“Reflection” opens tonight

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Artist Challenge: REFLECTION … “As the seasons change, so does reflection. We see reflection in light or hear it in sound. When the year comes to a close, do you reflect on what was, what will be? How can a reflection be cool or warm? How will you define it in your medium?”IMG_1972

IMG_1988This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. I chose to submit two RAKU vases.  With my “prelude” brushwork on the exterior surface and coppery reflective glaze on the interior, it  defined “Reflection” in my medium: clay.

Raku is a low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials, such as sawdust and shredded paper.

10703649_850249931674957_6164981609592720509_n 1002370_849804565052827_3696928856331226166_n1898280_10152915225110116_7005566621584131932_nOnce the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which effects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. This is when the wonderful reflective coppery sheen happens.

IMG_1888The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking; therefore, Raku is fragile and cannot withstand water. The non functional aspect means that the interior is unoccupied and light travels in to reflect the copper red glaze.

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See my vases and the work of other artists as they respond to “Reflection” in their mediums.

Participating Artists Include:
Lisa W B Walker, Cindy Mootz, Lonnie Landrey, Gretje Ferguson, Fred Smith, Rali Weaver, Dennis Stein, Kerry Hawkins, Alice Donaldson, Wendy Birchmire, Danielle Leveille, Sharon Pierce, Nancy Walton, Anna Gemelli, and Gillian Jackson

IMG_1978IMG_1987Raku is always one of a kind. It is a ceramic sculpture that has captured a moment in time where artist, fire and process become one. Enjoy the luminosity of the copper reds that come to life in the reduction process, and the exterior brushwork and crackle that reflect nature in a season of change.

“Reflection”, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge, opens tonight, Thursday, December 4th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre. 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2014 to January 30th, 2015

 

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Potters Place Show and Sale – opens tonight

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Carol Bradley 2-L

platter by Carol Bradley

Gay Calo-L

lidded containers by Gay Calo

Henriette Dresens-L

sculpture by Henriette Dresens

Jane Wojick-L

saggar fired vessel by Jane Wojick

Jeannette McGillicuddy-L

leaf platter by Jeannette McGillicuddy

Joyce Lauro-L

Sculpture by Joyce Lauro

Karen Tracy-L

Shell platter by Karen Tracy

Lisa Walker-L

By the Ocean platter by Lisa W B Walker

Lizanne Donegan-L

textured pitcher by Lizanne Donegan

Sue Brum-L

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