Jack Larimore makes work like good theater. He sets the scene, draws us into his story and then touches a nerve with his performance. Jack's stage is that nebulous space allotted to "furniture," roughly the immediate area that circumscribes the things we sit on or put things on, that are comfortable and that function to help us go about our daily lives. This stage is a place of interaction, more than just a good spot for chairs and tables. It is a place where the human elements confronts the mechanical, where nature collides with nurture or, when Jack waxes philosophic, where the intuitive animal in us encounters the cage of reason and science. See how he sets the stage with his most recent portfolio of pieces.
This whole month of October, Gravers Lane Gallery will host its second annual Goblets of Fire exhibition, featuring the finest works by contemporary artists exploring the theme of drinking vessels including goblets and chalices. Artists working in glass, ceramic, metals, and mixed media will be featured in this Harry Potter theme based exhibition. Check out the wide variety of work here.
Old City's Snyderman-Works Galleries is showcasing the works of ceramics artist William Wyman. Check out his impressive array of pieces, from the Marilyn Pappas Collection here.
Kathryn’s thrown, carved and altered porcelain pottery is both functional and decorative. She’s studied techniques and styles of Korean, Chinese and Japanese ceramics as well as early American Art Pottery, itself influenced by the East. Her pottery is influenced by these bodies of work but is distinct from them. The techniques, glazes and decorative motifs are different and at the same time grow from these traditions. Her aim is to produce intimate work that can be held in the hands and which, by its use, brings beauty to the user’s environment and small moments of communication between the user and herself. Check out more of her stunning work here.
Christine enjoys making one-of-a-kind jewelry by delicately hand piercing intricate meandering shapes in metal or using hand built pieces of porcelain and carving found wood pieces. She says, “For me, art is my life. It’s the way I communicate ideas, understand nature and learn about life. I enjoy drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography, but I love the engineering and intellectual challenges of metalsmithing and making jewelry. I enjoy the sound and power of the hammer hitting the anvil.” You can see more of her work at her great site here. Or better yet, meet her (and her work) in person at the show!
Founded in 2010, the Clover Market is a seasonal open-air market featuring 100+ vendors with antiques & collectibles, vintage jewelry & clothing, finely crafted handmade items, and original art. It operates in the spring and fall (dates below) and in late January at the historic 23rd Street Armory in Philly. Clover has been named a Best Vintage Market by Flea Market Style Magazine, a Best Outdoor Shopping Venue by Main Line Today Magazine and featured in Daily Candy, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CityPaper, uwishunu.com and many more. Check out their great site here.
Handmade Philly, an independent, member-run collective, encourages artists, crafters and designers to join Greater Philadelphia’s growing network of professional and amateur artists. Once limited to the members of Philly's Etsy Team, the group seeks to further the local, sustainable handmade community by providing educational workshops and promotional events.
Now you can join too. Handmade Philly wants artists of all media, styles and levels of experience. As an active member, you must be producing your own work (sorry, no vintage or re-sales) and will be expected to participate by attending meetings, posting on the message boards, distributing group information (website/ flyers/ advertisement design) or planning and hosting events. In less than two months, the group has over 90 designers, artists and makers including illustrators, woodworkers, printers, painters and photographers from Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, NJ and DE. So if you’re eager to learn new skills, got some tips and ideas to share, or just need a little boost to keep the creative juices going, check out Handmade Philly!
To Apply: Please send your contact information along with a link to your web address (or blog, or etsy shop, etc.) or three jpegs (no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels and 72 dpi) of your recent work to: email@example.com. And check out their great site/blog here.
Mira Nakashima is the daughter of renowned 20th Century furniture designer George Nakashima (1905-1990.) To honor her father, she and her team of craftspeople have created a new body of work that reflects the heritage of his handcrafted furniture. The exhibit is at the Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia. Come see works that build upon Nakashima's approach to meticulous design while introducing the next generation of Nakashima Woodworkers. The exhibit runs 9/20-11/2.
Jemma Helliker’s grandma and mother introduced her to the art of knitting on a cold winter evening in 2009. They patiently fixed her mistakes as she struggled through her first baby beanie. The finished hat was ugly, but she was hooked. Today she dreams about new patterns and spends her free time experimenting and creating new accessories out of beautiful yarns.
Her shop, Squidge & Bean, contains hand-knit accessories crafted from the finest merino and alpaca wool sourced from independent hand dyers from the USA and Uruguay. Each item is lovingly created by Jemma in her smoke-free, pet-free home. Her style is classic and simple -- committed to using only independently produced animal and plant-based yarns. She creates items that allow the yarn to be the star. Check her great work out on her equally great blog, Squidge & Bean.
