Wheel thrown large pottery bowl by Lisa WB Walker
Please join me and my Westwood Artists group at our 3rd annual holiday marketplace this weekend! We open our doors at 3:30PM on Friday, November 30th and say goodnight at 7PM. Our doors reopen at 10AM on Saturday, December 1st and close at 3PM. The Westwood Historical Society will host our event at their nostalgic Fisher School located at 830 High Street (route 109) in Westwood, MA. Find us across the street from St Margaret Mary’s church and down the hill from the Thurston Middle School. Signage and parking are ample!
We have a great line up of Westwood Artists all making, baking and selling their local wares in our hometown. You can’t get any more “LOCAL” than that! Shop Small with us by celebrating small businesses and helping communities thrive and stay vibrant.
It’s finally happening! We’ve brought the ART to WESTWOOD!
Please join the Westwood Artists for their first Marketplace on Friday, December 9th from 3:30-8PM and Saturday, December 10th from 10AM-2PM at the Westwood Historical Fisher School located across the street from St Margaret Mary’s on High Street (Route 109) in Westwood, MA. Parking is available at the Thurston Middle School, across the street at St Margaret Mary’s and Baptist Church adjacent to the Fisher School.
There will be 12 juried artists selling their handmade one of a kind artwork.
Here is a preview:
Wheel thrown “dotty”mugs by Lisa W B Walker
Catherine Perrone Watercolors
Kevin Becker glass (recently picked for the Boston Globe gift issue)
Gaye Whalen’s Coastal Creations
Carol Ahearn Watercolors
Karen Flowers Cagan Photography (Fisher School pictured here)
Jane Wojick handmade one of a kind pottery – both functional and nonfunctional works of art
Stephanie Hasenaur Jewelry
Kathy Zola handknit fiber work
Melanie Guerra will be bringing her jewelry (only sale this season!) and photography. Bibi will have an assortment or her artisanal baked goods for sale and gift giving. Jane Norris brings wonderful handpainted furniture and decorated wreaths for the holidays.
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!
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
Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 ~ Norwood, MA
Cristina Hurley Jewelry ~ Canton, MA
Decor and More ~ Westwood, MA
Soft edged melted butter colored square dish at Cristina Hurley Gallery by Lisa W B Walker. Six colors are available in this style dish.
Cristina Hurley Gallery is where metalsmith and jewelry designer, Cristina Hurley creates her one of a kind work. In her gallery, she features local artists such as myself, Kerry Hawkins, Kevin Becker and many more. She is a member of the group Boston Handmade.
Cristina Hurley cuff bracelet and Lisa W B Walker Ceramic heart at Cristina Hurley Gallery
Cristina Hurley Gallery is located at 554 Washington Street in Canton, MA. P: (781) 562-1853. Hours are Weds through Sunday 12-6pm
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 Cristina Hurley Gallery:
The “Summer Sailing” exhibit is now installed and ready for the Patron Night at the Dedham Square Artist Guild (DSAG) located at 553 High Street in Dedham Center. Artist friends and DSAG members Kerry Hawkins, Fred Smith and I organized the members work onto our gallery wall in anticipation of our Patron event on Wednesday, March 27th from 6-8pm. Members are bringing refreshments and goodies to share with prospective and existing patrons. The exhibit will stay up for the month and all artwork is for sale.
For as little at $25 anyone can be a patron member. Here is the link to how you can support the arts http://www.dedhamguild.com/patronmember