The weather was perfect, the crowds were big and the people were lovely. A great weekend was topped off by receiving the Award of Excellence! The Chautauqua Crafts Alliance gives one award during each of their Fine Craft Shows. I am honored to be the recipient for the August 2014 show and so pleased to be included in the Circle of Excellence!
At Handwork (Ithaca’s Cooperative Craft Store), members can opt to have a window display in one of the gallery’s three windows. Here is an image of my display for this month, with the vibrant streets of Ithaca reflected in the glass.
Also on display, in the opposite window, is the sculptural work of local ceramic artist, Momko Takeshita Keane. Momoko is an invited artist to Handwork for the month of May. There is much and more to see at Handwork, stop on by to check it out!
My next event is coming up at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester MA. I worked at the Craft Center as an artist-in-residence (way back in 1996) and again from ’98-2001 as an instructor and studio tech. So, when fellow potter Kristen Kiefer, who has been a long time instructor at the Craft Center and someone I greatly admire, asked me to curate the Pottery Invitational with her this year, I was thrilled! The show features 22 potters from the northeast who will be there throughout the weekend, selling their pots and talking with visitors. The full schedule for the weekend, which will include demonstrations on how to use handmade pottery in your home and artist’s talks, is on the Worcester Pottery Invitational Facebook page…Click it to check it out and come to the show to see some great pots!
So here we are, two weeks before Christmas and things are revving up. If you’re like me and get glassy eyed from the sensation overload of crowded stores at the mall, then you’ll appreciate a calm, quiet place to think over your holiday gift purchases. My Etsy shop offers just that, a place to ponder, take your time, enjoy a visual refresher from the mass of decked halls. You can go there right now by clicking right here (or click on any of the little images on the right, if you’re on my homepage). You don’t have to look for parking, stand in line or clip any coupons. There is however a coupon code that will get you free shipping. That code is SHIPFREE. Type that in when you check out and you will not have to pay anything at all for shipping. I hope you enjoy your visit to my shop and are able to find just what you’re looking for. Wishing you a peaceful and joyous, handmade holiday.
Here are my shelves at Handwork in Ithaca, NY. They are fully stocked with new work from my last wood firing. Handwork is a cooperative gallery, which means it is owned and operated by artist members. It is a destination for visitors to the Finger Lakes and locals alike. I am happy to be a new member at Handwork and look forward to working lots of shifts during the holidays. A great place to shop local for those special holiday gifts, the store offers a top notch selection of handmade craft by local artists.
Some of my newest work is also included in the holiday exhibit at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. The show is called Gifted and features many great potters from around the country. I am so pleased to be among this group of talented artists. Open through December 30th, all work is available for purchase on-line.
Visit my Etsy store to see what I have in stock. I will be listing some new items for the holidays and offer free shipping through December. Just type in the coupon code shipfree at checkout!
A selection of my latest pots can also be found at these venues:
Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philly
I began this year by traveling to Whidbey Island, WA in February to build the new kiln for Cook on Clay, a women owned company run by Robbie Lobell and Maryon Atwood. They make ceramic cookware (flameware) that is sophisticated and gorgeous. If you don’t know about these ladies and the pots they make, check them out! It was great fun working with them and their awesome apprentices, Clovy and Jordan. Many thanks goes out to all who were involved in this kiln, especially Vince Pitelka for providing the initial plans and Al Tennant for his insight on various details. It was a memorable and positive experience for me indeed. Here is what the project looked like.
Next week, April 25-28, I will be at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC. I am busy packing up the latest kiln load of pots and look forward to showing them in this beautiful venue. Come and see me in booth #209!
I put together this photo documentary as a re-cap of the past year. The images give an idea of some of the day to day aspects of my pottery and the cycle of making, glazing, firing and selling work. Many of the firing photos were taken by my friend Jill Lewis, who always does an amazing job documenting….thanks Jill! While the majority of this photo montage has to do with the pottery work, there are a few life ones as well, since the two are naturally intertwined. I am thankful for all the blessings in my life and look forward to what 2013 will bring.
Best wishes to all for good health and prosperity in the new year. Cheers!
Wondering what to get your loved ones this year? Here are twelve reasons why handmade pottery would be a great choice!
#12 Handmade pottery makes for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift. Chances are, the recipient will not have the exact same mug in their cupboard.
#11 Handmade pottery is good for the economy. Buying it provides jobs for potters.
#10 Handmade pottery is good for you. Yes, it’s true, using a handmade pot to eat or drink out of is good for the soul. It also has the advantage of not being plastic.
#9 Handmade pottery doesn’t have to match. It’s fun to pick which plates to use for dinner and who will get which cup. Guests enjoy picking out their own too.
#8 Handmade pottery is affordable art. Buying one or two pieces at a time for someone or yourself is a great way to start a collection and is easy on your wallet.
#7 Handmade pottery is good for the environment. Many handmade mugs or tumblers fit in cup holders, potentially reducing the number paper cups going into landfills.
#6 Handmade pottery adds beauty to everyday life.
#5 Handmade pottery is available everywhere. There is a good chance someone near you is a potter. Buying something from them will save you a trip to the mall and supports your local economy.
#4 Handmade pottery is a meaningful gift.
#3 Handmade pottery is a valuable gift. Over time and through use, a piece of pottery intertwines with the users life. It becomes priceless. It could end up being a family heirloom.
#2 Handmade pottery is just that, handmade, made with human hands.
#1 Handmade pottery is not facebook or twitter, blogging or texting, yet is has the power to connect us all to each other.
I hope you keep the connection alive by giving the gift of handmade pottery.