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.
This Saturday, I will be selling my functional handmade pottery alongside Susan Brum of Hog Wild Pottery at the lovely Powisset Farm. We will be set up in the Powisset Farm barn… you can’t miss it when you turn off at 37 Powisset Road in Dover, MA. The big barn door opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.
In the barn, CSA members will be collecting their vegetable shares; visitors to the farm may purchase local produce in the farm stand. This week there are local apples and the first of the fall choices: acorn squash! The two together will made a delicious meal. The farm stand also includes local honey, breads, cheese, welsh cakes, and hand towels by Lucy Two Shoes – just to name a few. There is a freezer filled with pork, chicken and meats all locally sourced. Crescent Ridge milk and ice cream plus local farm eggs are welcome additions.
Two piece bowl and platter by Hog Wild Pottery
Dark blue prelude mugs by Lisa WB Walker
The farm to table approach to living is simple and easy when you have a farm like Powisset where the farmers are friendly, the food is local and varied by season, and the community is cherished. Pottery is the handmade “ingredient” that holds your food and makes your experience complete. One of a kind, user friendly, created within 5 miles of the food that will go on it and in it: that’s farm to table.
It is always a great day when we sell pottery at the farm! See you Saturday!
My favorite cup in the Cup Exhibit at the Society of Arts and Crafts was one by Sanam Emami.
Sanam Emami, it turns out, was the curator of the last cup show at SAC. She has a beautiful website and this is where I found out more about her and her ceramics.
She says: “My pots and tiles are made with a specific intent – a function. Plates, cups and tiles are ubiquitous, recognizable. The vases and their multiple spouts are curious when empty, when filled with flowers their function is revealed. The tile is a background or canvas. The cup provides a counterpoint – the curves and movement of the form interact with the surface pattern and imagery. The parameters of the functional pot simultaneously create boundaries and endless possibilities.
Ideas come from different places; a book, a conversation or a glimpse of something familiar like a favorite historical pot that can seem new, as if seen for the first time. The studio space is where the concepts and inspiration take shape and become tangible and dimensional. The concept of unity with variety is important. For example, combining soft marks and volumes with crisp edges and lines. I am interested in creating contrasting gestures that can coexist within a pot or a tile through mark making, symmetry and repeated patterns.”
a mug by Sanam Emami using some of the design elements as seen on the SAC mug.
a pitcher that shares the flower and leaf imagery found on the SAC cup but in an entirely different manner
detail of the SAC cup with partially glazed handle, multiple layers of surface decoration, and free floating foliage.
I was in fact so taken by her work that I emailed her to tell her how much I loved her work. Please visit Sanam’s website here where you can subscribe to her newsletter.
Interested in more cups? click here, here and here for past blogs on this subject.
Here in New England, we are being hit hard by snow. Small businesses that count on holidays like Valentine’s Day to boost their sales in February are especially impacted. Snow means customers don’t want to venture out in the cold and turn to their computers to “order in” from big stores. Shop locally this season or call a small business and ask for an item to be shipped; it really will make a difference.
Where can you find Lisa W B Walker pottery? Shopping local means just west of Boston, MA.
“love” heart dishes for sale at Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 in Norwood, MA
“His and Her” mugs sets for sale at Dedham Square Artist Gallery in Dedham Square, MA
Bud Vases for sale at Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 in Norwood, MA; Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery in Dedham Square, MA; and two favorites at my home studio.
Westwood Dishes at Decor & More in Westwood, MA
Ceramics for Jewelry at Cristina Hurley Jewelry Gallery in Canton, MA
In my first blog post about the Cup Exhibit at SAC, I wanted to get the word out about the show before it closed. (Click here for a quick reread.) Now for a look at a cup that just “blew my mind”. This porcelain cup by Grace Sheese is titled “Kindergarten Lessons”.
This cup was one of two cups on display by this artist. I was immediately curious and couldn’t wait to pick it up. When I did, I was rewarded with many surprises. It was a well balanced vessel despite the visible purposeful irregularities. Faceting created soft angles for surface decoration. A “bump out” guided my hand to close around the form in a specific way. Flip it over (as every potter does) and hello pig who has just eaten his veggies? or perhaps they are friends: meat and veg… and that is one of the “Kindergarten Lessons”?
Look inside and follow the colorful lines down into the form. It is contemporary in every way. I wanted to learn more about the maker.
Ceramicist Grace Sheese “makes functional objects that are meant to be touched, held and used everyday. She strives to make them in such a way that they are not invisible and that they should be noticed, because they can say something new everyday.”
I found another wonderful cup (below) on her website. Click over to see more of her whimsical work.
She teaches workshops. The one at Snow Farm in Williamstown, MA called “Storytelling with Pottery” at the end of May looks like one I would love to do. I’ll add that to my Wish List!
With two days to spare, I made it to the Society of Arts and Crafts exhibit: “Our Cup Runneth Over: Sculptural and Functional Cups”. It is not to be missed.
For a potter, there is no better exhibit than one that allows you to interact with art. This beautiful cup by Kyla Toomey is visually delicate looking and when you slip your finger through the handle the reasons for the weightlessness become clear. Flip the piece over to study the trimming and you are rewarded with a hidden decal of a flower. The attention to detail in this piece is everywhere.
“Our Cup Runneth Over presents ceramic cups by 36 contemporary artists. By juxtaposing unique approaches to a common utilitarian object, the magic and versatility of clay is highlighted at this biannual sale, as appealing to the seasoned collector as to the student.“
This is the first of a few posts about this exhibit. It is brief so that I could get the word out before the show closes.
Please make time to visit the Society of Arts and Crafts at 175 Newbury Street in Boston, MA. This exhibit closes January 10th.
There is nothing I like better then to spend the day at the farm interacting with customers, talking about my functional pottery, enjoying the peacefulness of the environment. This Saturday, August 10th from 10AM to 2PM, I will be at Powisset Farm in Dover, MA rain or shine.
It’s a tax free weekend in Massachusetts, and I’m looking forward to sharing that savings with my customers.
This is the first pottery sale I’ve had at the Powisset Farm Stand this season, but as a shareholder I visit the farm each week (as chronicled in my weekly blog posts about food and pottery) . The farm reminds me of my grandparent’s farm. I love seeing friends at Powisset, talking about the veggies, venturing out to the fields to pick, talk, taste the week’s bounty.
I’ve been working on my “Farmers Bounty” collection. Carving pea tendril vases; creating platters for veggies and dips; combining a deep brown with a pleasing green glaze to recreate what a farmer sees … earth and vegetation.
Mid summer seems the perfect time to host a sale. The days are still filled with sunshine and the fields with summertime veggies like cucumbers for pickles and juicy tomatoes to top with freshly made basil pesto (picnic favorites!).
Stop by and say hello this weekend, enjoy the tax break! and think about the farm to table connection that is best with handmade pottery.
After viewing exhibits, I had time for a delicious latte at the cafe outside the museum gift shop where I spotted these beauties through the window and needed to go in for a closer look…