Trips inspire collections ~ Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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IMG_9613It was a clear beautiful day in February when I visited the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire with my husband. Having grown up near the water, we enjoy visiting places that remind us of home ~ boats, seaside homes with history, blue ocean, fresh seafood…

IMG_9604We poked our heads into many galleries, asking about artists and their work.  This mug and cup – above and below – really interested me and had the exterior not been rough, I would have purchased them.

IMG_9605Instead I decided that they would define my trip and I began to work on my collection.

IMG_0177Pieces in the Portsmouth Collection are glazed in colors of New England by the water in wintertime. There are four small cups for tasting craft beer poured from a hand carved pitcher.

IMG_0179The tasting cups fit nicely on a hand carved platter.  The platter makes it easy to pass the drink to your guests.

IMG_0164Wheel thrown mugs are embellished with stamps, slip trailing, and then dotted and painted with glazes. Each mug holds 14 oz of a beverage to warm you up on a blustery day.

IMG_0187Mixing and matching pottery from this collection will make a versatile gift for any home or couple celebrating a marrage.  Tasting cups stack nicely. Pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe.  This work will make it’s debut at Potters Place Spring Show and Sale on May 2-4.

 

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April Events

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April Events

During the month of April, my cooperative studio, Potters Place readies the studio for our bi annual show and sale. This event is a three day show that takes place May 2,3 and 4. There is a lot to do in April.  Members must adhere to strict deadlines to finish up their pottery so there will be no unglazed work in the studio. We shut down the kilns mid month and clean the studio top to bottom.

glazing basketsI’ve been finishing up some pieces in my home studio to dry for the last bisque run on Sunday.  But today the rain has stopped and that means perfect weather for glazing, so I’ll take advantage of this and head to Potters Place to glaze some bisque ware. I do all my glazing and firing at my cooperative studio, Potters Place, but throwing and creating are done in my home studio.  I find this a nice combination.

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April also brings another Kids Clay class… My students created baskets in “Think Spring!” March class and will have an opportunity to “celebrate mothers and fathers” in April’s class. I fire my Kids Clay pieces at Potters Place, but classes take place in Westwood when families sign their students up through the Westwood Recreation Department.

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I will host my first trunk show of 2014 on Saturday, April 12th from 12-3PM at the Dedham Square Artist Guild.  I’m excited to offer the opportunity to purchase my baskets for Easter (Sunday, April 20th) as well as other pottery for hostess gifts and serving options. The Dedham Square Artist Guild is located in Dedham Square at 553 High Street.