For the month of May, Maine Potters Market is pleased to feature the collaborative work of member Rebecca May Verrill and guest artist, Jeffrey Lipton. Rebecca and Jeffrey have combined their signature graphic, light-hearted imagery of ficticious flora and fauna on stoneware and porcelain pots fired together in the salt kilns at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.
New for both artists this year has been an exploration of digital practices in their surface designs. Rebecca’s leafy graphics begin from freehand paper cutouts with scissors, while Jeffrey’s typically begin as pencil sketches later masked off with wax and/or latex directly on the pots. Using digital scans of their signature plant and animal motifs, they have been able to replicate, scale their designs and cut them with use of a digital die cutter. While both artists still gravitate to their comfortable freehand methods, they are excited by the potential that these new-fangled devices can present. Learning curves aside, both artists are happy to present some works from their digital explorations in this show. These two have also been known to do some amateur kilnside spooncarving while waiting for cones to melt. Afterall, learning is more fun with friends!
Both artists are native Mainers, avid gardeners and animal lovers. Rebecca and Jeffrey show their individual earthy pots at galleries and craft shows throughout the region, though this is the first time they have shown their collaborative works together. Jeffrey lives in Litchfield, ME, where he is renovating and building out a new studio, landscaping and tending bees with his wife Ali and their incredibly handsome dog Waldo. Rebecca lives and works in Portland, ME, working from her studio at Running With Scissors, cutting paper and tending backyard vegetable and flower gardens with GK Fuzzy Bunny, her feline companion of 17 years. FMI on their creative journeys in clay please follow along @jeffreyliptonpottery and @rebeccamayverrill on Instagram and Facebook
When: Opening May 3, continuing throughout May
Where: Maine Potters Market (376 Fore Street)
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