Oh I love October, and this October was especially lovely as I was asked to participate in a Wood Firing at Salem Art Works with some lovely ladies and fellow clay artists! I had met a couple of them at the last wood firing of Bruno at Monroe/Northeast Ceramic in Troy back in July on the Hottest day of the year - really - it was brutal - like 100 degrees at night and we were firing a 2200 degree kiln! All in the name of Art! Joan and Stephanie were kind enough to think of me and ask me to add in some of my recent work into the Kiln they had set up for Columbus Day Weekend at Salem Art Works (SAW). We had a great time on and off of our firing shifts, an almost full moon, scary creatures in night, lots of fun and laughs and stories. A week later we met up again to unload the kiln, and admire the good results, learn some lessons and cry a bit over some broken pots - it happens! We ended our time together with a great lunch at the Salem Tavern and lots of good conversations! I miss all of you - Joan, Stephanie, Mary Pat & Polly and hope to work with you all again! And we wouldn't have had such a good firing without the ceramics director and awesome teacher and facilitator Jordan Becker. I love the results of my work from the small train kiln at SAW and will be firing again in May 2020!
Other happenings in October:
A visit to Lakota Farm in Cambridge, NY just outside of Greenwich. A beautiful converted dairy and buffalo farm turned into a Wedding & Event Venue. Fantastic craftsmanship in the converted barns, horses on the hill, and incredible views of the rolling hills of Washington County are what it is all about there. They had a small inaugural art/craft & holistic fair that I attended on a Saturday afternoon. There were many local artists and craftspeople selling their finely made wares in this wonderful setting on a gorgeous fall day. I purchased some wonderful work from artist Sara Kelly and a great wool knit hat with pom pom from Mandee of Snug518 who is on etsy www.etsy.com/shop/Snug518. Also saw fellow Saratoga Creative Women artist Sarah Jordan with her fantistic silver jewelry - you can find her on instagram jewelrybysarahjordan, along with etsy and facebook. All worth a look!
And for some Saratoga Clay Arts news - we had our 2nd monthly critique and potluck - reviewed everyones wonderful work - always an inspriration. We are also planning our 2nd annual Holiday Studio Open House and Sale for Saturday December 7th from 10-3 - listed on my events page. You can also find the event listing on Facebook on my Michelle O'Hare Pottery page, and the Saratoga Clay Arts Center page. We hope for a great turnout this year! Please attend!
In addition to that - I received notice that 3 of my works were accepted into the Saratoga Clay Arts Center Juried Member Art Show that opens on Saturday December 14th! Looking forward to that gallery display and event! Details also listed on my events page, and will soon be on facebook events as well.
Need you all to wish me luck as I submitted an entry to the Laffer Gallery's 8th Annual Upstate Artists Juried Group Show. This is definately a step up for me, and a bit out of my comfort zone - but that is how you grow and develop as an artist - so I am putting myself and my work out there! If accepted - I will add the details and info on my Events page.
That's all of the Arts & Travels news I have for this month - thanks for reading! Michelle
Fall has taken hold here in Wilton, NY - one of my favorite times of year. I love the cooler weather, crisp air, beautiful colors from the changing leaves and landscapes. I had planned a week off from work which was extra special! Not only was I not at work - I stayed at home this year instead of travelling far, I was able to spend extra time at my studio and had leisurely evenings not having to worry about getting up early! It was a very nice "staycation" enjoying the travels and sites that can be done in my area!
*On Saturday September 7th I attended a "Gathering of the Potters" at Northeast Ceramics in Troy, NY. I wasn't sure what the meeting was all about, I was just invited to attend. I needed some clay and supplies, so I thought I'd take the drive down to Troy and see what the meeting is all about. Unfortunately, Barbara Reeley announced the closure of Northeast Ceramics and Monroe Clayworks - very sad day indeed! Many of the potters who live close to that center are working on starting a co-op of some type to keep the Monroe Clayworks portion open, and possibly keep selling some supplies. If not, I will be taking the occasional day trip to Kingston, NY to stock up at Bailey Pottery Equipment. I've never been there, but its less than a 2 hour drive down the NYS Thruway from my area - a nice trip to make through the Hudson Valley and explore.
