Virtual Show: April 26-30, 2021
In-Person Show @ BAC:
Sat., May 1, 2021: 10am - 5pm
Sun., May 2, 2021: 10am - 4pm
The Virtual part of the show is now live! Scroll down to shop their decorative and functional ceramic art online!
On May 1 and 2, we will also appear at Bethany Arts Center, Somerstown Road in Ossining for a live show and sale from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Nicola Nieburg Boxall first discovered clay while living in Cape Town, South Africa. She was instantly hooked, but it wasn’t until she settled in Stamford, Connecticut years later, that Nicola started making pottery again. She has taken ceramic classes at Norwalk Community College, Clay Art Center as well as Silvermine School of Art, where she was awarded a scholarship and assisted the ceramics studio manager part-time. She’s been a Hudson River Potters member since 2019.
Nicola makes functional tableware items as well as decorative one-of-a-kind pieces that are durable, and dishwasher- and food-safe. Although she has dabbled on the wheel, Nicola’s preferred method is hand building using slabs, and an extruder, which she uses to make her signature woven baskets. She pays equal attention to form and surface finish, favoring organic, simple shapes, which she often embellishes with fresh leaf imprints, or sgraffito carvings inspired by nature.
I find working with clay to be a very meditative process the feeling of the clay in my hands, the repetitive motion of the potter’s wheel. I enjoy taking a mound of clay and shaping it into a beautiful vessel that will have a functionality for everyday use be it a plate, bowl, mug, vase or teapot. I am interested in both the form and the surface. Working mainly with porcelain, I concentrate on simple shapes with added textures. Lately, I have been incorporating images from my garden – birds at play, a leaf, a flower.
Glazes intrigue me and I am willing to take risks in this area and am constantly experimenting with glaze formulations. I use various combinations of glazes often in conjunction with resist techniques to create various patterns that will embellish and finish the form.
Pottery is my passion and love. Daytime I am an engineer/innovator constantly solving problems and making the world a better place. Inspired by nature, my work combines art and engineering to create intrigue beautiful functional design to bring joy for others to share. I compete nationally and have juried in professional shows and awards.
I have been a potter for a number of years, using pottery as an outlet to channel my creative impulses. I have a passion for functional pottery that is evocative and that makes itself known. I have a home studio in White Plains, New York, but I am also affiliated with the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. I create functional and decorative pottery that reflects my moods and adds to my living environment. Pottery can be a political statement, and can be an extension of the written and spoken word. It can also be a source of warmth and support.
Little Light Pottery, functional and decorative pottery by Orit Daly.
Orit Daly work focuses on functional pottery. After 17 years as a high school and middle school History teacher Orit left to focus on family and art. What started as a hobby with community classes has now evolved into a full time occupation after 20 years of practice and experimentation. Orit’s work reflects the mountains where she and her family go often as well as her garden and nearby trails in northern Westchester County, New York. Orit works mainly in white stoneware as well as red clay as to avoid the delicate and create sturdy, functional pieces.
Jeff has been working in clay on and off for over 40 years. He has a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy, with a specialty in children and adolescent creativity development. He worked in the helping professions for almost 30 years, before deciding to devote his time and energy to creative work with clay Jeff believes that functional ceramics should also reflect the personality of the potter. His works are often full of whimsy and humor. Ask him about his footed bowl series!
I have been consistently throwing on the wheel since 1998, taking classes at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY, Snowfarm in Williamsburg, MA and Castle Hill in Truro, MA, where I have been influenced by Georgia Tenore, James Pastore, Tom White, Bob Green and a myriad of other teachers, students and residents who have all contributed to my craft. I focus on functional pottery for everyday use. Most of my work is high fire cone 10 reduction with some decorative pottery in Raku and saggar pit firings. I am drawn to earth-toned glazes. I get joy out of the learning process (creating different forms and trying new glaze combinations) and then seeing others enjoy using what I have made.
I have been selling my work at craft shows in NY and NJ since 2005. The experience of meeting attendees and discussing pottery brings me joy. My philosophy of life is that one should never stop learning. I strived for that in my job as an Occupational Therapist (I retired in 2012.) and as a functional potter.
