A year-round Winter Wonderland

News Staff's picture
A year-round Winter Wonderland

Fredda Buckner and daughter, Angela Messick visiting the North Pole room created by Lois Smith. (PHOTOS BY JEFF HURT)

It all started with a tiny little unfinished church in Illinois almost 40 years ago. Lois Ann Smith’s good friend was a ceramics worker, and although Lois had often accompanied her to the ceramic shop, nothing really ever caught her eye. That is until the day she spied a quaint little church.

Lois asked her friend if she would be willing to clean it and fire it for her, but to her surprise, her good friend said, “no.” However, she instead offered to teach Lois how to do the work herself. “She was extremely precise,” said Lois. “She was an excellent teacher.”

Lois said would explain how the church looked in her imagination, and her friend would teach her how to achieve that vision. And just like that, Lois was hooked on ceramics. That was in 1981. A year later, she found an entire little village that was cleaned and fired, which she was able to buy at a good price.

“All I wanted was that one little church for under my tree,” said Lois. And, well… she has a few more pieces now.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition https://etypeservices.com/Double%20Mountain%20ChronicleID687/

Rate this article: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)