Teaching teens pottery is a different experience from teaching elementary aged students even though there may be only a small age difference. Teens in middle and high school have had many more life experiences. They have acquired more creative tools. Their work has time to develop with a daily interaction with clay. Here is a look at what they created in our week long class this summer.
Teens explored building castles using coils and slabs. From left to right: clay is used to create buildings; castles are glazed in bright colors; artwork is finished with a glaze firing in the pottery kiln. Below are a few more finished pieces.
Once the students were familiar with architecture, they started their second project: architectural tiles.
The results were very unique and exciting to see. Starting with a clay slab, the students used their imagination to take the next steps. They then moved on to glazing and the tiles were fired.
For the final project, the students created a functional piece. They began with a flat two-dimensional slab of clay and turned it into a three dimensional mug. The theme was animals but some decided to move away from topic and create an original piece.
It’s always a great experience to teach clay for Newton Community Education! Check out my post on what the elementary aged students created during their weeks of summer pottery class.
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.
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).
I’m excited to offer instruction to adult students this spring at Potters Place, my cooperative studio located in Walpole, Massachusetts. Details here.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Fall “By the Ocean” Bowl
Fall “By the Ocean” 14oz mugs
slip-trailed square votive dishes
Fall “By the Ocean” oblong plate with tiny bowl
Nutmeg glazed bowls
Fall “By the Ocean” platter
This collection follows my summer “By the Ocean” collection. Read more about it here.
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.
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.
Sneak-a-peak Mugs in soft spring colors.
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.