Thursday, March 25, 2010

3 Meals a Day: Functional Pottery

by Karen Mahoney of City by the Sea Ceramics

The Annual Staff Show at The Potters Shop Gallery inside Gorse Mill Studios features the work of Jenn Barbe, Sarah Whitlock, and myself. The title of the show is 3 Meals a Day and is all functional work. I was able to snap some quick photos while setting up last week.

Jenn makes a bit of functional work but usually she is more focused on making her small scale sculptures. For the functional show Jenn made porcelain bowls, cups, and vases. Many of them have been inscribed with images that resemble a strange language.
Sarah makes only a handful of functional pieces a year. The body of her work consists mainly of cat and bird sculptures. For this show Sarah brought her large bird sculptures to 2D form, silk screening the figures onto plates, bowls, and sugar pots.
The vast majority of my work is functional so I didn't skip much of a beat preparing for this show. Most of work on display in the gallery is mugs, plates, bowls, and trays. I was particularly happy with some slab plates I had made using a new glaze. Love them!
The show runs until April 23 and can be viewed M-F, 11-5. The Potters Shop is in Suite 206 inside the Gorse Mill Studios located at 31 Thorpe Road, Needham MA 02494, 781-449-7687

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