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.
Wheel thrown large pottery bowl by Lisa WB Walker
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.
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.
“Flowers”: a summer collection installed at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located in historic Dedham Square, Dedham, MA
In the summer months, I enjoy working with low fire clay. A lower firing temperature allows me to utilize brighter colors that can “burn out” when the temperature in a ceramics kiln is higher. I began creating my “Flowers” collection while working on my summer art classes curricula.
I spent time at my local library, pouring over books to come up with new and exciting ideas for my students and found myself interested in learning more about certain flowers.
Vessels were hand built and ready for surface decoration. Slips, textures, carving and underglaze ceramic paints were used to create imagery; low fire glazes completed the vision.
“Flowers” can be functional for bouquets in water, food for a party; or, individual pieces can be hung on a wall or displayed on a tabletop. My ceramics are meant to be picked up and explored. Textured surfaces to the finger tip are a delight. Three dimensional art begs to be touched, picked up and interacted with. Ceramics is functional art.
Please visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild to purchase a piece from “Flowers”. Each piece is one of a kind. The collection is small but varied. Each piece stands alone but works well together. “Flowers” is perfect for the collector and just right for a wedding gift.
Potters Place Open Studios is two weeks away. A cooperative studio where I teach and create, Potters Place will open it’s doors to the public for Spring Show & Sale 2018 on Friday, May 4th at 5:30pm and close on Sunday, May 6th at 4:00pm. Details
Here is a sneak peak of my Special Occasions Spring 2018 Collection of hand built and wheel thrown high fire pottery..
Buy handmade for Mother’s Day, Spring & Summer weddings & birthdays, plus graduations & bridal showers. Enjoy one of a kind functional art that can be hung on a wall, and used with food and drink. Celebrate Art with your purchase of locally made wares. At Potters Place, 23 clay artisans will be participating in this amazing spring sale – join us for fun and find something to celebrate your special occasions with!
Artists reception on Friday, May 4th is open to the public. There is free parking and transportation on the commuter rail to Walpole station.
Trips inspire new art from a city filled with it: New York City
1. Sara Japanese Pottery 2. Wood fired pottery upper east side 3. Odilon Redon early 1900s 4. Colorful handblown glass vases in a city window 5. Van Gogh 6. Pork buns at Red Barn dim sum, Greenwich Village 7. Van Gogh at The Met 8. Handmade Ceramics in Soho 9. Faceted bowls
A trip to Portland, Maine inspires and nourishes the creative soul with food, fun and the best of friends…
- Casco Bay 2. The Holy Donut 3. Edgecomb Potters 4. Maine Potters Market 5. Portland Art Museum 6. Dresser with inlay 7. Bernard Langlais sculpture. 8. Painted Ceramic Bowl 9. The gals
Inspiration for my Holiday 2017 Collection comes from my summer trip to Portugal.
Bolsa Palace in Porto
Bolsa Palace oblong
Ceramic Fish in Porto
Porto fish — set of 3
Bordallo Pinheiro Dragonfly Pottery
Dragonfly set of dishes
Bordallo Pinheiro double leaf serving dish
2 part leaf dishes
Belem district of Lisbon
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
compass rose tile
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Pastel de Nata
Pasteis de Belém
Portugal Tile ornaments
Join me for the “first look” on Friday, November 17th 5:30-9PM at Potters Place opening reception for Holiday Show and Sale at 127 Old West Street, Walpole, MA. Show continues Saturday, November 18th 9AM-8PM and Sunday, November 19th 10AM-4PM. More information can be found at http://www.pottersplace.info
The apple blossoms this spring were everywhere… perhaps it was the wacky weather or the fact that spring seemed to take forever to get here, all I know is that everywhere I looked, the flowers were blooming. The tree in my own front yard brought a smile to my face every time I returned home.
Life inspires art and as I sat down to create new work, the apple blossoms collection began. Using an actual twig from my tree, assorted hand carved and purchased stamps, I “drew” my clay pictures taking inspiration from shapes of my molds.
Once the clay was bone dry, I used my watercolor underglazes to add color to the images before loading them into the bisque kiln.
Out of the first kiln, the collection was glazed and loaded into the 2nd kiln to add functionality to each piece. At each stage, the flowers welcomed me and provided a memory that symbolized spring, rebirth, change, peace, beauty and more.
My new collection is currently installed at the Dedham Square Artist Guild. The work has a wonderful feel and quiet beauty that although functional, stands alone as ceramic art. There are 6 pieces in this group … 2 small square plates, 2 small oblong trays and 2 larger square plates. The Guild is open Wednesday – Saturday 12-6, Sunday 11-2 in Dedham Square.
Imagine! The theme for Potters Place spring show is “Imagine”, inspired by a favorite quote from Albert Einstein, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Show coordinators, Ronda & Helayne asked Potters Place members to “Imagine” what would happen if they took a piece that they make on a regular basis and did something different with it.
“Imagine!” prompted a collection for me…. I began experimenting with some new floral stamps on both wheel thrown and hand built forms. As I began pressing into the clay, I embraced its malleable surface and began creating a new surface filled with flowers. I used colored slip trailing and carving to further decorate and then turned to watercolor under-glaze for color. After bisque firing my work, I found the glaze I planned to use was contaminated so I had to “Imagine!” using another glaze. By choosing Opal, I needed to embrace the characteristic of a glaze with movement. Knowing my vertical pottery would be affected; I decided to match my watercolor underglaze with actual glaze. The result was better than I imagined and my favorite piece in the collection emerged (see inserted photo).
Photos of the process…
Potters Place Spring Show and Sale 2017 weekend starts tomorrow, Friday, May 5th. Doors open 5:30PM til 9PM. Show continues Saturday, May 6th, 9AM til 8PM and Sunday, May 7th, 10AM til 4PM. We are raising funds to purchase ceramics books for the Walpole Library in addition to thousands of handmade pieces for sale from our 23 clay artisans. More information is at http://www.pottersplace.info.
Photo by Dave Bradley of my green square plates with prelude red petal motif.
Potters Place Holiday Show & Sale opens tonight, November 18th with an artists’ reception from 5:30PM-9PM. It’s the best time to go to the weekend show because all the artists are on hand to discuss their work. The show opens on Saturday from 9AM til 8PM with the addition of the seconds table. Sunday hours are 10AM to 4PM.
My Holiday Collection includes my new San Francisco collection, Prelude (plus my NEW red petal), and Basics (sneak a peak mugs, egg separators, bowls and more).
My family visited San Francisco, California this past August. We toured Monterey and Carmel, viewed Big Sur and then traveled north to Sausalito and into wine country before heading into the foggy city of San Francisco in the summertime. Here’s a look at some of the inspiration for my forms and surface decoration.
Succulent in Carmel
Alcatraz Mugs with a nod to Heath Ceramics
Tin cups from Alcatraz
Grace Church on Nob Hill
Soft edged plate with coordinating dish
Slip trailed Mug
Decoration inside Grace Church
Please stop in and see my ceramic collections as well as the work of my 20 studiomates at Potters Place, 127B Old West Street in Walpole, MA.
Please join me at the opening reception of the Westwood Land Trust art exhibit entitled “Capturing Nature in Westwood” tonight, Thursday, October 27th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Westwood Public Library.
Here are a few photos from yesterday’s set up of this wonderful show:
Many local artists are featured in this show (including members of the Westwood Artist group and the Dedham Square Artists Guild) in addition to student art from Westwood High School and Middle School.
The exhibit goes through December 16th. Hope you can stop in and see it!