Open Studio with Maud!

SPC Artist-in-Residence Maud Bartlett has been animating the SPC Art Space with Open Studio sessions every Monday & Wednesday from 4-6pm. All are welcome! You can learn to throw pots on the wheel, or try hand building with clay. Or you could explore fabric painting. Sessions will run all summer through September 6.  Contact Maud for other times or a Jin Shin Jyutsu session. Call or text: 502-418-0035

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More about Maud:
Martha "Maud" Bartlett:
Potter ~ Fiber Artist ~ Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner

Maud Bartlett is potter, fiber artist and practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu. After 17 years of teaching art in the public schools in Louisville, KY, she is now pursuing her arts through the artist-in-residency at Stony Point Center. Maud imagined and coordinated the Women’s Oral History Quilt and Theater Project and also received the Gheens Institute for Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship Award for her efforts in bringing the arts to disadvantaged students. Maud's website is at

Pottery at Stony Point Center’s Art Space
Making functional pottery is one of Maud’s great loves. As a young woman, Maud started the first pottery studio here at Stony Point Center 33 years ago, and has come back to inaugurate the pottery studio in the newly built Art Space. Maud has enjoyed teaching many people pottery and sees the studio as a sanctuary. There are four potter’s wheels and plenty of clay to build by hand. All ages and abilities are welcome. For instructional times other than Open Studio times you can contact Maud for details and appointments.

Fiber Art Explorations
Fiber Artist, Maud, takes the functional quality of fabric and transcends it into an art form blending color, textures and storytelling. Techniques include hand dyeing, painting, printing, stitching and more. Contact Maud for studio time and let her help you transform your ideas into something beautiful and functional.

Energy Body Work
Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is an energy body work that comes from Japan. It is like a mixture of Reiki and Acupuncture as it uses a light touch of hands on the body along flows that are similar to the system of Acupuncture. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a path of harmonizing that can be done by either a practitioner or to ourselves. In JSJ there are no illnesses, only projects we work on. One-hour session is $60


Martha "Maud" Bartlett - Potter          

April - August 2017

Maud's website

A bowl by Martha

Maud's first official role in teaching was at SPC in 1984-5 as a young woman when the first pottery studio was created here:

The studio became a hub of community and even with my lack of experience the media of clay taught us all. Clay has been my longest enduring medium of choice. For 34 years I have been in relationship with clay. When clay wasn't in my life, it was clay that always brought me back to my life. More recently, fiber art has snuck into my consciousness through the back door. I began my fiber art journey while teaching art in the public schools and an artist came to work with my students. Now, it too, is here to stay.

I am now just retiring from 17+ years as a public school art teacher in Louisville, KY (ages 11 and up). My teaching style did not always work well with uncooperative or unmotivated students as I tend to allow the media teach the student and then I would model as needed. Given enough time or a class setting more conducive to intimacy I could usually get my students to take initiative and pride in their work. My class was often the reason they came to school.

During my time at Stony Point Center I hope to be able to make a viable clay space, kiln firing success, wheel working studio a hub of creativity and conversation for the Stony Point Community and its guests while also exploring functional clay forms through aesthetics and functionality.


Martha's Bowls

How does Maud see her art?

The purpose of my art has been personally therapeutic and a tool for dialogue with my inner self. As I have gotten older and have accumulated more 2D visual art than I can display in my home I have turned to the functional arts, bringing beauty to daily experiences like eating and sleeping. I also see art as a medium for creating deep relationships and community.

A few words about Maud's spiritual journey:

I am on a spiritual path. Been on it seriously since I was a child having the presence of Jesus in my bedroom. Yes, I have been flooded with God's light and continue to hone my practices. My practice has come in several ways. My work with young people has given me great opportunity to practice unconditional love. My studies in the martial arts have led me to eastern Taoism and Buddhist teachings which have infiltrated my understandings of this path of life, good and evil, and breathing-movement prayer/unification of mind, body, spirit.  I am also a shamanic practitioner with much experience entering deep conscious space for healing and growth. Added to this non-verbal practice I have just begun a practice of journaling dialogue I learned through classes in the Akashic Records. This has been helpful to be able to put words to the wisdom.

