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Mudpie is pleased to announce two new classes for the Spring session with Tiffany Hilton. Tiffany established her own pottery business in 2005 and has taught many classes and workshops over the years. Her beautiful dinnerware graces many tables in Western Mass and her students love her warmth and supportive nature.
Join her Thursdays, March 24 – May 26, 2011 for Beginner or Intermediate Wheel Throwing. Click on our Take a Class page for more details and online sign up. Space is limited so sign up today!
Mudpie is so pleased to welcome potters Matthew and Hiromi Sovjani from Mashiko, Japan. They were recently displaced by the earthquake and will be staying in the Pioneer Valley for the next few months. In 1995 after studying ceramics at Columbus School of Art & Design, Matthew went to Japan to apprentice at two different studios. He has remained in Japan for the past 15 years were he and his wife Hiromi built a house and studio. Their work has been featured in many pottery festivals and galleries across Japan including the well known Tochigi Festival.
Matthew’s recent work was wood fired with ash glazes which work beautifully with his carved surfaces. Hiromi’s work uses slips and soft color to embellish the surfaces. It is our hope that Mudpie will provide a much needed refuge for these potters so that they can work again. A benefit show will be held soon featuring their work. Watch our website for details on the upcoming show.
Mudpie has been so pleased to host Matthew and Hiromi Sovjani – two Potters displaced by the earthquake in Japan. They have worked at Mudpie for a month now and had to get used to new clay and new methods of working. They both have found this to be a great learning experience and are grateful for the warmth of the Mudpie and LCA Community. Their 4 year old son Justin has also enjoyed his time in America making many new friends.
Matthew has been working with a mixture of porcelain and stoneware to create his signature carved pieces. Hiromi chose a white stoneware for her mugs and delicate slip paintings. Both of them fired the wood kiln they built in Japan so switching to reduction firing is quite a change and they have been working on finding glazes that will compliment their work and reflect the styles they have spent the last 10 years developing in Japan.
In such times of uncertainty in the art world and in the world in general we are so lucky here in Western Massachusetts that places like Mudpie and the LCA still exist. That says a lot about our Community and the value it places on the arts. Mudpie has provided a place for these potters to create their work and experience life in America. It has given them hope and the opportunity to rebuild.
To see some of the work they have created, please come to the opening of the benefit show for them hosted by Pinch Gallery at 179 Main Street in Northampton on Friday, June 17 from 6-8pm.
Join us this Fall and explore the wonder of the potter’s wheel. Beginner’s and those with previous experience are welcome.
The class will focus on traditional sculpture techniques in terracota to explore animal forms. We will go through the process of creating a sculpture from beginning to end: starting with reference images to blocking out general shapes and working towards final detail. Students will have the freedom to choose the animal(s) they want to create. At the end of the class, students will be able to take home their own fired sculpture!
Fees: $125 ( $100 Tuition + $25 material/ firing)
Notification of registration will occur via email after payment is received.
Courtney Cullen received her MFA from UMASS in Sculpture and has 3 years of professional
teaching experience. She is a practicing artist working out of her studio in Leverett and has exhibited nationally.