Pots+Prints: The Art of Amy & Amy

I have a sale coming up this weekend where I will be offering my handmade pottery alongside linoleum woodblock prints by Amy Riley. It will be located at a residence at 2230 Dallas Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006. June 4th hours are 12-8 with a reception beginning at 5 PM. June 5th hours are 12-4. Both savory and sweet treats, including homemade baked goods, will be available during the reception with beer, wine, and soda pop. We will be set up to accept cash, check, and credit card via Square. Hope to see you there!

I have been hard at work to make a new batch of work just in time for the show, which is currently in the kiln  for a glaze firing. Some of my other quite recent pots which will be available this weekend include these underglaze and decal decorated pieces:

decal-pots

Check out the Facebook invite here

You can look at Amy Riley’s recent work here

Advertisements

Craft Guild of Dallas Show & Sale

This past weekend one of my regular twice annual events with the Graft Guild of Dallas elapsed. I got some valuable feedback and an opportunity to see a selection of the new work in a display setting. The slightly warm white and surface texture of the glazed ware pleases me. I’m plunging ahead towards cake stands, more lidded vessels, and place settings galore, etc.

cgd14-1

Here is an assortment of what I have made already for the show in early December.

Here is an assortment of what I have made already for the show in early December.

Poetry in Ceramic: a Joint Ceramic Show & Sale from Amy Henson and Allee Etheridge

This December from the 5th through the 7th a fellow Dallas area functional potter and I are hosting a 2-person show in Allee’s beautiful home in Carrollton, TX. The Friday night reception will feature tasty bites and beverages along with a little bonus: free cups to the first 50 attendees!

Front and back of our show postcard. Please send me your physical address to receive a mailed copy!

Front and back of our show postcard. Send us your physical address at poetryinceramic@gmail.com to receive a mailed copy! Photos by S.K. Plagens and design work by Haus of Murray, plus the drawing was freehand by me, so no copyright infringement please. 🙂

I am also bringing a huge presentation of my new work, all slab built white earthenware oxidation fired to cone 04 with underglaze drawings. I have been working in low-fire for a number of reasons: slab building has so much more formal flexibility than what I was able to get from throwing, attempting to bring cost of production and sale price to equivalency, and it’s just making me one happy potter lady! The image iconography is similar to the porcelain pots but executed in underglaze line drawings instead of sprigs or slip trailing. For the time being, anyway. Check out the new work or at least a sample of what will be available come December.

Four piece place setting.

Four piece place setting.

Pitcher.

Pitcher.

Cream & Sugar.

Cream & Sugar.

Butter Dish, large enough for a cheese log too.

Butter Dish, large enough for a cheese log too.

Dreaming of Spring and Dallas Pottery Invitational 2013

Did I mention what a terrible blogger I am? I’m currently catching up so I can stay on top of the spring pottery events this year. Last April, as per usual, I volunteered to help run the checkout area at the Dallas Pottery Invitational. The core group of artists is always interspersed with a fresh group of invited visiting potters. For more info on this year’s invitational: Dallas Pottery Invitational.

The famous Artstream mobile gallery made it to the 2013 DPI.

The famous Artstream mobile gallery made it to the 2013 DPI.

First on the docket, we have some cheeky pots by Andrew Gilliatt. Hailing from Helena, MT and the Archie Bray Foundation, this excellent potter uses technology to his advantage. His slip-cast pots feature strong formal lines with precise glazing and often humorous repeating decals, such as in the case of the hot dog shaped unglazed areas filled with tiny dachshunds.

Some of Andrew Gilliatt's glazed and decal-encrusted ware.

Some of Andrew Gilliatt’s glazed and decal-encrusted ware.

They’re all great pieces, but I bought the horse head mug shown in the photo above. Equestriennes FTW!

More cheeky pots.

More cheeky pots. Said wiener dogs and wiener shapes appear on the large bowl in the upper right.

Next up, please enjoy the work of core group potter Lisa Orr. A self-proclaimed synaesthetic, the glazes reflect a sort of frenetic energy often accompanied by the mixup of concrete concepts and colors in her mind.

