Fall Collection

New work, shop local

The first of my Fall Collection ceramics has been installed at the Dedham Square Artist Gallery located at 553 High Street in Dedham Square, Dedham, MA.  Please stop in during gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12-6, and Sundays 11-2 to see and purchase one-of-a- kind handmade artwork by me as well as the other 19 Dedham Guild members who represent photography, painting, fiber, jewelry and more.

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My fall collection is dishwasher and microwave safe.  Caring for your artwork details are located on my website.  This collection is high fire stoneware that has been wheel thrown and fired in a cone 6 kiln by the artist.

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Still Life / Life Still

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A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre by the Dedham Square Artist Guild opens tonight in Dedham Square.  The exhibit features work by Guild members, local artists, teachers and students who responded to the artist challenge: Still Life / Life Still.  Tonight’s opening reception (THURSDAY, MAY 5th 6-8 PM) will include  refreshments; artists will be on hand to meet and discuss their work.

Still Life / Life Still
Explore still life in a traditional approach by studying objects arranged in a balanced composition; or, where objects are caught in their natural surroundings and documented. Show us how you see still life / life still.

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Still Life of Peppers. Handmade objects to be arranged in a pleasing composition. My peppers began as pinch pots with coils.

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Adding color with bright low fire glazes.

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clear glaze for an extra shiny surface.

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fresh out of the kiln and looking good enough to eat!

This exhibition will be up through the end of June. All artwork is for sale through the Dedham Square Artist Guild, including my one of a kind set of hand sculpted peppers.

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This painting by Guild member Matt Miller is also in the show.  Perhaps I was influenced? This happens when you surround yourself with beautiful art by talented friends 🙂

You’ve got to have heART

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“love” dishes are for sale at Custom Art Framing year round. Dedham Square Artist Guild is stocked for Valentine’s Day. “love” dishes may be personalized for weddings or special events; email Lisa directly for more information.

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, February 14th.  Shop locally!

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Raspberry “prelude” serving bowl for sale at the Dedham Square Artist Guild

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His and Her mugs are sold individually, but make a great set. Sets are available in 5 glazes and are for sale at the Dedham Square Artist Guild.

Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery represents 22 local artists who create work in photography, paint, glass, mosaic, jewelry, textile, clay and more.  Shop locally in Dedham Square, Massachusetts.

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Wheel thrown tiny bud vases for sale at Custom Art Framing and Gallery 9.

Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 produces high quality framing and represents a select group of talented artists in photography, paint, wood and ceramics. Shop locally in Norwood, Massachusetts.

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Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, February 14th.  Shop locally!

Inspiration

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Visiting museums always leads to some sort of inspiration for the work that I make. Using my iphone camera, I click click click and the ideas come home with me.

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Last weekend I visited the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. It was founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842, and opened two years later with just seventy-nine paintings and three sculptures. Today the collection exceeds 50,000 works of art – acquisitions by patrons, directors, and curators continue to collect and support the work of living artists.

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Milton Avery

There is an American Decorative Arts collection that embodies the history of material culture in New England and America including Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Revere and a bowl by Viktor Schreckengost/Cowan Pottery Studio. This was my favorite exhibit.

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Marblehead Pottery

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Dedham Pottery plate

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Jardiniere Vase 1901-2

It was here that I found a lot of ideas on frames, furniture and decorative surfaces.

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woodworking inlay leaves

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gilded pattern on frame

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floral pattern on chair

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Lattice on High Chest

The Wadsworth Atheneum Contemporary Art collection—features work from 1945 to the present. The Huntington Gallery includes mid-century abstract painting and sculpture by artists including Willem de Kooning and Alexander Calder.

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Detail: Chuck Close painting

 

New, large-scale gifts and acquisitions include important pieces by Chuck Close and Kara Walker. A permanent video gallery features James Nares’ STREET, a grand tour through the streets of Manhattan. I highly recommend touring the wonderful collections in this Connecticut Museum.

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shadows on the staircase

 

 

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shop local

Throughout the year, my work can be purchased through the galleries that represent my art. Please support these galleries and the artists who sell their work there. Small businesses support small business owners like myself.

