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Artist Spotlight Series – Nina Goodick

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Spotlight on Nina Goodick.

Nina was born and raised in Gloucester and comes from a hardworking family of Sicilian Italian and Portugese Gloucester Fisherman. Her great grandfathers, grandfathers, father, uncles, and brother were all fisherman and she spent summers on the family fishing boat the “Linda B”. From them and the women of the family, she learned hard work, love of family, faith, and of course food. Nina says: “In an Italian family, food is love, and we feed everything.” Family has always, and will always be the most important thing in her life.

Relatively new to the pottery world, Nina has been taking classes for the past few years with Cynthia Curtis and has enjoyed the company of her new fellow potter friends. In 2012 Nina was nominated as a seArts emerging artist, and from there decided to emerge herself into learning more about pottery. Her husband Stephen, who constantly encourages her, built her a studio to work from in their home. Then came the kiln, and lots of clay and learning. Her dear friend Marty Morgan, encouraged her to explore glazes, throwing technique, and to embrace the opening of the kiln – something any potter will tell you is both exciting and terrifying.

Nina enjoys throwing functional pottery, bowls, mugs, platters, things you can use. In addition to these, she recently has been creating wall pieces – Codfish, Haddock and Redfish – which connect her to her family heritage. She has also been making wall crosses which she was inspired to create through her work with a medical mission group from the Holy Family Parish, helping the poor in the Dominican Republic. Most of her inspiration comes from her family, friends, faith, and her sister Theresa who is an artist. Nina has always looked up to her creativity and abilities to capture feelings in her artwork. Nina does not consider herself an artist, but just a person who like to make pots.

This past year Nina was a participant in the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival at Rocky neck, and the Pottery Trail. Having people visit her studio and home gallery was a great experience for her, which she truly enjoyed. She is a member of seArts, and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Her work can be seen at the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Craft Festival weekends through December 29th, seArts Wearable Art & Home Décor Show, December 14th & 15th, and Flatrocks Gallery Feast Exhibit through December 28th.

If you’ve finished shoveling out and want to have some fun, come by the Center for Happy Hour from 3-5:00 today and see some of Nina’s work, which is being exhibited alongside some of her sister, Theresa’s work.

E.J. Lefavour

Spotlight on Marty Morgan

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Spotlight on Marty Morgan Pottery

Marty Morgan was a French lit major in college, but a good friend introduced her to the magic of clay and firing. She learned the basics of throwing on the wheel with Frances Trapp at the Boston Museum School. Living in California in the late 60’s she learned to fire gas kilns, did extensive glaze testing and took many workshops at Big Creek Pottery in Santa Cruz, with Daniel Rhodes and other well-known potters.

Returning to the East Coast in 1972 Marty opened a retail crafts gallery and teaching studio, the Works, in Manchester, MA. In 1979 she moved to her present home on the Mill River in Gloucester, turning the garage into a studio and showroom. The studio features her dream kiln, a 65 cubic foot car kiln, which is loaded in the studio and then rolled outside to be fired.

As well as creating her own work, Marty has been very involved in the Cape Ann community, as a founding member and president of the Cape Ann Artisans which has held studio tours twice a year for over 30 years. She is also known as “the bowl lady” for her work helping to organize the Empty Bowl event, an annual fundraiser since 2001 for the Open Door food pantry. Marty says: “After making pots for forty years, I still love it when someone tells me they have to have their coffee in a Marty mug”.

Marty will be holding an Open House at her studio December 7th & 8th, 10 -5 featuring her porcelain mugs, serving pieces, lamps and vases and her latest “quarry vessels” and tile wall sculptures. Stop by for some home-made cookies and holiday cheer.

Marty Morgan Pottery 428 Washington Street, Gloucester. 978-281-3347 http://www.martymorganpots.com

E.J. Lefavour

Meet The Artist Reception At Aquatro Gallery For Artist Catherine McMurray

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Aquatro Gallery Kicks Off Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Weekend with Tennessee Artist Catherine McMurray’s Delightfully Sublime Pottery.
Artist Catherine McMurray’s Meet The Artist reception provides a chance to open the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival in style. Her greenware pottery has already been a big hit at Aquatro Gallery this season, as have been her gorgeous raku pots with natural fiber handles. McMurray will also be bringing new work for this event, raku platters, lamps and vases and other items in a beautiful radiant, dazzling glaze called Dolphin Blue.
Held in conjunction with the inaugural Cape Ann Ceramics Festival which serves to draw attention to the artists working in clay and porcelain across the Cape Ann region, this Meet The Artist event whets the appetite for month-long event anchored at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in East Gloucester, MA. McMurray’s work encompasses both those turned on the wheel and hand-built using a variety of glazes (most notably the MacKersie copper glaze). A native Vermonter trained at SUNY Potsdam, her Turning Grace Studio located outside of the Nashville area in Brentwood, TN has operated since 2000. This is Catherine McMurray’s appearance on Rocky Neck.
Meet The Artist Reception
for Catherine McMurray
at Aquatro Gallery
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 5-8PM
Aquatro Gallery
77 Rocky Neck Avenue
Gallery #4
Gloucester MA 01930

Chickity Check It! Glazed! Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

After speaking with Roselle who bid for breakfast with me at The East Gloucester Elementary School Auction I found out about some very fun things going on at her 184 Washington St paint your own pottery studio.

She has ladies night where there is cheese and crackers as well as free massages, and many other events.  Check out the Glazed Facebook page for more info