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Apple Blossoms

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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.

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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.

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Once the clay was bone dry, I used my watercolor underglazes to add color to the images before loading them into the bisque kiln.

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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.

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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.

Potters Place Show & Sale is May 5,6,7

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.

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“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… 

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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.

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Photo by Dave Bradley of my green square plates with prelude red petal motif.

 

 

Westwood Marketplace

It’s finally happening! We’ve brought the ART to WESTWOOD!img_8890

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:

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Wheel thrown “dotty”mugs by Lisa W B Walker

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Catherine Perrone Watercolors

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Kevin Becker glass (recently picked for the Boston Globe gift issue)

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Gaye Whalen’s Coastal Creations

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Carol Ahearn Watercolors

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Karen Flowers Cagan Photography      (Fisher School pictured here)

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Jane Wojick handmade one of a kind pottery – both functional and nonfunctional works of art

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Stephanie Hasenaur Jewelry

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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.

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Medfield Holiday Stroll

Join me and 40 artisans at Holiday Stroll in Downtown, Medfield this Friday, December 2nd from 4:00-9:00PM.  I will be selling my pottery at the Memorial Public Library.  The map below gives you a good idea of how the stroll is set up. FREE PARKING is available behind the Medfield Town Hall at 459 Main Street and at the Montrose School lot at 29 North Street.

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Holiday Stroll is a festive family event that takes place at eight venues along Main Street (Route 109) and the Dwight Derby House on Frairy Street. The Holiday Stroll includes food, an outdoor ice sculpture, roaming carolers, 40 juried artisans, live music, and M.E.M.O.’s outdoor tree lighting ceremony. All events are within walking distance, free parking nearby and free admission. The event is organized by The Cultural Alliance of Medfield (CAM).

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For complete details and a list of artisans, visit www.MedfieldCulture.org.

Small Business Saturday

Please shop locally on Saturday, November 26th (and every day!) to support small businesses.  Here is a look at what you’ll find at the galleries that carry my ceramic collections.

Dedham Square Artist Guild ~ 553 High Street, Dedham, MA www.dedhamguild.com

Founded in October 2011, we are Dedham’s first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its 20 members. We provide members of the cooperative a home for their work and opportunity to connect with the community, while striving to enrich the cultural life of all residents, through classes, workshops, art openings and more. The collection of work at the Guild encompasses a diverse style of art, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, monotype, wood, glass, textile and much more.

Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 ~ 45 Central Street, Norwood, MA  www.customartframing.com

Custom Art Framing has been a Norwood fixture since 2003. Julie Vecchio brings years of picture framing expertise to a unique customer-service centered frame shop. In 2007 the shop’s gallery added to it’s focus on affordable artwork by local artists with the creation of Gallery9. With this expansion comes fun and exciting opportunities for artists and art collectors to interact, face to face, with our First Friday Artist Reception series. Currently at Gallery9 and Custom Art Framing you’ll find the most unique designs in custom picture framing, as well as, art classes for kids and adults, workshops, monthly artist events and the most fabulous little art gallery around.

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Decor & More ~ 695 High Street, Westwood, MA   http://www.decorandmoredesign.com

Our interior design services include decor, consulting, and space planning for every room in your home. With over 30 years experience and a philosophy of “down to earth design,” our designs allow form to follow function. We carry a wide selection of gift and decorative items made by local artisans. 

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Potters Place Gallery ~ By appointment only… 127B Old West Street, Walpole, MA  www.pottersplace.info

Potters Place has 23 members and all are involved in the running & maintenance of our co-operative studio. Six of the members are instructors and offer a variety of clay classes.  Twice a year we hold a Show & Sale to showcase the work of our members & to raise a donation for a local charity. We also maintain a gallery of our members’ pottery that can be viewed by appointment by calling us at 508-668-0363.

 

Potters Place Holiday Show & Sale 2016

img_2003Potters 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.

img_2256My 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).

fullsizeoutput_1408My 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.

 

 

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.

DSAG is 5 years old!

This Saturday, October 1st from 6:00 to 8:00PM the Dedham Square Artist Guild will celebrate their 5 year anniversary.  It is exciting to reach this milestone and a thrill to have been part of the team that got us here!

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Join the Dedham Square Artists for an evening of celebration. Purchase local art directly from the artists. Hear the music of Nick Vecchio and the real school of music who will perform throughout the evening.  There will be a raffle!, cake, food and refreshments.

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Best of all are the artists: Kerry Hawkins, Gary Koeppel, Cindy Mootz, Fred Smith, Gillian Jackson, Sue Hoy, Rali Weaver, Jill Barry, Barbara Trainer, Zelayna Rauch, Kevin Becker, Matt Miller, Mark Dooley, Wendy Birchmire, Sandrine, Alice Donaldson, Dennis Stein, Gretje Ferguson, Mona Podgursky, and Lisa WB Walker.

What’s new in the gallery from me?

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I created a collection of low fire pottery over the summer using Amaco Artist Choice and Opalescent glazes to bring out texture, and  Gare Fun Strokes for creating images by layering glazes on bisqueware. All of my ceramics are food safe and one-of-a-kind wheel thrown and/or handbuilt by me.