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.
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.
Once the clay was bone dry, I used my watercolor underglazes to add color to the images before loading them into the bisque kiln.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa W B Walker Summer Collection 2016
Sue Hoy Summer Oil Paintings
About the Artists
“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.
UMASS Dartmouth, BFA Visual Design
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Studio Art/Painting
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.
Summer pottery class with older students in grades 3-6 were taught techniques to create work in clay. The older students were able to understand and grasp concepts in a different way than the younger students. Sometimes they were more hesitant to take chances, but when they did, they were rewarded. Their finished pieces show maturity and understanding of skills. Here is a look at a few of my favorite pieces from this 4 day summer pottery camp at Newton Community Education.
Ben’s pinch pot dinosaur
Mairead’s pinch pot turtle
Brianna’s coil pot
“Create your own” utilizing pinch pots and coil
Mio’s “Create your own” utilizing slab, texturizing and scratch & attach with slip.
These imaginative students were a thoughtful group who found joy in creating with clay – yipee!
We created some amazing work in my classroom this summer during 3D Art Camp!
Here is a look at some of my favorite projects from each lesson:
Clay Aquariums in progress!
Pipe cleaner Sculpture
Weaving from Individual Drawings
We had such fun creating with all sorts of materials. The kids were a creative group!
I have had the great opportunity to spend an afternoon once a week for the last 14 weeks with a group of 1-3rd graders to teach them about clay. Here is a look at some of my favorite pieces from the semester… This week is our final one and the children will see their glazed pieces and have their own art opening! This is my favorite day 🙂
pinch pots with lids
mobiles from slab with a prompt: “to hang in your room”
butterflies with texture
themed projects – animals
form and function with slab and coil
“Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment.” -MaryAnn F. Kohl
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 🙂
Potters Place, a not for profit school and cooperative studio, opens it’s doors for Open Studio Weekend with an Artists’ Reception on Friday, April 29th from 5:30-9 PM.
Doors open again on Saturday, April 30th at 9am with a “less than perfect” table and afternoon demonstrations by a number of the 23 Potters Place artisans. Shop til 8pm for Mother’s Day and Wedding gifts!
On Sunday, doors open at 10am and the countdown is on for our coveted raffle. Master potter, Susan Brum created a large vase and all members of the Potters Place studio have signed the bottom. Raffle money and sales from a select group of pottery raise funds and awareness about our choice charity: Kettlebells4kids. Shop our vast and unique selection of pottery, watch more demonstrations and sign up for a class (spring session starts May 2nd!) until doors close at 4pm.
I will be featuring a new collection for spring that was inspired by a winter weekend with childhood friends. The collection features the pottery needed for our ladies lunch. The surface decorated in the colors of the ocean, dotted with fresh growth and a lattice that is symbolic of the friendships that support and guide our growth. More images can be found by clicking on the “flickr” link to the right.
Please join me at my cooperative studio: Potters Place in Walpole, Ma to celebrate all we are as we invite you into a place that will show customers “How We Make It”.
Potters Place is a not for profit pottery school and a cooperative studio for clay artisans. Located in Walpole, Massachusetts, it is interwoven into the community it has called home for over 30 years. Their mission is to spread their love of pottery. This takes many forms from raising funds through the sale of specific pottery (most recently to benefit the League School art program) to going into schools with clay to enrich the students.
The students who transition from elementary to middle school annually work on a tile project that celebrates their interests and leaves a lasting artifact. Completed tiles are hung on the wall and students are able to stop in and see them years later.
Working with the art teachers, Potters Place instructors provide real clay to students. Showing them ways to make their two dimensional drawings into three dimensional tiles with coils, incising, scratch and attach with slip method, and more.
Adding color with glaze is the second phase where the students add details to their tiles.
Parents are always interested in getting involved in this project. We welcome them to the Potters Place studio where they put on the final glaze before the tiles go into the kiln.
When the tiles are finished, Potters Place delivers them to the school and they are framed and hung on the wall. The students are thrilled to see their very own tiles for years to come!
Find out more about Potters Place in Walpole, MA by clicking over to the webpage at www.pottersplace.info
“Art, like play, helps children to understand their world. But art goes beyond play, enabling them to express their personal experiences and fantasies in ways that are concrete and compelling, even when they are unable to articulate the events in words” Nancy Beal, The Art of Teaching Art to Children
Today is the last pottery class of the session I have with my elementary aged students. Here are a few of my favorite pieces to illustrate how they expressed themselves with the tools I taught them.
pinch pot Jack O’Lantern
Start with a pinch pot, pinch and pull it into something Halloween -y ~ guess who dressed up as a witch on a broomstick?!
Have fun with coils and learn scratch and attach with slip
Tiles from start to finish – tile cut slab, add/subtract clay, surface decoration
Let’s make our favorite animals ~ walrus (make them hollow so they won’t blow up in the kiln!)
What does winter mean to you ?This student used coils to make a christmas tree and added colorful presents.
Functionality of pottery ~ a tray for cookies!
More art instruction ~ class- one day, class – multiple days
Wedging is a necessary part of wheel throwing. Thank goodness I love it!
A potter wedges clay by hand to force out trapped air, align clay particles and prepare for wheel throwing. Wedging is similar to kneading bread.
The techniques for wedging clay are called spiral (pictured above), Rams head (pictured below), and wire slab wedging.
Rams head wedge
Rams head wedging is ideal for smaller amounts of clay and easy for small hands. Larger amounts of clay are easier wedged using the spiral technique.
For those with wrist issues, like carpal tunnel. the wire slab technique is ideal. Ceramics Daily has a great article with more information. Click here.
Watching a demonstration is far more valuable then reading it, so I recommend watching these utube videos by master potters about wedging and preparing your clay: Bill van Gilder and Simon Leach
******* Count to 100 with each ball of clay that you wedge 🙂 *******