Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they’re born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mockingbirds aren’t content to merely play the hand that is dealt them.  
Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality.  
Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world.  
For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that served no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art.

-Tom Robbins

Oh the song of Spring! 
A time of new beginnings. Of seedlings turning into blooms, of sunshiny days and cool scented nights. A time of inspiration found in all things. 
We feel all this as we start our Spring semester- inspired by Mother Nature and the sense of tomorrow's surprises. 
Come join us on this journey....
Our new semester starts the week of May 1st - we hope to see you...
-Grace
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MAY SALE! 
10% Off EVERYTHING in the gallery through Mother's Day, May 13th!!!
**Remember to say "IT'S FOR MOM" for an EXTRA 5% Off!!!!**
 
 
 
 
 
SPECIAL Make a Personalized
Mother's Day Gift for Mom!
Come make this one-of-a-kind keepsake for that special Mom in your life!

Children of all ages will love this project using alphabet macaroni and decorative stamp impressions to create a personalized message on a clay heart-inspired slab of clay. 

We will apply the color and glaze your creations and we will finish it up in our kilns so it can be presented with all the love you put into your beautiful hanging tile in time to present it for Mother's Day.

For kids and grownups 4 and up.

We’ll supply the all the materials you'll need for your unique creation, one that will be cherished forever. 

You'll be able to pick up your finished pieces
starting May 6th.

Sunday April 29th 3:00-5:00pm.  $10 each
Reserve your space on Eventbrite
 
 
 
 
 
NEW! Kids and their Grownups
3 week clay course!!
Create lasting family memories with your child by crafting functional and decorative ceramics. 

Working with clay not only builds language skills, but also helps children develop hand/eye co-ordination, develop the small muscles in their fingers and hands and hone their fine motor skills. 

All as you’ll both pound, pat, pinch and push the clay, adding detail and form as you work to build your creative shapes and objects. 

For ages 4 and up
3 week session: May 7, 14 & 21 4:30-5:45pm
$100 for 1 adult plus 1 child. Each additional child $25
To sign up or for more information please call: 718-441-6614
 
 
 
 
 
NEW!!.... BY POPULAR DEMAND... 
**SILVER PARTY FRIDAYS!!**
Join us on the 2nd Friday of EVERY MONTH 
Let's make a Sterling Silver Keepsake Charm out of Precious Metal Clay!
Bring your best friends, your sweetheart or even just yourself to a one-of-a-kind evening you'll never forget. 
You'll be supplied with all the materials necessary to create your very own personalized embossed pendant, all while sipping wine and enjoying some pizza from the famous Dani's House of Pizza!
And, of course, you'll take home with you your finished keepsake to cherish forever. 
Party size is limited to 8 people, so sign up now!
 
 
 
Next Date:
May 11th from 7:00-9:30pm
Cost $70 per person
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20% OFF Marc'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.

MARC H. HOEFLICH
Artist, Potter, Architect
Marc’s creativity was likely born in his father and grandfather’s factory in Brooklyn where Marc spent a good deal of time as a child. This “maker” environment was ripe with inspiration—tools, gadgets, and stacks of copies of Architectural Record Magazine. Eventually studying Architecture at New York Institute of Technology, Marc fed his passion for creative expression studying art, ancient artifacts, and buildings. More than just an observer, Marc became an artist and painter himself.
Marc’s pieces reflect his love of nature, both land and sea. In addition to the inspiration of antiquities (Asian, European, and the Americas) and midcentury designs, he draws on the memories of the beautiful pieces in his parent’s home, expressing a sentimentality in clay but reinventing it with a new twist.

The story of the beginning of Marc's clay journey is a simple one. Almost 24 years ago, while on summer vacation in Fire Island Pines, a friend of Marc’s brought out a bag of clay. After that weekend, molding, shaping and playing with the clay, Marc was hooked. Wasting no time, that fall he enrolled in a pottery class at the Potter's Wheel, and one class led to the next. And the next. He built his skills and technique, starting first with hand building, then moving to using the wheel, and eventually building a pottery studio in his home.
The rest, as they say, is history.

NOTE FROM GRACE:
Marc loves to spend his Friday evenings with at the Potter's Wheel. Come on by, say hello and take a look at his wonderful work.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New to Ceramics?
Thinking about rekindling your past experience?
Now is the perfect time to sign up and get your hands dirty!
Pick any one of our three options. Join us for a 3-week introduction course , a full 7-week semester, or come and try a 1-hour one-on-one class. 

