Vases

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IMG_2591I was at the Fuller Craft Museum to see an exhibit entitled “Game Changers” when I spotted these tiny vases by Sandra Byers. It got me thinking about spring and the kind of vases you can create as bud vases.

IMG_3147These vases above and below were for sale at the Museum of Fine Arts gift shop. The variety of shapes are interesting.

IMG_3148I started making some of my own that I think will make nice gifts for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

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Shop VASES at the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery located at 553 Washington Street in Dedham Square, and, Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 located at 45 Central Street in Norwood, Ma.

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mini vases by Lisa W B Walker

 

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“Reflection” opens tonight

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Artist Challenge: REFLECTION … “As the seasons change, so does reflection. We see reflection in light or hear it in sound. When the year comes to a close, do you reflect on what was, what will be? How can a reflection be cool or warm? How will you define it in your medium?”IMG_1972

IMG_1988This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. I chose to submit two RAKU vases.  With my “prelude” brushwork on the exterior surface and coppery reflective glaze on the interior, it  defined “Reflection” in my medium: clay.

Raku is a low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials, such as sawdust and shredded paper.

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IMG_1888The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking; therefore, Raku is fragile and cannot withstand water. The non functional aspect means that the interior is unoccupied and light travels in to reflect the copper red glaze.

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See my vases and the work of other artists as they respond to “Reflection” in their mediums.

Participating Artists Include:
Lisa W B Walker, Cindy Mootz, Lonnie Landrey, Gretje Ferguson, Fred Smith, Rali Weaver, Dennis Stein, Kerry Hawkins, Alice Donaldson, Wendy Birchmire, Danielle Leveille, Sharon Pierce, Nancy Walton, Anna Gemelli, and Gillian Jackson

IMG_1978IMG_1987Raku is always one of a kind. It is a ceramic sculpture that has captured a moment in time where artist, fire and process become one. Enjoy the luminosity of the copper reds that come to life in the reduction process, and the exterior brushwork and crackle that reflect nature in a season of change.

“Reflection”, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge, opens tonight, Thursday, December 4th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre. 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2014 to January 30th, 2015

 

Capturing Art in Nature

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IMG_1284“Capturing Art in Nature”, A Westwood Land Trust Exhibit

opens tonight, Tuesday, October 28th at the Westwood High School

with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

The Westwood Land Trust (“WLT”) is sponsoring the eighth annual Capturing Nature in Westwood Art Exhibit to raise awareness and appreciation for Westwood’s beautiful natural environment. Residents are encouraged to go outside, look around and explore, and “capture” the natural beauty one sees through a painting, 3-D piece, photograph, or any other preferred artistic medium. All ages are invited to participate.

Over 300 Westwood community members typically view the wide variety of artwork submitted by students and residents on the evening of the event. Exhibited items last year included: birch tree paintings inspired by artist Gustav Klimt; clay relief postcards; dish glass inspired by Dale Chihuly; pottery; oil paintings and drawings; and nature-themed photographs. WLT would like to thank Katie Thurston, Westwood Public School Art Director, and all the WPS art teachers for their whole-hearted support in linking art and nature.

“Wonderland” – opens Thursday

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Dedham Square Artist Guild hosts their April “Call to Artists” at their extended gallery space in the Dedham Community Theater located across the street from the Guild Gallery on High Street in Dedham Center. The opening is Thursday night, March 27th from 6-8 PM.

“Wonderland”…
Let’s jump into the rabbit hole and see what we find… mad hatters and mad queens, tea parties and music and creatures who speak in riddles and rhyme. We’re paying tribute to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”…Of course, “Wonderland” could mean something completely different to YOU… show us!! 

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‘What a curious feeling!’ said Alice; ‘I must be shutting up like a telescope.’

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 “DRINK ME” bottle vase pictured at top of post is my interpretation of “Wonderland”.

It may be purchased through the Dedham Square Artist Guild.

EXHIBITION DATES: March 27 – MAY 26

This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater for all to enjoy! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

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The Dedham Square artist guild has teamed up with the Parish Players of Dedham to promote the arts. The Parish players are putting on the play “Alice in Wonderland” for this year’s production. This years Performances March 28-30, 2013, Friday and Saturday, 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm

The Guild will have a table with art to sell on opening night, Friday, March 28th from 6:30 pm til closing. First Church located on the Dedham Green at 670 High Street.  Order tickets for the show and purchase local art from the guild!

For tickets: http://parishplayersaliceinwonderland.brownpapertickets.com

 

“THINK BIG”

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“THINK BIG”, a Dedham Square Artist Guild sponsored art exhibit opens with a reception at the Dedham Community Theatre from 6-8PM on Thursday, November 14th.

