WELCOME TO JOY BRIDY POTTERY
With a new season comes fresh focus, steady rhythms, and the occasional surprise. From upcoming shows and a deeper connection to photographing my work, to Stephanie Wilhelm finishing up her apprentice year and the possibilities of new apprentices this fall, time is rolling on. Wood is piling up for the next firing, the next batch of forms coming to life on the wheel. Plans for visiting stokers, teaching sessions, and shows both near and far...now back to work...so the good things continue!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Hearth: the Pottery of Joy Bridy: April 4, 6-9pm: Bloomington Clay Studio, 1 Fell Building, Bloomington IN. Yes, a solo show in my old stomping grounds! The newest work from the March 2014 firing will be polished up and tucked in groupings with older favorites, ready to shine. Residents of I FELL will have their studios open, including a bit of drink and snack, and I hear there are usually buskers belting out their tunes out front....I'm thrilled to get this chance to reconnect with my Indiana roots, including sharing an opening with an old favorite housemate, Tim Clougher, of Symbolic Glass.
Charles Town Farmers Market Kicking off April 12, this will be my third year with this splendid downtown market, Saturday mornings, 8-Noon. Once a month, I polish up a selection of my seasonal favorites, so you can gather a new piece for your kitchen, whether it's a colander for rinsing those snap peas, or a baking tray for potatoes au gratin. Dates this spring: April 12, May 24...
Panhandle Earth Day at Morgans Grove Park April 24, 2014: An annual tradition, come out to celebrate Earth Day in community style with local music and food in the beautiful Morgan's Grove Park, on the edge of Shepherdstown WV. Scattered among the trees and trails are local non-profits and local products, including your favorite potter. Come pick up a new mug or tumbler so you don't have to use paper on Earth Day, and commit to using it instead of disposables this year!
May Clay Weekend: May 10 & 11, 2014, 10am-5pm: You heard it first here...we're working on a multi-studio event, spotlighting and celebrating clay on both sides of this great Potomac River, WV and MD. Including myself, Sycamore Pottery's Pam and Ren Parziale, and Lisa Kovatch with Westwind Potters on this side of the Potomac, plus Bill Van Gilder and Kirke Martin on the Maryland side....come out for a leisurely Mother's Day drive, and see what's happening in clay along our lovely The People's River. More info soon...
Over the Mountain Studio Tour Summer Show July 5 & 6, 2014: Kicking off our 25th Year Celebration, all Over the Mountain Studio tour members will be together in the War Memorial Building, Downtown Shepherdstow WV, for a weekend of art and celebration. Opening Celebration Saturday, July 5, 6-8pm.
Earth, Wind & Fire: The Art of Wood Fired Ceramics: August 1- September 12, 2014. Opening August 1, 5-8pm: Ice House, Berkeley Springs WV. 7 regional wood fired artists convene with their newest work, plus some in-depth information on our firing processes, glaze recipes and favorite clay bodies.
Fire Hall Gallery May, 2015: Joy Bridy Pottery... September, 2015: Over the Mountain Studio Tour... Next year brings two opportunities to see new pieces in the intimate setting of Charles Town WV's Fire Hall Gallery. Managed by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, these two shows will be exciting opportunities to see local art first hand....mark your calendar!
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 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. Kathryn has a brand-new area for regional ceramics, so stop in to see a few of my pieces, as well as top-notch work by Sycamore Pottery, Kirke Martin, Joan Johnson....and a few more!
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.
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.