Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower. —Albert Camus

Don't you just LOVE the fall? Sunny days, cool breezes and those colors! Creative inspiration in every direction! Why not turn over a leaf of your own and come let nature inspire you to create something wonderful?
All of  Sheila Blunt's pottery is on sale 
(20% OFF) during the month of
October in our gallery.
My first pottery class was at Penn State as a required class in my undergraduate years in Art Ed. It was exciting to get my hands on the clay and the wheel, but in those days we learned on an old fashioned kick wheel which was tricky! It took me a long time to get a finished product that I could be proud of. We had a young, nutty teacher who had us mixing large vats of clay by stomping on it in bare feet! He also used to throw balls of clay at a pot while it was being thrown if he didn’t like it. He was the epitome of the tough drill sergeant, but I also had a great clay experience, which I brought to the classrooms that I taught in over the years (without destroying students pots!!) 

I taught painting, pottery, sculpture, design and anything else that could be called art in secondary schools in New Jersey and Long Island for almost 40 years, before and after getting my masters at Pratt Institute. 

My love for The Potter's Wheel goes back to 1979 when the studio was on Queens Boulevard. I was pregnant with my second child when I discovered a great place to create pottery close to home! 

Previously, I was studying with Seema Kamrass in Soho. I began my long association with The Potter's Wheel, starting under the ownership of Sandra Pine, continuing with owners Peggy Simmons, then the move to Kew Gardens, continuing with Sue Sendek at the helm, and now with Grace Anker. 

I used to spend my summers enrolled in “workshop time” during all the years before my retirement in 2000. The minute I walked in the door, someone would say, "Sheila’s here! I guess it’s summer!" How wonderful it is that I’ve now been enjoying pottery all year round at my second home. 

My style also formed and evolved during my years at The Potter's Wheel. My pots were often a little crooked (some things never change), hence my email address: rockypots. 

I decided early on that there is no such thing as too much surface decoration! My pots usually have texture or cutouts or sculpture or handles. I love to make handles. Sometimes, an understated pot slips into my repertoire. But whether my pots are simple or elaborate, I’m always looking for “graceful”. 

I also believe that an artist should take risks; lots of them. When you’re a beginning potter it is tempting to stay with what you do best, but after you have accumulated many pots, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and push some boundaries. My pottery may look like it's done by different artists, but that’s only because I keep going back to previous motifs, giving them a new twist.

I’m now on a mission to improve my throwing skills, which means throwing away more formative pots than usual, so fellow potters, I’ll see you near the recycle bin at the Potters Wheel. 

A note from Grace: Sheila is usually at the studio Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons happily sitting at the wheel or carving up a pot. Stop by and and watch her work, take a look at her wonderful creations in our gallery or just say hi. While you're here, you can take advantage of our 20% discount on all Sheila's work during the month of October.

What a great weekend we had participating in the
Richmond Hill Block Association's 44th Park Fair Day and the
Kew Gardens Community Arts Day! 
It was wonderful to be out in our community on a hot, early fall weekend  meeting, talking, creating and playing with all of you, our wonderful neighbors and friends. 

Our 'Kids Clay Corner' booth where children of all ages made clay pendants to take home was such a huge success that we are planning to host more events like that in the studio in the coming months (such as our event on Columbus Day, see details below), so watch this space for upcoming dates and times. 

A big THANK YOU to all the potters and friends that helped make both these days so special. We couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you: Mike, Asta, Inna, Sue, Chris, Genie, Becky, Danko, Fred, Marc, Germane, Wally, Denise, Eloise, Maria, Audrey and Arline
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. 

15% OFF New Student Registration for any of our 7 week November semester classes before October 31st!
Our new semester starts the week of November 5th! 
Come make your own holiday gifts!
Choose wheel throwing or hand building: day, evening or weekend classes. 
Sign up now to reserve your place in the class of your choice. 


