Marjorie Waxman created this platter in the pottery and ceramics studio at Fleisher Art Memorial.
Everything is closed at Fleisher Art Memorial because of the pandemic so they have moved many of their classes online. I decided to take a class called Designing a Jewelry Set with teacher Maureen Duffy and I am loving it. Registration for the summer term at Fleisher has just opened and if you are interested in taking Designing a Jewelry Set, you can sign up here.
Our first assignment was to design some rings, just brainstorming and not worrying about how or if we could actually make them. Here’s what I came up with:
(A note here, I use MS Word to draw. For more information on how to do this, watch some YouTube videos here. It’s a handy tool and you don’t need the latest version.)
My classmates and I bounced ideas off of one another and I got the idea to use ceramic pieces in some of the rings.
Trying to figure out how a ring would look with a ceramic focal and how to make it.
Our teacher advised us on how we might execute our designs told us about web sites and jewelry artists who were doing similar things so we could see their design processes.
I actually tried making a couple of the designs in bronze. I don’t think the ring with the ceramic focal is very practical, but it was fun to try.
Next assignment: design earrings that harmonize with the ring designs. Here’s what I have so far:
Again, I drew the designs in MS Word and will attempt to make a few in bronze. I’ll let you know how they turn out.
Fleisher is offering an array of online art classes for the summer including a class in jewelry wax fabrication with Hratch Babikian who is an extraordinary teacher. You don’t have to be local to Philadelphia to take these classes, and the tuition is very reasonable.
Fleisher Art Memorial cancelledl the closing ceremony for its 122nd annual Student Exhibition because of the Coronavirus. That didn’t stop me from taking pictures of some of my favorite entries.
Pottery and Ceramics
Works on Paper and Prints
Fiber Art and Mixed Media and Mosaics
Sandrine Sheon won the Student Advisory Council award for her ceramic piece, Credit None, Trash Walk, 2019
This is my contribution, Eleanor Rigby’s Secret Jar.,
This is where I’ll be selling my wares this weekend along with the other potters who share studio space at Fleisher Art Memorial.
I’ll have more than pottery. I will also be selling jewelry made from recycled materials and ceramics, bronze, and fused glass.
See you there!
I’ve started a new semester at the Fleisher Art Memorial but can’t do much in the pottery studio because of my hand (surgery next month). But I went there today anyway to check out the 121st (yes, you read that right) Annual Faculty Exhibition which is in full swing and will be open for another week. Here are some highlights from the show.
There are many other fine works in the show which closes on September 21, 2019. Don’t miss it if you are in South Philadelphia.
I have always loved children’s art. This years’ Young Artists Exhibition at Fleisher Art Memorial is a must see for any Children’s art aficionado.
Did you know that Fleisher Art Memorial is the oldest community art school in the US? And that the 121st annual exhibition of student work opened there on February 15th? With offerings that include works on paper, painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry, the work seems to get better with every year.
The 121st annual student exhibition closes on March 15, 2019.
Join me at Handmade for the Holidays December 8, 11 am to 5 pm at Fleisher Art Memorial. The Open Studio Potters group will be selling functional and decorative ceramics lovingly crafted in Fleisher’s pottery studio in South Philadelphia. One-of-a-kind ornaments, mugs, bowls, trinket trays, soap dishes and more. Each item is made from earthenware clay and decorated with food-safe glazes. There’s something for everyone on your gift list. Prices start at $5.00 and most items are under $20.00
Fleisher Art Memorial is located at 719 Catharine Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
This week, I started watching the new Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House. I read the book when I was barely into my teens and it made quite an impression on me. Later on, I saw a film adaptation, The Haunting, which is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. Black and white and not a bit of gore or violence in it. I wasn’t as fond of the remake which seemed formulaic, and more funny than scary.
South Philadelphia has some haunted history too, although you won’t find a lot of information on tourist sites. Serial killer H.H. Holmes met his demise at Moyamensing Prison which is now the site of the Acme Market at 10th and Reed Streets. I don’t know whether he wanders the store after it closes for the night, nor do I want to know.
On the brighter side, South Philadelphians take any occasion as an excuse to decorate their front windows and Halloween is no exception. From pumpkin painting festivals to pots of chrysanthemums sprouting up in curbside planters, South Philly is ablaze with the colors of Autumn this time of year- just in time for Halloween. Here are some pictures.
Dear Fleisher, 4×6 Inches of Art is a biennial fundraising exhibition showcasing the work of hundreds of artists from Philadelphia and beyond. Artists submit original postcard-size works in a wide range of media and styles, each of which is exhibited anonymously and sold on a first-come, first served basis for $50.
My contribution this year was all about repurposing. The screen-printed fabric is an old shopping tote turned inside out. I made the dangle from a silver candelabra I found in the trash. I sawed off off the drip pans and milled the round metal arms into square wire that I forged into the dangle hanging from the porcelain pendant. I added a chain and jump rings.
I couldn’t make it to the sale this year. There was one piece in particular that I really wanted to buy. Can you guess which one it was from the pictures below?
So many outstanding works of art by so many talented people. And a great way to raise money for a wonderful institution.