Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ravens, Right Whales and Show Prep

It's that time of year when everything is running on full speed in preparation for the summer show season.  This year I have a full schedule. (click to see Show Schedule

Here are a few pictures of pieces I've been working on.
This sculptured large raven vase was made in two pieces....it was a tremendous amount of work, but I am very pleased with the final sculptured piece.  This will be offered for sale on my Art Collector Maine site and on display in various galleries throughout the summer.  It is one of my favorite pieces to date.  I love ravens and this one has multiple surrounding the pot.

Another piece that will be offered for sale on Art Collector Maine and may appear at the following two shows is another North Atlantic Right Whale piece.  There will be many more in the future....love the NARW! 

For more information on the North Atlantic Right Whale and how you can support the continued research and conservation efforts, please visit my friends at one of the following:  Right Whale Research - New England AquariumGeorgia - Department of Natural Resources ; Marine Resources Council

 I have two new exciting shows on the schedule this summer.... Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show and Yarmouth Clam Festival.  I will be taking many lobster, whale, sea salt buoy's, lobster buoy hummingbird feeders and a new line of lobster dinnerware...along with a variety of other pottery.

That's just a few of what you can expect at those two shows.

In May I will be doing the Maine Quarter Horse Association's Pine Tree Classic Show at the Skowhegan Fairground and will bring with me a variety of equestrian pottery.  Also in May is the Made In Maine Expo 2014 at the Brewer Auditorium. 

I have two fly-in's this year, which are always a good time!  Again in May, I'll be at the 39th Annual Aviation fly market in Hampton, NH.  In September is the International Seaplane Fly-In at Moosehead Lake, Greenville, Me.   I expect, as last year, to sell out of all my seaplane mugs, so this year I am taking many more along with other plane related items.

This year I have introduced a new line of dinnerware, Maine Black Bear glazed in a soft moss green.  It has been very popular so far.
It can also be glazed in just about any color, but the green really highlights the bear and it is just a  beautiful color.

This Great Blue Heron lidded jar will be at the Blue Heron Gallery soon.  It was quite a challenge to keep the delicate frame of the heron upright and one piece, but now that it has been glazed and fired, it is stoneware strong. 

More brook trout...it's that time of year.  Another challenging piece that will be out of the kiln tomorrow.    After all the work that goes into them, I am always apprehensive with these pieces and how they will survive the high firing temperatures. Will it warp, slump or lose it's coloration?  We will find out tomorrow! 

I experimented with sculpting two clay bodies together to get this piece.

This is in the kiln currently as well.  It has a lady bug under the leaf and a caterpillar over another.  I can't wait to see how the final piece will look.

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Have a wonderful Easter!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sculpting in Maine, Waiting for Spring

Peasley Pottery is just a buzz with new pieces and new opportunities!  The studio is cramped with pots and sculptures at various stages of progress or waiting to be fired.  Every day there is something new.  (It won't be cramped next year....the expansion is taking place this summer with a new addition.  I will be offering classes/workshops as soon as it is complete...I will keep you posted!)

One exciting bit of news, I have been accepted into Art Collector Maine and they will be representing my sculptural pieces locally, nationally and in a variety of publications.  Two of which are Maine Home & Design and Maine.  If you have never seen these magazines, check them out, they are spectacular and full of fascinating information and guides about Maine.  And, of course, art!

Here are a few of the sculptural pieces I've been working on and will be adding to Art Collector Maine upon completion within the next few weeks.

The Raven's have undergone a drastic change since this photo.  I will leave you hanging there until I publish the completed piece.  It has been one of the most time consuming pieces to carve, but so worth it.

