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Yo peeps!
Time to crack out of those winter shells and let your creative spirits fly!  Spring semester begins the first week of May - It's a great time for a pottery class!
Hope to see you!
Grace
 
 
 
 
 
Mothers Day Sale
20% OFF all vases, mugs,
cups and teapots
May 1st thru May 14th

Mom is one-of-a-kind.... shouldn't your Mother's Day gift to her be too?
Come see all the ways we have to tell her just how unique and special she is.
 
 
 
 
FEATURED ARTIST- Paula Kantor
 
 
 
 
20% OFF Paula Kantor's work
during the month of May in our gallery

  
Tell us a little about yourself, how you came to clay, what inspires you and any advice you might have for someone new to the art form.
 
Newly married, with my own wholesale baked goods business, I was looking for another creative outlet and a way to meet people in a new city - Washington, DC.
 
Although I had minored in studio art, I had not taken a pottery class since some unsuccessful attempts in high school. I found a studio and took that first course, even though it was really a struggle at first I was hooked! (And, as a bonus, everyone there was so friendly.) 
 
Upon moving back to New York I was amazed to find The Potter's Wheel, a great teaching studio right in my neighborhood. This time, with perseverance, (and great teachers) I learned to center, pull and trim pots on the wheel, and later really took to the freedom of hand building.

 
I have the best group of friends and support from the studio. It's close to 30 years (omg!) since I stepped through the doors of The Potter's Wheel that first time. I've now been teaching clay classes for almost 25 years and I truly believe that everyone has creativity within them, if they care to nurture it. 
 
 
 
I've always been influenced by the spontaneity, movement and energy of the abstract expressionist painters. Early on, my work was colorful with lots of nature-influenced patterns. Over the years, I have distilled the ideas to a more simplified style of ceramics. Now, I would count architectural design as an additional influence. 
 
Either way, I try to remember to have form follow function, while trying to create something new each time. Although repetition can garner perfection, my personality barely lets me drive the same route twice, let alone make true duplicates. I believe the beauty is in the nuanced "imperfections" that the hand of the potter, and the quality of the clay at a particular time impart on the finished piece. 
 
A Note from Grace: 
Paula is generally at the studio Tuesday and Wednesday mornings until mid-afternoon, expertly guiding potters through the creative process of ceramics and stretching the boundaries of both form and imagination. Come by sometime - meet the artist in person - say hello and have a look at her wonderful functional and fanciful art.
 
 
 
 
 
SPRING HAPPENINGS AT THE POTTERS WHEEL!!
 
 
 
 
Spring Semester Begins in May. Why Wait?
NOW is the BEST TIME to sign up for that pottery class you've been thinking about. Surprise yourself and discover that talent lying dormant within you!
Classes make a great gift, as well, and we have many options to choose from, including 3-week intro sessions for beginners
(where you make a finished pot from beginning to end)!
Call us for class schedule and availability. 718–441–6614
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
GIRLS NIGHT OUT!
(Because Every Girl Needs One!)
Gather up your best friends for a casual, fun and creative experience. 
Our professional pottery instructors will guide you on your mud-filled journey as you create great memories & ceramics!
We'll teach you to throw a pot on the potter's wheel AND to hand build with clay. Enjoy exploring this medium and let loose your imagination while sipping wine and savoring some famous local pizza.
At the end of the evening you'll have two works of pottery made by your hands to keep and treasure. 
Cost for the evening (lasting 2.5 hours) is $70, all included. Seating limited to 12. Your finished ceramic pieces will be available for pickup in three weeks.
Saturday, May 6th, 6:00-8:30 PM
 
 
 
 
 
Mothers Day
Family Painting Event
May 12, 3 pm to 6 pm
Bring the kids (and the kid in you) for some creative fun and play and paint a lasting bouquet of springtime flowers.
All materials will be provided to make a beautiful assortment to decorate your home with your child's creations, or to
give as gifts for special occasions like Mother's Day. 
This event is suitable for all
ages 3 and up.
Fees begin at $5.
 
 
 
 
 
You can make Silver Jewelry
with Precious Metal Clay 
Limited spots still available for our June 4 & 11th class. Stay tuned or contact us for updates to our class schedule. 
We'll teach you to create amazing, handcrafted real silver pendants and charms. You'll leave with your finished piece(s) of jewelry ready to wear, or a gift for that special someone. You will learn how to create a finished piece of jewelry. All materials are included. 
Course includes: all tools for use + 10 grams of silver precious metal clay  (enough to make 1–3 pieces of jewelry). Additional clay available for purchase. Jewelry findings will also be available. Space is limited to 6 students in each class.
Introductory Classes – Cost $99
2 part Classes – 
Monday, May 1 & 15 from 2-4 PM- JUST ADDED!
Sunday, May 7 & 21 from 2-4 PM- Sorry, SOLD OUT!
Sunday, June 4 & 11 from 2-4 PM
Don't wait! Classes fill up quickly.
Call to register or to be added to our waiting list. 718–441–6614
 
 
 
 
 
NEW! - Silver Clay WORKSHOP!!
Due to popular demand we are adding Silver Clay Workshop time on Wednesday evenings. These sessions are open to 2nd level Precious Metal Clay students who have already completed the first course. 
Maria Rodriguez will to be your guide for this independent creative work time. During this workshop, you will build on the knowledge and experience learned in the first class to create new and unique pieces of silver jewelry. 

