In February, I traveled to Florida. Below you will find the inspiration for some of the many pieces I created using wheel-throwing, hand-building, surface decoration and glazes on my one of a kind pottery for a unique Spring Collection. These pieces are now available and for sale to all collectors of beautiful functional handmade pieces of art.
As an artist, I work in small batches to create collections in clay like a painter creates a painting. The difference being that one can lift a piece out of my “painting” and interact with it. During the pandemic, I’ve spent my time working in my home studio, teaching art virtually and caring for my family. In the winter months, I worked on a collection entitled “Dreaming of a tropical vacation” because I was. This spring, I have returned to the decorator series to craft new work that reflects the home. Perhaps it was watching the birds out my kitchen window and tending to the plants growing in my house that my collections reflect these moments in time. I considered the simple pleasures of filling vases with flowers, setting the table for the family meal and enjoying the way light interacts with glazed pottery in use. After all, the art an artist creates reflects the life they live.
I’m selling my small batch pottery collections this weekend outdoors in Westwood, MA with four artist friends. We had a wonderful time safely interacting with customers last fall and have decided that a Pop Up Mother’s Day Sale on Saturday, May 8th from 11am – 3pm would be the perfect environment to sell our artwork. We will be following all the safety protocols for a safe selling experience. My table will be set up outside of Decor and More flanked by the other artists. It is a rain or shine event. Please stop in on Saturday to shop at 695 High Street (Post Office Plaza) in Westwood, MA.
In the summer months, I enjoy working with low fire clay. A lower firing temperature allows me to utilize brighter colors that can “burn out” when the temperature in a ceramics kiln is higher. I began creating my “Flowers” collection while working on my summer art classes curricula.
I spent time at my local library, pouring over books to come up with new and exciting ideas for my students and found myself interested in learning more about certain flowers.
Vessels were hand built and ready for surface decoration. Slips, textures, carving and underglaze ceramic paints were used to create imagery; low fire glazes completed the vision.
“Flowers” can be functional for bouquets in water, food for a party; or, individual pieces can be hung on a wall or displayed on a tabletop. My ceramics are meant to be picked up and explored. Textured surfaces to the finger tip are a delight. Three dimensional art begs to be touched, picked up and interacted with. Ceramics is functional art.
Please visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild to purchase a piece from “Flowers”. Each piece is one of a kind. The collection is small but varied. Each piece stands alone but works well together. “Flowers” is perfect for the collector and just right for a wedding gift.
Trips inspire new art from a city filled with it: New York City
1. Sara Japanese Pottery 2. Wood fired pottery upper east side 3. Odilon Redon early 1900s 4. Colorful handblown glass vases in a city window 5. Van Gogh 6. Pork buns at Red Barn dim sum, Greenwich Village 7. Van Gogh at The Met 8. Handmade Ceramics in Soho 9. Faceted bowls
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.
Tonight, Sue Hoy and I will host a reception at our Guild in Dedham Square. We are featured artists of the month for August. Please join us from 5-7PM for wine, cheese and ART at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located at 553 High Street in Dedham, MA.
About the Artists
“As an artist, I am trying to capture the spirit of my subject by reducing details
and concentrating on light and shape. My paintings are rich in color and
bold in brushwork. I am inspired by nature’s beauty and the chance to interpret
it in simple, yet compelling ways.”
Sue Hoy is a painter, graphic designer and art teacher living in Milton MA.
Her inspiration comes from her family and the endless beauty of New England.
Choosing subjects that capture attention and emotion, Sue strives to simplify shape
and color to reflect the essence of her subject. Her voyage toward simplicity,
versus over-working and illustrating with paint, is ongoing. Her paintings have
been in numerous shows in Massachusetts and she currently has a solo show at
Abby Park in Milton, MA. She teaches painting and clay classes for children
in the Milton public schools and at Milton Art Center.
UMASS Dartmouth, BFA Visual Design
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Studio Art/Painting
Lisa WB Walker
I fell in love with a color: Robin’s egg blue; and, it defined summer for me.
