Bowls, cups, plates, vases, jugs, teapots, caserole dishes -- all the traditional pottery items were on display at the FireWorks Studio annual spring OpenStudio and Sale in Worcester. But there were also more modern items like Bonsai pots and pot holders, Sake cups and jugs, trays, decorative tiles, platters, flower holders, buttons, containers, incense holders and of course purely ornamental and sculptural pieces.
Exhibiting artists included Jill Burns, Becca Brown, Mary Edwards, Jeff Glatstein, Maureen Hebert, Racheal Lochner, France Murphy, Jennifer Perez, Marilyn O'Connor , Mark Spencer, Christine Tanson, Lynn Turcott, Laura Taylor and Christopher Fehl (Taylor/Fehl Pottery).
Most of the artists were present and at work in their spaces, giving visitors a glimpse into their creative and artistic process.
Racheal Lochner of of Blue Paper Bird Ceramics finds inspiration in traditional Indian motifs and designs, a world of intricacy and an explosion of color. Among her items on display were unique painted tiles which can be used to add intrigue to a tiled surface or simply used as coasters.
Christopher Fehl, director of visual arts at Weston Public Schools and Laura Taylor, former software engineer and currently candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from Framingham State College, are married and are recent occupants of the studio. They are known asTaylorfehl Pottery. Christopher demonstrated his skills working on a vase.
Becca Brown used to work out of the Worcester Center for Crafts. She started renting her FireWorks studio space in September 2011. She raves about the light that streaks in through her two large, high windows. Becca spends time in Venice, FL too where her one of a kind glazed ornamental pears sell out fast. During the open studio she spent her time working on more pears, hoping to rebuild her collection before the next open studio and sale at the end of the year.
While working on her pink pieces, Maureen Hebert explained the firing process in the studio kilns, two computerized and one old fashioned brick oven.
What the resident artists enjoy and value most about the studios is the sense of community and sharing. The public is fortunate to be invited in to this domain twice a year. The next open studio will be November 30 - December 2.