NCECA 2015 BIENNIAL : LIVELY EXPERIMENTS at Brown University, David Winton Bell Gallery

For my students and for those who were unable to get to NCECA 2015, some images from this amazing show.  Quality of the photos are not great but if so inspired you can check any of these artists out on the web for better images.  Jurors for this year’s exhibition are Linda Christianson, Minnesota studio potter; Jo-Ann Conklin, Director of the Bell Gallery; and Anders Ruhwald, Head of Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art which made for a very diverse show of contemporary ceramics.

Val M. Cushing at the Providence Art Club, NCECA 2015

What a gem of a show.  Over the years I have heard many stories about Val Cushing and I am sorry never to have met him.  By all accounts he was one of the best teachers and a great potter.  This is a quote by Val Cushing, simple and true.

“It is in nature that I find the rich colors, the dynamic textures and the harmonious forms I love to make”    

Val M. Cushing


My final quote is one that I aspire to and I imagine most potters do too.

 “I aspire to make beautiful pottery – some to be used and some to function visually as sculpture”  Val M. Cushing

2014 Year of New Beginnings.

Charlotte Lindley Martin Detail of porcelain flowers, glazed white with gold luster

Charlotte Lindley Martin
Detail of porcelain flowers, glazed white with gold luster

This year has been a busy one. It is my last year as President of the Philadelphia Skating Club and I am feeling pulled ever more into the studio but, all too often, club demands pull me out.

Nevertheless I managed to embark on a new body of work that started with the idea of applying to the Small Favors Show at the Clay Studio. The requirements were that the work fit into a 4 x 4 x 4 inch plexiglass box. I had been playing around with lacy skirts on my forms – dust ruffles was the latest name given by a visitor though I’m not sure I like that one! – that I have been piercing and slip trailing. I began by creating a small flower brick that soon became filled with flowers. It was a stone’s throw to do the same thing with little vases that I had made.  It seemed that I had transformed my painted floral designs and made them three dimensional.  This is something that I have tried before, having made tureens with flowers and grapes laying across the lids and handles. But these were something entirely different while using the same idea.  In the end, their finished sizes were 4.25 inches, a scant quarter of inch larger than the plexiglass box so they didn’t fit!  Oh well there is always next year!

Also this year I applied to Tabletop 2014 at The Art League in Alexandria VA and my compote with 4 dishes was accepted.  Success.

Next came The Joy of Drinking National Juried Competition, Phoenix Fired Art, Joplin, MO.  Pink Mug was accepted and sold the opening night.  I received a card from the Heather the manager who said they could have sold my mug again and again.  Dare I think I am on a roll?

Then I sent two sets of dinnerware and Dancing Vase to Dining In: An Artful Experience VII, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX

Blue Yunomi was accepted to The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri, juried by Linda Arbuckle.

Peach Yunomi was accepted into the Biennial Cup Show at Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL, juried by Matt Schiemann

And last but by no means least, Mark Hewitt juried a show called Containment: Lidded Forms that will be at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, February 26 – April 9, 2015.  I had yet to get my Follies into a show but persevered with this new work and made three covered jars, reticulated, slip trailed, lids flowing over with flowers and two were accepted.  (Oval Boudoir Box not accepted!)

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

All photos by John Carlano



William Daley: 14 for 7

I take photos for my own edification.  These are casual photos, not the best quality taken with my iPhone.  I started blogging to share my photos with my students and family.  This blog post contains photos from Bill’s show at the Philadlephia Art Alliance as well as some from his show at Swarthmore College in 2009.

Two weekends ago I went up to Boston to visit my daughter, Esther a Gastronomy grad student at BU, to hang out with friend Susan Strickler, and to go to Bill’s opening at The Society of Arts and Crafts.  Bill was honored and given SAC’s Medal for Excellence in Craft after the drumroll on his pot Pod Form.

“The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to present “William Daley: 14 for 7,” an exhibition featuring a select group of Daley’s works made between 1954 and 2013. This exhibition comes on the heels of the publication of William Daley: Ceramic Artist, a career retrospective published by Schiffer Publishing. This exhibition unites 14 works from 7 extraordinary decades, celebrating Daley’s achievements both past and present. In addition to the works on view, the installation will feature a recent short film about Daley and his work, Mud Architect, by Thomas Porett, as well as images, drawings, and sketches from Daley’s studio, providing an intriguing glimpse of his studio. Famous for his intricate drawings and library of forms molds and ingenious handmade tools, Daley draws inspiration from natural and man-made structures from cultures and regions across the globe.”  Philadelphia Art Alliance website

These photos are from the Philadelphia Art Alliance show – many of the same pots are in Boston.

Photos of Bill and his tools.

Bill’s drawings

This is making for a very long post but I wanted to share these pots from Bill’s show at the List Gallery, Swarthmore College, 2009.  I took these for my own reference and learning.  I was interested and still am in the beginnings and endings of pots.  Each pot has a different rim, rolled, flat, angled, some are notched, have a square or a triangle at the ends, have a gully around the edge, and all of them have very interesting and intricate interiors.


NCECA 2014 Milwaukee

NCECA 2014 was a blast and so good to meet new friends from the Bray and elsewhere.  Virtual Realities – the panel was fabulous.  After hearing Carole Epp, Michael Kline, Ben Carter and Adam Field talk about their experiences with blogging, Facebook, Instagram etc I came home with the renewed conviction that I will blog.  My initial desire was to have a place to share photos of art work with my students.  These are photos I took with my iPhone at the Flow Exhibit at Milwaukee Art Museum.  I