Costs:
Workshop time - $5.00/ hour
Firing Fee - $1.00/ gram
PMC3 (Silver Clay) for purchase - from $28 (9 grams) and up

2 part workshop dates:
May 10th & 24th 6:30-8:30 PM
June 7th & 21st 6:30-8:30 PM
**Workshop is limited to EIGHT students so please RSVP to info@potterswheelny.com or call the studio to reserve your space
 
 
 
 
 
Live Potter's Wheel  Demonstration!
Ever wonder what it's like to throw a pot on a potters wheel? Ever marvel at watching a potter pull ('grow') a tall pot from a small lump of clay? Well, wonder no more.....



We decided to take our potter's wheel outdoors for a spin!
Come join us for our Open Wheel Demo Days here at the Potter's Wheel: 120-33 83rd Ave, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Michael Simollari will show you how it's done on
Memorial Day, Monday May 29th, 12:00-2:00 pm  

Flo Kaczorowski will give it a whirl on
Kids Art in the Park Day, Sunday June 18th, 12:00-2:00 pm

As a bonus, each of the above artist's work will be on sale in our gallery for
20% Off on their respective Wheel Demonstration Days.
 
 
 
 
ABOUT SHARING
 
 
 
 
Margaret Wozniak's two Thursday evening classes worked on sculptural pieces spanning the course of multiple semesters. Intricately done, using both coil and slab techniques, the rest of the potters at the studio were in awe watching these forms take shape. Each took on a special mood and personality as the potters brought the clay to life. As the finished pieces started to come out of their final kiln firing the results are nothing short of amazing!! Well done, Potters!!
 
 
 
 
OUR ARTISTS CORNER
 
 
 
 
Flo Kaczorowsky will be creating wheel thrown pottery is tandem with a dance piece entitled “Keramos” at Bronx Community College.  This free performance is on April 20th from noon to 2pm and Friday April 21st 2017.  The location is Roscoe Brown Playhouse 2165 University Ave, Bronx, NY.  Flo has worked with this group of dancers, MAD several times in the past lending her pottery skills to complement the performance on stage.
Flo also has a new website;
check out her work at
flokaczorowskiceramics.com
 
 
 
 
 
Spring Craft Fair
Our talented Thursday hand building teacher, 
Margaret Wozniak, is kicking off her spring craft fair season. Don't miss her booth at Crafts at Lyndhurst up in Tarrytown, NY. It's always a fun show and a great way to spend a spring day. 
 
Crafts at Lyndhurst - Tarrytown, NY
May 5, 6, & 7, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Middle School Visual Artists
at The Potter’s Wheel

 What fun we had!!
We were pleased to host Brooklyn's Frederick Douglass Academy VIII Middle School's very talented art class for two amazing classes last month. The studio was bubbling with creativity and a nicer group of teens you never did see. Fellow potter and art teacher, Barbara Gathers, helped walk her class through the project that involved coiling patterns in clay to create one-of-a-kind bowls. The bowls were smoothed out on the inside, but the pattern was left on the outside! Each piece was as unique as the artist that created it. They enjoyed themselves so much that Ms. Gathers even put together a YouTube video of the experience. 
We thoroughly enjoyed having them, and hope to see them again soon. 
 
You Tube Video
 
 
 
 
 
Our annual Empty Bowls
event was a huge success!
Not one bowl was left!!

In total, we raised over $4,200 for the wonderful Riverfund organization. (https://www.river.fund/empty-bowls-2017) enabling them to continue their important work of lending a helping hand to our neighbors in need. As they said at the event, each dollar raised goes as far as $20 (and every $20 can feed a family of 5 for a week!) - and we hope that this will allow them to extend their reach even further. 
Many thanks to all the people who made this event special: to the potters who donated bowls, the many people who came to paint bowls, to Austin's Ale House for hosting us and for their delicious soup, to Bruce "Doc" Alcott, Lou & Marie Michaels for entertaining us with music, to community organizer - Carol Lacks, to the local folks and business who donated raffle prizes, and to all of you who came out in support and donated!
 New York 1 Interveiw      
 
 
 
 
IN MEMORY OF ROBIN HOPPER
 
 
 
 
 
Canadian potter, Robin Hopper, died on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and will be missed by many. Hopper was a much beloved potter, artist, teacher, writer, musician, horticulturist, tour guide and so much more. Born in wartime London, his love for art and clay began at age four and continued throughout his life and travels. Through his books and workshops he taught, inspired and gladdened so many lives and hearts. His work and spirit live on.
To view his work and teachings...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gas and Salt Firings - New Prospect Pottery Specialty
Interested in expanding your knowledge of ceramics? New Prospect Pottery in Pine Bush, NY, has opened their studio up for glazing to other potters. We've participated many times in their salt and gas firings.
The studio is run by Lynn Issacson and there are many glazes and slips to choose from among celadons, shinos, tenmokus, and other glazes.
It's always a fun day trip with a packed lunch and perhaps a quick side trip to one of the local wineries.


Mud and Fire Potters is Hosting a Kevin Crowe Workshop 
For those adventuresome wheel throwers, check out the "throwing large weekend workshop with Kevin Crowe" at Mud and Fire Potters in Little Meadows, PA. Mark your calendar for July 15 & 16.