I’m back in the pottery studio this week decorating and glazing all the bowls I threw last year. The studio has limited access, we observe social distancing, and we all wear masks which is generally a good idea in a pottery studio. I’m glad to have a little brightness and color to add to these dark winter days. Spring is just ahead! Here are some pictures.
The pandemic is raging again and I joined my family on Zoom for Thanksgiving dinner. I was surprised at how well it turned out. We all just fired up our computers, parked in front of them with our dinner, and had a meal together even though we were in different locations. Much safer than traveling but we did miss the human contact.
The pottery studio is closed but I was working on decorating some bowls I had thrown when the closing announcement came down. I’m hoping to get back to them after the first of the year. In the meantime, here are some pictures. Stay safe and wear your mask!
Actually, I made two, and snatched them out of the studio before the Fleisher Art Memorial open Ceramics studio closed in response to the latest Coronavirus surge. We had been working in the studio since September with added precautions, masks, a limited number of people, and social distancing. But safety is more important.
I decided to try making a hand-built mug where the handle and walls of the mug were all one piece, and I would add a bottom. In pottery as in jewelry designing, making paper models saves a lot of time and materials. So I made a paper template for the mug.
And the scraps from the foot rings inspired me to make a covered jar with a fancy lid. I’ll do some cold finishing on this one.
Marjorie Waxman created this platter in the pottery and ceramics studio at Fleisher Art Memorial.
I am computerless this week because my laptop is in the shop. I left it plugged in too much and the battery swelled alarmingly. I got it to the repair shop (Wise Guy Tech. If you are in Philadelphia, they are the best!) in time and dodged a bullet. I had no idea I was doing anything wrong, but I know now. ( If you use a laptop, read this. ) So I am writing this post from my phone.
Fleisher Art Memorial reopened its pottery studio this week! There are new requirements to use the studio because of the pandemic. We all have our temperatures taken before we go in, wear masks, and observe social distancing.
I brought over lots of colored porcelain to make little objects which I can bisque fire at Fleisher and finish with a cone 6 firing in my own kiln.
But I started out glazing some earthenware pieces I’d left unfinished when the studio closed last March. Here are some pictures
One of the things I miss most is not being able to go to the pottery studio because of the pandemic. Fleisher Art Memorial is reopening its open pottery studio program in the fall (with safety precautions). I am looking forward to returning.
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.
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.