Nebraska potter visits MHS pottery class


Marlene VanDiest, a potter from Nebraska, works the clay in a demonstration to Marshalltown High School pottery students on October 3.

A potter from Nebraska visited the pottery class at Marshalltown High School and worked clay into several pieces on October 3. Marlene VanDiest, of Sandhills Pottery in Dunning, Nebraska talked to the class about some tricks of the trade as she made pots, dishes and other items.

“I don’t make fancy stuff,” she told the students. “I make functional stuff.”

She has a connection to the school as she is the aunt of MHS teacher Carissa Lewis.

Even at the age of 81, Marlene stays busy as a potter, as she works with approximately 2,000 pounds of clay a year.





Some examples of Marlene’s pottery