Spring baskets for flowers

New work

Making clay baskets can be complex forms to create. They are born on the potter’s wheel, the place where I do my best thinking, as small shapes that begin as bowls and then transform into objects of whimsey. The rim of the pot becomes a place to alter: roll it, split it, cut it, pinch it … each action creates a different result.

Wheel thrown vessels that will become the foundation for baskets.

Once the wheel thrown pieces are trimmed or finished, hand pulled handles are added to each piece. The shape of the basket determines where the handle is placed in order to create a functional form.

Handles are added to the bowls to create baskets.

When the clay is still malleable, I take the opportunity to add decoration to the surface. Handmade, found and manufactured stamps are added to make each piece unique.

Adding color to stamped baskets.

Once bone dry, underglaze colors are added to “pop” the pieces. These one of a kind baskets are now ready to head into the kiln where they will be fired to cone 06 and then be ready to hold glaze.

I decided on a satiny white liner and an opal glaze to emphasize the underglaze colors. One characteristic of the opal glaze is its movement; it can drag or pull the color down the pot that is vertical. I use this knowledge to create the effect I am looking for. The baskets head back into a kiln and are fired to cone 6.

These baskets were featured in a Westwood Artists exhibit in the Westwood Library during the month of March. A few of them were purchased and will be received as gifts soon.

The baskets are now completed pieces of pottery. They are ready to make their way out into the world as useful and beautiful handmade objects.

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“Reflection” opens tonight

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Artist Challenge: REFLECTION … “As the seasons change, so does reflection. We see reflection in light or hear it in sound. When the year comes to a close, do you reflect on what was, what will be? How can a reflection be cool or warm? How will you define it in your medium?”IMG_1972

IMG_1988This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. I chose to submit two RAKU vases.  With my “prelude” brushwork on the exterior surface and coppery reflective glaze on the interior, it  defined “Reflection” in my medium: clay.

Raku is a low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials, such as sawdust and shredded paper.

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IMG_1888The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking; therefore, Raku is fragile and cannot withstand water. The non functional aspect means that the interior is unoccupied and light travels in to reflect the copper red glaze.

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See my vases and the work of other artists as they respond to “Reflection” in their mediums.

Participating Artists Include:
Lisa W B Walker, Cindy Mootz, Lonnie Landrey, Gretje Ferguson, Fred Smith, Rali Weaver, Dennis Stein, Kerry Hawkins, Alice Donaldson, Wendy Birchmire, Danielle Leveille, Sharon Pierce, Nancy Walton, Anna Gemelli, and Gillian Jackson

IMG_1978IMG_1987Raku is always one of a kind. It is a ceramic sculpture that has captured a moment in time where artist, fire and process become one. Enjoy the luminosity of the copper reds that come to life in the reduction process, and the exterior brushwork and crackle that reflect nature in a season of change.

“Reflection”, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge, opens tonight, Thursday, December 4th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre. 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2014 to January 30th, 2015

 

Dedham Guild turns 3!

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3 year annivesary PartyMy guild in Dedham will celebrate it’s third birthday tonight, Saturday, October 4th from 6-8pm.  There will be music, food and drink, and a great raffle filled with art.  It is the perfect time to visit the guild to meet and purchase directly from the 23 guild member artists.

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 10.26.58 AMI am the featured artist of the month at the guild.  My “By the Ocean” collection will be featured up front for the party.  You can find photos of this collection by visiting my flickr account but I recommend visiting the guild, located at 553 High Street in Dedham, MA to see my work, feel the texture and weight and enjoy the colors of this low fire collection.

He jumped up, gathered together his coat, easel, paint box, the last empty canvas, and left the cottage.

Outside, he turned away from the sea toward the farmlands inland. He walked down the road resolutely, his scarf blowing, slowing a little. The field in front of him was covered with snow, as was the dark wood, rough-hewn fence. He set up his easel, fixing the canvas to it. A few lines in charcoal marked his boundaries. The snow was so many shades of white.

Now that he painted he could breathe a little. It didn’t matter that it was cold. Damn the cold.

