Monday, December 28, 2009

Stop by New Years Weekend

We'll be open this New Year's Weekend (Friday and Saturday) and offering our customers 20% off any gallery purchase. If you're looking for something fun to do, why not stop by the gallery and enjoy a warm cup of cider while you browse the many items in the gallery. Bring your out-of-town guests and show off the creative side of Akron!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Still looking for a great gift?

We have so many wonderful gifts to choose from and a wide variety of price r
anges, too. Everything is made right here in our studio. When you stop by you'll be able to select from the many handmade beautiful pieces of pottery and ceramic jewelry. And don't stress out ... we'll even gift wrap your purchase-FREE! Make last minute shopping an enjoyable experience. Stop by, look around, play with the dogs. Hey it doesn't get any better.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friends and family will be able to toast the holiday season every year when you g
ive them a pair of our signature wine glasses. Our stemware is available in three "styles". We have glasses for white wine (good for all-purpose), red wine, and the ever popular martini which also makes a great glass to serve some type of frozen dessert. We have special holiday pricing - any 2 for 98.00 (reg. 116.00 pr). Plus, don't forget we offer FREE GIFT WRAPPING. Stop by the gallery this Saturday between 12 & 9pm. We'll have some light refreshments available while you browse.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Took a break this morning and headed up to The Sculpture Center in Cleveland to see the work of Japanese ceramist Yasuhisa Kohyama. The show is in its final days at the center and it was now or never to see this incredible work. "The work of Kohyama, 73 years old, is an expressive and bold bridge between the ancient techniques of Sueki and anagama firing and contemporary Japanese abstract ceramics." The surface is unglazed but the the variety of surface textures, colors, and sheens are beautiful, giving each piece an amazing amount of depth. Even though the pieces are thick-walled, there is no sense of them being awkward or cumbersome. In fact, they almost seem to float off the display pedestals. There is a certain richness to the surface that can only be produced by this type wood firing. Kohyama has achieved the perfect balance between form and surface.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We're full of it....

Gift ideas that is. Are you stumped about what to get that special someone? Heading to that holiday party and want to show your appreciation to the host? Stop by our gallery and view the variety of handmade items and latest creations from our studio. You'll be amazed at the possibilities. Many unique, finely crafted and best of all, affordable items for you to choose from. We also offer free gift wrapping.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Location, Location, Location

Our local newspaper ran a story today, appropriate for this time of year, about the unique businesses in our downtown area. They ranged from a peanut shop to a religious artifacts store with some really cool galleries in between. But the thing I noticed immediately was the absence of any mention of the shops/galleries/studios located in the Northside District that obviously includes us plus the Glassworks plus the Red Light studios.

At first I felt slighted but then, as with what usually happens with a story like this, it gave me pause for thought. I started thinking about why we settled where we did and, in fact, it was probably that very reason we were overlooked by the writer of the story. The fact is, this is a very special area and people do have to seek us out in order find us and that's what makes coming into our studio/gallery a great find. I mean, we've been here 18 years and somehow people have managed to find us amid all the other commercial clutter. I like the people that still have a sense of adventure and inquisitiveness about things and the intuitiveness to keep looking for that special find because it makes them feel unique. We're not on Main street or in a strip mall, we're tucked away where, well, not everyone can find us.

I remember being in San Francisco and while walking, unknownly taking a wrong turn down a dimly lit alley and coming upon a small basement restaurant in Chinatown. To this day, the meal and experience of discovery that I enjoyed that night is in the top three of my life ... and that was 30 years ago! That's how I want people to feel when they walk down our "nicely lit" alley and experience the gallery that awaits them behind those old brick walls.

Most of the people in our building and neighborhood are some of the hardest working people I know and refuse to give up or give in to modernity. A few artists will come and go but most are here for the long haul. Yeah, I might feel a little overlooked sometimes but for the most part I'm glad to be under the radar a bit and off the beaten path. Because, when a person walks through our door and looks at our work and enjoys the experience, I know they'll keep coming back.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Gifts for Him and Her-Don't Worry

With great stocking stuffers, we take the stress out of finding that special gift this year - affordable, handmade jewelry by us! Stop down this weekend and visit our gallery. Also head over to Akron Glassworks and check out a glass blowing demo this Friday and Saturday during there holiday open house. We'll be open till 8pm this Friday and noon til 9pm Saturday

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thoughtful Gifts for Clients and Customers

