Making Cups at Dedham Women’s Exchange

event, shop local, shop small, techniques

I had fun making these darted cups at Spring Fling at the Dedham Exchange.

My handmade pottery is for sale in the shop. Here’s what you’ll find while supplies last.

The Dedham Exchange is located in Dedham Square at 445 Washington Street. Their hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm. More info can be found on their website: http://www.dedhamexchange.org

Advertisements

The Power of She

inspiration

I am reminded of the “power of she” every year when I steal away for the weekend with my childhood girlfriends. This year, we included a trip to the Peabody Essex Museum to see the exhibit of Empresses of China’s Forbidden City. I was immediately drawn into the lives of these women and as curator Daisy Yiyou Wang said, “the broader reflection on the position of women in society and a sense of commonality and connection across time and cultures”

It’s easy to be entranced by the intricacy, beauty and elegance of these treasures from the Palace Museum… But what makes them stick with you, in your head and in your heart even after you’ve left the galleries, are the stories. Like most exhibitions, the labels on the walls and display cases tell us the facts. But knowing how much more we want to know, and without diaries and documents, the curators helped us imagine the lives of the women. They suggested just snippets, moments of a day, enough to give us a peek into the past and let us fill in the rest ourselves.

When I viewed the exhibit, I was already working on my spring collection. The peony was central to my theme. From the exhibit, I learned that Empress Dowager Cixi favored the peony, known as the “king of all flowers” and the flower of China, because the bloom signifies beauty and prosperity.

I found myself reflecting on women and the power of she. My spring collection widened as I chose an image that would live on and in the surface of my wheel thrown vessels and gave a second dimension to my collection.

The Pottery in Bloom collection and the Power of She collection become my spring collection together. Women have their own stories, shared in the company of other women. The power of she collectively creates strong, beautiful, feminine women who won’t be forgotten as these empresses might have been. The symbol of the peony bloom reminds us of their stories and of our own.

This collection will make its debut this weekend at Potters Place Spring Show and Sale, May 3-5. It is a small and intricate collection that begs to be touched as well as pondered intellectually.

Pottery in Bloom

inspiration, New work, Open Studios Show and Sale, sale, shop local, shop small, techniques

Each year, my pottery studio, Potters Place announces a theme for its spring show and sale. It’s a creative prompt that sparks ideas for me and my studio mates. This year, the theme is “Pottery in Bloom”, a play on “Art in Bloom” that takes place at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts at the same time.

Potters Place group shot featuring pottery by members. My “Pottery in Bloom” is the featured plate.
Photo by Dave Bradley Photography

During the time the theme was announced, I was beginning my second of two drawing classes in Newton; a class is a perk of being an instructor for Newton Community Education where I currently teach clay to all ages. I was humbled and frustrated by the place I found myself when I arrived at my drawing class this fall, but by spring these two teachers had lead me past mental roadblocks and set me on the path of rediscovering my voice with skills that I could take to the clay surface.

I began working with a drawing of my hand holding the stem of a peony as a self portrait. The peony is the flower that blooms every year around the time of my wedding anniversary; it signifies the memory of the transition into a new role of wife and subsequently motherhood in a year that my children have left home. The negative space around the image in white is the silhouette of a woman’s shape. The pink of the peony, the gentle grasp of the stem, the soft form all suggest femininity to me. I worked on these two pieces at the same time, starting first with the bowl and moving to the plate.

When I look at the two pieces side by side, I see a bowl with an image on the left and a ceramic statement on the right. The bowl is a piece you might hang on a wall and contemplate in an intellectual manner. The plate is a form and image interacting as one. An only a utilitarian form can do, it invites you to interact by touch when the surface image draws you in. The two pieces together are a metaphor and entrance to my storytelling in this self portrait. Other pieces will follow to create a larger collection.

My process for creating these two pieces began with wheel thrown well made forms with a handmade swirl in the center to emphasis the human component of pottery. Once trimmed and in a “suede” state, I use a pencil to transfer my drawing. The lines are carved and then inlaid with green underglaze. Masters of this technique are Kristen Keiffer, Michael Klein and Julia Galloway, contemporary ceramicists who use Mishima in their work. Space is defined by layers of white and blue underglaze before the forms are dried and fired to bisque. Glazing has three layers and uses the characteristics of a clear glaze in conjunction with other glazes to enhance the surface decoration.

These two pieces are one of a kind and will be for sale at Potters Place Spring Show and Sale over the weekend of May 3-5. I think either piece will make the perfect wedding gift for a woman transitioning into the partnership of marriage, the celebration of a relationship.

Weekend travels inspire new collection

Uncategorized

My husband and I are now empty nesters. The weekends are when we have the freedom to jump in the car and head out. As an artist working in clay, these trips have inspired the form and surface decoration of my one of a kind pieces of pottery. This work will be included in my first show of the season: Potters Place Spring Show and Sale over the weekend of May 3rd through 5th.

Below are pictures of my pottery next to the source of inspiration.

If you are interested in purchasing pottery from me and are unable to visit me at the Potters Place show and sale over the weekend of May 3rd – 5th, please email me to discuss additional options for purchase.

Spring baskets for flowers

New work

Making clay baskets can be complex forms to create. They are born on the potter’s wheel, the place where I do my best thinking, as small shapes that begin as bowls and then transform into objects of whimsey. The rim of the pot becomes a place to alter: roll it, split it, cut it, pinch it … each action creates a different result.

Wheel thrown vessels that will become the foundation for baskets.

Once the wheel thrown pieces are trimmed or finished, hand pulled handles are added to each piece. The shape of the basket determines where the handle is placed in order to create a functional form.

Handles are added to the bowls to create baskets.

When the clay is still malleable, I take the opportunity to add decoration to the surface. Handmade, found and manufactured stamps are added to make each piece unique.

