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.
Summer pottery class with older students in grades 3-6 were taught techniques to create work in clay. The older students were able to understand and grasp concepts in a different way than the younger students. Sometimes they were more hesitant to take chances, but when they did, they were rewarded. Their finished pieces show maturity and understanding of skills. Here is a look at a few of my favorite pieces from this 4 day summer pottery camp at Newton Community Education.
Ben’s pinch pot dinosaur
Mairead’s pinch pot turtle
Brianna’s coil pot
“Create your own” utilizing pinch pots and coil
Mio’s “Create your own” utilizing slab, texturizing and scratch & attach with slip.
These imaginative students were a thoughtful group who found joy in creating with clay – yipee!
This Saturday, March 12th from 10am-2pm, the Westwood Recreation Department will host “March into Summer” (10% off registration fees when you sign up for summer classes March 12-15). I will be hanging out with other teachers and students talking up my summer classes: 2D and 3D Art in July. Wegmans is sponsoring this event.
3D Art ~ explore three dimensions while learning about carving, modeling and sculpture using recycled products, mixed media, clay and more. July 11-14.
2D Art ~ explore the mark on a flat surface while learning about graphite, colored pencils, watercolor and more. July 18-21
I’m thankful to the Westwood Recreation Department for providing a place where I can teach children to express themselves through creative means.
Lisa WB Walker and Hog Wild Pottery will host their one and only summer pottery sale at Powisset Farm this Saturday, June 13th from 10am to 5pm. Powisset Farm is near and dear to these potters because of their relationship with the farmers and people who work and love the land.
Powisset Farm is home to a farm stand that will feature local produce and local products, such as Crescent Ridge dairy, Lucy Two Shoes hand lettered tea towels, and loads of Peter’s honey and Blue Moon Cafe’s bread … It is a CSA with a long list of shareholders. And, it is a trustees of the reservation property with trails to hike on and vistas to enjoy.
Join us for a pottery sale, but join us also for the experience of how a farm works, what it means to stop and talk to another shareholder or farmer, to be a part of a community that feels the rhythm of the planting and growing season. Come eat lots of handpicked strawberries in beautiful handmade bowls!
As potters, we embrace the notion that food should be eaten on handmade ware. That color is important. That the relationship with the food, with the pottery and with the person it connects to all matter. We are blessed to share this vision with the powisset farmers.