Why not show your appreciation this season not only to your friends and family but also to those loyal clients and customers. Choosing to give a gift from Zeber-Martell Studio & Gallery means giving a gift of quality and beauty. We have many affordable gifts that are designed to last for generations. Just look at our set of coasters. Each piece is handmade one at a time with care and patience. Isn't it wonderful to know that we as artists take so much joy in the process of making and that same joy will be felt by those who receive a gift you selected from our studio. Take it from Meg Dyer of Akron Life and Leisure magazine. She picked up several coaster sets to give to her clients as "thank yous". Stop by the gallery and check out the great gift ideas. We're open 11-8pm on Friday and 12-9pm on Saturday. Don't forget about us the other days Mon-Thurs 11-6pm. We know you'll have as much fun as Meg!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Make Your Home an Artful One for the Holidays

Before guests arrive for the holidays, why not add an artful touch to your home. Our gallery has a beautiful display of many decorative accessories that will enrich your living space and have your guest saying "WOW!". Whether it's a fabulous ceramic table ornament that reflects the season or a wonderful, sensuous, 5-Pear Centerpiece (above) for your table or mantle, we have a great selection of unique, one-of-a-kind art pieces to choose from. Many new pieces come out of the kiln daily, so our selection changes often. Stop by the gallery and treat yourself to your own holiday gift. And while your there, pick up some stocking stuffers for the other people on your list. We're open 11-6 M-Th, 11-8 Fri, Sat 12-9pm (and usually working in the studio longer so just call if you want to stop by after hours @330-253-3808).

Monday, December 7, 2009

New Design Popular

Thanks everyone for a great turnout at our Annual Holiday Open House and Artwalk. So many people loved our new work and holiday items, especially our "hot red" design pattern. We'll continue to make more and restock the gallery as fast as we can.

It's so much fun this year having a finished display area where people can really take their time and enjoy the surroundings while viewing the work. Customers who haven't been in the gallery since we've remodeled were amazed at the transformation. If you haven't yet made a visit, this holiday season is the perfect opportunity to check out the new space. Stop by for a complementary glass of wine to enjoy while you browse.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Ornaments Make the Perfect Hostess or Office Gift

Whether your giving a gift as a token of appreciation to the host/hostess at your holiday dinner party or just want to show your appreciation to a co-worker, a handmade, beautifully decorated Christmas tree ornament is the perfect gift. All of our ornaments are made one at a time and fired as much as four times in order to get the desired finish. They have a clear, gloss glaze with a 22kt. gold lustre. Each ornament comes wrapped in colorful tissue in a ready-to-give gift box. Eliminate the stress of finding the perfect gift and let us make it easy to celebrate the season. Why not keep a couple on hand just for those unexpected drop-in guests. Just stop by the studio and we'll have it wrapped up in minutes!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Open House and Artwalk This Saturday, Dec 5th, 10am-10pm

Come to our annual Holiday Open House & Artwalk and shop for the very best selection of jewelry, gifts, art objects and our new tabletop ornaments. Choose unique, affordable, finely crafted, handmade items for your gift-giving this season. We'll be open from 10am-10pm.

During the Artwalk portion of the day from 6-10pm, stop upstairs and check out singer/songwriter Angie Haze. With her passionate lyrics and capturing hooks, Angie delivers a satisfying taste for soulful tunes. She is self-taught on many instruments including the piano and guitar. Playing individually or with her band, Angie will tug on your heart strings, captivate your soul, and have you asking for more.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Does Your Holiday Gift Show the Mark of the Artists' Hands?

At our studio, our work is made completely by us. We mix the clay, make the pieces on the potter's wheel, decorate and design the surface and fire them in the kiln.

When you shop at our gallery, everything you'll see is made by our hands, not in a factory, just two local artist's who love making the pieces and enjoy working side-by-side.

So when you pick up and hold one of our pieces, you'll see no two are alike and each bear in their own unique way the mark of the artists' hands.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Getting Ready for Our Open House, Saturday, December 5th

We're finishing up many holiday items and they'll all be out of the kiln in time for our Holiday Open House this Saturday from 10am to 10pm. I checked the weather and it looks like it will be a sunny day to do some shopping for those unique and special gifts. We offer a variety of items to choose from plus they're priced just right for holiday gift giving. We'll have light refreshments all day long and don't forget our special musical guest, Angie Haze will be playing in the evening from 6-10. There will be much to see and do when you visit our gallery. We look forward to seeing all of our favorite customers and some new ones too!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Holiday Season Arrives at the Studio

The Holiday Season arrived at the studio this morning with a touch of snow. It was the perfect beginning for art lovers to get into the holiday spirit as they visited the gallery. We have many unique, handcrafted items to choose from and many customers purchased jewelry and the limited edition candle plates along with some tapas plates that have a brand new design just out of the kiln today. Stop by and browse the selection of finely made pottery, jewelry, and wall art. You never know what new designs will be coming out of our kilns!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Restaurants On-Board for Empty Bowls Project

