Posts Tagged ‘Mudflat Studio’

work in process ‘gather’

August 22, 2017

This wall piece will be fired in Chris Gustin’s anagama kiln in October. Materials so far: Troy Porcelain (flashing porcelain) and black clay.

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Twirl. Blush. Hive.

October 5, 2016

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1-blush

3-hive

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Clay and glass.

 

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Mudflat Holiday Sale is this week.

December 7, 2014

The Mudflat Studio December sale is happening this week. Two floors of functional and sculptural clay objects. Stop by and check it out.

81 Broadway, Somerville
December 5–14, 2014

Sale hours:
Saturdays, December 6 & 13, 10 am – 6 pm
Sundays, December 7 & 14, 10 am – 6 pm
Monday through Friday, December 8–12, 10 am – 9 pm

Here’s a little preview from my studio:

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Hope to see you there.

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Photos from the Anima Show

May 28, 2013

sun view

mudflat group

Attending from Mudflat Studio: (left to right) Melissa Bland, Jennifer DeAngelis, Eric Schwarzenbach, Angela Cunningham, Debra Fleury, Richard Freierman, Chloe Marr-Fuller, Zach Shaw, Lynn Gervens, and Noni Armony.fb

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The show is up through August 11, 2013. Hours are monday-friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Charles Rose Architects, 155 Willow Ave, Somerville MA.

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Mudflat Opening.

December 6, 2012

Mudflat Studio

Debra Fleury

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The Mudflat Studio Opening was extremely well attended this year. Thank you to all who came out. Here are some sketches for an upcoming installation. Stay tuned for time, location, etc.

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Propagating wall forms.

January 25, 2012

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The new Mudflat building is coming along!

March 5, 2011

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.

January 22, 2011


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 www.ceramicsatthebarn.com

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Artist talk & potluck this Friday at Mudflat.

November 2, 2010

This Friday, November 5th I’ll be presenting work created at Mudflat Studio during my year-long Artist Residency. Potluck starts at 7:00 pm. Bring something to share. The talk begins at 8:00.

For address and directions go to: Mudflat.org

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Bones? Husks? Shells?

October 1, 2010

White stoneware, underglaze. Cone 1. Approximately 5″ x 6″ each.

What do they look like to you?

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New lowfire body.

August 31, 2010

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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New work.

August 29, 2010

Debra Fleury

Debra Fleury - detail

New sculpture body fired to cone 10 reduction — nice and toasty, the heavy grog really shows itself off at close viewing. Size is 11″ deep x 24.5″ long x 3.5″ x 3.5″ high.

Debra Fleury, detail

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Glass firing.

July 26, 2010

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

Debra Fleury - glass firing

after!

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

after!

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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First days at Mudflat!

September 23, 2009

Debra Fleury sketches and inspiration

Debra Fleury and Angela Cunningham Celebrate

It is official. I moved into my artist residency studio on September first. Corks were popped. Sketches got pinned up, bags of clay opened, and the shelves have already started to fill up.

My first month goal is to make as much work as I can, as quickly as possible. Working with nothing but speed and volume as the goals has been liberating and instructive. I’m honing my intuitive relationship with the clay, perfecting the dance, and discovering new forms.

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Part of the rush to make is that I’m adding terra cotta to my repertoire and I need to get a feel for this clay body as quickly as possible.

At first I felt very disappointed with this body. It feels so lifeless to me. I’ve worked with only about 100 pounds so far, but I’m finally noticing that it does have something special to offer to my process and I am looking forward to working with a new glaze palette.

Stay tuned. I’ll share some of the results here.

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