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My Bottles for sale at Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9

Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9, 45 Central Street, Norwood, MA … 781-762-3300- owned and operated by Julie Vecchio. Artists represented at Gallery 9: Kim Morin Weineck, Kerry Hawkins, Andrew Osbourne and others

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My Ceramics for sale at Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery

Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery, 553 High Street, Dedham, MA … 781-329-1890 – owned and operated by it’s members. Artists represented at DSAG: Kerry Hawkins, Gary Koeppel, Dennis Stein, Sue Hoy and others

NEW: shop the Guild online: shop.dedhamguild.com

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My Westwood Dishes for sale at Decor & More

Decor & More, 650 High Street, Westwood, MA …781-326-9394. Artists represented at Decor & More: Kevin Becker, Karen Cagan and others

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My pottery with others at Potters Place. The gallery is open by appointment only.

Potters Place Gallery, 127 B Old West Street, Walpole, MA …508-668-0363 – owned and operated by it’s members. Artists represented at Potters Place gallery: Hog Wild Pottery, Lizanne Handmade, Cove Lane Pottery, Mirror Lake Pottery and others

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My Prelude series is only for sale through my home studio at this time. Click here for more inventory

You may purchase directly from me, Lisa WB Walker through my website or my etsy shop

Pottery Trunk Show at the Dedham Guild

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On Saturday, October 10th, I will host a pottery trunk show at the Dedham Square Artist Guild from 1pm – 5pm. Please stop in at 553 High Street where I will be selling my Prelude collections in green and dark blue in addition to “the basics” – mugs, bowls, spoon rests and more.  Click on over to facebook for event updates.

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“the basics” ~ 13.75 cup bright blue bowl

More about my guild: Founded in October 2011, the Dedham Guild is Dedham’s first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its members. It is a cooperative home for member art and an opportunity to connect with the community, while striving to enrich the cultural life of all residents, through classes, workshops, art openings and more. The collection of work at the Guild encompasses a diverse style of art, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, monotype, wood, glass, textile and much more.

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“Prelude” Collection ~ Lt Green serving bowl

Hours for the guild are Wednesday to Saturday 12-6, Sunday 11-2.  Recently, we have added an online shop for our customers. Check out our blog at http://www.dsagart.com

3 piece luminary

3 piece luminary

Teaching Tuesday featuring Janet Deboos

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IMG_3089Visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston yesterday, I came across this beautiful set of porcelain entitled, “That Time of the Morning”.  It was created by Austrailian ceramicist Janet DeBoos in 2009.

I wanted to know more about this ceramic artist…. This is what I found out:

“Janet DeBoos has had a significant impact on contemporary ceramics in Australia, having been the Head of Ceramics at the Canberra School of Art at the ANU for over 10 years. DeBoos exhibits regularly both in Australia and internationally and is represented in many major permanent public collections in Australia, UK, Canada, China, Taiwan, Belgium, and New Zealand including the National Gallery of Australia, The National Museum of China and the Musee de Mariemont, Belgium.

She has written two best selling books on glazes, co-authored Handbook for Australian Potters and has written numerous articles for Australian and international ceramics journals on ceramic art practice, education and glaze technology. Her work has appeared in those same publications, and most recently has been included in The Pot Book by Edmund de Waal (UK).

DeBoos is an influential artist and teacher and a passionate and tireless advocate for her medium. Over the last sixteen years she has become a regular visitor to China – engaging in projects with industry as well as undertaking residencies, and teaching at the China Academy of Art. She has also inaugurated a biannual trip to China for students from the ANU Ceramics Workshop to the porcelain capital Jingdezhen.” This biography was found at Sabbia Gallery. I found more information at the School of Australia where Janet teaches.

How did her work get to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston? It looks like it was purchased from an exhibit in 2012 called Engaging Form at the Skepsi Gallery, or from the International Academy of Ceramics members’ exhibition in the New Mexico Museum of Art by the American Museum of Ceramic Art in California.

I was recently listening to podcast #77 by Tales of a Red Rambler.  It is an interview with Vicki Grima.  She is the editor of the journal of Australian Ceramics.  When asked what someone should write about when submitting an article to her, she replied… “something that interests you.” I found it ironic that here I was in a Boston Museum, seeing ceramics that interested me, researching it and coming full circle to learning about Australian Ceramics. Jump over to Australian Ceramics Association and Ben Carter’s podcast to hear more about ceramics in Australia.