Our new Semester classes start the week of May 1st
Choose wheel throwing or hand building: day, evening or weekend classes. 
Sign up now to reserve your place in the class of your choice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throw A Clay Party!
We offer events for both adults and children in large or small groups. 
Whether it's a birthday celebration, a girls' night out, a casual get-together, or a holiday party, you can't match the fun you'll have getting down and dirty with us!

So, gather up your best friends and family for a casual, fun and creative experience!
Our professional pottery instructors will guide you on your mud-filled journey as you create great memories and ceramics!
Reservations are required and food and beverage may be brought in or we can arrange for pizza and wine. 

At the end of the party, you'll have a work of pottery made by your hands to keep and treasure. Your glazed and finished ceramic piece will be available for pickup within three weeks.
We can accommodate up to 16 people.  
For more pricing and scheduling information, please call 718-441-6614.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What a Remarkable Event!
This year (our 6th!) we raised over $3,800 for our friends at the River Fund, almost making this our record year!

In total, over the years, we as a community have raised and donated a total of over $19,000 to help our neighbors in need. 

You can still give a donation to this needed and wonderful organization by clicking here (https://www.river.fund/donation-page-kew-gardens-empty-bowls-project-2017) or you can come by the Potter’s Wheel (120-33 83rd Ave) where you can still choose a bowl for your generous donation of $20 while supplies last. 

The River Fund and the Potters Wheel would like to thank all the potters that created and contributed the wonderful bowls we all loved choosing from, the greater Kew Gardens Community that both came to hand paint bowls for donation and also those who gave generously from their heart to this worthy cause, all the donors of our raffle table prizes- it was really hard to choose which ones to try for this year- they were all such wonderful prizes, and last but definitely not least- Austin Ale House for their support and their generosity, their space and their soup!!!
Thank you all who made this another successful fundraising year!
-The Potter’s Wheel

More about our friends at the River Fund:
RIVER FUND is the largest community-based organization of its kind in Queens, and we coined the term "Poverty Frontline Center" to define the role we play in New York City: We confront material hardship with (1) weekly groceries, (2) benefits access, and (3) support and education pathways from Cradle to College. Thank you for supporting our work.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asta Bubliene
Spring Fine Arts & Craft
at Brookdale Park 
June 16-17 2018

10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday

Brookdale park is located at Watchung, Bellevue and Grove Avenues in Bloomfield/Montclair, New Jersey.

 
 
 
 
Our fellow potters Margaret Wozniak and Asta Bubliene are both exhibiting their work at some wonderful craft shows this spring. 
It's always a fun and interesting time for the whole family attending any of these wonderful events and what better way to spend a perfect spring day?

Margaret Wozniak:
Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst -Tarrytown, NY
May 4-6 2018 
635 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591  Free Parking
Friday, May 4: 10AM - 5PM
Saturday, May 5: 10AM - 6PM
Sunday, May 6: 10AM - 5PM

Washington Square
Outdoor Art Exhibit,

Washington Square, Manhattan, NY
May 26-28 2018
The show takes place on University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street. The southern end of the show encompasses Schwartz Plaza, (aka Bobkin Lane), between NYU's Shimkin Hall and Bobst Library.
Saturday, May 26: Noon – 6 pm
Sunday, May 27: Noon – 6 pm
Monday, (Memorial Day)
May 28: Noon – 6 pm

Crafts New York
June 2-3 2018 
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, West 62st- NY, NY 
Saturday, June 2: 12PM - 9PM
Sunday, June 3: 10AM - 9PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo Lithography on Clay: A Surprisingly Simple Way to Print Images On Clay
Kristina Bogdanov • March 20, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching Kristina Bogdanov demonstrate a really cool way to transfer photographic images onto clay surfaces. And, don’t worry! We captured the whole thing on video to share with you, my faithful readers!
Though the name sounds a bit intimidating, photo lithography image transfer onto clay, is not a terribly difficult process. You just need to get a couple of tools that you might not have on hand, but once you do that, it’s a piece of cake. In today’s video, Kristina shows us how. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
For best finished results, Kristina suggests using darker Mason Stains, such as:
Royal Blue 6339
Deep Brown 6109 or 6190
Black 6657 or 6666
Some oxides can also work, although Mason Stains are the most reliable for strong color.
 
 
 
Learn how to print on clay

To learn more about Kristina Bogdanov or see more images of her work, visit:
kristinabogdanov.com/ceramics

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
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