The Hudson Valley is alive with art! Bailey Pottery has been in Kingston, NY since our beginning in 1976, and since then we have seen the ceramics and arts community continue to grow and flourish. In its second annual year, the Hudson Valley Pottery Tour contributes to this wonderful growth. The self-guided tour of six studios in Ulster County, New York allows visitors to see the high-quality of ceramics being produced in the region and interact with the makers that create them.
This harvest platter is inspired by the piles of leaves that collect under trees in the Fall. The organic form and warm color of this platter celebrate the season and would make a lovely handmade addition to any harvest table.
“The 1960s was an unbelievable period in American life. No one can imagine the full extent of the social forces of change at work during this time without living it. On my trips to San Francisco, I experienced the full bloom of hippie life. The Vietnam War, with all its social unrest, had powerful ramifications throughout the USA in daily life and in academia. Furthermore, there was a dramatic surge in the Bay Area into funk art, which manifested itself in ceramics through the use of bright colors, erotic images, narrative and the use of mixed media…It was a direction that worked perfectly for me and gave me the freedom to let my craziness run amok. I became my own man and expressed my sarcastic wit through images and titles in my artwork.”
Artist Statement from 1980 exhibition of plates at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia
Halloween tends to spark creativity and imagination year after year. In fact, there are many opportunities to express yourself around Halloween, from carving pumpkins to stitching up costumes, decorating the house, or baking up a spooky treat. Why not incorporate ceramics into some of your craftings? With Halloween sneaking up on us, we've got a Halloween ceramic decal project just for you! A creepy crawly Spider Platter that will catch all your Halloween treats!