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 new darker clay with no glazes and rich surfaces, 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:
Charles Town Farmers Market Last chance to pick up a 'Charles Town Farmers Market' mug before winter and cold weather sets in for good.....hot coffee, hot cocoa, hot cider; all are better in a handmade mug! October 18
Over the Mountain Studio Tour November 8 & 9, 2014: 25 Years of Making! Come celebrate with us, meet our new members and first Emerging Artist, and take a good look at the collaborations between makers. 10am-5pm, demos at every stop.
December Open House December 20, 2014: Every year, the weekend before Christmas, the studio is open for last minute holiday cheer. The kiln's winter firing will be unloaded just days before this one, so come see the freshest, newest work, and take a moment to relax.
The White Room Gallery As a special treat for folks visiting Thomas WV and Blackwater Falls, or hiking in the Monogahela Forest of WV, my work is available in the coolest little gallery in the state...stop in and tell them how great they are, and pick up a piece of pottery, a repurposed wall sculpture, or a print by local artists.
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!
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia: Nestled deep in WV, Tamarack features just that...amazing quality handmade wares from all over the state. From furniture to duck calls, quilts and pottery, wreaths and iron railings...an amazing and diverse selection from a complex and creative state.
Potomac Clay Weekend: April 2015, visit the studios of Joy Bridy Pottery, Pam and Ren Parziale's Sycamore Pottery (Leetown WV), Lisa Kovatch Pottery (Harpers Ferry WV), Bill Van Gilder Pottery (MD), and Kirke Martin's M4 Studios (MD), all while hiking, biking and driving along the C&O Canal and the Appalachian Trail!
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.