Tag Archives: pottery

Featured Artist – Matthew Richards

21 Aug

PictureMatthew Richards 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.”

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Featured Artist – Nicole Fraley

31 Jul

Nicole Fraley – Creating is personal and therapeutic to me. My recent work includes mostly functional pottery. I love being able to create a piece of art that someone can utilize and connect with.

Living with Meniere’s disease is reflected in most of my artwork. Coping with imbalance has had a huge impact on my work. I have learned to embrace imperfection and find beauty in the frays and flaws in the world around us.

I find most of the inspiration for my art from my walks in nature. When I’m not exploring, I’m working around other people who inspire and motivate me to create. ​

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Win This Ceramic Piece by Todd Leech

24 May

Win this piece, an original ceramic piece by Todd Leech at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

Todd Leech - Orange Vase

Todd Leech – Orange Vase

This  is an orange  vase, number 2 of 3 donated by Todd Leech.  Todd has donated 3 different vases in total, the third vase will be posted soon.

Todd Leech is a Cleveland, Ohio born artist who earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2008.  He exhibits his artwork regularly in regional and national juried exhibitions, oftentimes in conjunction with the artwork of his wife, Stephanie Craig, who is also a ceramic sculptor.  Their 1900 square foot studio is in the western part of Downtown Cleveland, located in the Hildebrant Building, a converted former meat processing plant.

Todd’s work addresses the themes of time, mortality and disintegration. He is seeking to push the limits of ceramic materials; to innovate, experiment, and explore the possibilities of this exciting medium.

To learn more about Todd and his work please click here.

Orlando Pottery – Featured Artist

1 Aug

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Orlando 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 own 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 fast learner and the future of Orlando Potter. At seven, 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. We would be more than happy to send pictures or referrals and, of course, a phone call is most welcome.