Harris returned to the arts after 30 years as a psychologist in Higher Ed and subsequently in business as VP of Executive Leadership and Talent Development at Pfizer, IBM, ADP, Chase and Colgate Palmolive. Harris explored silk-screening, needlepoint and pottery before rediscovering his passion for clay when he left business.
Inspired by the colors and textures in Tuscany and Provence, he reproduces the colors of the Mediterranean in wheel thrown bowls and dishes. His one-of-a-kind hand-built shells capture the feel of sand and sea from New England summers. Molten sea glass collected at the Connecticut shore complements some shells. Plates and trays capture the feel of the dunes, the sky, the water and sea grass found at Race Point and Nauset beaches on Cape Cod.
Keith Gordon grew up in his mother’s pottery studio and has been a potter since 1971. He creates functional, sculptural and decorative works using stoneware, porcelain and raku that are inspired by organic forms in nature. His pieces have been accepted in juried shows and won multiple prizes.
Keith makes his work at his home studio in Ossining, NY. He manages the ceramics studio at Cedar Lane Arts Center where he teaches adult ceramics classes, and has taught at the New Castle Art Center and Pelham Art Center.
Clay has a life of its own and as a potter, I love to interact with the clay’s vitality. The process of throwing completely engages me. I love the challenges of continually refining forms and strive to maintain a sense of the process in the finished pieces.
I was challenged to describe my work in five adjectives. The first is functional. All my work is meant to be used. The next is instinctive, coming from within in a non-cerebral way and focused on the process. My pots are organic — inspired by patterns and forms in nature — rhythms and decorations that seem to grow from the form. They are exuberant, full of joyous enthusiasm to reflect the joy I feel in making them. And finally, they are audacious — I fearlessly take chances in making my pottery and hope they reflect that verve and originality.
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My work is wheel thrown or hand built using porcelain clay. I use brushwork (underglazes) to decorate and glaze overall to insure food safety. My brushwork celebrates the use of color using stencils and underglazes. I can then achieve images that are both bold yet have a subtle underlying pattern. Most work is formed on the wheel with additional hand built accents, such as hollow handles or curled feet/handles. I use slump and hump molds and build around them, leaving room to cut away the outline of flowers. All pieces are fired to cone 6 in oxidation.
My work is driven by practical functionality first and foremost, and a warmth that I hope is conveyed in the handling of the pots. I love an earthy palette, and details where the glaze can catch — groove marks, stamping, fluted lines. My pots are meant to be used every day, and I hope they bring simple joy to those who use them.
I have been working with clay on and off for about 25 years. I work primarily on the wheel but move into hand building as I feel the need to use the clay in a different way. At times I combine the two to achieve the results I am working toward. I feel my work is in a constant state of flux as I seek new pathways to expression.
My influences are varied. I have traveled extensively and I cull from whatever I have seen and experiences into my work. Most of my pieces are spontaneous. I prefer to work in the moment. At times I do bring ideas to the studio. To work with clay is a gift. The ability to create an infinite variety of shapes and forms, wheel thrown or hand built is a source of endless joy and satisfaction.
Mark has been doing pottery for over three years. He has a home studio where he has been perfecting his craft of functional items with an eye towards comfort and usability. Mark says, “Creating things that people love to use has always been a goal of anything I have done in life, and pottery is one of the most direct ways I can do that. I really enjoy that aspect of it.”
I strive to create ceramic work that sings with delight because it is happy to be alive. Anthropomorphism aside, I am please when people comment that I make ‘happy pieces’ that have a ‘healing’ quality to them. My artistic vision can best be described as artistic exploration. It involves the pleasure of experimentation and play, the joy of discovery and learning, the thrill of mastery and beauty and the satisfaction of sharing through teaching, exhibiting and selling my work.
Whether it is a mug, bowl, teapot or sculpture, I am energized by the process of creative pursuit, what will happen if? I am awe-inspired when I view the work of ceramic artists from the historical past to the present and feel a deep connection with it. My artistic utilitarian objects and sculptures are complete when they reach beyond personal self expression and make this connection with others in their daily rituals and lives.