WORD, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge

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The Challenge:

“A picture is worth a thousand words”Is it? Show us! We are challenging all artists working in any medium to create new work with the theme “Word.” Will you translate common expressions such as “there are no words”… “I give you my word”…”word up”? Will you incorporate words into your work? Will you explore a world without words at all? We can’t wait to find out!

This Challenge is open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. This magnificent show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

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I decided to create a tile for this challenge. The piece has an indent on the back side for easy hanging. It can also be used as a trivet, or grouted and incorporated into a tile wall.

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My piece is entitled “Pause”. Letters are pressed into the surface of the clay… pause… reflect. welcome… change. The words are symbolic for both seasonal change and life change.

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Working out the composition and laying the under color.

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Laying down the second color grouping of paint

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Carving images of the sun or moon “reflecting” onto the water. Carving images of “changing” leaves to reference seasonal change. Enjoying the colors coming through and adding more paint for contrast.

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The image is glazed with a clear and the words are unglazed. The tile is ready to be fired in the kiln.

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Finished tile

October — November 2014 Challenge: WORD.  A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre
Opening Reception: Thursday October 2nd, 6pm to 8pm.  Exhibition Dates: October 2 to November 30

This piece may be purchased through the Dedham Square Artist Guild at www.dedhamguild.com

Tax Free Weekend Countdown ~ Featuring Dedham Square Artist Guild

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“Prelude” meta blue green collection by Lisa W B Walker

Dedham Square Artist Guild, a cooperative artist gallery, is home to 25 working artists. I’ve been a member of Dedham Square Artist Guild for just about 3 years.  The artists staff the gallery, so every time you go into the guild, you meet one of the DSAG artists.  Artists work in paint, photography, encaustic, wood, glass, clay, mosaic, textile and jewelry.  The gallery is filled with one of a kind art to make gift giving a unique experience.

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Fun Mugs by Lisa W B Walker

Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery is located at 553 High Street in Dedham, MA  P: 781-329-1890. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 12-6pm, Sunday 11am – 2 pm.

Boston Globe reports:

BOSTON — The annual sales tax holiday in Massachusetts would be held Aug. 16-17 under a bill released by a legislative committee of conference on Wednesday evening.

The sales tax holiday was included in an economic development bill, which is among the last major pieces of legislation being considered before the legislative session ends for the year on Thursday.

Rep. Joseph Wagner, a Chicopee Democrat and chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, said that sales tax holiday “is significant for the Commonwealth’s economy.”

Additional Ceramics by Lisa W B Walker at Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery:

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“Prelude” meta light green bowl by Lisa W B Walker

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“Prelude” meta light green vase by Lisa W B Walker

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“Prelude” appetizer plates by Lisa W B Walker

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“Prelude” meta light green oblong plate by Lisa W B Walker

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“Prelude” meta light green mugs by Lisa W B Walker

Tax free Weekend Countdown – featuring Potters Place Gallery

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Two wheel thrown mugs with red heart stamp on exterior and peachy interior by Lisa WB Walker

Potters Place, a not for profit school and cooperative pottery studio, is home to 23 working potters and 5 clay instructors. I’ve been a member of Potters Place for 10 years. We share kilns, make glazes, plus all the things that go into running a successful cooperative studio.  Each year, we host two open studio events (fall and spring).  Year-round, we have a small gallery on site where customers can come by appointment and purchase direct from the potters of Potters Place.

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Wheel thrown and hand trimmed 10.5″ plate with matching bowl. Pieces are sold separately. Stoneware by Lisa W B Walker.

Potters Place is located at 127B Old West Street in Walpole, MA. P: 508-668-0363. Hours: By appointment.

Boston Globe reports:

BOSTON — The annual sales tax holiday in Massachusetts would be held Aug. 16-17 under a bill released by a legislative committee of conference on Wednesday evening.

The sales tax holiday was included in an economic development bill, which is among the last major pieces of legislation being considered before the legislative session ends for the year on Thursday.

Rep. Joseph Wagner, a Chicopee Democrat and chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, said that sales tax holiday “is significant for the Commonwealth’s economy.

Above pictured pottery by Lisa W B Walker are featured with other pottery created by Potters Place members currently in the Potters Place Gallery.