Every lamp combines many different materials, each calling for its own treatment and approach. This suits both artists, who find the collaborative process rewarding and different from the solo work each pursues in their studios. To agree on a mutually pleasing design transforms the interior creative monologue into a conversation out loud.
Sideways & Askew is a lamp-making collaboration between New Haven printmaker Liz Pagano and Ivoryton potter Hayne Bayless. The lamp structure is typically a brazed piano-wire frame anchored to a base of concrete, stone, wood, or ceramic. The shades are high-quality paper with one-of-a-kind decoration in ink, paint, and encaustic.
Sitting at the potter’s wheel is a daily invitation to center myself as I center the clay. It requires complete harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Through my functional artwork, I hope to share that harmony with others by producing pieces that can be integrated into everyday life.
Amanda Bartel is a ceramic artist making wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery designed for daily use. For Amanda, sitting at the potter’s wheel to create a work of art from a ball of mud quiets the mind and centers the soul. Each piece is unique and fueled with positive energy. Amanda also offers private pottery lessons and workshops.
I love what spawns in the friction between what I want the clay to do and what it might rather do. I'm intrigued by what happens when clay is rolled, stretched, pressed, incised, inlayed, extruded, bent, cut and put back together. The unintended result, often misread as a mistake and so dismissed, is a wellspring of new ideas.
Hayne is a studio potter in Ivoryton, CT. In school he managed to avoid any academic involvement with clay. In 1992 he quit a perfectly good job at a newspaper to make pots. A frequent workshop presenter, he’s shown work at the American Craft Museum and the Smithsonian Craft Show. A board member of Studio Potter journal and Pots on Wheels (POW!).
The subjects of my art include abandoned nests, branches, bark, fungi, marine algae and shells, bone fragments and other found materials, especially those for which shadow and texture come into play… I use ink. I am interested in representing a wonder and admiration for the natural world that is near to me.
Jeanette Compton is an educator and artist interested in the intersection of art and nature. A lifelong resident of the New Haven area with a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental Education from SCSU, Jeanette attempts to convey a personal appreciation for the natural world, especially in its sometimes unnoticed details.
Born February 29, 1984 in Memphis, TN. Attended University of Memphis with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. Moved to New Haven, CT in November of 2014 and now currently resides in Middletown. I primarily work in oils but I have done several pieces in gouche, watercolor, and printmaking. I prefer my subject matter to be people, the less posed, the better.
I have painted continuously for the last 35 years in a wide variety of styles and mediums. My primary focus has been abstract work of a constructivist nature, exploring color, symmetries and spatial illusion.
When I paint, the form is simply the container for the process.
I am currently focused on manipulating acrylic, inks, watercolor, and spray techniques to explore color, patterns, texture, and surfaces. I am also experimenting with scale and modular paintings. — John T. Fallon III
“In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive” - David Bayles, Art & Fear
I am a printmaker specializing in Monotype prints. My work has been described as meditative yet vibrant and thought-provoking. