Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Recently, our local PBS station ran the series Craft in America. It's a wonderfully diverse program with all of the artists reflecting on what draws them to a life of creativity. It got me thinking about a copy of a letter that I had gotten from John Leach many years ago at a functional ceramics workshop and in that letter Bernard Leach wrote to his grandson, John, encouraging him to come to work at his pottery studio in St. Ives, Cornwall. In it he describes what it really takes to be a potter. This letter has stuck with me for over 25 years and continues to ring true today.
"This is the day of the artist craftsman not of the journeyman potter. That means that any young person taking up a craft today as a vocation only justifies himself or herself by finding something to voice or say. That is his life , or true character, extends into his pots. Formerly this was not the case but today it is. We want from the potter the same sort of quality which we expect from a good author, poet, painter or composer. The journeyman potter's place has been taken by the factory. Thus your main objective should be aesthetic - to know good pot from bad pot and to be able to find your way with your own clear convictions amidst all the good and bad pots of past and present to making good sincere and honest pots of your own."
The Leach Pottery, 1960
Monday, October 5, 2009
The date for the Empty Bowl Project has been set and we're planning some additions to the menu with some new restaurants added this coming year. The event will be held on March 21,2010 in the lobby of the Akron Art Museum. More details will be coming in December with Early Bird Registration available January 1, 2010.
The premise of the Empty Bowl Project is simple: Guests are served soup in a handmade ceramic bowl in exchange for a cash donation to fight hunger. Keep the bowl as a reminder of the meal's purpose. Every time you take the bowl from your cupboard, you will be reminded that someone's bowl is always empty, and that on this one occasion you helped to alleviate hunger. You could choose to do so again at anytime.
All money collected will be donated to Good Samaritan Hunger Center to fight hunger, to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and to help bring about an attitude that will not let hunger exist. A remarkable collective effort is put forward by all the people involved. It is our hope that the Empty Bowl Project becomes a powerful tool for bringing about positive change locally.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The weather cooperated for Artwalk last night and we got to meet many new people who came out to see the creative side of Akron. The Artwalk is a unique event different every month, and the Art Trolley kept shuttling people to the various studios and shops. With over 15 locations to visit plus with restaurants like Crave, Luigis and VegiTerranean in the neighborhood and even live music at Northside, art lovers always have a full evening of fun. Tell your friends and mark your calendar for the next Artwalk, November 7th.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The gallery was full for a solid 4 hours last night at Girls' Nite Out. Tamara Mitchell from Dine-In Diva created some wonderful and tasty treats for our fall event from goat cheese dips and chutneys and various cheeses (cut out in the shape of oak leaves!) to pumpkin muffins and other sweet treats. Megan Dyer from Akron Life and Leisure Magazine brought her group over after having cocktails at VegiTerranean Restaurant next door. It seems so many people were making the evening a fun night out. Thanks to all of our customers who continue to support us and visit our gallery and studio. Please keep us in in mind for gifts this holiday season. We have many unique and affordable items this year that make gift-giving easy and fun and that will be appreciated for many years. OK, now it's on to Artwalk tonight. Looks like the weather is going to cooperate which will make getting around to the different studios easy and comfortable. See you tonight!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Just a reminder about tonight. Don't forget to stop by for a glass of champagne and to register for one of our drawings. You might just win $25, $50, $75, or $100 off any purchase! We'll have plenty of wine and treats for you to enjoy while your checking out the latest designs.
With all the craziness of getting ready for Girl's Nite tonight, we almost forgot about reminding many of you about the neighborhood Artwalk tomorrow nite from 5-10pm. There's usually different activities going on around the neighborhood such as the glassblowing demonstrations across the street at Akron Glassworks and an art opening at Millworks. Don't worry about getting around since the city has provided maps and an "Art Trolley" to take you from place to place.