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Originally published in the News-Journal, Record-Chronicle, and Globe-News, October 28, 1973

Black Diamond experience. Staff photographer Eric Bass captures the mood of creation in an area workshop. All that are needed is a pair of sensitive hands, the right tools, and the urge to create. It isn’t recommended, however, that a creator in clay work on a bench covered with wood chips.

Black Diamond experience. Staff photographer Eric Bass captures the mood of creation in an area workshop. All that are needed is a pair of sensitive hands, the right tools, and the urge to create. It isn’t recommended, however, that a creator in clay work on a bench covered with wood chips.

The emerging art colony in Black Diamond has been simmering for some time.

About five years ago it began to bubble with the arrival of Ben Bieri, a potter from Kirkland. He came to the Puget Sound area from Kansas in 1953 and soon became known for his fine pottery. He has been a guest artist at the Annual Renton Art Show and has been accepted at Edmonds and Bellevue’s Pacific Northwest Arts & Crafts festivals.

His pottery has been displayed at the Creative Arts League, Kirkland. Through Nov. 12 his work will be exhibited in a group showing in the Cellar Gallery, Kirkland.

A landmark, Koerner’s Drug & Confectionery Store, has had a checkered past. It is being remodeled to house an art gallery by the Les Griffins who moved to Black Diamond from Auburn. (more…)

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