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.
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.
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.,
I’m back from Clayathon with too much to do today so this week’s post will be short. What inspires you? I am not ashamed to say that my cat Boris (and animals in general) is a big source of inspiration for my pottery.
I’ve started throwing again after a hiatus because of thumb problems. And I like to draw on the pottery which is white earthenware clay. Here are some small bowls that came out of the kiln this week.
We have sponge eating monsters in our pottery studio, so I marked my cleanup sponge accordingly:
It’s cold in Philadelphia. Not as cold and windy like it was in Boston when I lived there in another life, but cold enough. Cold enough to use the oven to bake bread and roast vegetables and fill the house with cozy smells.
Part of the fun of making cozy food or food to share with friends is serving it in dishes you made yourself. If you made a lot of dishes, you might even persuade your friends to take home a bowl or a mug. I made a few bowls at The Clay Studio last summer and then used them to serve lunch to some friends.
They got to take the tricornered bowls home. Maybe I’ll make some more of these next summer.
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