More North Atlantic Right Whales!  Doesn't this look like whales swam into Van Gogh's painting 'Starry Night' and mixed it up?  It was not my intent, but that is all I can see when I look at it!  It should leave a cool effect once glazed and fired.
It's officially Spring....(just wish Mother Nature would realize that)...Spring equals Brook Trout and flowers.  No one in Maine really believes we'll have a Spring this year...we are still freezing, more snow fell out of the sky today and we're being told another big storm is on the way!  So, in the studio I decided to create my own Spring....
This piece is unique and an experiment for me.  It is a thrown brown stoneware vase, then I covered it in a thick layer of white stoneware, and applied over that the sculpted Iris and outcropping of leaves.  Once those were set, I began carving around the vase exposing the brown clay underneath.  I'm still in the studio carving this piece, it has a way to go before it is ready for the drying rack, but so far, I am very happy with the results.

I'm also getting ready for the show season this Spring/Summer and have put up a partial list on my website.  For those interested in finding out where Peasley Pottery will be this season, click on this link to my website....  PeasleyPottery.com

Here are some of the new pieces that I'll be showing off this season....

And there will be more new items in the weeks to follow....lobster, moose, planes, whales, and more!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Weekend for Wildlife, Georgia and North Atlantic Right Whales

In the late Fall of 2013 I was commissioned to create 80 pieces, (plus the above larger piece which is to be presented to the Governor of Georgia and his wife), depicting North Atlantic Right Whales.  I was commissioned by the group, 'T.E.R.N.' (The Environmental Resources Network), of Georgia.  Each year they raise funds through the 'Weekend for Wildlife'.  During this weekend of events, there is a dinner/auction.  I was asked to create the centerpieces that would be sold during the event.  The benefactor of the fundraising is the Non-game Division of the Department of Natural Resources to further conservation efforts and research for non-game animals.  This year, the North Atlantic Right Whale was the animal chosen.  I have a particular fondness of the right whale.  Years ago, I worked at Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine with a wonderful right whale researcher and senior scientist Dr. Moira "Moe" Brown, who was not only the director, but a friend.  I had the pleasure of going with Moe and other research scientists out to the Bay of Fundy to meet some of these whales.  It was a fabulous trip on a gorgeous sunny day and at times the water was as calm as glass.  The whales we saw that day frequent the coast of Georgia, so to be asked to create pottery to  benefit these whales, was nothing short of an honor!  I was delighted to do so. Below are a sample of the pieces created for the event, which was held at the end of January 2014.
In the carving stage of the larger whale piece.
These are some of the 80 pieces prior to glazing and firing. 
Both plates and vases were created to become centerpieces at each table. Each piece depicts an actual identifiable right whale.  On the bottom of each piece, the name and identification number is engraved.  With this information you can go to the New England Aquarium's website  North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog  and research each whale.  Information found at the site includes photograph's, schematic and the sighting history, as well as, year of birth and date of death, if the information is known.
In some cases, the whale is depicted as entangled in fishing gear or with ship strike scarring and other defects as you would see it in the wild.  I owe much to Wildlife biologist, Clay George, of the DNR Georgia who supplied photographs and information regarding each whale to help me tell the individual whale's story.  To show these whales entangled in gear is a tough story, but a very necessary one to tell.  I'm sure the attendee's of the event went away with a much better understanding of the North Atlantic Right Whale and the struggles they face, as well as the research and conservation efforts being taken by dedicated individual's like Clay and Moe.   

The event was well received and all the pieces sold out.  Below are photograph's taken at the event.

And this is Brooks Schoen from T.E.R.N.  who contacted me last Fall to work on this project.  I can't thank him enough for all his hard work, coordination and constantly being available to answer my questions!  Wanda, Clay and all the folks who were involved also deserve my thanks and gratitude for making such a challenging project run smoothly from start to finish.  We didn't have much time, but with everyone working so well together and without delay, we did it!! 

This is an example of the placards which were made up for the event...they have the photograph and history of each whale to go with the pottery pieces.  Great job Wanda!

Now that the event has come and gone, it is kind of bitter-sweet as I move on to other projects.  I haven't moved too far, I'm still making whale pots, vases, plates, mugs, bowls and yes, another sculptural piece of North Atlantic Right Whales!!

So far 2014 has been a great year, full of exciting adventures and opportunities.   In my next blog, I will share with you some news.  Until then, take care and stay warm!