Scenes from teaching Adult pottery at Potters Place. I’ve been lucky to have had two groups of fantastic students this past session. Here is a glimpse at some of the amazing work they have created both on the potters wheel and by hand.
Imagine! The theme for Potters Place spring show is “Imagine”, inspired by a favorite quote from Albert Einstein, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Show coordinators, Ronda & Helayne asked Potters Place members to “Imagine” what would happen if they took a piece that they make on a regular basis and did something different with it.
“Imagine!” prompted a collection for me…. I began experimenting with some new floral stamps on both wheel thrown and hand built forms. As I began pressing into the clay, I embraced its malleable surface and began creating a new surface filled with flowers. I used colored slip trailing and carving to further decorate and then turned to watercolor under-glaze for color. After bisque firing my work, I found the glaze I planned to use was contaminated so I had to “Imagine!” using another glaze. By choosing Opal, I needed to embrace the characteristic of a glaze with movement. Knowing my vertical pottery would be affected; I decided to match my watercolor underglaze with actual glaze. The result was better than I imagined and my favorite piece in the collection emerged (see inserted photo).
Photos of the process…
Potters Place Spring Show and Sale 2017 weekend starts tomorrow, Friday, May 5th. Doors open 5:30PM til 9PM. Show continues Saturday, May 6th, 9AM til 8PM and Sunday, May 7th, 10AM til 4PM. We are raising funds to purchase ceramics books for the Walpole Library in addition to thousands of handmade pieces for sale from our 23 clay artisans. More information is at http://www.pottersplace.info.
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.
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.
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.
Potters Place Holiday Show & Sale opens tonight, November 18th with an artists’ reception from 5:30PM-9PM. It’s the best time to go to the weekend show because all the artists are on hand to discuss their work. The show opens on Saturday from 9AM til 8PM with the addition of the seconds table. Sunday hours are 10AM to 4PM.
My Holiday Collection includes my new San Francisco collection, Prelude (plus my NEW red petal), and Basics (sneak a peak mugs, egg separators, bowls and more).
My family visited San Francisco, California this past August. We toured Monterey and Carmel, viewed Big Sur and then traveled north to Sausalito and into wine country before heading into the foggy city of San Francisco in the summertime. Here’s a look at some of the inspiration for my forms and surface decoration.
Please stop in and see my ceramic collections as well as the work of my 20 studiomates at Potters Place, 127B Old West Street in Walpole, MA.
Doors open again on Saturday, April 30th at 9am with a “less than perfect” table and afternoon demonstrations by a number of the 23 Potters Place artisans. Shop til 8pm for Mother’s Day and Wedding gifts!
On Sunday, doors open at 10am and the countdown is on for our coveted raffle. Master potter, Susan Brum created a large vase and all members of the Potters Place studio have signed the bottom. Raffle money and sales from a select group of pottery raise funds and awareness about our choice charity: Kettlebells4kids. Shop our vast and unique selection of pottery, watch more demonstrations and sign up for a class (spring session starts May 2nd!) until doors close at 4pm.
I will be featuring a new collection for spring that was inspired by a winter weekend with childhood friends. The collection features the pottery needed for our ladies lunch. The surface decorated in the colors of the ocean, dotted with fresh growth and a lattice that is symbolic of the friendships that support and guide our growth. More images can be found by clicking on the “flickr” link to the right.
Please join me at my cooperative studio: Potters Place in Walpole, Ma to celebrate all we are as we invite you into a place that will show customers “How We Make It”.
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.
Potters Place is a not for profit pottery school and a cooperative studio for clay artisans. Located in Walpole, Massachusetts, it is interwoven into the community it has called home for over 30 years. Their mission is to spread their love of pottery. This takes many forms from raising funds through the sale of specific pottery (most recently to benefit the League School art program) to going into schools with clay to enrich the students.
The students who transition from elementary to middle school annually work on a tile project that celebrates their interests and leaves a lasting artifact. Completed tiles are hung on the wall and students are able to stop in and see them years later.
Working with the art teachers, Potters Place instructors provide real clay to students. Showing them ways to make their two dimensional drawings into three dimensional tiles with coils, incising, scratch and attach with slip method, and more.
Adding color with glaze is the second phase where the students add details to their tiles.
Parents are always interested in getting involved in this project. We welcome them to the Potters Place studio where they put on the final glaze before the tiles go into the kiln.
When the tiles are finished, Potters Place delivers them to the school and they are framed and hung on the wall. The students are thrilled to see their very own tiles for years to come!
Find out more about Potters Place in Walpole, MA by clicking over to the webpage at www.pottersplace.info
Throughout the year, my work can be purchased through the galleries that represent my art. Please support these galleries and the artists who sell their work there. Small businesses support small business owners like myself.
Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9, 45 Central Street, Norwood, MA … 781-762-3300- owned and operated by Julie Vecchio. Artists represented at Gallery 9: Kim Morin Weineck, Kerry Hawkins, Andrew Osbourne and others
Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery, 553 High Street, Dedham, MA … 781-329-1890 – owned and operated by it’s members. Artists represented at DSAG: Kerry Hawkins, Gary Koeppel, Dennis Stein, Sue Hoy and others
NEW: shop the Guild online: shop.dedhamguild.com
Potters Place Gallery, 127 B Old West Street, Walpole, MA …508-668-0363 – owned and operated by it’s members. Artists represented at Potters Place gallery: Hog Wild Pottery, Lizanne Handmade, Cove Lane Pottery, Mirror Lake Pottery and others
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.
Breakfast at the Baglioni (Florence, Italy)
Lunch on the Grand Canal (Venice, Italy)
Dinner at a Cafe (Nice, France)
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.
Please join me and the 23 Potters Place clay artisans at our cooperative studio’s annual spring show and sale!
Friday, May 1, 6pm to 9pm
Saturday, May 2, 9am to 8pm
Sunday, May 3, 10am to 4pm
We’ll have hundreds of beautiful, hand-crafted, one-of-a kind pottery items available. The theme is “Spring Brings New Beginnings” and our Chairperson is Jeannette McGillicuddy, Co-Chairperson is Gay Calo. This Spring our potters will be donating special pieces and the proceeds will be given to the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (APCSM). A Meet-the-Artists reception takes place Friday evening, where you can enjoy refreshments & meet the 23 featured Potters Place artisans. Free admission & parking are available and we accept credit & debit cards.
More about Potters Place:
Potters Place is a co-operative, not-for-profit pottery studio located in Walpole, MA offering a variety of hand-building & wheel-throwing programs for children, teens & adults of all levels. Whether you are interested in a one-time workshop or a 6-week series, our skilled instructors will inspire you to create functional & sculptural works of art. We have 23 members, most of whom started out as our students. Twice a year we hold a Show & Sale (our next one is May 1-3) to showcase the work of our members & to raise a donation for a local charity. We offer many classes & workshops for all ages & skill levels, so check them out to sign up for some fun & creativity! Click here for the website www.pottersplace.info