Creativity is intelligence having fun.
-Albert Einstein
 
 
 

It’s no accident that AHA and HAHA are spelled almost the same way. 
-Mitch Ditkoff

Yes! Fun is what it’s all about! Come and experience the joy and freedom of creative expression. We look forward to seeing you. 
-Grace
 
 
 
 
AUGUST SALE!  
Sign up early for preregistration discount!
Our Fall Semester Classes Start September 10th!
Sign up for any one of our many wheel throwing or handbuilding classes before September 2nd and receive a $25 discount for new students or a $25 firing fee credit for current and former students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW! Kids and their Grownups
3 week clay course!!
Create memories with your child by crafting functional and decorative ceramics. Not only does it build language skills, but manipulating clay helps children develop hand and eye co-ordination, develop the small muscles in their fingers and hands and hone their fine motor skills. All as they pound, pat, pinch and push the clay adding detail and form as they work to build their creative shapes and objects.
For ages 4 and up
3 week session: July 30, August 6 & 13 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!!! ***
~ COLOR ME CLAY PARTY ~
Sip & Create - a brand new take on that old Sip & Paint! 
Love to color? 
Who says coloring books are for kids only?

Grab your friends and head on down to the hottest new party time in town!

We provide a handmade clay dish and you trace a coloring book type pattern. Next, you'll paint in your pattern while sipping wine and enjoying shared time with friends. Then you'll trace out the outlines of your pattern to put the finishing touches on your own little masterpiece. We'll finish and fire your creation in our kiln (oven) and you'll be able to pick up your one-of-kind handmade dish in about 2 weeks. 

Your finished piece will be microwave, oven and dishwasher safe so you'll be able to enjoy eating off of your dish or use it as a serving platter on your dinner table. 

$45 includes wine for sipping & all the materials needed to create your finished handmade dish. 

Saturday August 18th 6:30-8:30 pm  Reserve your space on Eventbrite

 
 
 
 
 
BY POPULAR DEMAND... 
**SILVER PARTY FRIDAYS!!**
Next dates: 
We are taking a temporary break for August and September and will resume our parties starting October 26.

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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Potter’s Tale....
Hours at the studio today.
Each one of us set some clay down.... Some on a table, some on top of a potters wheel.
Hmmmm....?

What to make and how do I make it? Oh, I know like this. 
But wait... why is that guy over there doing it that way? Doesn’t he know his clay piece is “rolled” out too thin? And that slip he is using to connect corners is way too wet.
Ugh, he is making a mess! (And, why is he standing with his back bent 
over the table doesn’t he know tomorrow his back will kill him?!)

Those walls on that little cup will never hold up, clay way too wet!
How can I tell him without intruding...? He is not in a class after all and he did not ask for help. Maybe I will just tell him one thing to do.
He said (so polite), thanks!
Next person comes along, another suggestion, again, so polite he says “thanks”

His work is developed and formed and standing just fine. Perhaps a bit wobbly but
His creative wonderful idea came through.
Did he really need my help? I think not.
Beautiful cups.
How lovely!
-anonymous potter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 next semester of ceramic classes start  September 10th-
REGISTER NOW!
EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL!!!
Register by Sept 2nd for any 7 week class and save $25!
(cash discount for new students / firing fee credit for all current & former students)

Choose wheel throwing or hand building: day, evening or weekend classes. 
Sign up now to reserve your place in the class of your choice.


 
 
 
*Introduction to Pottery Class
(one time 1 hour class):
Bring your friends, your soulmate or just yourself to this special hands-on introduction to the world of clay. 

In your hour long introductory class you will learn the basics of clay making and create your first ceramic piece that you will be able to take home (in about 3 weeks, after we finish your piece in our kilns/ovens).

 
 

Introduction to Wheel Throwing:

Sunday August 19th @ 5:30 pm
Friday, August 31 @ 6:30 pm

$50 per person everything included.

Reserve your Wheel Throwing Class

on Eventbrite


Introduction to Handbuilding:

Saturday, August 10th @ 6:30 pm

$50 per person everything included. 

Reserve your Hand Building Class

on Eventbrite

 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Denise Matis
Joe Tsien
Grace Anker
 
 
Bubble Glaze Galore!
Lately there has been A Whole Lot Of Bubbles Going On at the studio.
Denise Matis has been glazing her wonderful pots with this technique for awhile and her results have inspired many of us potters to try our hands at bubble glazing as well. The results have been amazing!

What is a bubble glaze?????
Bubble glazing is exactly what it sounds like. You start with a solid glaze background coat and then you mix a second color with a bit of soap and water and with a straw, blow those bubbles like you did with your chocolate milk as a kid! Then you carefully transfer the bubbles onto the pot where they bust and become intricate patterns of color.
 
