“Flowers”: a summer collection installed at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located in historic Dedham Square, Dedham, MA
In the summer months, I enjoy working with low fire clay. A lower firing temperature allows me to utilize brighter colors that can “burn out” when the temperature in a ceramics kiln is higher. I began creating my “Flowers” collection while working on my summer art classes curricula.
I spent time at my local library, pouring over books to come up with new and exciting ideas for my students and found myself interested in learning more about certain flowers.
Vessels were hand built and ready for surface decoration. Slips, textures, carving and underglaze ceramic paints were used to create imagery; low fire glazes completed the vision.
“Flowers” can be functional for bouquets in water, food for a party; or, individual pieces can be hung on a wall or displayed on a tabletop. My ceramics are meant to be picked up and explored. Textured surfaces to the finger tip are a delight. Three dimensional art begs to be touched, picked up and interacted with. Ceramics is functional art.
Please visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild to purchase a piece from “Flowers”. Each piece is one of a kind. The collection is small but varied. Each piece stands alone but works well together. “Flowers” is perfect for the collector and just right for a wedding gift.
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.
platter by Carol Bradley
lidded containers by Gay Calo
sculpture by Henriette Dresens
saggar fired vessel by Jane Wojick
leaf platter by Jeannette McGillicuddy
Sculpture by Joyce Lauro
Shell platter by Karen Tracy
By the Ocean platter by Lisa W B Walker
textured pitcher by Lizanne Donegan
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
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.
“A Table Shared”, the theme for this fall’s Potters Place show and sale, inspired me to think about the conversations we share at our family table based on the answers to “What did you do today?” This round platter(above), oval dish and oblong plate(below) were created after a trip with my husband to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum .
The courtyard with it’s delicate tile patio, the rooms of dark wood filled with paintings, hand painted tiles, tapestries, prints and letters make up this museum that was built to house Mrs Gardner’s vast art collection.
My carved oblong plate has the feel of the interior courtyard, lush with foliage.
Frames without paintings remind the visitor that an art theft took place in this building… “On the night of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the Museum’s galleries, stealing thirteen works of art.” This crime remains unsolved and the artwork lost forever.
Detail of exterior decoration that made a lasting impression and influenced the lyrical carving on this oval dish.
I may return to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum soon to view John Singer Sargent’s work again. Mrs Gardner commissioned a portrait and forged a relationship with him as a friend and patron. Just a short walk away is an exhibition of the John Singer Sargent watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts. The two exhibits are experienced in such a different way. At the Isabella, it is like being in someone’s home where you feel like you get a glimpse inside the life of a great collector. You look at the art as if seeing it through her eyes. That is the conversation that I brought to my family table.
The family table is a place where one can share, learn and connect. It is also a place where functional pottery brings beauty to everyday life.
Powisset Farm CSA week four included peas (snap and shelling types), garlic scapes, more strawberries and escarole!!
Each share at my CSA includes a distribution in the barn, and a pick your own. One year, it seemed to rain every Tuesday that I picked up so I went out to the field to pick very infrequently. Last year I ventured out to the fields if I wasn’t running late for some reason or another. This year, I’ve been allowing myself a little extra time so I can walk slowly down the dirt road, gaze at the flowers just starting to grow, check out the herb garden, laugh at the big pig in the field,
sneak a peak into the seedling barn
and walk out into the field to pick the fruit and veggies myself.
The Food and Pottery Connection for Week 4 ~
Blanch snap peas, slice raw carrots, radishes and kolrabi and arrange them on a (handmade, please) platter. This colorful collection needs a favorite dip – like ranch or thousand island dressing for the family to nosh on as they await dinner.
Serve on my handmade platter with matching dip bowl. The fruit images on this platter come from pressing images from cloth napkins that belonged to my grandmother. This is a one of a kind piece.
My potter friend, Jane Wojick, posted a fantastic video on my facebook page by Charan Sachar, a master at slip trailing. Working yesterday during yet another snow storm in New England, that musical video jumped into my creative thinking. “Slip trailing is a decoration method. Slip (a liquid clay) is applied to the clay in it’s raw state, through a tube or nozzle, much like icing a cake”. This is a detail from a round platter that will be part of my spring collection.