Wilton Continuing Education will welcome a new ceramics instructor this month, and his name is Frank Kara.
Owner of Karaku Pottery in Bethel, Kara combines two of his passions — music and design — to create a variety of clay forms, ranging from drums and bells to wall sculptures and ceremonial teapots.
“I love bringing sound with the visual,” said Kara. “I enjoy blending my musical talents with making clay instruments.”
Beginning Sept. 21, Kara will teach Continuing Education’s eight-session Ceramics on the Wheel class, which will meet Monday evenings, from 7 to 9:30, at Wilton High School.
“I think clay is the most resourceful medium because you can make anything. You can mold it, you can build with it, you can throw it on the wheel, and you can reuse it,” said Kara. “The medium is so unlimited with what you can do with it.”
Kara said he “leans toward Asian-style pottery” and most of his creations are wheel-thrown, although he also enjoys hand-building.
“One big thing that I’ve been working on are Japanese temple bells. You can hang them outside your house and in your garden. People love them,” he said.
“I also make these drums from Africa called Udu drums, which are how I got into making the pottery.”
Kara first tried ceramics in high school.
“It came very naturally,” he said. “I like to create things with my hands, so it just clicked.”