 
Bridget Plante
Denise Matis
 
 
 
DIMENSIONAL ART:
The Shadow Box...
-Hannah Suckle

In exploring shadow boxes, and boxes in general I started looking at different kinds of shadow box art, starting with Joseph Cornell. I was introduced to Cornell by my 5th grade teacher, as he specialized in the shadow box diorama. Elementary school was famous for diorama projects but she was hoping to up our game. I was also inspired by the paper cut art of Beatrice Coron, whose work has been at MAD and is featured in subway art on NYC trains. 

While constructing my box art I was also inspired by the sculptural pieces of my brother in law, Marc Hoeflich, master of coils, and was wondering how to give depth to what I was going to try.  I first tried to make branches out of coils. I couldn’t make them do what I wanted so I decided to cut the branches into the frame which was attached after designing the background with underglaze, and wax mishima sgraffito.
After bisque I used more underglaze in layers to make the frame look like a tree.  There was just one problem.  After glaze firing I hated it. The tree.  After some consultation, Denise Matis showed me the variegated copper leaf she used on a frame.  That was the AHA!

In stages I used size and ripped pieces of variegated leaf to create dimensional shimmering over the top of the tree. I even used some of the “crumbs” to give it a little confetti and not waste so much of the leaf.  Let the whole thing set for a week then clear sealed.  

The whole thing, much more satisfying, a little out of the box (ha ha) and another bit of testament that glitter fixes everything.

I’m taking a short break from clay, but hope to explore the idea of dimensional paper cuts and shadow boxes in ceramic further.  A way to tell a story in dimension is very intriguing. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 6th annual KEW GARDENS OUTDOOR ART FAIR 
will be taking place on Sunday, September 9th (rain date: September 30th) from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Lefferts Blvd & Austin Street. 
FREE ADMISSION

Come join us all in celebrating the artistic talents and rich diversity of Queens!

Our Kew Gardens neighborhood will be transformed into a living art showcase featuring the Kew Gardens Art Fair- showcasing an eclectic mix of 20 artists selling their original fine art, and of course the ever popular Kew Gardens Community Art Day- which will include a hands-on Arts Zone for one and all, sidewalk chalk drawing, a fence art exhibit, art demonstrations, entertainment, local business participation and much much more!

So.... mark your calendars and we hope to SEE YOU THERE!!!

**ATTENTION: CALL FOR ARTIST VENDORS!!!**
There are still some spaces available for the Art Fair. 
If you wish to participate please apply by the August 12th deadline. 
To apply: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grace Anker
& Germane Tautz:
Our very own Grace Anker (proprietor of our wonderful studio) and Germane Tautz will be showing and selling their colorful & imaginative work on Fire Island at the Davis Park annual Arts & Crafts show. 

Who can resist a day out on Fire Island???? 

This is really the perfect excuse to grab that ferry and head out to this magical place for an interesting and fun day with many unique local artists. 

Davis Park 55th annual Arts & Crafts Show
Rain or Shine

Sunday, Sept. 2nd 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.
Most Precious Blood Church
Davis Park, Fire Island

Ferry Information:
Davis Park Ferry Co
80 Brightwood St, Patchogue, NY 11772
 
 
 
 
 
Janine Martel
One of our wonderful potters (and all around favorite people) is exhibiting and selling her inspirational pots at the Southampton Farmers Market on Sundays, starting July 8th. 
What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday- walking around Southampton and sampling the farm fresh produce and hand crafts for sale. 

Southampton Farmers
(and craft) Market
Sundays
starting July 8th 2018 9:00 am - 2 pm
East Side Grounds of the Southampton Arts Center: 25 Jobs Lane
Southampton Village, Southampton, NY 11968 United States
 
 
 
 
 

Margaret Wozniak
Oh, it’s that time of year again! The wonderful Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY is scheduled for the weekend of Sept 14-16th and our popular Thursday handbuilding teacher & amazing artist Margaret Wozniak will be showing and selling her incredible ceramic pieces. 
This is a show not to be missed with so many different creative artists in so many mediums- there is truly something for everyone. 
Go out and enjoy an early fall weekend at this diverse and interesting show and don’t forget to drop by Margaret's booth and say hello!

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst-
Tarrytown, NY
Friday, Sept 14 - 10:00am-5:00 pm
Saturday, Sept 15 - 10:00am-6:00 pm
Sunday, Sept 16 - 10:00am-5:00 pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next gas reduction and salt firings at New Prospect Pottery SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Message from Lynn: 
Save the Date ....the last date to bring pots will be Sept.1, 2018.  
You can, of course, come up weeks before if you care to.  

Gas prices have gone up markedly so unfortunately it is necessary to raise prices for the first time since 2010.
Salt will now be 10 Cents per cubic inch (I know it's a lot) and Reduction will have to go up to 7 cents per cubic inch.
Please RSVP as soon as convenient.  
The last firing had two salt kiln loads and one entire reduction kiln plus some.
Call me at the number below if you have any questions.

Lynn Isaacson
New Prospect Pottery
2646 New Prospect Road
Pine Bush, NY 12566
845-744-6787
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THIS PORCELAIN IS TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS
The Hong Kong jeweler Wallace Chan spent seven years developing a type of porcelain that is five times harder than steel, and he’s more than ready to demonstrate it.
 
