Traveling is a big part of where I find inspiration for my one of a kind wheel thrown and hand built functional pottery. I was able to travel this year to Bermuda in late August. Below are photographs of finished pottery and where ideas have come from. My collections should be seen as one big painting; all the parts together tell the story of the experience.
I’ll be selling this collection at the 7th annual Medfield Stroll on Friday, December 3rd. As one of 40 participating artists juried into this event, I will be situated in the Memorial Public Library, 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA. The event is one day from 4pm to 9pm. The Cultural Alliance of Medfield is organizing this event and very active in promoting the Arts. Click here to find out more about this event and the Alliance.
This Saturday, October 16th from 11am-2pm, the Westwood Artists will be selling their artwork at 695 High Street in Westwood, MA. Rain or Shine, the following artists will be undercover but outdoors: Carol Ahearn (Watercolor, Acrylic), Karen Cagan (Photography), Kathy O’Donnell (Origami Earrings), Betsy Husted (Hand-crafted felt garlands & wall art), Kathy Zola (Fiber), Whim Chocolates (inside Decor & More), and Lisa WB Walker (Wheel thrown & Hand built Pottery). Join us to shop locally, support small businesses and have fun shopping handmade!
I’m selling my small batch pottery collections this weekend on Saturday, June 5th from 11:00AM to 3:00PM outdoors with fourteen other Westwood Artists. My table will be set up outside under the gazebo on the lawn in front of the Westwood Senior Center. It is a rain or shine event. Please stop by to shop and support local artists at 60 Nahatan Street in Westwood, MA.
Westwood Artists who will be selling their wares are: Lisa WB Walker, Carol Ahearn, Karen Flowers Cagan, Jane Wojick & Kathy Zola, Kevin Becker, Doug Hyde, Betsy Husted, Brenda April, Maureen Obey, Rima Becharia, Mike Robrish, and Cindy Senerchia. More information about the event can be found here.
To purchase ahead of the sale, please check out my available inventory with pricing and links to how to purchase directly.
As an artist, I work in small batches to create collections in clay like a painter creates a painting. The difference being that one can lift a piece out of my “painting” and interact with it. During the pandemic, I’ve spent my time working in my home studio, teaching art virtually and caring for my family. In the winter months, I worked on a collection entitled “Dreaming of a tropical vacation” because I was. This spring, I have returned to the decorator series to craft new work that reflects the home. Perhaps it was watching the birds out my kitchen window and tending to the plants growing in my house that my collections reflect these moments in time. I considered the simple pleasures of filling vases with flowers, setting the table for the family meal and enjoying the way light interacts with glazed pottery in use. After all, the art an artist creates reflects the life they live.
I’m selling my small batch pottery collections this weekend outdoors in Westwood, MA with four artist friends. We had a wonderful time safely interacting with customers last fall and have decided that a Pop Up Mother’s Day Sale on Saturday, May 8th from 11am – 3pm would be the perfect environment to sell our artwork. We will be following all the safety protocols for a safe selling experience. My table will be set up outside of Decor and More flanked by the other artists. It is a rain or shine event. Please stop in on Saturday to shop at 695 High Street (Post Office Plaza) in Westwood, MA.
Opening my kiln in April is all about spring and how the potter creates items to bring beauty to the home both indoors and out. Spring is about flowers and bright colors, berries and birds.. It’s about prepping for Mother’s Day gift giving and sales. Here is a look at some of my favorite pieces from this month’s kiln opening…
If you are interested in purchasing my pottery, available items, pricing and how to purchase are attached to each of my flickr listings. Click here for more info.
Westwood Artists host 3rd Outdoor Marketplace this Saturday, December 12th from 11am to 3pm. My table will be set up in front of Decor & More at 695 High Street, Westwood, MA. Joining me will be Carol Ahearn – watercolors & acrylics; Karen Cagan – photography; Jane Wojick – pottery; and, Kevin Becker – blown glass. No matter what the weather, we’ll be there as we have a roof over the sidewalk where we will be selling.
Shopping local and small business helps artists and makes for some wonderful personal connections to take place. Pottery may be purchased ahead of time and picked up at this event or a curbside contactless sale is easy to set up. Please shop my inventory and click on the photo you like for pricing and how to purchase directly from me.
Please join me for an Outdoor Sale with Westwood Artists. The Outdoor Sale on Saturday, November 7th is from 11am to 3pm on the green in front of the Council on Aging, 60 Nahatan Street in Westwood, Massachusetts.
Featured artists: Lisa WB Walker – pottery; Carol Ahearn – watercolors; Karen Cagan – photography; Jane Wojick – pottery; Maureen Obey – pastels and oil paintings; Mike Robrish – watercolors; Kathy O’Donnell – origami earrings; and Rita Bechara – mixed media paintings.
This is a social distanced sale. Masks are required. Hand sanitizer is available should you wish to interact with the art.
If you would like to purchase handmade from me but are unable or uncomfortable attending an in person event, please have a look at my pottery on my flickr account. I keep my inventory up to date and include information on each listing where to purchase and if items are available. Please email me to discuss options for contactless sales.
Please join me on Saturday for an Outdoor Sale with other Westwood Artists. The Outdoor Sale on Saturday, September 26th is from 10-2 at 6 Fisher Street in Westwood.
Featured artists: Lisa WB Walker – pottery; Carol Ahearn – watercolors; Karen Cagan – photography; Jane Wojick – pottery; Kevin Becker – glass; Rita Bechara – paintings.
This is a social distanced sale. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet from other shoppers. There will be hand sanitizer on site should you wish to interact with the art.
If you would like to purchase handmade from me but are unable or uncomfortable attending an in person event, please have a look at my new pottery here on my flickr account Just email me for prices and I can either package your paid purchases to pick up at the event, my home studio in Westwood or make other arrangements for contactless purchases, including shipping pottery.
If you are attending, I will have new work in addition to a few sale specials to make room for future work in my studio (this is not a seconds sale, but price reductions in some older pieces).
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.