2013 in Review

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Maya Machin Pottery Open Studio This Weekend!

Maya Machin Pottery Open Studio This Weekend!

Maya Machin Pottery Open Studio. Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm. December 7-8th and 14th-15th. Online preview at http://mayamachinpottery.com/Gallery.html

Maya Machin and Ellen Grenadier at Paradise City Arts Festival This Long Weekend

Come visit with two Asparagus Valley Potters Guild members in Northampton, MA this holiday weekend – Maya Machin and Ellen Grenadier. For more info: http://www.paradisecityarts.com/october/homeoct.html. 275 juried artist, live music, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Come see the foliage, and stay for the day! It’s a wonderful event.

James Guggina and Maya Machin At Paradise City This weekend

Come join Asparagus Valley Potters Guild members Maya and Jamie this Memorial Day weekend at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, MA. Great Pots, Great Food, Great Music! At the three county fairgrounds: 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton, MA.

May 25, 26 & 27
Saturday: 10 am-6 pm
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm
Monday: 10 am-4 pm

Click here to get $2 off your admission price.

See you there!

9th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

9th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, April 27-28.  10am – 5pm.


A Boston Romp

Here’s a few more pix from our recent romp through Boston’s pottery world.  It’s amazing to consider the panorama of styles and eras we managed to cover.  From contemporary interpretations of blue and white, sorry but no pix allowed in the show, to early American, redware, Westerwald stoneware, Imperial Chinese porcelain and pre-Columbian funerary stuff!  I tried to keep the pix shown here to show the range we saw.  Sorry for not getting all the title information for each shot.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


Boston Field Trip Feb. 2013

Five of us from the Guild drove to Boston to see the Blue and White Show at the MFA, and attend the lecture given by Michelle Erickson and two curators at the Sackler Museum at Harvard. Afterwords, we had a bite  to eat at The Kabab Factory, recommended by Michael Cohen. It was great viewing, discussing, and sharing.



Here we are at the Sackler, waiting for the lecture to begin. Lots of interesting historical Chinese and Korean porcelain in this room.



This is a piece called “The Potter” that Steve and I discovered in the American Wing of the MFA



Part of the first installation at the Blue and White show, taken before I knew photography was forbidden, by Barbara Diduk.


Francine and Angela with their kababs!Image

Don’t worry, we had this deity watching over us. 


from Donna McGee

On the way home from the studio today, I took this picture as I crossed the street in front of our house.Donna McGee's bike Shadow It was early in the evening.

From Donna McGee…

three trees, grass, sky

View from Josh’s place

handcrafted pottery

AVPG Meeting @ Josh Simpson’s

Had a great AVPG meeting at Josh Simpson’s  this month. He thanked us all for coming up to his house – he doesn’t get out much – and we were grateful for his hosting. We got  the tour,  saw his two sons, and  enjoyed, of course,

plates and platter of AVPG members with food

More food!  As Mike said, the light was just right.

It was one big love fest. Here are some photos , courtesy of  Michael Cohen .  The gardens are plentiful and we love to use our pots to serve.

Potters on the Trail

Potters on the Trail

We are up and running!  Thirteen of the Fourteen potters on the trail went on the trail to each other’s studios on Friday, April 20th, the day before the Trail opened. Boy did we have fun. Here are some photos.