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.
* 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.
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.
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.
Five years ago, I wanted to sell my handmade pottery in my hometown of Westwood, Massachusetts. I created a few dishes and approached Decor & More, a gift shop in the center of town to see about a partnership. Since then, there have been Westwood dishes of all kinds, Westwood grad dishes and most recently: Realtor dishes with town names.
These dishes are created from white stoneware clay, hand cut, smoothed, hand stamped and set to dry before hand painting each individual letter and design with an underglaze paint. Dishes are fired in a kiln, glazed with a clear and fired for a second time to create a piece that is both durable and functional for food. No dish is alike and can vary year to year as changes to color and design are updated. They are fun to collect!