Slump molds and sprigs forms pots, enhanced with riotous glazes.

Slump molds and sprigs forms pots, enhanced with riotous glazes.

Daphne and Gary Hatcher of Pine Mills Pottery brought a boat-load of pretty pots as usual. Gary’s somehow more masculine ware favors the kind of scale and simplicity commonly associated with a male-friendly aesthetic.

Lovely work by half of the Hatcher duo.

Lovely work by half of the Hatcher duo.

I’m especially crazy about the altered vases with the large swirls, and the giant faceted bowl.

A detail of some round-bellied vases.

A detail of some round-bellied vases.

Daphne Hatcher utilizes more complex glazing techniques and different ornamental forms. Her technique of wax-resist glazing copper red on top of a black base was one of my favorite go-to glaze applications in my college days.

The floral motif pieces exhibit the afore mentioned copper red/shiny black glaze technique.

The floral motif pieces exhibit the afore mentioned copper red/shiny black glaze technique.

The pattern variations always attract me to her lively pots. Those quiet little round boxes may still be my favorite form in her repertoire.

A colony of adorable boxes among plates and platters.

A colony of adorable boxes among plates and platters.

For the wood-firing set I’m pleased to present the work of Liz Lurie. Between sumptuous dark clay bodies, slips, flashy shinos, and earthy forms she finds a magic combination of elements.

My erstwhile pottery professor's lovely wife makes incredible wood-fired ware.

My erstwhile pottery professor’s lovely wife makes incredible wood-fired ware.

Employing frogs to secure flowers upright, the baskets always attract my gaze. The bowl with large ear-shaped lugs has a gorgeous form and great visual lift.

Another view of Liz Lurie's ware.

Another view of Liz Lurie’s ware.

Once a Dallas area potter, now Amy Halko calls California home. Utilizing porcelain with inlaid slip and glaze decoration, her cone 6 pots exhibit a strong aesthetic vision. During her time as an adjunct and special student at SMU I grew familiar with her work and have several iterations of her ever-changing work in my collection.

An overview of the back portion of Halko’s pots.

Invitee Doug Peltzman followed up a demo session at the Utilitarian Clay Symposium by hauling a load of his incredible porcelain pots to Dallas. His slow and meticulous process made me feel a little less crestfallen about the drudgery of decorating ware in my own studio. Runny glazes designed to catch on the periodic horizontal ridges punctuated by inlaid black line drawings cover his thin-walled vessels.

Meticulous decorations adorn Doug Peltzman's exacting forms.

Meticulous decorations adorn Doug Peltzman’s exacting forms.

I buckled and brought a large jar home from his available assortment of pots. It now houses candy and cookies in a place of honor on my dinner table.

Following a totally different aesthetic path, Hiroe Hanazono adores simple forms, muted glaze hues, and such mundane objects as cafeteria trays for their compartmentalized function.

Soft colored porcelain vessels on Hiroe's table.

Soft colored porcelain vessels on Hiroe’s table.

Nesting smaller vessels in specifically designed indentions is such an ingenious solution.

Salt cellars with porcelain spoons.

Salt cellars with porcelain spoons.

Between thrown forms and hand-built ware small drawings appear on David Eichelberger‘s impressive pots. We celebrated his birthday here in Dallas during the invitational, hopefully staving off the homesickness for his lovely family somewhat.

Assortment of white pots.

Assortment of white pots.

The irregular lobed mugs have the sort of intimate size that keeps them flying off the table. Although I’m perpetually drawn to black pieces so I coveted the following vessels with their delicate hint of color punctuating the differing black surface textures.

Some of the black ware I loved so much.

Some of the black ware I loved so much.

Another recent participant at the UC Symposium, I was happy to see Kip O’Krongly and her concept-rich earthenware vessels. I couldn’t help but snag a bicycle dinner plate and ostrich bowl.

Re-visiting the awesome work of Kip O'Krongly.