Wallace Chan created the porcelain used in this sapphire-studded ring.
He says the substance is five times harder than steel.
 
 
By Rachel Felder

Wallace Chan, the Hong Kong jeweler behind some of the world’s most exclusive gems, sat in a sunny Manhattan hotel room a few weeks ago, talking about his latest creations.
He displayed one, a large blue ring topped with a diamond — and began whacking it aggressively against the wooden coffee table. Bang! Mr. Chan, 62, just smiled. Then he rapped it again.The ring was primarily made of porcelain, a ceramic normally used for rose-strewn tea sets and figurines of pouting milkmaids, and such treatment should have reduced it to a handful of shards on the hotel room carpet.

But this wasn’t just any old porcelain. It was a porcelain seven years in the making, which Mr. Chan invented and which he says is five times harder than steel.
 
 
Mr. Chan in his Hong Kong workshop.
 
 
The material — called for the time being, a little unimaginatively, Wallace Chan Porcelain — is made of specially chosen ingredients that Mr. Chan treats like the equivalent of a state secret out of fear of industrial espionage (the jewelry world is, apparently, a paranoid place). But the ingredients are, he said, almost devoid of impurities.
Pieces are fired in one of his two custom-built German kilns, to about 1,650 degrees Celsius (3,000 degrees Fahrenheit), or about 200 degrees Celsius more than in the traditional process. The result is a dense, strong porcelain with an unusual shiny luster.

“What he has accomplished is very unique,” said Raquel Alonso-Perez, the curator of the Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard, who saw Mr. Chan’s porcelain during the jeweler’s recent trip to several American cities to show it to friends and museums. “The fact that he can create something that has the look of porcelain and can be wearable, that’s not going to break — it’s not just something you can look at, but something you can wear — and it has that silky look that enhances the rest.”

Ms. Alonso-Perez paused and then added, “I could not believe.”
To introduce the material, Mr. Chan and his artisans created four pieces of jewelry that mix it with precious stones and titanium, the metal that has been a signature feature of his work for the last decade. 

“Titanium is a space age metal,” he said, “and porcelain is a material that’s been around for the long time; so I wanted to combine them, to make a connection between the past and the present, leading to the future.”
He added, “The porcelain is the future.”
 
 
Mr. Chan won't disclose the composition of his porcelain but said the purity
of the ingredients and the temperature used to fire pieces contribute to its strength.
 
 
Along with the diamond-studded blue ring, there are a pair of earrings — bulbous balls of milky-white porcelain surrounding nearly 60 carats of South Sea pearls — and two more rings. One features a large hot-pink spinel on top of swirls of blush-color porcelain; the other, three bright-blue sapphires that appear to float on a delicate porcelain pod.
He did not bang them or try to crush them under his feet, but it’s not hard to imagine the impact if he had. His discovery, after all, has the potential to change the industry.

Not that that is why Mr. Chan pursued the project.

Porcelain’s ability to showcase intense color is, for Mr. Chan, part of its appeal. “Metal can’t always be the colors that I want,” he said. “That was one of the reasons why I decided to research porcelain, to get the colors that I want to use in jewelry.”

Mr. Chan’s fascination with porcelain began during his childhood in Hong Kong. His family was extremely poor, and he and three siblings shared one plastic spoon for meals, while the adults had porcelain ones. 

“I wanted to touch them, so one day after dinner I got my hands on one,” he said. “Unfortunately, because there was still some oil on the spoon, I couldn’t really hold it properly and I broke it. That was a painful memory, but it really left such an impression in my mind.”
 
 
These porcelain earrings also include titanium, a substance that has
become a hallmark of Mr. Chan's work.
 
 
He began making jewelry as a teenager, initially training as a carver and opening his own workshop in 1974. By the late 1980s, he had developed the Wallace Cut, a method of carving cameo-like images into precious gemstones, a technique that brought him international acclaim. Often dissatisfied with the tools of his trade, he has developed numerous pieces of his own, like the customized dental drills that help him do precision work.

His jewelry creations have included an 11,551-diamond necklace for the Asian jewelry giant Chow Tai Fook, said in 2015 to be the world’s most expensive necklace, at $200 million. And he has a reputation, although never confirmed, for selling only to people he likes. (The names of some clients? Another secret.)

“He’s not your ordinary jeweler,” said Robert Weldon, the director of the library at the Gemological Institute of America, which in 2011 organized the first American display of Mr. Chan’s work at its museum in Carlsbad, Calif. “He’s broken absolutely all of the rules, and he does it in the most creative and beautiful manner.”

Certainly this is true of the new porcelain, which Mr. Chan plans to present to the public this year — most likely in November, venues to be announced — once he has finished a few more pieces. 

He hasn’t determined the prices for any of the porcelain jewelry yet.
“If you are calculating your own creativity,” Mr. Chan said, “then you can’t create history.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
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