Flowers

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Flowers

“Flowers”: a summer collection installed at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located in historic Dedham Square, Dedham, MA

In the summer months, I enjoy working with low fire clay. A lower firing temperature allows me to utilize brighter colors that can “burn out” when the temperature in a ceramics kiln is higher.  I began creating my “Flowers” collection while working on my summer art classes curricula.

I spent time at my local library, pouring over books to come up with new and exciting ideas for my students and found myself interested in learning more about certain flowers.

Vessels were hand built and ready for surface decoration. Slips, textures, carving and underglaze ceramic paints were used to create imagery; low fire glazes completed the vision.

“Flowers” can be functional for bouquets in water, food for a party; or, individual pieces can be hung on a wall or displayed on a tabletop.  My ceramics are meant to be picked up and explored.  Textured surfaces to the finger tip are a delight. Three dimensional art begs to be touched, picked up and interacted with.  Ceramics is functional art.

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Please visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild to purchase a piece from “Flowers”.  Each piece is one of a kind.  The collection is small but varied.  Each piece stands alone but works well together.  “Flowers” is perfect for the collector and just right for a wedding gift.

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Valentine’s Day ~ Shop Local

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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.

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“love” heart dishes for sale at Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 in Norwood, MA

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“His and Her” mugs sets for sale at Dedham Square Artist Gallery in Dedham Square, MA

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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.

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Westwood Dishes at Decor & More in Westwood, MA

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Ceramics for Jewelry at Cristina Hurley Jewelry Gallery in Canton, MA

Small Business Saturday ~ November 29th

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What is Small Business Saturday?
Sandwiched between “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, SBS is a day to pledge to “shop small” and support independently owned businesses in the Square and around town. Amex is even offering an added incentive to shop small today!

Why does it matter?
Money spent at a small, independently owned business stays in the same community at a rate of three times more than when it is spent at a chain store. Shopping locally is investing in your community.

Please shop small today at the following shops and galleries who sell my ceramics:

Dedham Square Artist Guild ~ Dedham Square, Ma

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Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 ~ Norwood, MA

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Cristina Hurley Jewelry ~ Canton, MA

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Decor and More ~ Westwood, MA

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Fall “By the Ocean”

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Potters Place, a school and cooperative pottery studio, opens it’s doors for their annual holiday show and sale November 21,22 and 23.  As a member, I will be showcasing my collection of wheel thrown and hand built pottery.  Here’s a sneak peak of my Fall “By the Ocean” Collection. Enjoy!

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Fall “By the Ocean” Bowl

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Wave-y Bowls

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Fall “By the Ocean” 14oz mugs

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slip-trailed square votive dishes

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Fall “By the Ocean” oblong plate with tiny bowl

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Nutmeg glazed bowls

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Fall “By the Ocean” platter

This collection follows my summer “By the Ocean” collection. Read more about it here.

Trips inspire collections ~ MFA with Cousin Betsy

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photoAfter a long time emailing, cousin Betsy and I finally got together for a visit.  We met at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the perfect place for two artists to reconnect.  We looked at art; we talked about art; we talked about family.  It was a perfect day.

IMG_9623It took me a long time to process this visit.  I finally settled on an image of a carved panel on the front door of the Huntington Avenue entrance to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I felt it symbolized what had happened that day and where a door had opened.

IMG_9627My interpretation took the form of a large square plate with three smaller plates.  The image of the door panel is carved into the clay, the center is painted and dots are like compass points. Little crisscross bowls complete the Betsy Collection.

IMG_9628When I think about this day, the first image that pops into my head is seeing Betsy by the doorway. She turns to me and I notice how blue her eyes are and then how excited I am to to see her. We opened the door to the museum and the art surrounded us.

IMG_9630The Betsy Collection was complete when I received an email from the Museum of Fine Arts this spring announcing MFA Director Malcolm Rogers’ retirement.  Notice the carved door panels. He’s ready to exit from these doors.

02. Malcolm Rogers opening doors (2) small crop.showcase_2I’ve been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts for at least 25 years.  I’ve watched the MFA move from the only game in town to having to compete with the contemporary ICA and stoic Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, just to name few of the Boston Giants.  The transition was led by Malcolm Rogers and he succeeded in ways that make me proud to be a member.  The carved door panel appears symbolic as the place where Rogers with leave from; for me, it is symbolic as the place to enter and begin anew.

Saying I do

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Saying I do

Saying I Do

Saying I do
Is more than saying I love you
It goes beyond describing how my love is true
Because words are not enough to express my love for you.

Saying I do
Is like saying I am here for you
That I am ready to see what the future may bring
Because we are together in everything.

Saying I do
Is saying I am now complete because of you
That the pieces of the puzzle called “my life”
Becomes a beautiful picture called “our love”.

And now I am saying “I DO”
As I walk down the aisle with you
This is a lifetime promise that I will hold
A promise I make until we grow old.

– M. Pascual –

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Ceramics included in this post are for sale at Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 in Norwood, MA

Potters Place Spring Show and Sale

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Potters Place Spring Show and Sale

Potters Place, my cooperative pottery studio is having its Annual Spring Show & Sale,with hundreds of hand crafted, uniquely designed and glazed pottery items available.

Show & Sale hours are: Friday, May 3, 6–9 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A Meet the Artists reception takes place Friday evening, when you can enjoy refreshments and meet the 22 featured Potters Place artisans.

Our studio is located at 127B Old West Street in Walpole center. Admission is free and parking is available at not charge. Credit and debit cards are accepted.