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.”
This easy decal project will have you screaming for more!
Today on the blog, we have a video showing how to throw a platter on a Hydro-Bat hump mold. Hydro-bat hump molds are contoured domed bats that connect to your wheel for reverse-throwing plates, platters, and bowls. We were able to create a beautifully finished platter with ease using the Hydro-bat. Watch it today and see the polished results you can achieve using a Hydro-bat hump mold.
There is a lot to know about kiln firing and some of the most common questions we get relate to pyrometric cones. With school starting, we wanted to give you a refresher on all things cones. Read our latest blog post on cones to learn about what cones measure, the different types of cones there are and when to use them, and how important using cones can be.
"The desire to try every possible iteration of an idea keeps me living in my studio," says Cheyenne Mallo, who is immersed in her studio, her community, and in nature. We love seeing how those worlds coalesce in her pottery work.
“For over forty years I have been compelled to make these curious forms. Usually, they are vases but sometimes they become teapots, bowls or jugs and sometimes they don't have a name. Their creation has given me joy, despair, friends, money, and backache.”
- Geoffrey Swindell
Summertime is a great time to travel and we hope that if you are out and about in New York you will come to visit us in the beautiful Hudson Valley. We like to travel too and it is fun to mix travel with the opportunity to visit schools we do business with and our customers.
GR Pottery Forms just came out with a new line of WA (Wheel Attachment) accessories designed to enhance the way you use GR Pottery Molds. From now on, all round GR Pottery Mold Forms will come with a hole drilled into the underside of the molds in the center. This hole connects to the new Wheel Attachment that goes on a pottery wheel like a bat.