New work from local potter, Wes Weiss.
About Wes….Wes Weiss is currently working out of Clayscapes Studios located in Syracuse,NY. He primarily works with medium and high fire ceramics, but also enjoys the immediate results of occasional raku firings.
Though his pieces are often architectural and sculptural, he also makes slab constructed bowls, mugs and other vessels.
Wes is currently keenly interested in colored clays, using Mason Stains. He makes a paste and wedges it into a white stoneware clay body. The focus is on a marbling affect at this time. These pieces are finished using a clear glaze. He is still in the early stages of this series.
Charan Sachar lived in India for a significant part of his life where his mother ran a boutique, designing clothes for brides and bridesmaids. The designs, colors, fabrics and embroidery he came across then have a strong impact of his work now. His work also reflects his love for Bollywood movies and his fascination with life in India. He strives to give life to clay, decorating it with Indian influences, keeping functionality and uniqueness in mind.
In 2011, Charan quit his full time job of 12 years as a software engineer to pursue his passion in clay. Pottery has given him the much needed respite from the monotony of everyday life.
His story and work has been featured in The New York Times and HGTV. His goal is to continue to work with this medium to create artwork which will be cherished for life.
I have chosen to follow the tradition of a vessel maker that extends over 10,000 years with evidence of the early traditions found in many parts of the Middle East and Asia. In many of these early cultures the functional pottery vessel represented the first discovery and conceptualization of beauty and the first application of “spirit” given to objects which were made with little thought to these qualities. pottery forms, even in their most primitive stages, were thought to be imbued with a life force which blended with the duties of everyday life or the necessity of ceremony. A simple well-conceived bowl made in ancient Iraq by an unknown potter or a burial vessel created by a Zuni transform the boundaries of time and culture through a connective lineage tracing to common sources of inspiration. We observe and admire these pots from cultures and belief systems foreign to our own because the power and strength of their vision still rings clear. As I watch a shape emerge, I’m at once creating something that is new and fresh and at the same time I am creating something that unites me to all preceding pottery. The choices I make are unique and personal and at the same time universal. I want my pots to speak of humanity and of their origins and of warmth and strength.
The nature of the art experience for me is one of self-discovery and communication. In one sense, it is a very private and personal journey, and search for order, reason and beauty. Yet it is also a very public activity, in that, it is an attempt to communicate and share with others my realizations and discoveries.
The principal concern of my art is the articulation of the magnificence and nobility of the human spirit; and a celebration of my African heritage. The material I use is clay. It is a material that has no intrinsic value but through the alchemy of fire and creativity can be transformed into something of lasting beauty and utility. It is also a material that is unequaled in its responsiveness to even the most subtle suggestions from the artist.
The primary vehicle I use for expression is the vessel. In my view, the vessel represents unique social and spiritual connections and associations, to all people, that does not exist in non-vessel forms. There exists in the vessel a timelessness and universality.
~David R. MacDonald
I began blowing glass in 1993. I received my training at the University of Wisconsin. In 1997 I built a hot glass studio at my home, on a hill outside of Madison overlooking the Sugar River Valley. Now I blow glass all winter and garden in the summer.
Color is applied to pieces in several ways. Often I will blend bits of molten colored glasses into a small globule on the end of the blowpipe, using as many as 5 or 8 colors, some as gentle washes of color, others in strong, contrasting patterns. A quantity of clear glass is gathered over the colored bit, and the piece is blown out and shaped by traditional methods and tools. Other times a color pattern is created by more standard techniques; picking up colored canes, murrini, or shards of colored glass on the side of the hot bubble as it is blown.
“For the Birds” is a beautifully designed and crafted collection of functional ornaments to bring the lively activity and color of the “the birds” into the garden.
Each piece is handcrafts on the potter’s wheel or constructed from clay slabs using techniques that have been developing in our studio since 1966.
Our glazes are formulated from our recipes. They are lead-free, and we offer these colors: natural, royal, teal, french blue, lavender and butternut.
Each Watchcraft watch has been weathered and oxidized, using carefully researched techniques. We have deliberately refrained from sealing our silver, brass and copper so that they continue to age gracefully.
Our watches are unisex, with a design that fully integrates bracelet and timepiece. ~Eduardo Millieris
.meet ceramic artist Jo Buffalo / Cazenovia College…
Jo will have her work on display at Eureka Crafts from February 21st through March 17th as part of the ACADEMIC ART…TEACHERS THAT DO. series
join us for the opening reception on February 21st (th3 Third Thursday) 5-8pm
- Being an artist allows you to express yourself in beautiful complex visual ways.
- Being an artist means you don’t have to retire.
- Being an artist means it doesn’t matter how you appear – people look at your work.
- Being an artist is never boring because you are always making something that doesn’t exist.
- Being an artist is a great excuse to learn all kinds of arcane but fascinating things.
- Being an artist gives you social leeway to not follow the social rules as closely.
- Being an artist means you don’t have to make excuses when you want to be alone.
- Being an artist allows you to make things in school rather than take exams.
- Being an artist doesn’t make as much money as other professions but it makes a lot of satisfaction and you don’t have to buy decor.
~ Jo Buffalo