Re-visiting the awesome work of Kip O’Krongly.

The carved yellow bird salt and pepper shakers are probably the most labor-intensive of her pieces.

An angry bird salt or pepper shaker.

An angry bird salt or pepper shaker.

Driven by the sometimes questionable relationship between large-scale agriculture and nature the pieces exhibit a precarious blend of hope for the future through returning to simpler lifestyles and resistance to such practices as using birds to detect poisonous gases, crop-dusting, and GMO foods.

A vignette of plates and cups.

A vignette of plates and cups.

The DPI always confronts me with an exciting new assortment of work so I can hardly wait for April to get here already! Stay tuned for my next installment, a recap of the Art of the Pot studio tour from last May.

Another spring treasure I'm waiting patiently for, local dewberries in a home-made cobbler. Cup by Liz Smith, plate by me.

Another spring treasure I’m waiting patiently for, local dewberries picked by my family in a home-made cobbler. Cup by Liz Smith and a small wood-fired plate from my college days.

Gallery Show, Feb. 2013

Sometimes I am a terrible blogger, sorry about that! I had a weekend gallery show in Dallas, the Wine and Art Show, in early 2013 for which I built two enormous display blocks. It turned out pretty well, I only made two sales but getting into a gallery again felt great! Plus the exposure never hurt anyone.

IMG_4038

Here’s my gallery reception ensemble. Ooh la la!

The dress was designed by one of my favorites, Eva Franco, with a vintage red eelskin purse and Fluevog pumps.

Me and my mister with one of the pedestals during the reception.

Me and my mister with one of the pedestals during the reception.

The linocut on the wall behind us was created by a good friend of mine, also named Amy. See more of her work here: Petite Menagerie on Etsy.

The other display block, adjacent to a fantastic weaving.

The other display block, adjacent to a fantastic weaving.

I was fortunate to place my other block in the midst of some gorgeous fiber art.

Here are the pieces I selected for one surface.

Here are the pieces I selected for one surface. That’s my bio on the wall.

The other assortment.

The other assortment.

My father helped me build these enormous gallery pedestals in the barn, which I then patched with wood filler and painted with numerous coats of stain-resistant white.

Time to break down and head home.

Time to break down and head home.

Better late than never, right?

 

 

 

Urban Acres Holiday Market, 2013 Version

I’ve been welcomed to set up some pottery for sale yet again at the always awesome Urban Acres Holiday Market near the Bishop Arts District. Along with my myriad porcelain pots, Amy Riley will be presenting her lovely linocut prints and Amberly Hejny will have perfectly festive kitsch goodies in felt and the like, probably along with some other local artists and businesses. The event runs from 11 AM until 3 PM this Saturday, 12/14/2013, and is located on the patio so dress warmly to peruse the wares and possibly pick up some locally grown, organic, and/or grass-fed food items.

Address and business hours:  1605 N. Beckley Avenue, Dallas TX 75203, full Saturday hours from 8 AM to 6 PM

For more details on our smashing venue: Urban Acres website

Or check out their blog for the latest: Urban Acres blog

You can even see some teaser photos from last year’s event: 2012 Urban Acres Holiday Market

Also: Amy Riley’s Etsy shop

Hope to see y’all there! 🙂

I do have a ton of pots listed on Etsy if you can’t make it, to see them you can click the link under my Where to Buy tab. Which will of course be temporarily unavailable but only for the duration of the sale.

Cyber Monday Sale for 20% Off in my Etsy Store!

The title says it all! In honor of Cyber Monday and because I’ve just added 25 brand new listings to my Etsy store, I added a 20% off discount code for any purchase through this Friday, 12/6/2013. Please enter the code “cyber20” at checkout before completing payment. I will be adding more throughout the week, as well. 🙂 Check out all of my handmade porcelain mug, bowls, serving ware, jewelry, etc. just in time for your Christmas shopping needs or the equally enjoyable act of self-gifting at Alazan Ceramics on Etsy.

 

Previous Older Entries