The beginning of Maud's passion for art:

One day when I was little, I had a baby sitter who could draw. She drew a picture of me sitting at the table and she drew me the way I was, with a little white undershirt with the small straps. When she showed it to me I told her I wanted to have different clothes, that I didn't like the undershirt. She said, "Go put on something else." So I ran to my room and changed my shirt. She drew the new shirt right on top of the other one and I saw the magic in it. Wow!  I think I was forever hooked from that moment on. I saw how we make our lives, it doesn't just happen to us...

Martha Maud Bartlett

Pastoral Sabbath: A Vision and Vocation

This summer, Stony Point Center is pleased to offer three Pastoral Sabbath sessions on June 28-29, July 26-27 and Aug 30-31. These workshops are created and guided by Rev. Leslie Mott. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Hudson River Presbytery and the PC (USA) Synod of the Northeast, the cost is subsidized for ordained clergy. Register at and read on for more details!

The Pastoral Sabbath Project

by Rev. Leslie Mott
When I came to Hudson River Presbytery as a pastor in 2004, I was given great advice: “Have an accountability group and some kind of support network; make time for regular rest, don’t neglect exercise and family obligations, and keep healthy boundaries. Good luck, and Welcome!”
I think I did pretty well, overall. But I found there was little formal structure in place to ensure that this happens — other than training in a few specific areas, such as mandated boundary training workshops, given as an annual or semi-annual event. This is how it is — it’s nobody’s fault, it’s not a lack of leadership, just one of those things that traditionally is up to the individual to prioritize. As a result, self-care, Sabbath keeping, time for personal renewal and professional discernment and reflection are often pushed to the bottom of the pastoral “to do” list. At least they were on mine.
Over the last few years, I have come to discern a new call and vocation for clergy care, and developed a passion for the justice of a Sabbath for church leaders. I believe our practice as part of the priesthood of all believers begins with our own transformation in our relationship with God. And this is an essential equipping for our leading of the people of God, and our institutions, into transformation.

The first incarnation of the Pastoral Sabbath was in October of 2015 at Holmes Camp and Conference Center, with Peter Surgenor and I talking about the request from clergy to have a place and time of their own for retreats. We talked about what it might look like, the length of time and the content. I’ve discovered that 24 hours strikes a good balance: short enough for busy clergy to step away from responsibilities without major planning, and long enough for real renewal to occur.
Currently the Pastoral Sabbath is housed at Stony Point Center, and three sessions are being offered this summer: June 28-29, July 26-27 and Aug 30-31. Those attending receive materials for reflection and study and have the opportunity to engage in gentle yoga class, guided meditation, group and individual spiritual direction, and prayer. There will also be opportunities morning worship, a time for fellowship for meals, and free time for rest or engage in other relaxation like walking, reading the paper, even taking a nap. “Bliss!” as one participant put it.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Hudson River Presbytery and the PC (USA) Synod of the Northeast, this retreat is subsidized for ordained clergy.
Over the few years that I have been leading this Sabbath, I have witnessed the deep hunger for community and care that we as Pastors yearn for. The response to this 24 hour experience has been overwhelmingly positive. One pastor, hearing his name lifted in prayer, spoke in tears afterward; “I didn’t know I needed that this much.”  On the national front, there is increasing awareness of the crucial need for leadership development and care that goes beyond competence. Recently, a division of the Board of Pensions for the PC (USA), Board University, collaborating with The Presbyterian Foundation sent an invitation to a “Well-Being Retreat” at Montreat Conference Center that included, among other things, workshops on mindfulness and stress release, nutrition, and exercise.
My hope is that spiritual health and renewal becomes a standard practice for my friends and colleagues, and that increased mindfulness, physical health, and long term sustainability are possible for all of us in this work of ministry. My vision is that a Pastoral Sabbath becomes part of the working practices of every church Session. My dream is that a Pastoral Sabbath becomes part of the working practices of every Presbytery.
If we are to serve God with energy, imagination, intelligence and love, if we are in this for the long haul; if we are to run this race, then we must participate in an ethos of care for those who serve. We must not only remember but practice the knowledge that “in returning and rest we can be saved” (Isaiah 30:15)  The time has come for the church to honor Christ’s call for its leaders, “to come away by yourselves and rest for a while,” so that we may return renewed to those we serve. May it be so!
Go to to register for the next Pastoral Sabbath. To learn more about Pastoral Sabbath opportunities, email Rev. Leslie.