News and Updates for Holiday 2014
Fall & Holiday Newsletter
Events and Other Happenings from Eileen de Rosas Pottery
When I started this newsletter I was going to write every month--I can't believe it's been six already! As many of you know, I have a busy schedule with teaching, raising three kids and working on my ceramics. So this newsletter is a mix--some events and sales, public art installations and ceramics outreach into the community. It's pretty varied, just like my life and work!
If you'd like to contact me directly, you can reach me through my website eileenderosas.com.
50 Bird Plates
Transformer Box Mural
Ceramics en MASSe
POW! Pots on Wheels
Holiday Shopping--I'll be at these two fun craft and ceramics events coming up soon in December
Mudflat Pottery School Open Studio and Sale
81 Broadway, Somerville
December 5–14, 2014
Friday, December 5, 6 - 10 pm
Saturdays, December 6 & 13, and Sundays, December 7 & 14, 10 am - 6 pm
Monday through Friday, December 8–12, 10 am - 9 pm
With 93 ceramic artists participating, Mudflat's annual holiday show and sale will have something for everyone. Located in a renovated theater on Broadway in Somerville, the facility is sparkling new and crammed full of gorgeous pottery. And the tacos at Taco Loco down the street are pretty awesome too. Look for my display with other faculty in the resource room on the ground floor.
Holly Fair at Cambridge Center for Adult Education
42 & 56 Brattle Street
Saturday, December 13, 10 am-6 pm
Sunday, December 14, 12 noon-5
Held in CCAE's two historic buildings right in Harvard Square, the Holly Fair is Cambridge's oldest crafts fair. Look for me in the Mary Walker Room at 56 Brattle Street--I'll be there all weekend, hanging out.
50 Bird Plates
Community Supported Art sponsored by
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
You know those boxed vegetable shares from local farms? At CCAE, Terry Byrne had a great idea. Why not have a share of local art? Now in its fourth year, Community Supported Art juries nine artists to create 50 works of art each. The shares are then sold as a set of 9 artworks for $300. (what a bargain!)
This year's group of artists included printmakers, painters, an origami artist and a letterpress artist as well as two ceramic artists.
For the project I proposed to make 50 dessert plates painted with various birds inspired byBirds of North America by John James Audubon. My husband gave me a copy after he saw me drawing obsessively from an old Guide to North American Birds book. It amazed me! The size—435 prints of 497 birds! The drawings---detailed, gory, colorful and full of life!
Audubon was an artist with a vision--he traveled all over North America from 1827-1839 catching birds and documenting them in a quest to classify every North American bird. He worked without benefit of binoculars or cameras. After trapping and killing each bird, he would set up a still life and then meticulously paint it for later engraving, recreating the bird in a habitat as though it were still a living, beating creature.
In the end I chose four images of warblers from the book for simplicity. Each bird has been been spotted in Massachusetts, and each has a word for blue in their names. I then chose the images for variety and composition. For each image I have taken a part of Audubon’s drawing and cropped and enlarged it. While Audubon was drawing birds for identification, I am rendering his drawings to get the essence of the bird.
Since I began this series, I've noticed many more birds visiting my backyard--from pairs of black capped chickadees to one solitary golden winged warbler.
I made 50 of these for Community Supported Art, but have some extra that are still available. I hope to have them on my website soon--eileenderosas.com. Better yet, come by and see me if you're interested!
Transformer Box Mural
corner of Broadway and Franklin St.
What a fun project-- a chance to spread my wings (!) and work on a large scale. As you can tell, I'm still into the birds and here the Cerulean Warbler gets the star treatment. Thanks to Arlington Public Art for choosing my design for the transformation of a transformer box. I had so many visitors and positive reactions from passersby that it was a treat to paint in public. This electrical box is behind the fire station in Arlington Center, across the street from Playtime.
To see a video of me talking about the process and inspiration, click here.
Ceramics en MASSe
at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery
curated by Laura Montgomery
This eclectic show of contemporary ceramics was up at the BHCC art gallery through November 22.
in partnership with Arlington EATS
and the Thompson School
(as well as a few others that I can't tell you about yet)
This is just so exciting I don't really know where to start!
Last year the amazing Vicki Rose and Lauren Ledger of the Thompson Elementary School in Arlington spearheaded efforts to feed children who were coming to school hungry. They started a program providing meals during school vacations and summer holidays to anyone who wanted to come to the school and eat. Some came for the food and some came for the company, but in any event many families attended these luncheons. So many donations and so many families later, Arlington EATS (Eats All Through the Summer) was born.
When I heard more about their mission to help provide for the community this summer, I knew I wanted to help. I love food--gardening, cooking, baking--and I love my diverse elementary school community. And I love clay, especially teaching kids about clay.
Then came Melody Wolfe Thomas. Another Thompson parent, another Ceramics Teacher, another potter. Together we dreamed up a project--each child at the Thompson School will make a ceramic bowl that will be filled with food and sold at a benefit dinner welcome to the community at large, hosted by Arlington EATS.
There are approximately 400 students-that's 400 bowls, 400 meals. The dinner will be modeled on Empty Bowls, with one crucial difference. Our event will focus on the community uniting to support one another and the idea that together we can make a difference.
In January Melody and I will be hitting the school with our clay, our lesson plans, our enthusiasm for the ceramic arts and just plain getting our hands dirty---and all for a great cause.
When we have the date of the benefit I will post it on my website and Facebook page. More details coming soon!
POW! Pots on Wheels
Some fellow potters have been cooking up an arts community project. Pots On Wheels! (POW! for short) is a plan to refurbish an old style delivery into a mobile gallery to bring ceramic art and education to underserved communities. Check out the video here:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1405237878/pots-on-wheels
The POW! team are right now running a KickStarter campaign to fund the initial purchase and conversion of the truck. If you're willing and able, please participate in the KickStarter campaign. As incentives, they have gotten donations from 100 of the top potters in the country. If you don't know anything about contemporary ceramics, trust me, they have some of the best artists out there. Some of the incentives can even be shipped by the holidays.
I'm donating these sweet little cups plus two dessert plates. Please support it on KickStarter. The campaign is only up through December 1, and they need your support!
There you can pledge for my pieces, or work by many other excellent potters. Help get POW! on the road!
And if you've read this far, thank you! Have a safe and happy holiday season.
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