the death of Luis Rodriguez in Moore, the case has been pronounced closed. Cleveland County District

    June 24, 2014

  • Finding joy in our life

    In an effort to downsize big-time, we moved into an apartment. It is lovely and has crown moldings; a nice touch bringing back memo

    June 24, 2014

  • Library and museum team up

    NORMAN — Sam Noble Museum and the Pioneer Library System will bring back a summer favorite, Library Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ju

    June 24, 2014

  • Case closed in Rodriguez death

    More than four months after the death of Luis Rodriguez in Moore, the case has been pronounced closed.
    Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn confirmed Friday that he will not be pressing charges against members of the Moore Police Department in regards to the death of Rodriguez.

    June 21, 2014

  • DA doesn't plan to press charges on Warren Theater death

    The Cleveland County District Attorney's office announced early Friday afternoon that no charges will be filed against the police officers involved in the death of Luis Rodriguez on Feb. 15 at the Warren Theater.

    June 20, 2014

  • MidFirst Moore Vehicle.jpg FBI seeks suspect in Moore robbery

    James E. Finch, special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the robbery of the MidFirst Bank, 1037 S.W. 19th St.

    June 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Moore announces utility rate increase

    Last week, the City of Moore announced a utility rate increase and encouraged citizens to conserve water.

    June 18, 2014

  • Lawyer off case

    Oklahoma City attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez confirmed last week that he is no longer representing the family of Luis Rodriguez, who died earlier this year after a clash with members of the Moore Police Department.

    June 18, 2014

  • Public Safety Center open for business

    Under a beautiful morning sky, city officials and supportive community members gathered in the heart of Old Town Moore for the ribb

    June 18, 2014

  • Sales tax up for year

    While Moore and Norman sales tax receipts are up again this month, Purcell is lagging, a likely link to the bridge closure. Fiscal Year 2014 ends June 30 and the June 9 deposits are the final sales tax receipts for the fiscal year.

    June 18, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide