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.
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.
Potters Place Spring Show and Sale opens this Friday! Please join me for open studios where 20 clay artisans will sell their one of a kind pottery. Sale hours are: Friday, May 4th 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Saturday, May 5th 9:00am – 8:00pm, and Sunday, May 6th 10:00am-4:00pm. Details
Here is a sneak peak of what I’ll be selling at Potters Place.
Potters Place will be raising money for A.L.S. Family Charitable Foundation in a special section of pottery that has been donated by Potters Place members. Meet the potters of Potters Place at the Opening Reception on Friday, May 4th. The event is open to the public. Saturday, May 5th at 9:00am, the seconds “less than perfect” sale begins and continues til all is sold out.
Buy handmade for Mother’s Day, Spring & Summer weddings & birthdays, plus graduations & bridal showers. If you can’t make the show, please stop in at one of the many galleries that sell my art. Details here: www.lisawbwalker.com
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
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!
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
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.
It’s finally happening! We’ve brought the ART to WESTWOOD!
Please join the Westwood Artists for their first Marketplace on Friday, December 9th from 3:30-8PM and Saturday, December 10th from 10AM-2PM at the Westwood Historical Fisher School located across the street from St Margaret Mary’s on High Street (Route 109) in Westwood, MA. Parking is available at the Thurston Middle School, across the street at St Margaret Mary’s and Baptist Church adjacent to the Fisher School.
There will be 12 juried artists selling their handmade one of a kind artwork.
Here is a preview:
Wheel thrown “dotty”mugs by Lisa W B Walker
Catherine Perrone Watercolors
Kevin Becker glass (recently picked for the Boston Globe gift issue)
Gaye Whalen’s Coastal Creations
Carol Ahearn Watercolors
Karen Flowers Cagan Photography (Fisher School pictured here)
Jane Wojick handmade one of a kind pottery – both functional and nonfunctional works of art
Stephanie Hasenaur Jewelry
Kathy Zola handknit fiber work
Melanie Guerra will be bringing her jewelry (only sale this season!) and photography. Bibi will have an assortment or her artisanal baked goods for sale and gift giving. Jane Norris brings wonderful handpainted furniture and decorated wreaths for the holidays.
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.
Potters Place, a not for profit school and cooperative studio, opens it’s doors for Open Studio Weekend with an Artists’ Reception on Friday, April 29th from 5:30-9 PM.
Doors open again on Saturday, April 30th at 9am with a “less than perfect” table and afternoon demonstrations by a number of the 23 Potters Place artisans. Shop til 8pm for Mother’s Day and Wedding gifts!
On Sunday, doors open at 10am and the countdown is on for our coveted raffle. Master potter, Susan Brum created a large vase and all members of the Potters Place studio have signed the bottom. Raffle money and sales from a select group of pottery raise funds and awareness about our choice charity: Kettlebells4kids. Shop our vast and unique selection of pottery, watch more demonstrations and sign up for a class (spring session starts May 2nd!) until doors close at 4pm.
I will be featuring a new collection for spring that was inspired by a winter weekend with childhood friends. The collection features the pottery needed for our ladies lunch. The surface decorated in the colors of the ocean, dotted with fresh growth and a lattice that is symbolic of the friendships that support and guide our growth. More images can be found by clicking on the “flickr” link to the right.
Please join me at my cooperative studio: Potters Place in Walpole, Ma to celebrate all we are as we invite you into a place that will show customers “How We Make It”.