Sometimes I leave the edges, sometimes I trim them off to make "perfect" squares but I try not to get too fussy.

“Hands-On”…tile, of course!

Back in January of this year, I was very honored to be included in a great series by Sarah Flannery. She’s a skilled photographer who loves to capture people hard at work at their crafts. It’s not just about the photography either. She takes notes, asks questions, and is genuinely interested in how we do what […]

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Medieval tile pattern, encaustic method

Some glaze results

I’ve been commuting 22 miles round-trip to MPTW. I wend my way past farms, housing developments, and through small towns. Some mornings the mist settles in the valleys full of fall colors illuminated by the rising sun and the effect is just magnificent. It’s no wonder that so many new people have settled in the […]

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Fonthill, dusk

Time flies…

The first month of my apprenticeship has flown by! We three apprentices have now cycled through all of the tasks several times and have decided which tasks we look forward to most.   Working with the local terra cotta we’re using has been, erm, interesting. It has characteristics that one doesn’t usually encounter with commercial clay. […]

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Apprenticeship at Moravian Pottery & Tileworks

In 2009, I took a three-day workshop at Moravian Pottery and Tileworks (MPTW) and later wrote a blog about it here. I first learned about MPTW way back in 1999, when I worked for tile artist, Debby Hagar, in Knoxville, TN, a former apprentice of MPTW, and loved every minute. Earlier this year, I decided to finally apply […]

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Tree mural

New work!

I have had the pleasure of working on an exciting new project these past few months–a mural and backsplash field tile for terrific clients who own a beautiful residence in west NJ. I delivered over 60 sq feet of tile this week and am eagerly awaiting the installation. The inspiration was Arts & Crafts style […]

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Upcoming Sales Events!

Potters’ Guild Annual Spring Pottery Sale Saturday, April 25th, 11-5 Sunday, April 26th, 12-5 Community Presbyterian Church 1459 Deer Path Mountainside, NJ 07092 Potters’ Guild Events Icehouse Pottery Open House Potters’ Guild of NJ 2015 Studio Tour Saturday, May 2, 10-5 Sunday, May 3, 10-5 3 Paterson Hamburg Tpke Riverdale, NJ 07457 Potters’ Guild 2015 […]

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Pottery Sale

  Where:     Community Presbyterian Church                    1459 Deer Path                    Mountainside, NJ 07902   When:      November 10th and 11th, 2012                    Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM                                              Sunday Noon to 5 PM   Admission:   Free and Credit cards accepted!   Directions:   Route 22 to New Providence Rd, Mountainside.                         If going east on 22, cross […]

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Rectangular plates and small square dishes, perfect for two for sushi night!

Peters Valley Art & Craft Show, 24/25 September

In Building 4, booths 143-146, the Potters’ Guild of New Jersey will be showing and selling our work this weekend at the Peters Valley Art and Craft Show at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road,  Augusta, NJ 07822, on Saturday September 24 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday September 25 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.  Click […]

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Successful watermark

Papermaking

I took papermaking for the first time last fall and really enjoyed the whole process so much that I ventured to make paper out of Phragmites grass fiber. A menacing plant to most, I can’t help but find the Meadowlands to be an interesting landscape because of this plant. To make paper of it, you […]

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Crocheted kitty

Potters’ Guild dishes with Creative Mojo

The Potters’ Guild of New Jersey was recently invited to co-host with Mark Lipinski on Creative Mojo, a live, two-hour internet broadcast and I’m the lucky PGNJ member who gets to represent. Mark Lipinski is the Creative Director for All American Crafts publishing and Executive Editor for numerous magazines, CREATIVE MOJO is dedicated to the modern […]

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Making molds

I have often used plaster molds for making tiles in the past. The technique has proved particularly useful this semester to make a large medallion of an arabesque design for my studio class. The design consists of a Solomon’s seal in the center, surrounded by 6 triangle shapes that are ringed by 6 polygon shapes. […]

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Meadowlands

Phragmites-a multi-purpose plant

A year or so ago, I tried using a grass from the Meadowlands as a decorative element in my tiles and was very pleased with the results. I’ve made some “small” tiles from it (pictured here) as well as a large mosaic mural that measures 6 ft wide by 4 ft tall (a work in […]

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