The fence was so longer empty. A single black magpie huddled there, contemplating the fields. Claude painted swiftly. It might have taken a few minutes or more. The bird turned its head and stared dark-eyed, then leapt into the air; it took flight and was gone. Yet now as he finished, painting a bit more slowly, a calm seemed to return to him he had not felt in weeks. He had told the canvas what he could not tell her…

Claude & Camile, A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell

He jumped up, g…

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“Making Waves” – An Artist Challenge

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“Making Waves” – An Artist Challenge, opens with a reception on Thursday, September 26th from 6-8pm at the Dedham Community Theatre.

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The Challenge:  “MAKING WAVES”

“Waves… on the water, to a friend, in the status quo. How do you like to make waves? Whether it is causing a stir or literally making a splash in water, this Artist Challenge asks artists to shake things up a bit, we want to see how you can make waves! ”

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Here is the story of my piece….

I grew up on an peninsula of land north of Boston and as an adult, I spend most summer weekends at the beach either south of Boston or in southern Rhode Island.  Water is part of my life. I enjoy watching the waves, the sunsets over the water, boats, and exploring the beach.  Collecting sea glass is one of my favorite things to do.

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I wanted to make a piece that would hold the sea glass I collect, remind me of the lighthouses that I love, give the illusion of rocking like a boat in the water, and incorporate the movement of a wave.

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throwing to create the space for sea glass.

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trimming to create the desired effects: reference to light house shape and illusion of rocking movement.

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glazed with crushed sea glass and ready for the kiln

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complete!

This is a one of a kind piece. It will be part of a bigger exhibit that opens this Thursday, September 26th at the Dedham Community Theater.  Immediately following the reception, my piece will be moved to the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery across the street from the Theater where it will be on display and for sale with the other three dimensional artwork. Two dimensional work will remain at the Theater for the duration of the exhibit.

For more information of this and other artist challenges.  Visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild!

“I lay out the carvings by drawing on the surface, working by eye rather than measuring, preferring to keep the pattern inexact so that the forms have a veil of perfection created by the overall visual effect with little differences in the repetitions revealed on closer inspection.” Ceramicist Matt Repsher

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Dedham Farmer’s Market Demo TODAY

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Dedham Farmer's Market Demo TODAY

The Dedham Square Artist Guild is set up each week at the Dedham Square Farmer’s Market from 12-6 PM on the green at first church at 670 High Street. Each week the guild brings artwork from the their gallery at 553 High Street and members demonstrate their craft. This week, I will demonstrate hand built functional pottery from 12-2. I’ll be carving vases for my new collection appropriately named, “Farmer’s Bounty”.

“Nature” Opening Reception 6-8pm TONIGHT at the Dedham Community Theatre

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In addition to the carved platter I’ve written about for the “Nature” exhibit, I have submitted a set of three rectangular vases glazed in the colors i love in nature.

Details:
A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre, and in collaboration with Dedham Civic Pride
Opening Reception: June 20th, 6pm to 8pm
EXHIBITION DATES: JUNE 20TH – JULY 11TH

“Ahhh, nature! Does being out in nature bring you into balance, inspire you, free you or are you terrified of the creepy crawlies of the natural world? June’s challenge asks artists to explore nature in all its forms…the great outdoors, human nature, nature vs. nurture, the possibilities are endless!! ! It surrounds us every day, no matter where we live or what we do.”

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This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater for all to enjoy! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Support the Arts – come to our Patron Night on Wednesday, March 27th

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Support the Arts - come to our Patron Night on Wednesday, March 27th

The “Summer Sailing” exhibit is now installed and ready for the Patron Night at the Dedham Square Artist Guild (DSAG) located at 553 High Street in Dedham Center. Artist friends and DSAG members Kerry Hawkins, Fred Smith and I organized the members work onto our gallery wall in anticipation of our Patron event on Wednesday, March 27th from 6-8pm. Members are bringing refreshments and goodies to share with prospective and existing patrons. The exhibit will stay up for the month and all artwork is for sale.

For as little at $25 anyone can be a patron member. Here is the link to how you can support the arts http://www.dedhamguild.com/patronmember