Profile: Joy Bridy Pottery

Artist potter by trade, community member at heart, Joy Bridy Pottery sits among the rocks and trees of a few small acres, keeping the connections between art and nature thriving and growing in her own studio and in the hearts of those around her.

Joy Bridy Pottery

Her passions are in the exploratory moments of making, whether in the repetitive variations of getting to know a form over time, or in the impromptu making explosion of taking clay to young people.  The wood fired kiln that she designed and built lends a complexity to the surface of her work that draws directly from nature, and allows the collaboration between fire and clay to be evident on the surface of the pots, for those looking closely.

Joy Bridy Pottery: bottle

On April 26, as part of Potomac Clay Weekend, Joy is offering a ‘kinetic sculpture’ workshop….bring your nature finds from your hikes and explorations, and use clay as the balance to make a mobile, either suspended from above, or balanced on a point.  ($25 per mobile, groups or solo, all ages welcome)

Just a few miles from both the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, she is an avid walker of the C&O Canal, partly because her pooch insists on regular visits, and partly because the repetition of walking the same piece of nature draws her attention to the details and subtle changes of the seasons.  Stop in to see Joy and (and Buddy the studio pooch) during Potomac Clay Weekend, April 25 & 26, and catch a glimpse into her blend of nature and function, making and being.

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Profile: Kirke Martin & M4 Studios

Swirling with kiddos running in blurrs, stopping just long enough to flash their raccoon tail pinned on their jacket, a stop at Kirke Martin’s M4 Studios and home is a feast for the senses. As a dad of three young boys, Kirke has kept his hands in clay, but has also kept his family outside, in the rivers and on the trails.

kirke martin and family

Nestled in the hills of Keedysville MD, Kirke fires two wood kilns, works on the wheel and handbuilds, and dapples in a bit of local clay usage.  His pots have subtle surfaces, whispering about the ash and flame, mimicking the woodlands and rivers, giving you a moment to rest your eyes before continuing on in your day.

M4 Studios

Kirke teaches handbuilding on Sundays at The Art League, in Alexandria VA (class listings here), and at the Frederick Clay Studio‘s tuesday night wheel class.

As a nod to his heritage and training, Kirke is part of the Apprenticelines exhibit in Providence RI this month, as part of NCECA, the National Conference for Education in Ceramic Arts.

As a founding member of Potomac Clay Weekend, Kirke represents a lively blend of a life focused in clay, and active in nature.  Kayaking, skiing, biking, running, hiking….he does it all, and with his family.  Not shy to steep Appalachian Trail hikes, or kayaking with 5, Kirke can answer your questions about ‘getting out there’ with your family, or good spots for short legs and arms to learn the ropes.

And when you come in off of the river, take a short detour to M4 Studios….you just may find a cup or plate that reflects the water’s surface today, or the chance to sign up for one of his classes to learn more.

Martins

Children’s Clay Classes: Shepherdstown WV

Springtime is here, and for families, that means scheduling ‘summer camp’ experiences, at least one in art, for pending summer fun.  While I receive inquiries each spring, no youth summer camp happens here (so far…).  But lo-and-behold, look what showed up in the Shenandoah Potter’s Guild news feed today:

Summer Camps for Kiddos at Mud Peddler, located in Shepherdstown WV!

Denise hosts morning week-long summer camps, one day weekend workshops, and even a bit in jewelry and other mediums.  Take a peek, and give her a try….

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