Early morning bird calls greet a warm rising sun that announces day break.
Watch the soft wind blowing a sheer textured curtain as you lay blinking sleep from
your eyes. You are young, free from school, and you feel what summer really is.
Lisa W. B. Walker is an Artist working in clay who lives in Westwood, Massachusetts.
She creates wheel thrown or hand built functional ware to explore surface decoration
in order to create one of a kind original work. Lisa received her Studio Art Degree
from Skidmore College, continuing with additional classes at the Museum School
of Fine Arts Boston and the Art Institute of Boston. She writes a weekly blog,
www.lisawbwalker.wordpress.com, participates in local arts related community
service, and, shares her knowledge through teaching, workshops and demonstrations.
Join me at Powisset Farm this Saturday, June 18th from 10am to 4pm for a Pottery Sale! I will be selling my handmade functional-ware in the big white barn with the red door located at 37 Powissett Road in Dover, Massachusetts. There will be a farm stand open with fresh eggs, Bushel & Crumb pies, Karen Cagan photos of the farm, Lucy two shoes tea towels and all the wonderful veggies grown on the farm.
Powisset Farm is a Trustees of the Reservation property that has a CSA with shareowners. Have a look at the classes offered through Powisset Cooks and ask me about the upcoming Makers Day in late August (all artists are welcome to apply).
Doors open again on Saturday, April 30th at 9am with a “less than perfect” table and afternoon demonstrations by a number of the 23 Potters Place artisans. Shop til 8pm for Mother’s Day and Wedding gifts!
On Sunday, doors open at 10am and the countdown is on for our coveted raffle. Master potter, Susan Brum created a large vase and all members of the Potters Place studio have signed the bottom. Raffle money and sales from a select group of pottery raise funds and awareness about our choice charity: Kettlebells4kids. Shop our vast and unique selection of pottery, watch more demonstrations and sign up for a class (spring session starts May 2nd!) until doors close at 4pm.
I will be featuring a new collection for spring that was inspired by a winter weekend with childhood friends. The collection features the pottery needed for our ladies lunch. The surface decorated in the colors of the ocean, dotted with fresh growth and a lattice that is symbolic of the friendships that support and guide our growth. More images can be found by clicking on the “flickr” link to the right.
Please join me at my cooperative studio: Potters Place in Walpole, Ma to celebrate all we are as we invite you into a place that will show customers “How We Make It”.
It’s the last sale of the season for me and I’m looking forward to spending the time at Powisset Farm in the barn chatting with friends and seeping in the beauty of this special place.
Join me and Susan Brum of Hog Wild Pottery today, Saturday, December 5th from 10-2 at Powisset Farm. We will be in the barn located at 37 Powisset Road in Dover, MA. Our friend, Kathy Zola will be with us to sell her handmade knitware. The farm stand will be filled with seasonal veggies and local favorites.
My family traveled to Europe this past summer. We took in many sights including art museums, monuments and the natural beauty of many countries. Mealtime discussions were about what we were seeing and doing; and, what we were eating and drinking. We ate and drank what was traditional and local to that region of that country: Gnocchi in Venice, Italy; Tiramisu in Florence, Italy; Moules Frites in Nice, France; and, Jamon Serrano in Barcelona, Spain.
Breakfast at the Baglioni (Florence, Italy)
Lunch on the Grand Canal (Venice, Italy)
Dinner at a Cafe (Nice, France)
Tapas (Barcelona, Spain)
Stop in to see my new work this weekend at Potters Place Holiday Show and Sale. The opening reception is open to the public on Friday, November 20th from 5:30pm to 9pm. Hours on Saturday, November 21st are 9am to 8pm. Hours on Sunday, November 22nd are 10am-4pm. Parking and admission are free. Credit cards are accepted.
Potters Place is a cooperative studio with 20 clay artisans. It is also a pottery school that offers classes in many levels by experienced instructors. The location is at 127B Old West Street in Walpole, MA – accessible by MBTA. Open studio sales take place twice a year: November and May.