If you live in my neighborhood, you might have seen me working away out in my garage. It’s where my kiln is and a great place to be when the weather is warm and the clay is low fire brown. I’ve just managed to fill my kiln to run a bisque fire for the first time this season. The pandemic really affected my creativity and I’ve just started to emerge from quarantine with ideas for some new work. Stay tuned for class updates, pottery to purchase and a lot more blog posts!
I had fun making these darted cups at Spring Fling at the Dedham Exchange.
My handmade pottery is for sale in the shop. Here’s what you’ll find while supplies last.
The Dedham Exchange is located in Dedham Square at 445 Washington Street. Their hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm. More info can be found on their website: http://www.dedhamexchange.org
Each year, my pottery studio, Potters Place announces a theme for its spring show and sale. It’s a creative prompt that sparks ideas for me and my studio mates. This year, the theme is “Pottery in Bloom”, a play on “Art in Bloom” that takes place at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts at the same time.
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.
These two pieces are one of a kind and will be for sale at Potters Place Spring Show and Sale over the weekend of May 3-5. I think either piece will make the perfect wedding gift for a woman transitioning into the partnership of marriage, the celebration of a relationship.
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* 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.
For more information visit https://medfieldculture.org/
Please join me and my Westwood Artists group at our 3rd annual holiday marketplace this weekend! We open our doors at 3:30PM on Friday, November 30th and say goodnight at 7PM. Our doors reopen at 10AM on Saturday, December 1st and close at 3PM. The Westwood Historical Society will host our event at their nostalgic Fisher School located at 830 High Street (route 109) in Westwood, MA. Find us across the street from St Margaret Mary’s church and down the hill from the Thurston Middle School. Signage and parking are ample!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I began branching out with my dishes to sell at other galleries that currently represent my ceramic art including Dedham dishes at the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery in Dedham Square, and Norwood dishes at Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 in Norwood.
The Dedham Exchange asked for a Dedham Pottery dish and an image was added to the dishes sold at that location only. Custom order dishes have been fun to design for clients!
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!
This year, I’ve kept the dish shape flat and added hometown ornaments to my inventory. These will be available only in Westwood at Decor & More and at Westwood Artists Holiday Marketplace. The Westwood Artists Holiday Marketplace is Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at the Historical Fisher School located at 830 High Street across the street from St Margaret Marys.
The first of my Fall Collection ceramics has been installed at the Dedham Square Artist Gallery located at 553 High Street in Dedham Square, Dedham, MA. Please stop in during gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12-6, and Sundays 11-2 to see and purchase one-of-a- kind handmade artwork by me as well as the other 19 Dedham Guild members who represent photography, painting, fiber, jewelry and more.
My fall collection is dishwasher and microwave safe. Caring for your artwork details are located on my website. This collection is high fire stoneware that has been wheel thrown and fired in a cone 6 kiln by the artist.
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.