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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.

Celebrate Art in Nature

Please join me at the opening reception of the Westwood Land Trust art exhibit entitled “Capturing Nature in Westwood” tonight, Thursday, October 27th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Westwood Public Library.

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s set up of this wonderful show:

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Many local artists are featured in this show (including members of the Westwood Artist group and the Dedham Square Artists Guild) in addition to student art from Westwood High School and Middle School.

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The exhibit goes through December 16th.  Hope you can stop in and see it!

 

“Reflection” opens tonight

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

 

Take me out to the Ballgame ~ Opening Reception Tonight 6-8PM

Take me out to the Ballgame ~ Opening Reception Tonight 6-8PM

Dedham Square Artist Guild presents “Take me out to the Ballgame” with an opening reception tonight, Thursday, April 25th from 6pm to 8pm at the Dedham Community Theatre, 580 High Street, Dedham MA. There will be a Red Sox tickets raffle to benefit Dedham Youth Baseball.

This new exhibit features 19 Eastern Massachusetts artists, in collaboration with the Dedham Square Artist Guild, the Dedham Community Theatre and Dedham Youth Baseball.

The exhibit is in place from April 25th to May 18th.

Participating artists include: Wendy Birchmire, Neil Collins, Alice Donaldson, Angela Fiori, Melanie Guerra, Kerry Hawkins, Brendan Hayes, Sue Hoy,
Gillian Jackson, Gary Koeppel, Cindy Mootz, Andrew Osborne, Frank Quinn, Linda Rogers, Tommy, Fred Smith, Dennis Stein, Lisa WB Walker, and Rali Weaver

Roving galleries bring art into public eye

Roving galleries bring art into public eye

Sometime this week, my plates (above) will be featured on the wall at Isabella, an upscale restaurant in Dedham Square. As part of the Dedham Square Artists Guild, many of us participate in the “roving gallery”. These plates were created to coordinate with the decor at Isabella and hang on their wall (foot ring has holes for wire to hang). Wheel thrown stoneware plates have a simple black and white design that will work in tandem with the food they will serve.

Roving galleries that the Dedham Square Artist Guild members participate are located at the following locations: Mocha Java, Kouzina, Deli After Dark, Dr Lickteig’s, and more… Its a great way to get art out into the community for all to see and enjoy. All art is for sale and can be purchased on site or through the guild’s gallery at 553 High Street in Dedham.

10% OFF SALE

10% OFF SALE

As a “thank you” to loyal customers of the Dedham Square Artist Guild, all newsletter recipients will receive 10% OFF starting at 5pm today, Thursday, January 24th through the weekend to Sunday, January 27th at 5pm.

(Not to be exclusive,) if you happen to come into the gallery during the sale and want to sign up for our newsletter, you will receive the 10% off discount on everything in the gallery this weekend.