Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 21st 2015 Contents She was introduced there to artist Makemba
Kunle and got to learn more about clay sculpting
at the Barataria arts space at that time.
The mother of three, who attended Morvant Laven-
tille Secondary, earned a certificate in art at the University
of the West Indies, where she is currently studying for
a BA in fine art. Several of her works are on display at
Fine Art Gallery on Rosalino and Warren Streets in
The pieces, mainly in clay and polymer clay,
reflect aspects and icons of T&T culture. Charming
details bring the sculptures to life.
One small sculpture, Phaghwa, shows two fig-
ures playing at spraying dye on each other.
Their facial expressions and body language
capture the playfulness and mischief of
Another polymer clay piece, Going to
Church, depicts an elderly lady holding
a bag containing a worn, well-used looking
Bible. She has a dress with details at collar
and cuffs, a hat with a net fascinator, real-
istic looking hair, and a determined look.
Cloud 9 shows a bareback J Ouvert reveller
in ecstasy, his head skyward as he savours a beer
and his Carnival moment.
A bust of dreadlocked musician Roy Cape she has
pained gold, echoing his characteristic saxophone.
Peters has also created striking likenesses of the late
Jah Jah Onilu and Lord Kitchener, as well as Black Stalin,
Ella Andall and Singing Sandra.
She has worked in plaster, concrete, ceramics and
latex, but said, "My passion is clay."
She shares this passion, assisting with the art pro-
gramme at Bishop Anstey High School.
From July 6-24, Peters will host Muddle Me, a series
of clay modelling workshops for Form Five and Six stu-
dents, and adults, at St George s College in Barataria.
Participants will learn to do human figure studies in
clay and plaster.
"I really enjoy teaching," she said, beaming. "It gives
me a joy."
"Most people say they can t do it at first, then I get
to see the satisfaction on their faces when they see the
work they created.
"It s a real pleasure."
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Sherlann Peters has had a lifelong love affair with sculpting clay,
creating some stunning likeness with her talent. This July she ll
be sharing that love in a series of workshops for secondary school
students and adults.
Peters, 34, grew up in Trou Macaque in a household where art
was always centre stage. "My father made wood carvings, and
there was always something creative to do around the house,"
"We would always play and use our imagination to keep
Along with her sister, Peters made tea sets, dolls and
sewed their own fashions. Her brother Shawn is also a
working artist, known for his evocative works in acrylic
and mixed media.
Shawn brought some clay home for his sisters one day,
Peters says. "I started playing with it, and I never stopped."
Peters has been showing since age 15, making her debut in
a group art show at Studio 66, where she sold a pencil drawing.
Opera Festival 2015, the tenth anniver-
sary celebration of the Classical Music
Development Foundation (CMDFTT),
opened on Friday at Queen s Hall, St Ann s.
The festival began with the Mozart opera
Così fan Tutte; the opera will be staged
again today at 6 pm and continues on June
26 and 28.
As part of the festival, T&T-born UK-
based tenor Ronald Samm sang last night
in concert, performing a selection of operatic
arias as well as pieces from Porgy Bess, with
special guest appearances by Soprano Ayrice
Wilson, members of the CMDFTT Young
Artist Collective and violinist Jonathan Stor-
er. He will sing again in concert on June 27.
The Annual Music Competition of the
festival takes place on June 25, with local
music students competing for a cash prize
of $30,000 to go towards their further edu-
cation in classical music studies.
On June 23, a vocal master class will be
hosted at Queen s Hall. The participants
will be tertiary level selected singers and
competitors of the Annual Music Compe-
tition. On this day, Queen s Hall will be
open to the public and entry to observe the
master class will be free of charge to all
The CMDFTT will offer a free perform-
ance on June 24 for schools and children s
homes in North Trinidad.
Tickets and ticket specials for T&T Opera
Festival are available now from the Queen s
Hall box office.
Opera Festival continues today
Call 621-5103 or 632-2548; email
email@example.com; or visit
Tenor Ronald Samm.
PHOTO COURTESY RONALD SAMM
From raw clay
to works of art
A clay bust of
Cape by artist
Jah Jah Onilu by sculptor Sherlann Peters.
Going to Church, a polymer clay sculpture by
Sherlann Peters, at Fine Art Gallery in
Woodbrook. PHOTOS: GILLIAN MOORE
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