Rachel Timmins received her MFA in Studio Art (Metals Concentration) in December 2012 and her BFA in Metal/Jewelry Design with a Minor in Sculpture from Buffalo State College in 2009. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Design Museum London and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Rachel’s work can be seen in numerous publications such as Unexpected Pleasures published by Rizzoli Publications, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective published by Lark Books and Jewel Book: International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art published by Stitchting Kunst Boek. She is commissioned regularly to make custom works. Her work is on display at the Snyderman-Works Galleries through September 28th.
Worn under Medieval armor, chain mail is made of tiny interlocking metal rings designed to protect a body in motion. Ruth Borgenicht uses the chain mail pattern and other woven patterns to create ceramic works that conjure up a sense of permanence and defensive concealment. Like the ancient armor, her pieces are made of a fabric of moveable interlocking rings. Using clay to make a protective mesh is contradictory; for how can it defend anything, much less itself? Visually stone-like, the pieces appear strong and impenetrable, belying their inherent fragility.
Her work is on display at the Snyderman-Works Galleries through September 28th.
Founded in 1974 by five artists in need of workspace, The Clay Studio was envisioned as a stepping stone for students fresh out of art school, offering affordable studio space and shared equipment. Within a short time however, Clay Studio artists consciously shifted the Studio's mission from an inward focus to an outward educational and community focus. As the Studio grew, they began to design programs with the goal of building a wide-ranging ceramic art community. Learn more about this amazing Old City staple, their upcoming exhibits and how you can take a class. Check out their schedule of workshops and classes for all ages.
Donna D’Aquino’s steel jewelry and sculptures hint at organized chaos: geometrical patterns repeat and converge; circles, squares, and triangles overlap; lines bisect and build; coils contribute texture and structure. The overall effect is refreshing and minimalistic, but also mesmerizing - there are layers upon layers to examine and consider, and one can’t help but marvel at how well they all come together. Check out her work at the American Craft Council. She’ll also be at the Philadelphia Contemporary Craft Show (Nov 7-10.) Stop by and say hi!
Jennifer’s bold, fashion forward and artfully designed jewelry is a refreshing alternative to the status quo. Inspired by the repetitive geometric forms of art deco and the clean lines of contemporary design, she seeks out alternative materials to transform into wearable works of art. See more of her work on her site here.
Or better yet, meet her in person at the Philadelphia Contemporary Craft Show (Nov 7-10.)
Calling all Potters! For years, potters Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson have made beautiful and functional pottery from their studio in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Their love of clay and its vitality lead them to create the Handbuilt Conference, where working potters could share their techniques with aspiring and like-minded artisans. This year they’re bringing together a host of local potters for three days of demonstrations, conversations and inspiration. The Conference will take place September 20th - 22nd at Montgomery County Community College. Register early (by August 15th) for a discounted fee. Learn all about the conference, the artists and how to register at their site today!
Fishtown’s Craft Foundry is passionate about providing Eco-friendly handcrafted gifts for the body and home. Each purchase is promoting a more sustainable planet by either being made locally or using recycled materials, or both. See all their Earth-friendly crafts here. Or find out how to take a class. Either way, you'll be giving Mother Nature a nice pat on the back.
Acclaimed Philadelphia-based artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez developed this textile installation as part of their Hemmed Up project for the National Museum of American Jewish History. It was part of the Museum’s inaugural year of their OPEN for Interpretation artist-in-residence program. The team was inspired by the American Jewish relationship to the textile industry and the themes of immigration, labor and struggle. You can see the work through August 25th. Check out the link here.
Clay artist David Eichelberger wants to quietly challenge our preconceived notions and expectations. He makes vessels that don’t hold things. Lids that don’t cover things. And all the while, he plays with exaggerated proportion and visual rhythms. See more at his very nifty site. Or better yet, plan to stop by the Philadelphia Contemporary Craft Show (Nov 7-10) and see his work in person.
So you want to learn how to blow glass, do you? Well then there’s no better place to take a class than the Crefeld School in Philly. For over 10 years they’ve been teaching the age-old traditions of glassblowing, flameworking and casting. Check out the gallery of work that students (just like you) have created.
Artist Jupi Das takes a single piece of paper and, using knives and scissors, creates one-of-a-kind works of art. Each is intricate, delicate and pretty darn mind-blowing. Did we mention she starts with a single piece of paper? Check out her designs and be prepared to look at paper in a whole new light.