Lisa WB Walker and Hog Wild Pottery will host their one and only summer pottery sale at Powisset Farm this Saturday, June 13th from 10am to 5pm. Powisset Farm is near and dear to these potters because of their relationship with the farmers and people who work and love the land.
Powisset Farm is home to a farm stand that will feature local produce and local products, such as Crescent Ridge dairy, Lucy Two Shoes hand lettered tea towels, and loads of Peter’s honey and Blue Moon Cafe’s bread … It is a CSA with a long list of shareholders. And, it is a trustees of the reservation property with trails to hike on and vistas to enjoy.
Join us for a pottery sale, but join us also for the experience of how a farm works, what it means to stop and talk to another shareholder or farmer, to be a part of a community that feels the rhythm of the planting and growing season. Come eat lots of handpicked strawberries in beautiful handmade bowls!
As potters, we embrace the notion that food should be eaten on handmade ware. That color is important. That the relationship with the food, with the pottery and with the person it connects to all matter. We are blessed to share this vision with the powisset farmers.
For the last few years, I’ve been accompanying my friend and fellow Potters Place potter, Susan Brum to elementary schools in Walpole to work on tiles with 5th grade students. We work with the art teachers to help them realize their goal to have their students work with real clay.
Prior to our arrival, students have worked on a layout for their tile. It is our job to teach them to transform their two dimensional drawing into a three dimensional tile. We visit each school twice. The first time, we instruct the students how to create their tile s. The second time we teach them how to use ceramic paints to add detail and finish off their pieces.
Sue and I hand cut all the tiles for the students from a low fire clay. We make up slip and bring extra clay for each student. All this prep work takes place at our pottery studio: Potters Place. When we arrive at the schools, we work with each student to help them think about how to translate their work to the tile. We teach them to slip and score, roll coils, incise and add. These subtractive and additive methods are the tools the students use.
These 5th graders are on their way to creating beautiful tiles that reflect their interests. Here are some of the results from today’s class at the Elm Street School:
To find out more about Potters Place and how we share our love of clay with the community, click here.
Next week we paint! Stay tuned!