Special Occasions

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Potters Place Open Studios is two weeks away.  A cooperative studio where I teach and create, Potters Place will open it’s doors to the public for Spring Show & Sale 2018 on Friday, May 4th at 5:30pm and close on Sunday, May 6th at 4:00pm.  Details

Here is a sneak peak of my Special Occasions Spring 2018 Collection of hand built and wheel thrown high fire pottery..

Buy handmade for Mother’s Day, Spring & Summer weddings & birthdays, plus graduations & bridal showers.  Enjoy one of a kind functional art that can be hung on a wall, and used with food and drink.  Celebrate Art with your purchase of locally made wares. At Potters Place, 23 clay artisans will be participating in this amazing spring sale – join us for fun and find something to celebrate your special occasions with!

Artists reception on Friday, May 4th is open to the public.  There is free parking and transportation on the commuter rail to Walpole station.

 

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Saturday Sale at the Farm

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Join me at Powisset Farm this Saturday, June 18th from 10am to 4pm for a Pottery Sale! I will be selling my handmade functional-ware in the big white barn with the red door located at 37 Powissett Road in Dover, Massachusetts. There will be a farm stand open with fresh eggs, Bushel & Crumb pies, Karen Cagan photos of the farm, Lucy two shoes tea towels and all the wonderful veggies grown on the farm.

Powisset Farm is a Trustees of the Reservation property that has a CSA with shareowners. Have a look at the classes offered through Powisset Cooks and ask me about the upcoming Makers Day in late August (all artists are welcome to apply).

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 Sale this saturday

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temmoku glazed 7 cup bowl

The leaves are turning; the days are shorter; Fall is in full force.  It is a time when we turn our thoughts to making soups and squash pies and slow roasts.  We will gather as families and friends for fall events indoors and celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Powisset farm has completed it’s summer season and moved onto winter shares.  This weekend marks the first winter distribution. What’s in the share: lettuce, lettuce mix, spinach, broccoli/cauliflower, carrots, beets, onions, leeks, garlic, winter squash, gourds, celery, fresh herbs, potatoes, sweet potatoes, hot pepper/tomatillos, radishes & more!

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handmade mugs in pretty colors

In the barn alongside the newly picked veggies, Lisa WB Walker and Hog Wild Pottery will sell their collection of handmade functional pottery from 10am until 2pm on Saturday, November 7th.  You don’t have to be a member to visit the farm stand and purchase veggies, milk, cheese, eggs and so much more.  The tri-town hike is on Saturday and includes Powisset Farm. It’s always a great day at Powisset  – come join us at the farm located at 37 Powissett Road in Dover, MA.

Fall “By the Ocean”

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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!

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Fall “By the Ocean” Bowl

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Wave-y Bowls

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Fall “By the Ocean” 14oz mugs

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slip-trailed square votive dishes

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Fall “By the Ocean” oblong plate with tiny bowl

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Nutmeg glazed bowls

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Fall “By the Ocean” platter

This collection follows my summer “By the Ocean” collection. Read more about it here.

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.

“FUN” ~ A Dedham Square Artist Guild Exhibit

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“FUN” ~ A Dedham Square Artist Guild Exhibit opens tonight, Thursday, May 29th with a reception at the Dedham Community Theater from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

The Dedham Square Artist Guild provides the artist challenge for the exhibition.  This one went like this:

“Fun”… Welcome to the funhouse… this challenge is about all things that make us happy, laugh, feel exhilarated, fill us with joy! So… what do you do for fun? Tell us! Better yet, SHOW us! Use any medium to tell us about what fun means to you or those you observe… come on, have some fun with this challenge!!

fun This challenge inspired me to create a set of mugs. The surface decoration is where I explored the theme and gave these two some FUN.

 

 

 

fun mugsTo create a vessel for my theme, I threw two mugs that were similar in size, but had subtle differences to make each one unique. Special attention was given to the “foot” to elevate and well define it.  Taking time to think through each part of a piece is what sets it apart….  these mugs were entering in an exhibit and needed to look their best!

funThe handle is the first place the mug meets it’s user and should be inviting, functional and smooth.  The second place the mug meets the user is at the rim.

IMG_0457The surface decoration above is an image of unfired glaze before it is put into it’s final firing in the electric kiln.  Dots for me symbolize FUN and I have used them in my work before when emphasizing “play”.  I experimented with stripes and dots for this set to create a different space on the surface.  I used wax resist, pouring, dipping and layering when I decorated these mugs.

IMG_0599You can’t have FUN alone, you need a friend! That is why I chose a set of two mugs for this challenge.

This challenge was open to all artists working in any medium. Come see the show tonight! It opens with a reception from 6-8pm in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theater.  The exhibit runs through July 28th, 2014.  All Artwork is For Sale.

 

Pottery and Food

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Pottery and Food

Pottery and Food and Drink for a delightful start to Valentine’s Day:

Pottery: Handmade Mugs – one for each of you

Drink: Cafe Au Lait for 2

1. Brew coffee.
2. Warm milk or cream.
3. Add coffee and warm dairy to your mug in equal parts simultaneously.
4. Add sweetener of your choice (if desired).

Food: A slice of whole wheat bread, toasted with peanut butter. A colorful plate of sliced fruit to share (try cantaloupe and melon in the winter, berries in the summer).

Fill your mugs and toast to each other! Happy Valentine’s Day!

My one of a kind wheel thrown mug sets are currently for sale at the Dedham Square Artist Guild.

Mom and Me … A Table Shared

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Mom and Me ... A Table Shared

As a member of the not for profit pottery school and cooperative studio, Potters Place located in Walpole, MA, I take part in bi-annual open studios. These events include a theme and this fall it is “A Table Shared”.

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I often find that my seasonal collection will grow from the theme of the Potters Place Show. This season the theme has taken me in many different directions… starting with the memories of a table shared with my children when they were young called “Mom and Me”.

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“Mom and Me” are Polka Dot Mugs and Bowls in fun colorful combinations.  A table shared with a toddler is fun but tiring and sometimes requires a big cup of coffee, lots of cheerios and much play.

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Polka dots in my work are always a reference to my daughter because of her playful nature and the joy that she brings to my life.
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This is a limited, “small batch” collection. Each mug is priced based on the ounces it holds. Bowls and Mugs are one of a kind wheel thrown works of art that are both dishwasher and microwave safe, but a joy to hand wash. Pottery from the “mom and Me” collection will make the perfect baby gift, shower present, or just for me gift.