April 15-16, 2023
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Come join us on April 15 and 16 at Bethany Arts Community at 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, NY for a live show and sale! Our annual show offers free admission. Masks are required.
Pottery is my passion and love. Daytime I am an engineer/innovator constantly solving problems and making the world a better place. Inspired by nature, my work combines art and engineering to create intrigue beautiful functional design to bring joy for others to share. I competed nationally and have juried in professional shows and awards.
Michael is happiest creating ceramics that can elevate daily routines like having that cup of coffee in the morning or serving a beautiful home cooked meal. His work is made of porcelain on the potter’s wheel, with glazes that he mixes and sprays in his home studio in Mahopac, NY.
I have been a potter for a number of years, using pottery as an outlet to channel my creative impulses. I have a passion for functional pottery that is evocative and that makes itself known. I have a home studio in White Plains, New York, but I am also affiliated with the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. I create functional and decorative pottery that reflects my moods and adds to my living environment. Pottery can be a political statement, and can be an extension of the written and spoken word. It can also be a source of warmth and support.
As long as I can remember, I have been interested in the arts. I have created using drawing, painting, sculpture, and textiles. This was very helpful in my role as an art therapist. I was able to use a wide range of media in order to help others express themselves and seek out making meaningful growth through art production. Over the last 20 years, my professional life has taken me away from daily working with clients, to helping other professionals help clients. As I became more enmeshed in administrative work, I rediscovered my need for personal creative expression. I tried fabric arts, photography and drawing, but quickly returned to my first love, clay.
I have been consistently throwing on the wheel since 1998, taking classes at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY, Snowfarm in Williamsburg, MA and Castle Hill in Truro, MA, where I have been influenced by Georgia Tenore, James Pastore, Tom White, Bob Green and a myriad of other teachers, students and residents who have all contributed to my craft. I focus on functional pottery for everyday use. Most of my work is high fire cone 10 reduction with some decorative pottery in Raku and saggar pit firings. I am drawn to earth-toned glazes. I get joy out of the learning process (creating different forms and trying new glaze combinations) and then seeing others enjoy using what I have made.
I have been selling my work at craft shows in NY and NJ since 2005. The experience of meeting attendees and discussing pottery brings me joy. My philosophy of life is that one should never stop learning. I strived for that in my job as an Occupational Therapist (I retired in 2012.) and as a functional potter.
Harris returned to the arts after 30 years as a psychologist in education and eventually inbusiness as VP of Executive Leadership and Talent Development at Pfizer, IBM, ADP, Chase and Colgate Palmolive. Harris explored silk-screening, needlepoint and pottery before rediscovering his passion for clay when he left business.
Inspired by the colors and textures in Tuscany and Provence, he reproduces the colors of the Mediterranean in wheel thrown bowls and dishes. His one-of-a-kind hand-built shells capture the feel of sand and sea from New England summers. Molten sea glass collected at the Connecticut shore complements some shells. Plates and trays capture the feel of the dunes, the sky, the water and sea grass found at Race Point and Nauset beaches on Cape Cod.
Keith is a second-generation potter with over 50 years experience with clay. His home studio is in Ossining, and he also manages the ceramics program at Cedar Lane Arts Center where he teaches adult clay classes.
Tara started throwing pots as a teenager in upstate New York. After completing her BS in Interior Design, she married an architect, moved to Westchester and had four sons who are now all grown and flown. As with many of us, life gets complicated and tends to pull us in many directions but Tara credits a clay inspired birthday gift from her three sisters for getting “her hands dirty” again.
Tara loves the Hudson River, is an avid gardener and dog lover, especially of Irish & English Setters. Last summers drought motivated her to create bird baths, but garden art is her passion.
My name is Sheetal Mehta. I am a studio potter, and I make small batch pottery in Scarsdale, NY. In a world where everything is fast, full of swipes, taps, scrolls, and frenzy, I choose to make pots. It takes several weeks to produce a piece of pottery, with a lot of patience, care and meticulous attention at each stage, to get a good quality piece. When I have my coffee in a hand made mug, I know the intention that’s been put in its design and construction to make it user friendly and beautiful. When I use a hand made vase in my home, I know the mark of the potter’s hands will add to the beauty of the flowers it’s going to hold. As a form of art, handmade pottery has the power to convey meaning, evoke feelings, bring memories and become part of a routine. With all their tactility, handmade pots resemble life. Every day, these pots give me a reason to pause, relax, and soak in the feelings that each one has the power to evoke. They make those moments special!
David Rosen is a career fundraiser for progressive not-for-profit organizations and has worked at Environmental Defense Fund, New York University, and is now semi-retired and working for a bunch of great folks at the Michigan Center for Youth Justice. He lives with his wife, Sophie Hayden and son, Theo Winters. His daughter Hallie is a social worker living (where else) in Brooklyn. David took up ceramics at 14, he helped get the Chelsea Ceramics Guild off the ground in the 1980s, took a long break from clay, and then returned 4 years ago. He works out of his (very messy) garage.
Ellen Z. Salov is an artist and a high school art teacher who lives and works in southern Westchester. She draws her inspiration from her students, the people in her life and those absent from it, the ideas surrounding ‘home,’ the beauty of her parents’ Croatian homeland, and the exciting, ever-changing, always humbling nature of clay.
Lucy Schaeffer is a commercial photographer, shooting food and lifestyle campaigns for many big and small clients for over 15 years. She discovered pottery a few years ago while living in Brooklyn and quickly fell in love with the process. Now keeping her cameras and computers free of clay dust is a daily struggle.
Lucy lives in Croton on Hudson with her husband and two daughters who know to look for her in her small garage pottery studio if she can’t be found. She loves to sneak her own bowls, plates, mugs, and cheese boards into food shoots as props and is thrilled to be a new member of the Hudson River Potters group.
Judyth Stavans (Winter Tree Pottery) makes porcelain vessels full of pattern and detail inspired by sources from stained glass windows to simple leaves. Her work is created primarily on the potter’s wheel. Many of the pieces are translucent, allowing light to filter through the ornamentation. She enjoys a variety of firing processes, including electric, gas reduction, and wood firing. Originally from Connecticut, she received a BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives and has her studio in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her work has been featured in shows across the country and close to home.
Vicky Youngman has a Master of Professional Studies in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and worked as an Art Therapist and administrator in health care settings for 23 years. She taught art therapy for seven of those years at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and for a short time at College of New Rochelle.
Her second career as a ceramic artist has enable her to exhibit and sell her work and continue her love of teaching. Youngman is an Adjunct Professor at Pace University, Pleasantville campus, where she has taught ceramics since 2011. She has also been a Professional Teaching Artist through ArtsWestchester since 2008 and has conducted ceramic arts residencies in schools and community sites and and facilitated workshops for Teen Tuesdays, Family Arts Bash and Arts Mobile. Most recently she has made Visual Art Workshop YouTube videos for children using clay and other materials.