Monday, October 9th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. 
Clay fun for all!!
Looking for something to do on that day off from school?
Come to the Potter's Wheel and make your very own pumpkin, or cornucopia. Try your hand at a creating a scary monster. There's no telling what you will think of once your creative juices get going! 
Bring the whole family! 
We'll give you a block of air-dried clay to start you off. and you can take your wonderful creations home with you! 
$5 each
Come and see your youngster's creativity flourish in an interactive clay activity with you or, of course, dads are welcome, too! 
This three-week course runs from
4:00 to 5:30 pm on Mondays,
October 16, 23 & 30.

SPECIAL! October, SAVE $50! 
one adult and one child $150. 
Additional  children $15 each. 
Additional adults $20 each. 
Suitable for ages 4 and up.

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.

Be sure to come by with your youngsters on Halloween.
We love to see the neighborhood
turn out in all their spooky finery.

Here's to the mind-clearing 
benefits of clay. 
In the past few years, pottery has crept out of the knickknack shop and into the realm of fashion. Clay’s chic status is believed to have been made official in 2013, when Steven Alan began carrying the work of young potters at his home-goods store. Rachel Comey held a ceramics bazaar at her New York shop shortly thereafter, and designer Paloma Wool commissioned original works by young potters to sell on her website—along with clothing made from ceramic-inspired fabric—for The Vase Project. The craze for earthenware has made a mark on Instagram, too, where artisans like Lindsey Hampton, Helen Levi, and Natalie Weinberger boast followings rivaling those of any It girl (although, speaking of which, even Emily Ratajkowski has recently posted herself elbow deep in clay). Young creatives, who in another era might have gone to work at fashion houses, are pursuing careers to do with kilns, and more and more of the sort of with-it women who practice yoga at Sky Ting and dine at Dimes (itself a showcase for creative clay) are signing up for after-work or weekend classes. “Everyone’s a potter these days!” laughs superstar ceramicist Amanda Moffat. “It’s great.”

Pottery is more than an emerging market or au courant hobby, however; amid our can’t-stop-won’t-stop tech-addicted culture, it connects us to the earth when the world might as well be coming undone. (Should you find yourself with a case of the pre-inaugural terrors, there are few activities more soothing than staring at the beguiling shapes featured on the Instagram accounts of Cassie Griffin and Helen Levi.)

“It’s always been popular, it’s just become more so with the farm-to-table movement,” Levi says of her métier. She’s speaking from her car, in the middle of transporting 140 bowls to the Brooklyn restaurant Vinegar Hill House for a charity dinner series she organized for pottery lovers in advance of Donald Trump’s inauguration. A ticket to Potters in Protest covers food, wine, and the right to walk away with the one-of-a-kind handmade bowl in which your dinner was served. Just as we crave connection with the person who bakes our pies and makes our wine, we want a coffee mug that feels made by hand—even if it’s too valuable to actually drink from.

Earlier this week, Moffat was seated at the knotted wood work table in her studio, a 5,000-square-foot light-filled oasis in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn (Isabel Halley, a ceramicist and longtime friend of Lena Dunham, was working in an adjoining space that she rents from Moffat). As Moffat created a coiled edge for a flower box that will take two weeks to dry properly, she reflected on the joy of working with clay. “You can’t rush it,” Moffat said. “Things will crack and break and fall off. This is the opposite of an instant gratification activity.” Conversely, the gratification runs deep. “Hours can pass without thinking or caring about anything else—that’s what is known as the ‘potter’s nod."

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The potters at our studio and local citizens over the last several days have answered the call with contributions of much needed supplies. 
Denise Matis, a staunch supporter and long-time potter, filled her car more than once with many generous donations which she brought to her local fire house last week. On Monday, we brought four large bags to Councilwoman Koslowitz's office who is collecting donations for distribution.
If you are able to help, please bring your donations to The Potter's Wheel and we will bring it to local distribution centers. 

The needed supplies are as follows:
Baby food (dry)
Batteries, non-lithium only (AA, C, D)
First Aid Supplies (no liquids)
Feminine hygiene products. 

Due to the great degree of devastation on the island of Puerto Rico, the residents there will need our continued support. New York City will be continuing to collect needed supplies at local fire houses, etc. Please help if you can.