Fright Night spoon rests ready for pick-up at Maple Run Emporium in Potsdam

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 2:29 pm

POTSDAM -- More than 150 stoneware spoon rests are on display at Maple Run Emporium, 49 Market St., ready and waiting for pickup by the children who made them on Fright Night during the two-hour Halloween activity.

Each child was given a ball of clay to roll out and cut with a maple leaf cookie cutter before adding personal design touches. Potter and sculptor Andrew Minnery, guest artist for the event, offered his creative input and guidance. "It was the most children I've ever taught all at once," he said. "It was great."

Minnery took the spoon rests to his studio at Creative Spirit Art Center where he glazed and fired them. The array of maple leaf spoon rests will be showcased at Maple Run Emporium until they're picked up by the young artists.

"We had hoped to have 30 children participate, so it was quite exciting when we had five times that many making spoon rests,” said Maple Run owner Mary Hilton. “There was a crowd inside the shop and a line out the front door on Fright Night.”

Maureen Farina volunteered at the front counter to make sure all participants were listed on the signup sheet and that the parents received their 10 percent discount coupon for Andrew Minnery stoneware at Maple Run.

"Counting parents and siblings who accompanied the participants, we had about 300 people come in during the two hours of Fright Night,” Hilton said.

Maple Run Emporium is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their web site is at