Some of Akron's finest restaurants are joining us in the effort to raise money for the Good Samaritan Hunger Center and to help keep the food pantry stocked. Each restaurant will prepare a signature soup for the event and guests will be able to choose 3 of the soups offered. As soon as they let us know the menu will post it here first. It's shaping up yo be a delicious event.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Details for Empty Bowl Event

Details are being finalized for the the 2nd Annual Empty Bowl Project held at the Akron Art Museum's atrium on Sunday, March 21st from 12:30 - 2:30. This year we've added an additional soup for your donation along with some new restaurants plus you'll enjoy live music. Bowls may be reserved online beginning January 1st and that information will be made available soon.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cleveland Institute of Art Shows Everyday Objects of Beauty Designed by Swedish Women

We were able to catch an inspiring and finely crafted exhibit Friday evening at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The exhibit showcases the work of 17 Swedish women who design furniture, textiles and other functional and decorative objects. It's an inspiring show that really exemplifies Swedish design as it relates to form and function and just as important raises the profile of women in design. It truly is a beautiful show with wonderful objects. Details on the exhibit.

Free Gift Wrapping

If you would like to have your purchased gift wrapped for your holiday gift-giving we can do it. On your way to that holiday party and want to grab a fun, unique gift? Stop by the studio, make your selection and we'll wrap it up and you'll be on your way and you're sure to be a hit at your holiday destination. It's that easy (as long as Noah, our studio cat, isn't disturbed).

Friday, November 13, 2009

Shop Early

Shop early for the very best selection of jewelry, gifts, and art objects. All affordable, unique and handmade!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Holiday Ornaments for that Festive Touch

Our first "batch" of ornaments (below) is being unloaded from the kiln at this very moment. Although some of the new designs won't be ready for tonight's Artwalk, we do have several designs to choose from. Collections of ornaments add charm, personality, and sparkle to your home. Our larger table ornament (above) can be displayed on a mantle or dining table nestled in some garland accented with twinkle lights. Our smaller ornaments look great as gift toppers on those wrapped presents you'll be giving this season or you could even use them on your dinner table at each place setting as gifts for you guests. No matter how you use them, our special heirloom ornaments will become part of your family's holiday tradition for generations to come.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Artwalk, This Saturday 5-9pm

Moving from restaurants and galleries to wine bars and shops, the Akron Artwalk (Sat.,Nov. 7th) features fine craft and eclectic art in Downtown Akron's Historic District and in the Northside Arts District. Plenty of parking near Luigi's plus FREE shuttle service during the evening. Artwalk strollers can catch the trolley at any stop along the route and ride between studio buildings. Hop on and off and visit all of the studios and shops. Artwalk maps are available at all locations. Arrive early and stay for dinner at any of the neighborhood eateries. Go home with new ideas, gifts for friends and even something special for you. Visit us and step into the heart of creativity. Check out some of the visitors and musicians who stopped by during some recent Artwalks at the studio. Just go to our web page and click on Artwalk.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Now's the Time for Corporate Gifts

When thinking about how to reward and thank your employees, customers or co-workers, why not think about the gift of art. In our gallery, we offer many affordable, unusual, and wonderful gifts. Choose from jewelry, coaster sets, mugs, candle holders and more. Special pricing is available depending on quantity of items. We can even customize some of our pieces, too. For those no-fail gift ideas, visit us first. We're open M-F 11-6 & Sat. 12-9pm. And remember, we have free gift wrapping with any purchase.

(PS. Ask Claudia to do the wrapping. She does a great job!)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ornaments, ornaments, more ornaments!!!

It's looking like Santa's workshop in the studio and the "elves" are working hard. Every year we try to come up with a new design for our Christmas ornaments and every year it amazes me the time it takes to develop a new design. Once all the preliminary drawing and creative ideas are worked through we must then work out how to re-create the design on the ornament. Sometimes it's this technical aspect that creates the biggest challenge. Because of the process we've developed, each ornament is fired four times! That's an amazing amount of time for such a small piece but we think it's worth it since the results are truly unique. This batch of Christmas ornaments will be finished and out of the kiln on Saturday just in time for Artwalk. Stop by and see these special heirloom ornaments. They're sure to become a part of your family's holiday tradition for generations to come.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mark your Calendar

Don't forget to visit us during Artwalk on Saturday, November 7th. You can have a full evening of fun in downtown Akron by visiting many of the studios and shops that will be open plus grab a bite to eat at any of the local restaurants. The Art Trolley shuttle will keep you moving from place to place ... and it's free.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Building Getting a New Look

Our building is in the process of getting several updates. With the help of Chris Hixson of Incite Creative new signage was designed for the side and front of the building. Doors have been painted (red of course) and new windows are in the process of being installed. When you drive down Furnace Street you won't be able to miss us! Visit the building website.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Friends of Hower House Award Designed by Zeber-Martell Studio

The 2nd Annual Hower House Community Service Awards Event was held a few weeks back and we were asked to design the awards for the recipients. These awards go to the men and women of our community who, every day, give of themselves and receive little or no recognition for their service and dedication.

