My most recent series, large MEMORY STONES, are intended as outdoor markers of quiet beauty and visceral mass, both compelling to touch, and mutely attesting to complicated personal stories. Inspired in part by reading that after the devastating tsunami of 2011, mysterious stone slabs where found near the high water marks, well above the destroyed Japanese ports. These slabs, obscured by decades of jungle overgrowth, were carved with ancient warnings not to build on lower ground. In that spirit, I offer my Memory Stones as talismans, witnesses and reminders to metaphorically keep our lives on higher ground, learn from our mistakes and contain the overgrowth. There is also the old aphorism ‘carved in stone’ that expresses the general truth of how to preserve that which is sacred and timeless knowledge for the tribe. Such are the high-fired ceramic Memory Stones but without words. – Ann Mallory, 2017
273 Westwood Rd. • Woodbury, CT 06798
I work with porcelain and like that it requires a focused collaboration and is intolerant of false moves. Out of the block it is soft as silk, becoming egg-shell fragile as it dries, then once fired has the strength of bone or shell, while still conveying the lightness of paper, the smoothness of skin or fabric, or the sharpness of ice.
547 Flanders Road • Woodbury, CT 06798
Over 35 years ago I walked into the ceramics room. This day would change my life. Working in clay keeps me calm. It is how I process life. As the seasons change, so does my inspiration – quiet times I hold for sculpture, active times I find myself creating vessels for food and garden adornment. I enjoy working in a variety of clays and firing in different kilns. This piece was fired In Joy Brown’s anagama kiln, the patina you see is the kiss of fire and ash.
463 Segar Mt Rd • South Kent, CT 06785
Will is striving to create beautiful pieces of art that are also usable on a daily basis. The idea is that if you are pouring tea out of a handmade teapot into a thought out mug, you will be able to taste and feel the difference of your tea. It amplifies the taste and smell of whatever you are going to enjoy, if that is a bowl of soup or a cup of coffee. As far as forms are concerned, Will seems to have a strange obsession with teapots which very in size from one person to ten person. That is not his only focus, for he creates all of the “normal” ceramic objects as well from bowls to plates. Once created, he focuses on Soda and Wood firings, which creates a unique surface that is nearly impossible to duplicate exactly.
50 Bell Hill Rd. • Washington, CT 06793
Working with clay and wood firing is a way of life for me. It has challenged and nurtured me and transformed my life for 40 years. My pots, figures and wall murals are fired in the anagama (wood firing tunnel kiln) here at my studio. You can see the kiln, studio, showroom and work in progress.
463 Segar Mt Rd •South Kent, CT 06785
Cone 6 – functional and sculptural pots, made of porcelain and stoneware clays.
8 Landmark Lane • Kent, CT 06757
My pieces fall into two categories: sculptural and inadvertently functional. The sculptural pieces are my abstract flights of fancy. My functional pieces aren’t intended as such per se, function as afterthought, yet they can serve a purpose.
Peter will be Alison’s guest at The Alison Palmer Studio.
48 Stone Fences Lane* • South Kent, CT 06785
*(may be spelled “StoneFences” for GPS)