*On Monday the 9th - we had our first Artist Critique and Potluck at my studio - Saratoga Clay Arts Center. A nice time to show off some work, and get some input from the other artists including director Jill Kavochick. I showed 3 of my recent wood fired pieces, and was happy to hear the opinions about my work. Also so nice to see what everyone is working on. Most of the artists at my studio have been creating with clay for 20-30 years and up - I am a newbie - only creating since 2015, So I am happy to be in such distinguished company!
*Wednesday September 11th - during my staycation week - was a great day to go apple picking. My son Ian and I went to Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville and picked the most scrumptious Ginger Gold and Paula Red Macs from the trees. A beautiful day with blue skies and billowing clouds, And we had to get some fresh cider donuts also - I mean who can resist!
*So my big day arrived - Saturday September 21st - My first ever participation in Art in the Park - The Saratoga Arts yearly event held in historic Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. My hometown and an event that I attend yearly. It was always my wish to someday have some type of good artwork that I would display - and I did! I had a great booth spot - set up my tent and tables - and watched as the public started to arrive. I was nervous, but so happy to have people stop, ask questions, admire my work, purchase some of my work - and then the best moment when Rebecca Zeh of Saratoga Arts was at my booth with an envelope, and the nice gentleman who was jurying the event - they informed me that I was receiving an Honorable Mention Award for the event that day! They handed me a ribbon and an envelope with an award. I was so thrilled! What a wonderful boost to my confidence. So much hard work creating the work, getting it there, setting the whole thing up and breaking it down. I give so much credit to the Artists who do events like that week after week to make a living. You are all bad ass people!
*Saturday September 28th - I attended the "Rural Rhythm" Fine Art opening at The Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville - such a nice gallery on Broad Street. The director of my studio - Jill Kavochick, along with other regional artists, work was on display at the opening. A beautiful mix of Oil Paintings, Acrylics, Landscapes, Still Lifes, and then the most beautiful ceramic art by Jill. She is fantastic! If you have a chance to visit the gallery - the show is on display through October 27th. You will be impressed!
Also on September 28th was an opening at the SCAC Schacht Galley - Magic Garden by Adam Redd. Very interesting, colorful, playful ceramic art forms that deserve exploration! His show will be on display through November 1st. When back at my studio in SCAC, I was able to submit my work online for the upcoming Member Art Show. Fingers crossed that my work is accepted! That show will open on December 14th. Also finished up work on pieces I will be firing in a wood firing at
Salem Art Works in October with some ladies I fired with in Troy this past July - can't wait!!
*Ending the month of events - Sunday September 29th - I attended with my son Ian - the Glens Falls Symphony's opening performance - "Flamenco!" We had attended the symphony a few years back and really enjoyed the arrangements. This performance was just as good. It is so interesting to see the connection between the musicians and the conductor - who is such a lively fellow! And this year the Symphony is adding in dance and vocals to its lineup - so this performance had an opera singer and Flamenco dancers - so seriously beautiful! Reminded me of a painting my Aunt Laura painted of a Spanish Lady in a beautiful ruffled red dress with gorgeous fluffy black hair and beautiful eyes, and holding castanets - Ole'! My Aunt Laura was such a wonderful painter.
Well that was my Arts and Travels for September! Will have more to report in October - thanks for reading! Feel free to comment or offer suggestions - Michelle!
(ps... there are links to web pages for each of the places mentioned)
So this is my first ever Blog Post and website! I enjoy traveling around the region with my family and visiting interesting locations along with snapping photos. With this new endeavor of a website showcasing my ceramic artwork, and my photography, I will also be writing about my travels and visits to museums, involvement in workshops, local artist visits and sharing any good info! So stay tuned!