This is the 2nd year The Friends of Hower House have given these awards in recognition of outstanding community service. Congratulations to Doris Calhoun, Mary Ann Freedman, Donald McCardle and Verna Vanderkooi!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Gallery Reception

Claudia is returning to the Jan Allmon Gallery, (near Columbus, Oh.) this Thursday, October 22 for a special presentation of the latest Zeber-Martell ceramic pieces and jewelry for the upcoming holiday season. Many new items will be shown. She will be at the gallery from 5pm to 8pm. Stop by and and see the latest designs.

The Jan Allmon Studio Gallery is located across from the Worthington Inn at 650 North High Street, Worthington, Oh 43085

Friday, October 16, 2009

Make a Design Statement with Unique Table Lamps

Update an entire room with lighting that's unique and full of artistic style. Nothing refreshes a room like the right lighting. Upgrading lighting is one of the easiest ways to instantly update your home decor, and the most effortless way to change your lighting is by using table lamps. All you need to do is put a plug in an outlet and, voila, instant ambiance.

We have a variety of styles and color patterns to choose from plus we can custom-make any shape to a specific size if you would like. Our customers are about how they can improve their living space and we offer a diverse level of design. The beauty of our lamps is the extraordinary variety of style - shapes, forms, colors, and textures.

All of our lighting comes standard with an infinite range dimmer switch so it allows you
to create just the right mood. Whether it's a reading lamp or an accent lamp to add ambiance, we have the right lamp to fit your needs. Stop by the studio and see our current selection.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Spring Show

Ron Beahn, the director of the annual Boston Mills Artfest has partnered with the Canton Art Museum for a new indoor spring show May 21-23, 2010. This collaboration of efforts will no doubt result in a beautiful, well balanced, high-quality fine art and craft show. The Canton Museum National Art Show will have all of the amenities of a well established art show for customers to enjoy. Mark your calendar and we'll keep you posted as details become available.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Art and Opportunity of Making

In this "new economy", the Fall season is a time of transition. As summer shows wind down, we take this time to re-stock some of our regular items and begin to create new shapes. So many years past there just hasn't been the time to develop new ideas. We've often lamented of just wanting to stay in the studio and make. With doing a few less shows and having our own gallery, we now have the opportunity and time to focus on our creative side without having to pack everything up and head to another show. As the holidays begin to approach (I know it's a little early), when you're out and about, stop by the studio and see what's new on the ware carts. Then visit the gallery and check out the finished pieces. It might even give you some ideas for those gifts you'll be needing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jury Results Are In for ACC!

For those of you that are members of the American Craft Council and attend their shows we just wanted to let you know that we were accepted to exhibit in both the Baltimore and Atlanta shows.

The ACC Show Baltimore has more than 700 of the country's leading craft artists presenting their latest designer, handmade work. This is the largest juried, indoor craft show in the nation. The highest quality of handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home decor, and more will be available for purchase at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Baltimore Show Dates: February 23, 2010- February 28, 2010

Also, the most distinctive fine craft show in America returns to Atlanta for the 20th year. Over two hundred juried selected artists present their high quality, handmade objects. Located in the Cobb Galleria Centre, this a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, and to purchase one-of-a-kind craft.

Atlanta Show Dates: March 11, 2010 - March 13, 2010

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Holiday Gifts - Reserve Yours Today!

We've begun taking orders for two new holiday items. Our new table ornaments are available it two styles and our holiday plates are also available with either red or green around the edges. These dramatic table ornaments are really great to put on a mantle with some evergreens or as an accent for your holiday table and really make a statement as a decorative accent. They also come with colorful ribbon laced through the top of the ornament.

The holiday plates work not only for serving Christmas treats, but also as a candle plate. What a great gift to give this season. We also stock a selection of beautiful Root Candles to complement these plates along with our other specially made candle holders new this year. We debut these items at our Girl's Nite Out last week and had a great response with many orders taken. Reserve yours today!

Limited Edition Holiday Gifts
Candle Plate - $48 ea. (8" square)
Ornament - $48 ea. (specify style - approx. 10" long)
Ornaments come in a glossy black gift box w/red tissue.
All designs are dated and signed

Orders today to be assured that you receive yours this holiday!