I heard the call for green, and after much testing, have responded with this new, light, mint-y, spring-y green, my fourth new color for 2012. I’ve also been working on new forms (batter bowls and teapots with saucers, both with stripe-y underbellied handles inspired by this teapot), and playing with familiar forms, per my usual tinkering (clover cups, bowls, vases, and flower bricks). These lovelies and many more have been, or soon will be, added to my Etsy shop and Gallery store for spring shopping and gifting. I love spring, and I sure love color, so it’s fun to see my studio in bloom!
Art Nouveau pattern, design and architecture have been long-time influences for my work. Indeed, I started an animal series (mostly birds and rabbits, like the one pictured below from the magazine spread) about five years ago as a direct result of loving the repeat animal motifs in Art Nouveau prints, wallpapers and fabrics. Art Nouveau’s defining characteristics are organic flowing lines, curvilinear forms and highly stylized floral and botanical motifs. It’s peak was the turn of the 20th century, and was about making art a part of everyday life. Since that all sounds good to me, sometimes I wonder with humor if I’m a maker from a different era. I’m delighted to read however, that according to C & B, Art Nouveau style is *making a comeback*. Well, I’m ready! With Nouveau bells on!
Thanksgiving is here, which according to all the retail stores anyway, means holiday shopping is too. Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you are interested in the joy of buying handmade and see this as a fun time of year to support the arts and find one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends, loved-ones or hostess for that event in December. So, this is just a reminder post for you sporting supporters that my Online Pottery Store is full to the brim with new pots and wall tiles for your holiday shopping and gifting needs. (Treating yourself is definitely allowed.) This virtual store —stocked with gallery-quality work— is the next best thing to stopping by my home studio here in Massachusetts. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and stop by from your computer! I’m open!
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Spring has finally sprung here in north central MA, and I hope for you too. Between the weather, little beginnings in my perennial beds and new vases and other colorful pots in my online store, I’m ready for flowers as well as your springtime shopping needs. Thank you for thinking of my work and handmade for that upcoming wedding, graduation, birthday, or just-because-day (including Mother’s Day, May 9th) coming up in the next couple of months.
Mark your calendars for my Spring Studio Sale the weekend of May 22nd and 23rd, and visit my online Etsy shop here to buy pots.
Happy Springtime, Everyone!
My Holiday Studio Sale is coming up (10/24-25), the third since I’ve set up shop in our home. This is probably the most enjoyable and easily the most intimate way that I sell my work. A small number of people from our community drive to our home in the boonies, walk through our kitchen and down to my basement studio—trying not to bump their heads in the low-ceilinged, c. 1920 stairwell— to chat, snack on local cheeses and purchase my pots.
One couple arrives promptly at 10 am on Saturday every time to have first pick. Some ask questions, but many are very focused, shuffling through the shelves of work to gather their finds, eager to make sure no one will take from their cluster of chosen pieces while they go back for more. From the next town over to two hours away (which could be any of five different states!), they come to my home to buy my work to take back to their homes or, equally exciting, to give to someone else for their home. This both amazes and pleases me to no end.
In my Studio Sale flyer and email, I use a sentence adopted and adapted from a sign I placed in a street-facing window in my last studio, a rental space in an old factory building in Worcester (MA). The original sign, Sponsor Creativity & Community — Support Your Local Artists, was intended to speak to the passers-by about our presence. The phrasing has since morphed into an expression of appreciation to those who venture out to my current studio and share their interest in my work with others:
Thank you for sponsoring creativity and community,
and supporting local artists by buying and giving handmade.
I realize in this format, I am mostly preaching to the choir about buying and giving handmade. But the importance of spreading the love for owning handmade is just that, important. It’s a ripple effect. Fellow MA potter, Arthur Halvorsen came up with a project called Operation C.U.P. (Citizens Using Pottery). His idea and goal is for buying-handmade supporters to give a handmade cup to a friend or family member who wouldn’t normally buy handmade, such a simple idea with only positive and potentially reverberating repercussions.
I hope to see some of you Saturday, October 24th 10-5, and Sunday, the 25th 11-4, for my Holiday Studio Sale. (You can begin your C.U.P. mission in my studio!) Bring your friends, friends of friends and family. Children are welcome, and can even be potential customers. Last year, one seven-year-old promised her Mom that she [the little girl] would definitely drink her milk, even though she hated it, if the milk were in one of my little cordial cups with bunnies. (A true-story sale.) If you can’t make it, I hope you will let friends and family in New England know they can come to my home to Buy to give, elegant and handmade. And everyone can buy here from me any time!
I have had a “publicity” postcard made every year or two since 2001. (There are two other postcards from ’95 and ’98 I’ll have to dig up for another—more humorous—post.) The two most recent cards, with the jars and cups, are cone 7 electric; the others are cone 10 soda reduction. The image directly above is my MFA graduation show card from Ohio University. Six postcards of work from four different studios. It’s interesting to see how things have changed, most notably after my thesis card, going from what I see as just “ornate” to more “elegant”. Aside from additional layering, the surfaces haven’t changed a lot, but the lines that define the forms have. They are more crisp and where I see the elegance happening. I was the photographer for all of these too, baring witness to the transition from film to digital.
*If you would like a postcard, I would like for you to have one. My most current 2008 Covered jar postcard and the 2005 Flower Brick postcard are still available. (The former because it’s still new and the latter because a printing error left me with 2500!) Simply drop me an email to email@example.com with “Postcard” in the subject line, your mailing address in the body, and specify which card: 2008, 2005 or both. I would love for you to have a pot, but this is a nice precursor, and something you can actually hold in the meantime.
Thank you to Charan Sachar of the great Creative with Clay blog for presenting me with one of his Lovely Blog Awards. I appreciate the friendly acknowledgment!
Buy and give, elegant and handmade. Click here to shop.
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