Pottery in Bloom

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Each year, my pottery studio, Potters Place announces a theme for its spring show and sale. It’s a creative prompt that sparks ideas for me and my studio mates. This year, the theme is “Pottery in Bloom”, a play on “Art in Bloom” that takes place at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts at the same time.

Potters Place group shot featuring pottery by members. My “Pottery in Bloom” is the featured plate.
Photo by Dave Bradley Photography

During the time the theme was announced, I was beginning my second of two drawing classes in Newton; a class is a perk of being an instructor for Newton Community Education where I currently teach clay to all ages. I was humbled and frustrated by the place I found myself when I arrived at my drawing class this fall, but by spring these two teachers had lead me past mental roadblocks and set me on the path of rediscovering my voice with skills that I could take to the clay surface.

I began working with a drawing of my hand holding the stem of a peony as a self portrait. The peony is the flower that blooms every year around the time of my wedding anniversary; it signifies the memory of the transition into a new role of wife and subsequently motherhood in a year that my children have left home. The negative space around the image in white is the silhouette of a woman’s shape. The pink of the peony, the gentle grasp of the stem, the soft form all suggest femininity to me. I worked on these two pieces at the same time, starting first with the bowl and moving to the plate.

When I look at the two pieces side by side, I see a bowl with an image on the left and a ceramic statement on the right. The bowl is a piece you might hang on a wall and contemplate in an intellectual manner. The plate is a form and image interacting as one. An only a utilitarian form can do, it invites you to interact by touch when the surface image draws you in. The two pieces together are a metaphor and entrance to my storytelling in this self portrait. Other pieces will follow to create a larger collection.

My process for creating these two pieces began with wheel thrown well made forms with a handmade swirl in the center to emphasis the human component of pottery. Once trimmed and in a “suede” state, I use a pencil to transfer my drawing. The lines are carved and then inlaid with green underglaze. Masters of this technique are Kristen Keiffer, Michael Klein and Julia Galloway, contemporary ceramicists who use Mishima in their work. Space is defined by layers of white and blue underglaze before the forms are dried and fired to bisque. Glazing has three layers and uses the characteristics of a clear glaze in conjunction with other glazes to enhance the surface decoration.

These two pieces are one of a kind and will be for sale at Potters Place Spring Show and Sale over the weekend of May 3-5. I think either piece will make the perfect wedding gift for a woman transitioning into the partnership of marriage, the celebration of a relationship.

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.

 

Potters Place Holiday Show & Sale

Open Studios Show and Sale

Potters Place Holiday Show and Sale will feature my new work: Family Dinners ~A Traveling Series.

My family traveled to Europe this past summer. We took in many sights including art museums, monuments and the natural beauty of many countries. Mealtime discussions were about what we were seeing and doing; and, what we were eating and drinking. We ate and drank what was traditional and local to that region of that country: Gnocchi in Venice, Italy; Tiramisu in Florence, Italy; Moules Frites in Nice, France; and, Jamon Serrano in Barcelona, Spain.

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Breakfast at the Baglioni (Florence, Italy)

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Lunch on the Grand Canal (Venice, Italy)

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Dinner at a Cafe (Nice, France)

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Tapas (Barcelona, Spain)

Stop in to see my new work this weekend at Potters Place Holiday Show and Sale. The opening reception is open to the public on Friday, November 20th from 5:30pm to 9pm.  Hours on Saturday, November 21st are 9am to 8pm.  Hours on Sunday, November 22nd are 10am-4pm.  Parking and admission are free.  Credit cards are accepted.

Potters Place is a cooperative studio with 20 clay artisans.  It is also a pottery school that offers classes in many levels by experienced instructors.  The location is at 127B Old West Street in Walpole, MA – accessible by MBTA. Open studio sales take place twice a year: November and May.

 

 

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.