The new Mudflat building is coming along!

Many years ago Mudflat purchased the old theatre building on Broadway in Somerville. After years of hard work by Mudflat Director Lynn Gervens, the Mudflat Board of Directors, the staff and donors it finally looks like this project will be completed this year. The new building will be an amazing, inspiring space for professional artists and student artists to work and learn together. For the full scoop on the renovation, go the Mudflat Studio Renovation blog. Below are a few highlights from that blog:

A model of the new balcony and archway that will be added to the current facade.

The outside is coming along.

This is a shot of the second floor in process. Installation is underway on the staircase and atrium railing. The two doorways you see open to few of the artist studios on the second floor (the door on the left will by my studio, which I’ll be sharing with Monica Ripley). Notice all of the light beaming down from the clerestory. Here’s an outside view of the clerestory in process:

There will be a big event to celebrate the move to the new building, likely in August or September. Visit the Mudflat Studio Events Calendar to sign up for their newsletter or to donate to the building fund.

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Collaboration with Suzanne Stumpf.

These pieces are the result of a collaboration with Suzanne Stumpf, a ceramic artist from Natick (and former Mudflat artist). This collaboration began when Suzanne gave me a piece in the greenware state that she made with a combination of porcelain and paper clay. I added a grog-filled dark stoneware sculpture body using an expansion-style joint and split the piece into two. Then I bisque-fired the pieces and returned them to Suzanne to alter in the bisque state, glaze, and fire to cone 10 in her new electric kiln.

I find it interesting that these pieces have no ‘bottom’. They can rest on a surface in several orientations. Each orientation seems to express a different mood:

It was great fun surprising one another with our choices. We are looking forward to another collaboration, this time in reverse — I’ll start by giving Suzanne a greenware piece, she’ll add to it and bisque it, then I’ll glaze it. Look for the results here, and check out Suzanne’s work at

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Angela Cunningham: Closer & Closer Exhibition.

Angela Cunningham’s new exhibition, “Closer  &  Closer” opened at the Clay Art Center last night in Port Chester, NY. It was the second show in the newly renovated space. Leigh Taylor Mickelson and the other folks at the Clay Art Center did a wonderful job of producing the show. The opening was well-attended despite the weather. Lots of Mudflat Studio Artists and Students drove down from Boston to see the new work and celebrate our friend’s accomplishment. Congratulations, Angie!

The show is running through January 29th, 2011. You must see her surfaces in person! It is worth the trip:

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New lowfire body.

Debra Fleury, Bone

Debra Fleury, Bone

White 04-06 clay with talc. Enjoyable to the touch. Forgiving, unless you beat it up. I’ve been pushing the temperature a bit. I like how it gets warm and creamy at cone 1. There is a price to be paid for this, though.

This piece is approximately 20″ long. Inspired by skeletons, shells, and artifacts revealed by digging.

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Glass firing.

Bisque ware with fully fired porcelain inlay and glass — before . . .

Debra Fleury - glass firing


Fully glazed and fired porcelain form with glass — before . . .


This was a very fun experiment, but I spent a sleepless night hoping that I wasn’t going to have to buy a new kiln for Mudflat because my glass melted all over the place. Some did escape, but I fired on trays with sand in them. Whew!

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Ahhh! Salad days at Watershed.

I headed up to Newcastle Maine last weekend to attend one of my favorite fundraisers — the Salad Days Benefit at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

If you haven’t made the trek up there, it is well worth it. Every year a resident artist makes 500 plates over three months, which seems like quite a frenzy of plate making to me. Each attendee gets a plate, delicious salads to enjoy off of that plate, music, and more — all set outdoors on the bucolic Watershed grounds. For dessert, there is usually a show of ceramic work at one of the local galleries in the afternoon. This year’s show was at George Mason’s lovely home gallery, featuring his innovative work and that of past Watershed artists.

This year’s plates were made by Sean O’Connell and they were quite lovely. It was difficult to choose which was the most beautiful, but I’m pretty sure I got the one!

(My husband got the second most beautiful one, but i’ll share.)

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