Amy Jackson is a brand new potter to the world of artists, and we are so glad that she approached us in our Fairfax showroom and presented her work. Her pottery is not just outstanding, but it is different take on the art. Her architectural background has a lot to do with the angular shapes she plays with. Her first interaction with pottery occurred while working at an art camp in the summer of 1987. She only picked it up again recently when she decided to take a ceramics class in 2009, but look at what she can make:
If her name sounds familiar, it’s no coincidence; she is co-owner Mark Gatterdam’s very talented mother. I had the pleasure of going to her home during last year’s Great Falls Studio Art Tour, and watched her finish up some of the pottery she had just taken out of the kiln.
Barbara’s work is absolutely beautiful and functional, just like our furniture. It’s no wonder Mark grew up to appreciate art in all its form. Their home in Great Falls is filled with Hardwood Artisans furniture and Barbara Gatterdam’s pottery. Barbara is also a collector of other potters’ works, and you can see the collection on every shelf in her home.
Barbara studied at several different schools to learn about the arts, including the Corcoran School of Art and has taken workshops with well known national and international potters. She has been a potter for 35 years. Her pots are made from stoneware clay and fired in her kiln to 2300 degrees, taking about 12 to 14 hours to complete.
Her favorite pottery forms to make are pitchers and vases. “There is a great feeling of accomplishment to create a tall graceful form” she says. Barbara participates in many local pottery shows, and seasonally in Lost River, West Virginia. You can see Barbara’s work in our Fairfax and Rockville showrooms.
As you know, Hardwood Artisans loves our local artists and showing them off. We have a collection of new local artwork in our showrooms and we’d love for all the fans of handmade art to visit our showrooms and check them out:
- Barbara Gatterdam – makes beautiful pottery out of her home in Great Falls, VA
- Fred Eberhart – for a limited time only, a local photographer we acquired through Broadway Gallery in Alexandria, VA
- Amy Jackson – a brand new local potter with her own sense of style in Fair Oaks, VA
- Lawrence Oliver – makes handmade wooden sculptures that leave you in awe in Missouri
Throughout this week we will be posting blogs highlighting about different local artists that we are displaying in our showroom.
Tuesday: Barbara Gatterdam & Fred Eberhart
Wednesday: Amy Jackson & Lawrence Oliver
We’re excited to hear your opinions on their work!
What a fun job! We love local artists and have three new artists displaying their work in our Fairfax showroom. One is a Raku potter and sculptor, Stephanie Firestone. Here is one of her Raku fired pieces title “Triangle Tower.”
Stephanie grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and knew art was going to be her destiny from a young age. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She uses color and form in a unique way that represents truth and essence. She has featured her work in many juried shows including Sculpture Now 2006, the annual show of the WSG. Ocassionally she works with the techniques of Raku pottery and creates stunning pieces. Including this one:
Stephanie will be doing a demonstration on how she makes her own unique pieces at our Local Artists Demonstrations Event on May 15th at 12pm in Fairfax. She will bring in one of her trash cans and other materials used to fire Raku pottery. What do you know about Raku Pottery? Here is a little bit of information that might spark you into starting a new hobby.
Raku is a pottery technique that began in Japan during the 16th century. Its unique colors mostly come from the techiques used during its firing process. Here are a few images to help you understand a little bit about the process…
You need a heated piece of pottery:
And a trash can filled with straw or other materials to obtain the effect you want to show on your pottery:
You place the heated pottery into the trash can with straw or other materials and it lights on fire: