“Final weekend of the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival. Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond continues through Monday, September 1. This weekend join us for the Art of the Possible: All Clay Inclusive also at the Cultural Center. Opening Friday 8/29, 5-8PM with live music and great food, continuing Saturday 8/30 and Sunday 8/31 from 10-6PM. Hope to see you there.”
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Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Artist Talk with Hideaki Miyamura, Sunday, August 24, 5:30PM at the Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.
Hideaki Miyamura is a Japanese-born American studio potter working in New Hampshire. Born in 1955 in Niigata, Japan, Miyamura traveled to the United States to study art history at Western Michigan University. After college, he returned to Japan to pursue his interest in ceramics as an apprentice with master potter Shurei Miura in Yamanashi. During that five-year period, he experimented with over 10,000 test pieces, using countless formulas to develop original glazes. Now celebrated throughout Japan and the United States for his experimental and illustrious glazes, Miyamura’s surfaces possess a stunning and unusual iridescent quality. Porcelains created by Miyamura are included in numerous significant museum collections including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
It’s summer, time to go fishing. You can catch a haddock, cod fish, flounder or redfish on the Pottery Trail, August 16 and 17 from 10-5 pm on Cape Ann. Nina Testaverde Goodick went out on her father’s traditional Gloucester fishing vessel as a young girl so she knows her fish. These days Nina creates beautifully detailed clay fish as decorative wall hangings. Her studio, Annisquam River Pottery, is one of ten studios and galleries open during the Pottery Trail as part of the month long Cape Ann Ceramics Festival. On Saturday, the 16th, from 11-2 pm Cynthia Curtis will offer people a chance to try throwing a pot on the wheel, something which appears deceptively simple to do. There’s no charge, and those who try it will come away appreciating how much skill it takes to make a mug or teapot. Also on the Pottery Trail, catch Tim Christensen sgrafitto porcelain at True North Gallery in Hamilton, Outdoor Sculpture at Flatrocks Gallery in Lanesville and Side Street Gallery on Rocky Neck and much more.
Each of the potters on the trail works in a unique style, with many different kinds of firing techniques. Most of the potters will be doing demonstrations. All will be available to discuss their passion for working in clay. Enter a free raffle at any stop to win a festival tee shirt or tote bag.
For a complete list of artists on the trail and more about the festival, visit: Cape Ann Ceramics Festival
Three (and a whole lot more, but I’ll just focus on these right now) big things happening Thursday on Rocky Neck. Hobbit House Studio II (aka Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery) will be opening on Madfish Wharf in Gallery 6) – come by and say hi, and all you GMG peeps and FOB’s come by and hang out any time (open Thursday through Sunday noon – 8:00pm). Thursday is the opening of the long awaited Cape Ann Ceramics Festival at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck – don’t miss that. Last but not least, Thursday evening is August Nights on the Neck – see schedule below.
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival kicks off this Thursday, August 7 with Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. Doors open for a First Peek from 5-9pm at Nights on The Neck. There will be live music with Sugar Tones at 6pm. The Opening Reception will be Saturday August 9, 4-6pm. This year’s show features Hideaki Miyamura, courtesy of Pucker Gallery, Ani Kasten, courtesy of Lacoste Gallery, Hayne Bayless, Thomas Hoadley, Jennifer McCurdy, Jeremy Randall and 18 local and regional talented potters. August 7-September 1, Contemplation artists Larry Elardo, Jill Solomon and more will also be exhibiting Outdoor Sculpture at Flatrocks (Lanesville) and Side Street (Rocky Neck) Galleries. Hope you can join us for these and other Festival events. See Cape Ann Ceramics Festival for more info.
August Nights on the Neck – always a great time!
Two great events you don’t want to miss on Thursday, August 7 on Rocky Neck.
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond, featuring world and local talent Opening Reception to be held on Saturday August 9, 4-6. First Peek at Nights on the Neck, Thursday, August 7, 5-9. Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival is fast approaching. Pick up your festival program at these hot spots:
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester
Cape Ann Community Cinema (foyer), 21 Main St., Gloucester
Stagefort Park Visitors Center, Hough St., Gloucester
Cynthia Curtis Pottery Studio, 80 Pigeon Hill St., Rockport
If you attended any of this festival last year, you know how amazing it was. This year promises to be even more so. Don’t miss it.