Getting ready for year number three at the Ithaca Artist Market! I hope to have two kiln loads worth of fresh brightly patterned hand painted ceramics. The market is also a good time to talk with me directly about setting up a special commission. I'll have my pattern book handy or bring me an image of your favorite pattern. Check out all the new shapes and colors too. I'll be in booth 22 in the Farmer's Market Pavilion, Ithaca, NY, Friday July, 24 from 2-8pm. Food, wine and chocolate also available.
That's my hand hard at work on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated. My main squeeze (hubby) took the picture. The article inside details some of my methods for creating all over decoration and how I use plaster molds to create unique forms.
I generally fill many molds decorating a variety of shapes to most efficiently fill the kiln. Here, I explore using the same hexagonal mold filling it every couple of days with a fresh slab of soft clay. I played with depth, created multiples, stacking and slicing them to invent unique items such as deep bowls, wall pockets, shallow platters, shelves and a footed chalice. So many ideas to fit in one article.
The July/August issue is on news stands or get the tablet edition with added content, here. Perfect summer reading!
Find this beauty and others for sale at the 2015 NCECA Gallery Expo: Gandee Gallery, Exhibit Hall D at the Providence Convention Center. This portion of the conference is free and open to the public.
Gallery Expo hours:
Tuesday, March 24 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m. Open reception (Cash Bar)
Wednesday, March 25 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. Gallery EXPO talks scheduled throughout
Thursday, March 26 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Friday, March 27 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
March 14- May 9, 2015
GRAPHIC CLAY juried by Jason Bige Burnett, will highlight new developments and techniques in surface design of ceramic art and will showcase new talent as well as highlight known experts in the field. This vibrant and illustrative exhibition will include methods such as sgraffito, mishima, china paint, ceramic decals and print processes on clay. View the Gallery online here.
Lots of new regional ceramics in the gallery store for a limited time including a large selection of hand painted floral ceramics by yours truly. Also on view Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby through March 29, 2015 in the Grand Gallery.
I made these special dishes for my sister's last St. Patrick's day. They were actually very late Christmas gifts. Ever since I've been thinking about making bunches in all colors and patterns. Since I have only the one mold I can only make one a day. So I have been slowly gathering quite the collection to post in my Etsy shop this Sunday.
Starting March 1st over a dozen hand painted shamrock dishes will be uploaded to my Etsy shop, ColleenMcCallCeramic. They're $50 each plus shipping and handling. Shop early for the best selection and so you can get your St. Patty's celebration started. Erin Go Bragh!
Winter Classes at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY
Victorian Garden Stool or Birdbath: Winter 1 (2014-2753) (7 weeks) Register Online
Members - $209.00 / Non-Members - $246.00
Fridays, 12:00 - 2:30 PM
January 9, 2015 - February 27, 2015 (No class: 2/20)
Bruce House - Woodcock Ceramic Studio
Build one large item of your choosing to enjoy come spring! Using hand building techniques and the Woodcock Ceramic Studio's clay extruder, students will make large, functional and weather-proof focal pieces for the porch, lawn or garden.
Not much spring action here in upstate New York. The sun is shining after two days of rain so maybe later this afternoon we'll see some blossoms. April showers bring May flowers.
These robin guys (gals) are pretty petite. Perfect for a sprig of pussy willow or japonica to hang on the neighbors door. Handwork and Mint Velvet have a few in stock. The remaining flower cones on Etsy are much larger and would look super awesome with a bunch of tulips.
By the way my shop on Etsy opened exactly one year ago today! It's been a fantastic way to set up custom orders if you don't find exactly what you are looking for. TTFN.
Opening Reception Saturday, May 3rd 4-7pm at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, NY
Exhibition dates May 1- July 3
From the looks of the show post card if all the artists are included I am the only three-dimensional object in the show. Yes, the colossal vase built to the size of my kiln and covered with Turkish inspired flora will be there. My more practical hand painted pottery, tumblers, mugs, dishes and smaller bud vases, are sold in the gallery shop as well. See you at the opening hopefully.