Kids Clay

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My spring session of Kids Clay included mostly repeat students.  This allowed me to introduce more difficult projects and let the kids make more creative choices.  We focused on three main projects that were multifaceted. We reviewed basic techniques, such as pinching, coiling, texture, slab and attaching to build the final work.  Students enjoyed the “play” factor: moving the pieces around to create their own stories.  It was a joy to see their creative solutions.

Project One: Turtles in their environment

Project Two: It’s my Birthday

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Project Three: Pretend you are a scientist and you discovered a new species of animal. Create that new animal.

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The pottery was created using low fire clay and glazing the bisque fired ware with low fire glazes. Kids create amazing pottery!

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Potters Place Spring Show & Sale

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Potters Place Spring Show and Sale opens this Friday! Please join me for open studios where 20 clay artisans will sell their one of a kind pottery. Sale hours are: Friday, May 4th 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Saturday, May 5th 9:00am – 8:00pm, and Sunday, May 6th 10:00am-4:00pm.   Details

Here is a sneak peak of what I’ll be selling at Potters Place.

Special Occasions

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Potters Place Open Studios is two weeks away.  A cooperative studio where I teach and create, Potters Place will open it’s doors to the public for Spring Show & Sale 2018 on Friday, May 4th at 5:30pm and close on Sunday, May 6th at 4:00pm.  Details

Here is a sneak peak of my Special Occasions Spring 2018 Collection of hand built and wheel thrown high fire pottery..

Buy handmade for Mother’s Day, Spring & Summer weddings & birthdays, plus graduations & bridal showers.  Enjoy one of a kind functional art that can be hung on a wall, and used with food and drink.  Celebrate Art with your purchase of locally made wares. At Potters Place, 23 clay artisans will be participating in this amazing spring sale – join us for fun and find something to celebrate your special occasions with!

Artists reception on Friday, May 4th is open to the public.  There is free parking and transportation on the commuter rail to Walpole station.

 

A Trip to New York City

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Trips inspire new art from a city filled with it: New York City

1. Sara Japanese Pottery 2. Wood fired pottery upper east side 3. Odilon Redon early 1900s 4. Colorful handblown glass vases in a city window 5. Van Gogh 6. Pork buns at Red Barn dim sum, Greenwich Village 7. Van Gogh at The Met 8. Handmade Ceramics in Soho 9. Faceted bowls

New Arts – a new teaching experience

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A short experience teaching young students art brings wonder and joy!

Creating art from literature with 1st and 2nd graders..

 

A Trip to the City: listening to city noises, reading city books, sharing experiences with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders..

Portugal

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Inspiration for my Holiday 2017 Collection comes from my summer trip to Portugal.

 

Join me for the “first look” on Friday, November 17th 5:30-9PM at Potters Place opening reception for Holiday Show and Sale at 127 Old West Street, Walpole, MA.  Show continues Saturday, November 18th 9AM-8PM and Sunday, November 19th 10AM-4PM.  More information can be found at http://www.pottersplace.info

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

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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.

 

 

Artist of the Month

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Tonight, Sue Hoy and I will host a reception at our Guild in Dedham Square.  We are featured artists of the month for August.  Please join us from 5-7PM for wine, cheese and ART at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located at 553 High Street in Dedham, MA.

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Lisa W B Walker Summer Collection 2016

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Sue Hoy Summer Oil Paintings

About the Artists
Sue Hoy

“As an artist, I am trying to capture the spirit of my subject by reducing details
and concentrating on light and shape. My paintings are rich in color and
bold in brushwork. I am inspired by nature’s beauty and the chance to interpret
it in simple, yet compelling ways.”

Sue Hoy is a painter, graphic designer and art teacher living in Milton MA.
Her inspiration comes from her family and the endless beauty of New England.
Choosing subjects that capture attention and emotion, Sue strives to simplify shape
and color to reflect the essence of her subject. Her voyage toward simplicity,
versus over-working and illustrating with paint, is ongoing. Her paintings have
been in numerous shows in Massachusetts and she currently has a solo show at
Abby Park in Milton, MA. She teaches painting and clay classes for children
in the Milton public schools and at Milton Art Center.

Education
UMASS Dartmouth, BFA Visual Design
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Studio Art/Painting

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Lisa WB Walker

I fell in love with a color: Robin’s egg blue; and, it defined summer for me.
Early morning bird calls greet a warm rising sun that announces day break.
Watch the soft wind blowing a sheer textured curtain as you lay blinking sleep from
your eyes. You are young, free from school, and you feel what summer really is.

Lisa W. B. Walker is an Artist working in clay who lives in Westwood, Massachusetts.
She creates wheel thrown or hand built functional ware to explore surface decoration
in order to create one of a kind original work. Lisa received her Studio Art Degree
from Skidmore College, continuing with additional classes at the Museum School
of Fine Arts Boston and the Art Institute of Boston. She writes a weekly blog,
www.lisawbwalker.wordpress.com, participates in local arts related community
service, and, shares her knowledge through teaching, workshops and demonstrations.

www.lisawbwalker.com

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2D Art Camp

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In my classroom for 2D art camp, the students created all sorts of wonderful projects.  They were given many high quality materials to work with and learned how to use them.  Here is a look at some of my favorite projects from each lesson:

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(oil) Pastels and Watercolors

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Creating texture with Tempera Paint

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Painting Rocks with Acrylic Paint

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Collage!

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Creating books with colored pencils and regular pencils

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Colored markers and a composition that describes you!

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It’s the last day of summer! How would you spend it? Tell me in paint on a canvas….

I come away from teaching with a renewed sense of wonder 🙂