Small Business Saturday

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Please shop locally on Saturday, November 26th (and every day!) to support small businesses.  Here is a look at what you’ll find at the galleries that carry my ceramic collections.

Dedham Square Artist Guild ~ 553 High Street, Dedham, MA www.dedhamguild.com

Founded in October 2011, we are Dedham’s first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its 20 members. We provide members of the cooperative a home for their work and 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.

Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 ~ 45 Central Street, Norwood, MA  www.customartframing.com

Custom Art Framing has been a Norwood fixture since 2003. Julie Vecchio brings years of picture framing expertise to a unique customer-service centered frame shop. In 2007 the shop’s gallery added to it’s focus on affordable artwork by local artists with the creation of Gallery9. With this expansion comes fun and exciting opportunities for artists and art collectors to interact, face to face, with our First Friday Artist Reception series. Currently at Gallery9 and Custom Art Framing you’ll find the most unique designs in custom picture framing, as well as, art classes for kids and adults, workshops, monthly artist events and the most fabulous little art gallery around.

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Decor & More ~ 695 High Street, Westwood, MA   http://www.decorandmoredesign.com

Our interior design services include decor, consulting, and space planning for every room in your home. With over 30 years experience and a philosophy of “down to earth design,” our designs allow form to follow function. We carry a wide selection of gift and decorative items made by local artisans. 

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Potters Place Gallery ~ By appointment only… 127B Old West Street, Walpole, MA  www.pottersplace.info

Potters Place has 23 members and all are involved in the running & maintenance of our co-operative studio. Six of the members are instructors and offer a variety of clay classes.  Twice a year we hold a Show & Sale to showcase the work of our members & to raise a donation for a local charity. We also maintain a gallery of our members’ pottery that can be viewed by appointment by calling us at 508-668-0363.

 

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Teaching at Potters Place

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I’m excited to offer instruction to adult students this spring at Potters Place, my cooperative studio located in Walpole, Massachusetts.  Details here.

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Starting on Monday, May 2nd  from 9am – 12pm, I will offer a pottery class for adult students of all levels.  This class is 6 weeks with a maximum class size of 6 students. Students will explore clay in both handbuilding and wheel throwing projects – beginning with clay and ending with a fully functional piece of ceramics.  The possibilities are limitless! Click here for details and how to sign up.

Further into the month of May, I will offer a 4 week class with a focus on “The Mug”. This class will take place on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm beginning May 17th. This class is for intermediate students (can center and pull a cylinder most of the time). Class size will not exceed 6 students.  More details here.

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If you are looking for instruction and these opportunities do not fit with your schedule, click over to my website where I list additional options for students of all ages, including an option for a private lesson.

 

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

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3 piece luminary

Artist of the Month

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For the month of April, I will be Artist of the Month at the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery alongside Gillian Jackson Photography. We have both been guild members since our cooperative gallery opened over three and a half years ago.  A benefit of membership is being artist of the month where your work is featured at the front of the shop in a larger area.  We will host a reception on Saturday, April 11th from 5-7pm.  Please join us!

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Lisa W B Walker
From the dark days of winter, spring has finally arrived; the surfaces of my pots are rejoicing! Brush strokes filled with glaze dance across the surface in a repetitive manner evoking playful order. Blue buds of color join planes of glossy blue to celebrate both land and sea. My spring collection is functional stoneware, easily used and beautifully versatile as it can exist on a dresser top or a table top or hung on a wall. The work I create is meant to be felt in your hand, seen by your eye and used in a way that becomes personal to you.

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Gillian Jackson — Unexpected Boston
To capture this group of photographs I walked and drove around Boston and its neighborhoods with a 400mm lens, and looked where I would not normally look, and took images in places that I would not normally consider; a liquor store parking lot, a view of Zakim Bridge through the streets of East Boston or a gargoyle or chimney hidden up in the roofline. There are also several skyline views to satisfy my traditional bent!

Join us Saturday April 11 from 5pm to 7pm, for an opening reception featuring our artists of the month, Lisa WB Walker and Gillian Jackson at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located at 553 High Street in Dedham, MA.  More information: http://www.dedhamguild.com

Neverland

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The Dedham Square Artist Guild teamed up with the Dedham Parish Players for the February/March Artist Challenge.  Together they chose “Neverland” as the theme.  The Opening Reception is Thursday, February 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

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For my entry, I decided to repurpose one of my wheel thrown stoneware plates that had been glazed in a clear gloss with a foamy rim.  It was a blank canvas to experiment with.

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“Neverland…Fly to Neverland with Peter Pan and see what we find…fairies and mermaids, pirates and crocodiles, and children who live forever. We’re paying tribute to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan from Neverland. Of course, Neverland could mean something completely different for you…show us!”

Opening Reception: Thursday February 26, 6pm to 8pm 

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Exhibition Dates: February to March 31, 2015

This exhibit is being produced in conjunction with the Parish Players newest production of “Neverland”. Their performances will take place in late March. Visit the Parish Players for more information on how to purchase tickets.

