Hometown Louisiana, Bastrop's annual arts and craft show, will be entering into its third year on Nov. 3. With everyone getting ready for the big day, no one is preparing more than the artists and vendors.
Bastrop resident Betty Crouch will be appearing at HL for a second year with her hand-built pottery.
“I loved it last year,” she said. “My booth was under the bleachers. This year we'll all be in the arena.”
Seventy-four-year-old Crouch began crafting pottery seven years ago, after pondering, “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?”
“I was bored and I asked the Lord to open another door for me,” she said. “He did.”
Crouch began taking pottery classes at ULM at the age of 67. She remained in the classes for four years.
“I wanted to be around other people,” she said. “Artists who I had things in common with. In order to be inspired, you have to feed off of people who do the same things that you do.”
Although Crouch gets her inspiration from others, her designs are all her own.
“I don't copy anyone,” she said. “These ideas are all my own.”
The majority of Crouch's pottery is seafood themed. With platters you can cook with and vases you can fill with water, her designs are practical, as well as colorful.
“Originally I'm from a small town in south Louisiana called Golden Meadows,” she said. “I was raised on seafood. That's what I know. I got my sister to make me molds of the real things and I designed my pottery with them.”
Although Crouch is talented in the art of hand-built pottery, she plans to continue learning more endeavors.
“I plan to take an interior design class in the near future,” she said. “I think people should never stop learning new things. Don't waste one minute of your life.”
Crouch said over the past seven years, her pottery has become “a life-saving hobby.”
“I do get money for my work, but that's like free gratis,” she said. “The most wonderful thing to me is when people look at my work and say, 'That's beautiful.'
“That's why I do it. It's part of my soul.”
Crouch will be one of over 100 venders who'll be appearing at HL from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Morehouse Activity Center (MAC.)