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.
“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…
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.
Photo by Dave Bradley of my green square plates with prelude red petal motif.
A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre by the Dedham Square Artist Guild opens tonight in Dedham Square. The exhibit features work by Guild members, local artists, teachers and students who responded to the artist challenge: Still Life / Life Still. Tonight’s opening reception (THURSDAY, MAY 5th 6-8 PM) will include refreshments; artists will be on hand to meet and discuss their work.
Still Life / Life Still
Explore still life in a traditional approach by studying objects arranged in a balanced composition; or, where objects are caught in their natural surroundings and documented. Show us how you see still life / life still.
Still Life of Peppers. Handmade objects to be arranged in a pleasing composition. My peppers began as pinch pots with coils.
Adding color with bright low fire glazes.
clear glaze for an extra shiny surface.
fresh out of the kiln and looking good enough to eat!
This exhibition will be up through the end of June. All artwork is for sale through the Dedham Square Artist Guild, including my one of a kind set of hand sculpted peppers.
This painting by Guild member Matt Miller is also in the show. Perhaps I was influenced? This happens when you surround yourself with beautiful art by talented friends 🙂
A special exhibition hosted by the Dedham Square Artist Guild
at the Dedham Community Theatre
Opening Reception: March 3, 6pm to 8pm
Join us for the Art Opening for Oliver!
Exhibition Dates: March 3, 2016 to April 30, 2016
The challenge: “What does grit look like … courage, bravery, strength of character? We’re paying tribute to Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in conjunction with the Parish Players production of OLIVER! Dickens sets the innocence of childhood against the squalor and corruption of the city. He showed us what grit meant to him in his novel. We challenge you to define grit in your art… in a portrait of a hard scrabble city dweller? In the stark landscape of urban industrialism? Show us!”
This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com
This show is being produced in conjunction with the Parish Players’ newest production, Oliver!Visit http://www.facebook.com/TheParishPlayers for more information about their production
I responded to this challenge with the “Oliver Twist” bowl featured above. Other artists responded in a variety of mediums… here are some of my favorites:
The next challenge is “Still Life/Life Still”. Click here for more details on how you can participate.
My family traveled to Europe this past summer. We took in many sights including art museums, monuments and the natural beauty of many countries. Mealtime discussions were about what we were seeing and doing; and, what we were eating and drinking. We ate and drank what was traditional and local to that region of that country: Gnocchi in Venice, Italy; Tiramisu in Florence, Italy; Moules Frites in Nice, France; and, Jamon Serrano in Barcelona, Spain.
Breakfast at the Baglioni (Florence, Italy)
Lunch on the Grand Canal (Venice, Italy)
Dinner at a Cafe (Nice, France)
Tapas (Barcelona, Spain)
Stop in to see my new work this weekend at Potters Place Holiday Show and Sale. The opening reception is open to the public on Friday, November 20th from 5:30pm to 9pm. Hours on Saturday, November 21st are 9am to 8pm. Hours on Sunday, November 22nd are 10am-4pm. Parking and admission are free. Credit cards are accepted.
Potters Place is a cooperative studio with 20 clay artisans. It is also a pottery school that offers classes in many levels by experienced instructors. The location is at 127B Old West Street in Walpole, MA – accessible by MBTA. Open studio sales take place twice a year: November and May.
For the month of April, I will be Artist of the Month at the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery alongside Gillian Jackson Photography. We have both been guild members since our cooperative gallery opened over three and a half years ago. A benefit of membership is being artist of the month where your work is featured at the front of the shop in a larger area. We will host a reception on Saturday, April 11th from 5-7pm. Please join us!
Lisa W B Walker
From the dark days of winter, spring has finally arrived; the surfaces of my pots are rejoicing! Brush strokes filled with glaze dance across the surface in a repetitive manner evoking playful order. Blue buds of color join planes of glossy blue to celebrate both land and sea. My spring collection is functional stoneware, easily used and beautifully versatile as it can exist on a dresser top or a table top or hung on a wall. The work I create is meant to be felt in your hand, seen by your eye and used in a way that becomes personal to you.
Gillian Jackson — Unexpected Boston
To capture this group of photographs I walked and drove around Boston and its neighborhoods with a 400mm lens, and looked where I would not normally look, and took images in places that I would not normally consider; a liquor store parking lot, a view of Zakim Bridge through the streets of East Boston or a gargoyle or chimney hidden up in the roofline. There are also several skyline views to satisfy my traditional bent!
Join us Saturday April 11 from 5pm to 7pm, for an opening reception featuring our artists of the month, Lisa WB Walker and Gillian Jackson at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located at 553 High Street in Dedham, MA. More information: http://www.dedhamguild.com