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This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts.

The show is exhibited in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre located at 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. The theatre is a community hot spot.  It shows new releases every day of the week, including one’s that recently won oscars!, in a movie hall in the center of Dedham Square.

IMG_3198For my entry, I used the image of a star to represent Tinkerbell’s magical fairy dust. I created a hand-cut stencil and gold enamel paint  to embellish the surface of one of my wheel thrown stoneware plates.

I designed the plate as a functional piece. The stars scatter across the plate rim outside and around where food will be. They float like Tinkerbell’s pixie dust to create a magical moment.

I imagine the plate to be used by a young child who believes in the magic of Tinkerbell and dreams of Peter Pan and his adventurous life.  It is the parent or caregiver who is rewarded with the underside of the plate… IMG_3199

When I was a child, our family had a wonderful set of Peter Rabbit bowls that we used for breakfast cereal.  I loved imagining Peter Rabbit creeping into Mr McGregor’s garden or Peter playing with this sisters, Mopsy and Flopsy.  I always ate all my cereal to see the hand-painted scenes at the bottom of the bowl. For my Neverland plate, the reward is a finished meal and the opportunity to turn the plate over.

Fairy tales are for children or those young at heart.  They delight us and take us to an imaginary place.  As I worked on this challenge, I was reminded that being playful and dreaming is something that adds value to life.  As adults, we can learn a lot from the children in our lives.

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I imagine my “Neverland” plate to be hung on a wall. On special occasions, perhaps when it is snowy outside and there is a warm fire, the plate is taken down and placed in front of a young child to eat a comforting meal with a caregiver who will tell them a story.  The story will be of adventures in distant lands. When that child goes off to bed, the caregiver will wash the magical plate and return it to the wall to hang, a constant reminder to enjoy the magic around us.

Peter Reynolds, Cheryl Doucette, Kerry Hawkins, Fred Smith, Alice Donaldson, Cindy Mootz, and more have artwork in this show.  Please stop in and see what we have imagined in art!

Vases

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IMG_2591I was at the Fuller Craft Museum to see an exhibit entitled “Game Changers” when I spotted these tiny vases by Sandra Byers. It got me thinking about spring and the kind of vases you can create as bud vases.

IMG_3147These vases above and below were for sale at the Museum of Fine Arts gift shop. The variety of shapes are interesting.

IMG_3148I started making some of my own that I think will make nice gifts for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

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Shop VASES at the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery located at 553 Washington Street in Dedham Square, and, Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 located at 45 Central Street in Norwood, Ma.

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mini vases by Lisa W B Walker

 

Potters Place Show and Sale – opens tonight

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platter by Carol Bradley

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lidded containers by Gay Calo

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sculpture by Henriette Dresens

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saggar fired vessel by Jane Wojick

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leaf platter by Jeannette McGillicuddy

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Sculpture by Joyce Lauro

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Shell platter by Karen Tracy

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By the Ocean platter by Lisa W B Walker

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textured pitcher by Lizanne Donegan

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Berry Bowls by Hog Wild Pottery

Thanks to Dave Bradley Photographer, I bring you these beautiful photographs of some of the 21 featured artists who will be selling their pottery at this weekend’s Potters Place Fall Show and Sale.  The annual show opens tonight, November 21st with a reception open to the public at 5:30pm.  The show continues on Saturday from 9am – 8pm, and Sunday 10am – 4pm.  The studio is located at 127 Old West Street in Walpole, MA.  Stop in and see the cooperative studio and all the talent that is created there every day.

More details at http://www.pottersplace.info

“A Festive Winter Pick up”

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kerryhawkins (13 of 19)This weekend, Saturday, November 8th, Lisa W B Walker and Hog Wild Pottery will be at Powisset Farm in Dover, MA to sell their functional pottery from 10am to 5pm.  Here are some of the pieces you will find from me …

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egg separators

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spoonrests

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novelty bowls

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novelty mugs

In addition to a pottery sale, the farm stand will be OPEN! Powisset Farm has great walking trails too.  Come make a day of it and stay a few hours.  Hope to see you Saturday.

Hog WIld Pottery will have berry bowls, funky pitchers, and more from her farm to table collection.

Food and Pottery at the farm

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Every week, I head over to Powisset Farm in Dover, Ma to pick up my CSA share.  This year marks my fourth year as a member. Driving onto the farm is therapeutic… it’s beautiful barn, vista of green fields and bountiful gardens, and, a farm crew that is always upbeat and cheerful.  I’ve never left there in all my time not feeling happy that I am part of this community.

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We’ll be in the barn, near the farm stand from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

Here are some pieces I will be selling that work well with the food in the farm stand and in the CSA share…

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perfect bowl for a salad of corn and tomatoes

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double dip bowl for salsas

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egg separators for baking with farm raised chicken eggs

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spoon rests for all the cooking you do

 

Stop by the farm this Saturday, September 20th between 10am and 5pm to learn about functional pottery and how it works well with local food and flowers in a farm to table approach to living.

 

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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