Opening my kiln in April is all about spring and how the potter creates items to bring beauty to the home both indoors and out. Spring is about flowers and bright colors, berries and birds.. It’s about prepping for Mother’s Day gift giving and sales. Here is a look at some of my favorite pieces from this month’s kiln opening…
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The apple blossoms this spring were everywhere… perhaps it was the wacky weather or the fact that spring seemed to take forever to get here, all I know is that everywhere I looked, the flowers were blooming. The tree in my own front yard brought a smile to my face every time I returned home.
Life inspires art and as I sat down to create new work, the apple blossoms collection began. Using an actual twig from my tree, assorted hand carved and purchased stamps, I “drew” my clay pictures taking inspiration from shapes of my molds.
Once the clay was bone dry, I used my watercolor underglazes to add color to the images before loading them into the bisque kiln.
Out of the first kiln, the collection was glazed and loaded into the 2nd kiln to add functionality to each piece. At each stage, the flowers welcomed me and provided a memory that symbolized spring, rebirth, change, peace, beauty and more.
My new collection is currently installed at the Dedham Square Artist Guild. The work has a wonderful feel and quiet beauty that although functional, stands alone as ceramic art. There are 6 pieces in this group … 2 small square plates, 2 small oblong trays and 2 larger square plates. The Guild is open Wednesday – Saturday 12-6, Sunday 11-2 in Dedham Square.
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.
Photo by Dave Bradley of my green square plates with prelude red petal motif.
The best way to celebrate the Spring and the beginning of the farm season: SPRING FEST! Yes! Come out the Powisset Spring fest, on May 30th from 10am-3pm!
At the Spring Fest, there will be: live music, food to eat, seedlings to buy for your garden, kids activities, farm tours and lots of vendors selling awesome food and crafts! There will even be a Kraut Mob! what!!?? Yes, a kraut mob…where you can learn, hands on, how to make your own sauerkraut! Come play at Powisset for the day and help us welcome the farm season with so. much. joy.
ONE OF A KIND HANDMADE POTTERY BY Lisa WB Walker and Hog Wild Pottery
When: Saturday, May 30th!
Cost: for ttor members: $4/person, $10/family
for non-members: $5/person, $12/family
or…pay what you can. no one will be turned away from Spring fest!
Where: Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset Road, Dover, MA
Please join me and the 23 Potters Place clay artisans at our cooperative studio’s annual spring show and sale!
Potters Place, 127B Old West Street, Walpole, Massachusetts
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.
Potters Place Member Pottery photographed by Dave Bradley. Lisa WB Walker “Prelude” vase is back left piece.
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
Two summers ago, I was shopping at a pottery cooperative in North Carolina when I saw a pottery basket. I loved the idea and started experimenting with my own baskets last spring. This year, I modified my design to included varying sized baskets, textured handles and new glaze combinations. I made only a few and am selling them through Easter at the Dedham Square Artist Guild, my cooperative gallery in Dedham Square.
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.