Gallery

Candid shots from around the studio, recent shows, latest work; you name it………..

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Teapot in Dunham’s Blue glaze ; 5 inches tall by 4 inches dia. by Michael Bradford

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A local pit fire held July 16th 2011

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Margie Haggerty begins checking out the pots.

“For the Birds”

Attendees (L to R): Nancy Scheinkman; Margie Haggerty; Jane Crossman; Nancy Silipote; & Mary Hadley

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A few shots from Bowl a thon 2011

“I love my bowl”

Mary & Nancy Silipote serving the soup.

Kathleen Mulligan serves up a bowl.

Margie discusses ware with a customer.

Looking over the bowls

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A typical night at Alice Chittenden’s Thursday  Pottery Throw Down for Beginning and Intermediate Students :


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Focusing on Molds …. Fall 2012

Anita Griffith’s Intermediate & Advanced Ceramics group (Thursday Morning’s 9 – 12) developed plaster molds for slip casting and press molding during the Fall of 2012. Nancy Legow, shown at right refining her cast of a porcelain horseshoe crab, was planning to adapt the shell into a wall sconce shade. Porcelain is translucent (the thinner, the better) and scatters light into a beautifully soft, white glow. This makes it an exciting material for artistic wall treatments, and the crab shell was a perfect theme for a coastal New England home.

Anita mixed a porcelain casting slip for the class, and helped everyone develop individual plaster molds. The mold for the shell was roughly 16″ L x 10″ W x 4″ H. It’s shown here standing on end with one of the crabshells drying. Slip was poured into the mold while horizontal and allowed to thicken for about 40 minutes, producing about a 1/8 inch thick wall. The piece eventually shrinks, falls away from the mold, dries, and is fired to cone 10 using our normal firing process.

Other classmembers were handpressing stoneware into their molds. For example, Susan Rogal formed pieces that resembled 
the upper halves of the human brain.

It all made for a very interesting session !

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The Student Show of February 15th 2013
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Tidal, by Noel Werle
Stoneware, Cone 10, Reduction

One of the pieces in the show was this recent vase by Noel Werle, entitled Tidal. It’s a two sided “pocket” vase, handbuilt from stoneware slabs, 9″ dia with a 4.5″ flat oblong base. From the peak, a 4″ straight cut traveling diagonally rightward/ downward creates the vase’s eliptical opening. While leather-hard, Noel brush coated the piece with three layers of porcelain slip, each in a different direction. After bisque, she created the ocean scene with David Frank’s Black slip, brushed at right angles to the mouth . The ocean spans from the left edge of the base to the right edge of the mouth, and all points rightward. A very thin application of wax making only light, intermittent contact with the slip, was applied before dipping the entire piece in Gloss White.

Tidal has a definite calmness to it. The ocean is rising, waves approaching us, but slowly and gently. The sky is deeply overcast, but not threatening. Noel’s portrayal softly illustrates a daily event familiar to everyone, yet on a new and unexpected diagonal perspective. We can only imagine how it could be complimented with an appropriate floral arrangement to delight of the guests at a garden or yacht club dinner.

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………………………………………………..The 16th Annual Bowl-a-thon

Our 16th annual “bowl-a-thon” fundraiser took place on Sunday, November 18th, 2012 in the pottery. The pottery was cleaned and transformed into a gallery/café for all to share in a little fun, a little soup, and to help the community.

Never Underestimate the Power of Soup !

Visitors enjoyed a hot bowl of soup provided by New Haven’s favorite resturants; this year Anna Liffey’s, Moe’s & Nica’s Market, and some bread from Bruegger’s Bagel and Chabaso.

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