When you can’t host a sale for customers, the next best thing is a private video tour of new work. I set up a sale on my back porch and using my phone, give a talk (make sure the volume is on and up!) about my new summer collection and spring Barbados Collection. As all the sales I planned for were canceled, it has been since February when I have had the opportunity to share my vision for the work that I am creating. All pieces are for sale and can be purchased directly from me. I provide contactless buying options, curbside pick up, delivery and shipping. Please email me at email@example.com to discuss any of the work.
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
The Dedham Square Artist Guild teamed up with the Dedham Parish Players for the February/March Artist Challenge. Together they chose “Neverland” as the theme. The Opening Reception is Thursday, February 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
For my entry, I decided to repurpose one of my wheel thrown stoneware plates that had been glazed in a clear gloss with a foamy rim. It was a blank canvas to experiment with.
“Neverland…Fly to Neverland with Peter Pan and see what we find…fairies and mermaids, pirates and crocodiles, and children who live forever. We’re paying tribute to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan from Neverland. Of course, Neverland could mean something completely different for you…show us!”
Opening Reception: Thursday February 26, 6pm to 8pm
Exhibition Dates: February to March 31, 2015
This exhibit is being produced in conjunction with the Parish Players newest production of “Neverland”. Their performances will take place in late March. Visit the Parish Players for more information on how to purchase tickets.
This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts.
The show is exhibited in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre located at 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. The theatre is a community hot spot. It shows new releases every day of the week, including one’s that recently won oscars!, in a movie hall in the center of Dedham Square.
For my entry, I used the image of a star to represent Tinkerbell’s magical fairy dust. I created a hand-cut stencil and gold enamel paint to embellish the surface of one of my wheel thrown stoneware plates.
I designed the plate as a functional piece. The stars scatter across the plate rim outside and around where food will be. They float like Tinkerbell’s pixie dust to create a magical moment.
I imagine the plate to be used by a young child who believes in the magic of Tinkerbell and dreams of Peter Pan and his adventurous life. It is the parent or caregiver who is rewarded with the underside of the plate…
When I was a child, our family had a wonderful set of Peter Rabbit bowls that we used for breakfast cereal. I loved imagining Peter Rabbit creeping into Mr McGregor’s garden or Peter playing with this sisters, Mopsy and Flopsy. I always ate all my cereal to see the hand-painted scenes at the bottom of the bowl. For my Neverland plate, the reward is a finished meal and the opportunity to turn the plate over.
Fairy tales are for children or those young at heart. They delight us and take us to an imaginary place. As I worked on this challenge, I was reminded that being playful and dreaming is something that adds value to life. As adults, we can learn a lot from the children in our lives.
In my imagination, when I flew to Neverland with Peter Pan and Wendy, I enjoyed watching the children learning to fly, the magical fairy dust that took them on their adventure. It was the thrill of something new and unimaginable that one can only dream about.
I imagine my “Neverland” plate to be hung on a wall. On special occasions, perhaps when it is snowy outside and there is a warm fire, the plate is taken down and placed in front of a young child to eat a comforting meal with a caregiver who will tell them a story. The story will be of adventures in distant lands. When that child goes off to bed, the caregiver will wash the magical plate and return it to the wall to hang, a constant reminder to enjoy the magic around us.
Every week, I head over to Powisset Farm in Dover, Ma to pick up my CSA share. This year marks my fourth year as a member. Driving onto the farm is therapeutic… it’s beautiful barn, vista of green fields and bountiful gardens, and, a farm crew that is always upbeat and cheerful. I’ve never left there in all my time not feeling happy that I am part of this community.
This Saturday, my potter friend, Sue Brum of Hog Wild Pottery (who is also a member at the farm) will set up tables filled with our pottery to sell and enjoy a peaceful day chatting with new and old friends alike.
We’ll be in the barn, near the farm stand from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.
Here are some pieces I will be selling that work well with the food in the farm stand and in the CSA share…
Stop by the farm this Saturday, September 20th between 10am and 5pm to learn about functional pottery and how it works well with local food and flowers in a farm to table approach to living.