Every year when spring rolls around, I create clay baskets. They symbolize new life, growth, Easter, spring, childhood, flowers and more. The design varies from year to year making them fun to collect.
This year, my basket inspiration comes from this beautiful silver basket that I’ve had for many years. I love the way the rim undulates and the handle rises up. It’s a lovely size for jewelry or as a candy bowl.
This past year, I participated in a workshop, hosted by Potters Place, with Delaney Wise. Delaney is a ceramic artist and teacher at Harvard. She taught us many things including how to create an undulating rim. I thought this technique might work well this year’s baskets. My form starts on the potter’s wheel as a bowl with a thickened rim.
Cutting the rim deliberately and then removing those pieces produces an area that can be softened and then manipulated.
When I find the shape I like, the bowl is removed from the wheel and squished to make ready for the basket handles.
I created a few new stamps and this one felt right on my baskets… a little flower.I hand pull my handles and attach them to the leather hard clay. The stamp acts as decoration and added assurance that the handle is attached securely to the vessel.
This year’s baskets are ready for eggs, plants, candy or treasures. They are for sale at the Dedham Square Artist Guild in Dedham Square. Hop over to get yours! Happy Spring!
stamped oval dish with sneak a peak mug
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!
Fall “By the Ocean” Bowl
Fall “By the Ocean” 14oz mugs
slip-trailed square votive dishes
Fall “By the Ocean” oblong plate with tiny bowl
Nutmeg glazed bowls
Fall “By the Ocean” platter
This collection follows my summer “By the Ocean” collection. Read more about it here.
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.