WELCOME TO JOY BRIDY POTTERY
Deep green and rain, garden growth visible at the end of the day, and a little time for walking along the flowing Potomac River all remind me that there is always another variation of the seasons, always another variation of a mug, bowl, bottle. So we (me and the dog) meander the edges of this little homestead, stopping at the studio to take the next step with work in progress. Serving bowls, ringing bells, and the endless variation of vases take form nowadays, plus the regular daily practice of cups and mugs makes the stack of work for the next firing taller and taller.
New Community Ware has been freshly delivered to Shepherdstown's Local Source, between my doorstep and the C&O Canal. Hot from the wood kiln: lemoncello cups at Bloomery Distillery...and the newest collaboration with a local candle maker: beach buckets of summer-smelling herbal blends for your late-night porch gatherings, coming soon.
Stop in to see what's in progress this week. The wheels are covered in clay, and tables cluttered with tools and pieces awaiting their finishing touches. As firings approach, it'll be glaze mixing and wadding each pot, then the days of fire, followed by cooling, and finally cleaning up the newest of the new, and returning the kiln to its resting state. And the cycle begins again...
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Whether you live near or far, Seattle to Virginia, month by month, shows and events and classes come and go...take a look to see what's happening both near and far. This potter (and pottery) travels!
Over the Mountain Summer Sale: July 5, 6, & 7, The Over the Mountain Studio Tour descends on downtown Shepherdstown for our annual Summer Show....all members in one bustling, happy, spot. Friday night, stop in the Community Club's War Memorial Building for our opening party, complete with a bit of live music, beverages and snacks. Someone will have to make Tom's lavendar-lemon wafer cookies...mmmmm. Saturday and Sunday, stop in to get out of the heat, and take a peek at each of our newest wares, from pottery to basketry, fine furniture to detailed jewelry. We look forward to spending this time together as a group every year, and to you joining us, too.
Charles Town Farmers Market: Do you love local food? Do you love to eat your local food on local pottery? Come out to the Charles Town Farmers Market to get a new mug, cup, batter bowl, vase, serving bowl....once each month, I'll join my local food producers to celebrate the season, Saturdays, 8-noon. May 18, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, and October 19.
Westwind Potters: In the heart of historic Harpers Ferry, Westwind has been promoting pottery from across the nation, near and far, for 30 years. As their newest featured Regional Artist, my wares are front-and-center to the gallery, so after your hike on the Appalachian Trail, Maryland Heights, or the C&O Trail, stop in to take a peek...that's after you get an ice cream cone, of course!
The Bridge Gallery: In Shepherdstown WV, The Bridge features my garden sculptures this summer, nestled among a patio of used kiln bricks and local bloomers. Stop in to see an excellent collection of regional painters and other artists, nestled on the outskirts of town, next to O'Hurley's General Store, and walkable to downtown.
Do you shop Etsy? My wood fired work is available off-and-on, as the whim strikes, particularly the single favorites that I've stashed on the top shelves for inspiration, the reliable favorites, and any special requests. Let me know what you're looking for, because I just might have it.
Fall Studio Classes: Starting this September, we'll be back in my studio here for the autumnal session of clay. Groups of four, just one class this time around. Private lessons always available...(see side bar link)
Visit the studio any time by calling or emailing in advance to make sure I'll be here. I love showing new visitors around, and there are more pieces here than anywhere else, from sculptures to functional works...you'll find exactly what you're looking for, I'll bet.
If you will be visiting the DC area from out of town, give me a ring and stop by. I'm located about 20 minutes south of Route 70 and Hagerstown, amongst the ghosts of the battlefields along the Potomac River, and am always up for a visit...... the coffee or tea is hot, perfect for catching up with old friends and new acquaintances.
Looking forward to hearing from you.