Studio Open House and Sale
At Purple Sage Pottery in Merrimac, MA
Sat., November 16th, 10am - 5pm
Sun., November 17th, noon - 5pm
This year’s lineup features guest artist Karen Orsillo.
Karen, who has been working with clay for over 30 years, lives and creates her pottery in Kittery, ME. She teaches many classes and workshops, some of them right here at Purple Sage Pottery, as well as being adjunct faculty at New Hampshire Institute of Art in the BFA program ceramics department. She loves to share her passion for clay and is best know for her technique often called neriage (nair ee ah ghee) or nerikomi (nair ee comb ee) from the Japanese tradition. This process does not use glazes but rather puts color directly into porcelain clay. Layers (sometimes over 100) of complex color combinations are built up, cut and reassembled to create amazing patterns that will be sure to delight all who visit.
Her work has been exhibited recently at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan, AKAR Gallary, Iowa City, Iowa, George Marshall Gallery, York, ME and NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH as well as being included in many publications. You will see contemporary functional and non-functional pots and jewelry among her creations.
A diverse collection of decorative and functional works in stoneware and porcelain to fit every taste and budget, will be available for purchase by local potters:
Purple Sage owner Iris Minc’s works range from exquisite porcelain and graceful stoneware to rough-hewn art pieces.
Mochizuki, Fumihiko offers a fusion of Japanese and western design elements. He will be downstairs in his own studio this fall.
Lisa Mistretta will showcase her highly imaginative and beautifully decorated work.
Bonnie Jean Malcolm, has been working with clay since she was a young girl. Bonnie stays young by never being afraid to try something new.
Christina Bellinger will have her eclectic array of beautifully carved bowls, whimsical jars combining classic shapes with her love of animals, often having an animal as the knob on one of her jars.
Sibel Alpaslan, who has recently arrived from Turkey where she had owned a pottery studio, brings a fun and whimsical aspect to the show.
Hiromi Satoh brings an Oriental flair to her ceramics with her subtle shapes and colors.
Lucy Hutchinson’s work has the clean lines and soft glazes of traditional folk pottery.
Jenny Graf's slab built creations reflect her fascination with textures and patterns and how they interact with the glazes.
Ana Guerra came to pottery as a painter. She loves the quality and richness of color in ceramic glazes. A strong Asian influence both in shape and glaze is evident in her work.
Peter Grams, known for his vibrant glazes, will have his much sought after mugs, bowls, lamp bases and more. He will be giving throwing demonstrations throughout the show.
Kathy Kriegel's stoneware pots have a quiet and serene quality about them, as well as a sense of playfulness.
Eliza Goodell will be back this fall with her charming porcelain ornaments, beautifully packaged with inspirational poetry. She also has a new line of clay rattles.
Karen Orsillo's contemporary colored porcelain pots and jewelry have the texture and smooth organic curves of beach stones. Not surprisingly, she finds her inspiration in nature, especially her garden and walks along the ocean.
Reg Logan is also a jeweler working in metal and an illustrator whose pieces display her wry sense of humor.
Shop for that special piece of pottery to take home with you or the perfect gift. Pick a pot still warm from the fire directly out of the gas kiln. Watch a pot being spun on the potter's wheel, or try to spin one yourself. Light refreshments will be served.
League of NH Craftmen's Fair
See Iris at Sunapee, Aug 3 - 10, 2014
It's the 80th annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair in Newbury, NH
Select handmade crafts by more than 350 craftspeople.
Enjoy daily craft demonstrations.
Participate in special workshops for all ages.
Learn more about your favorite craft and take a tour with a master.
Picture your home with a handmade piece of furniture, rug, wall hanging or basket from our Living with Crafts Exhibition.
Try on one-of-a-kind handmade fashions and accessories in the Craftwear Exhibition.
Walk through the Sculpture Garden and enjoy creations for outdoor living.
Enjoy live music and puppet shows.
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