Westwood Artists – Outdoor Sale – Saturday, September 26th

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Please join me on Saturday for an Outdoor Sale with other Westwood Artists. The Outdoor Sale on Saturday, September 26th is from 10-2 at 6 Fisher Street in Westwood.


Featured artists: Lisa WB Walker – pottery; Carol Ahearn – watercolors; Karen Cagan – photography; Jane Wojick – pottery; Kevin Becker – glass; Rita Bechara – paintings.

This is a social distanced sale.  Everyone will be required to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet from other shoppers.  There will be hand sanitizer on site should you wish to interact with the art.

If you would like to purchase handmade from me but are unable or uncomfortable attending an in person event, please have a look at my new pottery here on my flickr account Just email me for prices and I can either package your paid purchases to pick up at the event, my home studio in Westwood or make other arrangements for contactless purchases, including shipping pottery.

If you are attending, I will have new work in addition to a few sale specials to make room for future work in my studio (this is not a seconds sale, but price reductions in some older pieces).

Virtual Pottery Tour

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Enjoy a visit and talk about my summer collection and Barbados inspired pottery.

When you can’t host a sale for customers, the next best thing is a private video tour of new work. I set up a sale on my back porch and using my phone, give a talk (make sure the volume is on and up!) about my new summer collection and spring Barbados Collection. As all the sales I planned for were canceled, it has been since February when I have had the opportunity to share my vision for the work that I am creating. All pieces are for sale and can be purchased directly from me. I provide contactless buying options, curbside pick up, delivery and shipping. Please email me at lisawbwalker@gmail.com to discuss any of the work.

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.

Weekend travels inspire new collection

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My husband and I are now empty nesters. The weekends are when we have the freedom to jump in the car and head out. As an artist working in clay, these trips have inspired the form and surface decoration of my one of a kind pieces of pottery. This work will be included in my first show of the season: Potters Place Spring Show and Sale over the weekend of May 3rd through 5th.

Below are pictures of my pottery next to the source of inspiration.

If you are interested in purchasing pottery from me and are unable to visit me at the Potters Place show and sale over the weekend of May 3rd – 5th, please email me to discuss additional options for purchase.

Westwood Artists host 3rd annual holiday marketplace this weekend

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Wheel thrown large pottery bowl by Lisa WB Walker

Please join me and my Westwood Artists group at our 3rd annual holiday marketplace this weekend! We open our doors at 3:30PM on Friday, November 30th and say goodnight at 7PM.  Our doors reopen at 10AM on Saturday, December 1st and close at 3PM. The Westwood Historical Society will host our event at their nostalgic Fisher School located at 830 High Street (route 109) in Westwood, MA.  Find us across the street from St Margaret Mary’s church and down the hill from the Thurston Middle School. Signage and parking are ample!

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We have a great line up of Westwood Artists all making, baking and selling their local wares in our hometown.  You can’t get any more “LOCAL” than that!  Shop Small with us by celebrating small businesses and helping communities thrive and stay vibrant.

Potters Place Spring Show & Sale

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Potters Place Spring Show and Sale opens this Friday! Please join me for open studios where 20 clay artisans will sell their one of a kind pottery. Sale hours are: Friday, May 4th 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Saturday, May 5th 9:00am – 8:00pm, and Sunday, May 6th 10:00am-4:00pm.   Details

Here is a sneak peak of what I’ll be selling at Potters Place.

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 Show & Sale is May 5,6,7

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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.

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“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… 

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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.

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Photo by Dave Bradley of my green square plates with prelude red petal motif.

 

 

Westwood Marketplace

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Please join the Westwood Artists for their first Marketplace on Friday, December 9th from 3:30-8PM and Saturday, December 10th from 10AM-2PM at the Westwood Historical Fisher School located across the street from St Margaret Mary’s on High Street (Route 109) in Westwood, MA. Parking is available at the Thurston Middle School, across the street at St Margaret Mary’s and Baptist Church adjacent to the Fisher School.

There will be 12 juried artists selling their handmade one of a kind artwork.  

Here is a preview:

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Wheel thrown “dotty”mugs by Lisa W B Walker

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Catherine Perrone Watercolors

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Kevin Becker glass (recently picked for the Boston Globe gift issue)

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Gaye Whalen’s Coastal Creations

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Carol Ahearn Watercolors

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Karen Flowers Cagan Photography      (Fisher School pictured here)

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Jane Wojick handmade one of a kind pottery – both functional and nonfunctional works of art

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Stephanie Hasenaur Jewelry

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Kathy Zola handknit fiber work

Melanie Guerra will be bringing her jewelry (only sale this season!) and photography.  Bibi will have an assortment or her artisanal baked goods for sale and gift giving. Jane Norris brings wonderful handpainted furniture and decorated wreaths for the holidays.

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Medfield Holiday Stroll

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Join me and 40 artisans at Holiday Stroll in Downtown, Medfield this Friday, December 2nd from 4:00-9:00PM.  I will be selling my pottery at the Memorial Public Library.  The map below gives you a good idea of how the stroll is set up. FREE PARKING is available behind the Medfield Town Hall at 459 Main Street and at the Montrose School lot at 29 North Street.

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Holiday Stroll is a festive family event that takes place at eight venues along Main Street (Route 109) and the Dwight Derby House on Frairy Street. The Holiday Stroll includes food, an outdoor ice sculpture, roaming carolers, 40 juried artisans, live music, and M.E.M.O.’s outdoor tree lighting ceremony. All events are within walking distance, free parking nearby and free admission. The event is organized by The Cultural Alliance of Medfield (CAM).

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For complete details and a list of artisans, visit www.MedfieldCulture.org.