Adding color to stamped baskets.

Once bone dry, underglaze colors are added to “pop” the pieces. These one of a kind baskets are now ready to head into the kiln where they will be fired to cone 06 and then be ready to hold glaze.

I decided on a satiny white liner and an opal glaze to emphasize the underglaze colors. One characteristic of the opal glaze is its movement; it can drag or pull the color down the pot that is vertical. I use this knowledge to create the effect I am looking for. The baskets head back into a kiln and are fired to cone 6.

These baskets were featured in a Westwood Artists exhibit in the Westwood Library during the month of March. A few of them were purchased and will be received as gifts soon.

The baskets are now completed pieces of pottery. They are ready to make their way out into the world as useful and beautiful handmade objects.

Marketing Essentials for Creatives

event, westwood artists

The Westwood Artists hosted Tricia White of T. White Creations and Norwood Space Center to speak to creative people about how to market themselves. The workshop was held on Wednesday, March 27th in the evening at the Westwood Public Library.

The turn out was great! Creative individuals from many different fields were in attendance to hear Tricia. It was the third workshop I had participated in with Tricia and it was still packed with new and innovated ideas. She is a fantastic speaker.

Session takeaways were: understanding your brand, the importance of a website, strategies to drive customers to your product or service, and marketing tips and tricks. I’ve already implemented a couple of her suggestions: updating my professional photo (coming soon), checking settings on linked in and updating information, as well as giving my social media a new look.

Tricia White speaks to a room full of creative people.

If you are in the creative service industry (or thinking about entering the industry) whether photography, art, food, writing, or designing, and you want people to find you and purchase your products or services, email the Westwood Artists at westwoodartists@gmail.com to be added their mailing list. We are already working with Tricia to host a fall workshop with a focus on instagram or facebook.

Pottery Sale at Medfield Stroll – join me!

event, food and pottery, kids, sale, shop local, shop small
I’ll be selling my wheel thrown and hand built pottery at the Medfield Library.

* I’ll be at the Medfield Library selling my pottery collection. There is a lot going on at my site!  Look for me in the Great Room on the Main Floor.
 
ARTIST’S SITE 
Medfield Library
468 Main Street

* 4:00–9:00 pm. Artisans’ work for sale.
4:30 pm. Children’s performer Jeannie Mack: Warm Winter Sing-a-longs.
4:00–9:00 pm. Kids craft station hosted by MAP (Medfield Afterschool Program).
4:00–9:00 pm. Visit the Friends Bookstore for books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks.
5:15–5:45 pm. Trills ‘n Chills a cappella group, with Eva Kendrick Voice Studio. 
 
 
 

 

The Cultural Alliance of Medfield hosts its fourth annual Holiday Stroll on Dec. 7, 2018 from 4 – 9 pm. This is a festive family event that takes place at sixteen venues along Main Street (Route 109), North Meadows Road (Route 27), North Street and the Dwight Derby House on Frairy Street. Included are 40 artists booths at four locations, an outdoor ice sculpture carving demonstration, food vendors, carolers, photos with Santa and M.E.M.O.’s outdoor tree lighting ceremony. All events are within walking distance, FREE admission and parking nearby. 

For more information visit https://medfieldculture.org/

Westwood Artists host 3rd annual holiday marketplace this weekend

event, food and pottery, Open Studios Show and Sale, sale, shop local, shop small, westwood artists

fullsizeoutput_902

Wheel thrown large pottery bowl by Lisa WB Walker

Please join me and my Westwood Artists group at our 3rd annual holiday marketplace this weekend! We open our doors at 3:30PM on Friday, November 30th and say goodnight at 7PM.  Our doors reopen at 10AM on Saturday, December 1st and close at 3PM. The Westwood Historical Society will host our event at their nostalgic Fisher School located at 830 High Street (route 109) in Westwood, MA.  Find us across the street from St Margaret Mary’s church and down the hill from the Thurston Middle School. Signage and parking are ample!

holiday2018FisherSchoolFlyer.jpg

We have a great line up of Westwood Artists all making, baking and selling their local wares in our hometown.  You can’t get any more “LOCAL” than that!  Shop Small with us by celebrating small businesses and helping communities thrive and stay vibrant.

Small Business Saturday

event, shop local, small business saturday, westwood artists

Website_Badge_V1Please shop the galleries and shops that support me year round

fullsizeoutput_5f
Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9, 45 Central Street, Norwood, MA
fullsizeoutput_8e7
Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery, 553 High Street, Dedham, MA
3LaRV%gPQzyVdU+BVa4K%Q
The Dedham Exchange, 445 Washington Street, Dedham, MA
GL3X0Sw8TTK8JD3ERjtQYg
Decor & More, 695 High Street, Westwood, MA

097bf6c5-3c44-4c44-a382-92db40cd808b.jpg

Westwood Media Center, 15 Perwal Street, Westwood, MA

Thank you for supporting small businesses! 

Potters Place Holiday Show & Sale

event, food and pottery, inspiration, New work, Open Studios Show and Sale, reception, sale, shop local

I spent a lot of time driving in my car all over New England this fall. The foliage was beautiful and I found myself looking for glazes to create a memory of this fall season.

Using real leaves: maple, hydrangea, and more, and wet clay, I tell the story of how the leaves change over the season. Some leaves stay green and then turn brown, others delight us with color.

As an artist, I use this information to create a collection that celebrates the New England season with functional pottery. “Let’s Celebrate” with festive food and one of a kind handmade pottery!

Details for this weekend’s show & sale at Potters Place are below.

fallshow

It is the first time my fall collection will be seen and on sale.  All of my novelty pieces are one of a kind;  I make them once as pieces of a story… together they “paint the picture” of a memory.