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.
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.
Look at these great ceramics from my fellow open studio potters at Fleisher Art Memorial. You will be able to buy these and other wonderful things at Handmade for the Holidays, Saturday December 8, Fleisher Art Memorial 719 Catharine Street Philadelphia PA 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
One-of-a-kind teapot by Marjorie Waxman. She’ll be selling mugs too.
Cynthia Bayer’s boxes for your holiday treasures. These are great for candy, cat treats and jewelry. Give as a gift or use as a gift container.
Ornaments and goodies galore from Sandrine, Pat and me.
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