Tag Archives: ceramics

BereArtDay is this Saturday!

15 May

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Berea Arts Fest is Loved by Artists – Why is Surprising

10 Apr

BAF PostTop 5 reasons why successful artists love the Berea Arts Fest and why you will too.

The Berea Arts Fest is a one-day multimedia arts festival that draws more than 10,000 art enthusiasts to Berea’s historical Triangle on Front St.  Artists, musicians, dancers, and exceptional food set the stage for a great day for every guest and every artist. You may be surprised by the top 5 reasons that artists say keeps them coming back to the Berea Arts Fest:

  1. Hospitality: The Berea Arts Fest is known for providing displaying artists the support they need to help them have a successful day! From a hot cup of coffee, to a snack, or a booth-sitter when they need a break, the Berea Arts Fest is a great host to artists.
  2. Energy: The Berea Arts Fest Takes the word “festival” seriously! Every moment of the day s packed with performances, interactive experiences, music, and more.  Surprises keep guests eager to see and engage artists’ booths.
  3. Location: The Berea Arts Fest continues to refine booth locations and festival layout to maximize traffic and exposure so that every artist is featured.
  4. Feedback: After each Arts Fests, we ask artists for a review as well as their input on how the Fest can be improved. Every year you can see refinements based on artists’ feedback, which make the BAF an artist’s top choice for late summer festivals.
  5. Ease: Artists tell us that the Berea Arts Fest is easy to get to, it’s low cost and they do well in sales.


Apply to the Berea Arts Fest by April 23Click Here!

See you there.

Featured Artist – Matthew Richards

28 Jul

Matthew Richards – Matthew lived in Japan for 18 years, after graduating from Penn State. It was in Japan that art became more prominent in his life.  During his youth he was exposed to the arts through his grandfatherʼs pottery, his motherʼs graphic arts and his own eager interest.  In Japan he continued with pottery, studied Japanese calligraphy, began photography and woodworking as well as taiko (Japanese drumming).  All of these contributed to the development of his current artwork. It was serendipitous that during some free time at a show of his photography and pottery, while sketching, that his abstracts, “Ryu no Sakebi” were born.

“My interest in pottery came from years of watching my grandfather throw pots.  When I moved to Japan I had the good fortune of studying the craft with a Japanese master potter.  Pottery has become another form of fulfilling my need to express myself artistically.”

“Ryu no Sakebi abstracts are works of art I just recently created.  When I first started learning Japanese I was intrigued by the complexity of Japanese “Kanji” or characters.  As an artist and a student of Japanese I naturally became interested in “Shodo” (Japanese calligraphy) and studied under the tutelage of a variety of “sensei”.  These creations are not necessarily a “letter/character”.  They reflect what is in my mind, my spirit, my heart, when I set the brush down upon the paper.”

Featured Artist – Jared Gepperth

12 Jul

Jared Gepperth – I have always had a drive and ambition to complete any task put in front of me. I find following direction very easy but can often find ways to alter projects for the better if given the wingspan. I dedicate to a task and finish without exception. Deadlines have always had a place in my world, both work and extracurricular related. I understand their importance and I also know the necessity of a successful production. I am very dedicated to my craft and honor all parts necessary to obtain my goals.

Featured Artists – Lucas Clay

19 Aug

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Christine Lucas – Lucas Clay, located in Sagamore Hills, Ohio is a collaboration of two artists, Adrian (Chip) & Christine Lucas. Our goal is to expose the enthusiast to the various worlds of ceramics. As part of our adventure we strive to achieve a physical and emotional connection through surface, form and color in every piece we create.

Come enjoy the journey.

Featured Artists: Orlando Pottery

23 Jul

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09 Orlando, Brian 4Orlando Pottery is comprised of the Orlando Family members, Brian, Kelly and Larson. All of our pieces are handmade; absolutely no molds are used. Some of our glazes have been handcrafted.

Brian throws on the wheel and occasionally hand builds. He uses only stoneware clays in a variety of colors and textures. He uses some manufactured glazes, but prefers our to create handcrafted glazes.

Kelly does most of the hand building and feels more comfortable creating sculptures through the use of coils, slabs and hand-formed shapes. She works in earth ware and stoneware clays. She uses a combination of glazes, both manufactured and our own special blends. She does the majority of artwork on the pieces, although some of the pieces are decorated by everyone in the family. Kelly has been commissioned to build multiple pieces and has entered juried art shows.

Larson is a quick study and the future of Orlando Pottery. At eight, he can create pieces through pinch, coil and slab methods. He is currently learning how to throw pieces on the wheel.

We appreciate you taking some of your precious time to look at our creations. Hopefully you enjoy seeing what we enjoy making!

Featured Artist – Gail Lundgren

22 Aug

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75 Lundgren Gail 5‘Porcelain has a celestial purity that enraptures the observer.’ – Gail Lundgren Artist, Gail Lundgren has been a student of ceramics for four years. Experimenting with several clay bodies, with slip trailing, with design carving, and with light value, she has made porcelain her medium of choice. She wheel throws porcelain and alters lantern shapes with city scenes, floral patterns and Christian themes. She often finds her inspiration in nature, architecture and biblical stories. Gail also slip casts porcelain, carves patterns to emit light and hangs the artwork. Each piece is delicately and skillfully carved, then fired at over 2200 degrees – making it stronger than glass. She polishes each unglazed work then lights or hangs the finished composition to display the light and movement of the piece. Gail has studied under John Balisteri at BGSU and the Funke Fired Arts teaching staff. She is influenced by Jennifer McCurdy’s unglazed spiral sculptures and is particularly fond of the movement of the light Jennifer creates with a simple knife. To care for this porcelain, treat it as you would fine glassware.

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