Making Cups at Dedham Women’s Exchange

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I had fun making these darted cups at Spring Fling at the Dedham Exchange.

My handmade pottery is for sale in the shop. Here’s what you’ll find while supplies last.

The Dedham Exchange is located in Dedham Square at 445 Washington Street. Their hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm. More info can be found on their website: http://www.dedhamexchange.org

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Pots on Wheels!

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IMG_3152The Museum of Fine Arts hosted a FREE ceramics demonstration on Sunday afternoon. Two ceramic artists were featured: Hannah Niswonger and Hayne Bayless. Both were wonderful demonstrators who had much to share about their craft.  The two together had fun and the feeling in the room was playful and light.

shotcups

shot glasses by Hayne Bayless

IMG_3157Hannah Niswonger received an MFA in ceramic sculpture from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She has taught courses in ceramics at Harvard University, MassArt, and others. She exhibits regularly in galleries and juried craft shows, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Show, the Smithsonian Craft Show and CraftBoston.

IMG_3161Hayne Bayless is a studio potter in Ivoryton, Connecticut. He is self-taught except for a handful of classes and workshops including lessons from a potter in Tokyo when he was 19. He abandoned wheel-throwing early on, preferring the freedom of hand-building afforded by slab-work and extrusions. Mr. Bayless was awarded the top prizes at two of the country’s most important craft shows – the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C. and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

IMG_3155The purpose for the demonstration was to promote Pots On Wheels (POW!).

“POW! (Pots On Wheels!) is a collaborative group of functional potters who seek to connect our love of pots with all kinds of people by bringing shows, projects, and collaborations directly to communities in our mobile gallery/project space. We love the culture of the ceramic community, its makers and collectors, but want to want to reach new audiences—young and older audiences and folks who might never before have touched clay, used handmade pots, or have any idea about how pots are made.  A renovated a 17ft step van will reach underserved neighborhoods and settings where space is at a premium and otherwise unavailable. The van will also serve as an educational gallery to exhibit collaborative projects that POW! members engage in with one another, colleagues, students, and communities, as well as be flexible enough to serve as a workshop for specially designed projects.”

IMG_3154The Cup Exchange Event: Every participant had an opportunity to decorate a porcelain tumbler covered with black slip. The cup is then left to be fired and brought to the next POW! event. Participants of this event chose a cup from the last event to take home.
Thanks for a great event!

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”.

Dedham Farmers Market Opening Day

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Dedham Farmers Market Opening Day

I’m representing the Dedham Square Artist Guild at the Dedham Square Farmer’s Market today from 12-2. I have three tiles I’m working on and from them I will demonstrate carving clay tiles. In addition to demonstrating, I will have a table of art from the dedham square artist guild gallery that is for sale. The market offers a plethora of local vendors selling fresh produce and local goods. This is the start to a great season!