Helga C. Letourneau maintained a lifetime interest in various media – metal sculpture and welding in San Diego, CA; neon art under Christian Schiess at Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, NY; photography; painting and pottery. She began hand building and throwing pottery on a kick wheel while living in Hawaii. She was a member of the YWCA pottery studio; and had the honor of participating in a creative Raku workshop with Toshiko Takaezu in Honolulu. She focused on pit fire and gas fired work during that time. After a move, raising children and a long break, Helga resumed “throwing” pots on an electric wheel at the Liberty Town Arts Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia; where she took classes with Neal Reed and visited lectures by Dan Finnegan. In 2008, she started working from her home studio and sold pottery at various local events until her retirement and move to Freeport, Florida. Here she restarted working with clay and Muddy Creek Ceramics was born.
Helga fires her work in her own kiln at mid range and uses both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. She mixes many of her own glazes; and works on large mosaic pieces, integrating her love of pottery and mosaic art.
Helga has participated in juried events at the NW Florida State Fair, Walton County Fair and Chautauqua in Defuniak Springs, where she became the featured Artist in 2019. She won several first prizes with her pottery at County Fairs, exhibited, created and donated pottery pieces for the Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s 2020 donor and appreciation event. During Chautauqua in 2019 Helga also organized a mosaic team building pieces of art with children, which found a home at the Emerald’s Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Defuniak Springs, Florida.
Helga is a member of various art groups in the Florida panhandle and remains dedicated to producing work that is original, appealing and affordable.