When I was a kid, Grease was the word, but as a studio potter, Cup is definitely the word. It’s the form I make the most. It’s an object everyone uses. It’s useful, necessary, and ‘daily’ as well as personal, intimate, and homey. Tis the season for cups shows, and here’s some great venues where you can catch mine:
I have three yunomis in the Vessels for Tea invitational (10/8-28)
at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO.
Three handled cups in the Handle with Care invitational (11/2 – 12/8)
at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM.
Three yunomis and two cocktail cups in the Source Material: An Exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup invitational (11/3 – 12/31) at Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC and online.
Five handled cups in the Cup: The Intimate Object VIII (11/3 – 12/1)
at Charlie Cummings Gallery online.
Six handled cups in The Cup Show (12/6 – 12/24)
at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA.
In addition to these exhibitions, ten of my handled cups are participating in an event on November 8th sponsored by The Clay Studio in which 500 handmade cups (10 by 50 potters) will be handed to unsuspecting citizens of Philadelphia in exchange for their coffee shop paper cups. This event, the Guerilla Mug Assault, was made possible through a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant, and allowed for all the participating potters to be paid for their contribution in support of such a great cause, to connect a potential new audience to the beauty of handmade pots.
I also donated twelve handled cups in support of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Cup of the Month fundraiser along with eleven other potters. I have attended two wonderful Artist-Invite-Artist residences at Watershed, so am pleased to be able to give back in some way…and twelve thoughtful supporters will receive twelve handmade mugs each month during 2013!
Lastly and as always, there are a bunch of special, gallery-quality cups (stamped, clover, cocktail, tumblers, and yunomis) in my online Etsy shop, and if you live even remotely near north, central Massachusetts, you can shop them in person at my upcoming Fall / Holiday Studio Sale November 3rd & 4th.