Artists across eastern Massachusetts created 14 supersized works of at least 24 inches in different mediums that will be on display from Nov. 14 through January 2 at the Dedham Community Theatre on High Street.

About my piece:
My “BIG” vase was made in porcelain while I was studying art at Skidmore College. It was the last time that I had the opportunity to fire my work in a large reduction kiln. This type of firing uses gas and that is what produces these beautiful copper reds. The surface decoration feels very holiday to me with its reds and greens. I imagine this vase filled with an arrangement of red roses and white lilies, holly with tiny red berries, pine and perhaps ivy for a glorious centerpiece.

It’s functional pottery created to bring beauty to everyday life.

To purchase this one of a kind wheel thrown ceramic vase, please visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery for details or stop by the reception this Thursday.

This beautiful photograph of my vase was taken by Kerry Hawkins. Please visit her website to see the wonderful images she captures with her camera.

Food and Pottery – Week 8

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Food and Pottery - Week 8

Powisset Farm CSA week eight included beets, basil, tomatoes and sunflowers!

“The sunflower is an annual plant native to the Americas. It … is often used to depict the sun. The plant has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves, and circular flower heads. The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base.”

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Many artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh (painting above) loved the image of the sunflower.

The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas and the national flower of the Ukraine.

It is also the symbol of the vegan society. A “Vegan” is a person who chooses to avoid eating animals or anything associated with them like eggs and dairy.

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The top selling cookbook for Vegan recipes is “Veganomicon” There is even a recipe for Sunflower Mac and Cheese (really!).

The Food and Pottery Connection for Week 8 ~ I’m interested in the flowers this week not so much the sunflower recipes; therefore my connection is the vase in which the beautiful flowers go into.  Functional pottery created to bring beauty to everyday life.

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Pie Share #4 beet and carrot (the best yet!). Pie and a handmade vase full of farm fresh flowers makes the perfect pairing.

Food and Pottery – Week 7

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Food and Pottery - Week 7

Powisset Farm CSA week seven included onions, beets, carrots, cucumbers and flowers!

The garden is full of rows of flowers ready to bloom! Each week from now through fall, every distribution will include a bouquet.

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Herbs are for sharing and just as pretty as the flower garden…

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The Food and Pottery Connection for Week 7 ~

Pie Share #3 Cherry Clafoutis Pie and a handmade vase full of farm fresh flowers..

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Food and Pottery at Bird Park

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Food and Pottery at Bird Park

The rain held off and I was able to participate in opening day for Bird Park’s first farm stand today with my fellow potter, Susan Brum. We featured functional pottery under our tent. Moose Hill had a table set up with fresh veggies and an opportunity to join their CSA. It was a wonderful morning spent talking with customers and sharing the food and pottery connection.

Moose Hill is a Trustees of the Reservation property as is Bird Park. Their joined efforts brought the farm stand to East Walpole. It will be open from now until October 5th from 9-12 every Saturday.

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“Nature” Opening Reception 6-8pm TONIGHT at the Dedham Community Theatre

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In addition to the carved platter I’ve written about for the “Nature” exhibit, I have submitted a set of three rectangular vases glazed in the colors i love in nature.

Details:
A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre, and in collaboration with Dedham Civic Pride
Opening Reception: June 20th, 6pm to 8pm
EXHIBITION DATES: JUNE 20TH – JULY 11TH

“Ahhh, nature! Does being out in nature bring you into balance, inspire you, free you or are you terrified of the creepy crawlies of the natural world? June’s challenge asks artists to explore nature in all its forms…the great outdoors, human nature, nature vs. nurture, the possibilities are endless!! ! It surrounds us every day, no matter where we live or what we do.”

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This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater for all to enjoy! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

The Gallery Connection ~ Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9

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The Gallery Connection ~ Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9

It must have been at least five years ago that I, as a member of the Westwood League of Fine Artists, was given the opportunity to participate in a gallery show in Norwood, MA. I submitted both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional pieces. During the show, the owner of the gallery purchased one of my carved bowls and asked me if I might like to sell some of my work at her shop. This was the beginning of my relationship with Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9.

Today I am bringing over new work: three tumbler/vases in glazes that owner, Julie Vecchio suggested I try. One of the best things about having the opportunity to sell in a gallery is the relationship one has with the person who is selling your work. Over the years, I’ve learned and continue to learn from both Julie and gallery 9’s Kim Morin Weineck to look at my work in new ways and this has made me more of a critical thinker when I examine my own work.