Making Cups at Dedham Women’s Exchange

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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

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Pottery in Bloom

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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.

Potters Place group shot featuring pottery by members. My “Pottery in Bloom” is the featured plate.
Photo by Dave Bradley Photography

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.

Pottery Sale at Medfield Stroll – join me!

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I’ll be selling my wheel thrown and hand built pottery at the Medfield Library.

* 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.
 
ARTIST’S SITE 
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. 

For more information visit https://medfieldculture.org/

Westwood Artists host 3rd annual holiday marketplace this weekend

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Wheel thrown large pottery bowl by Lisa WB Walker

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!

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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.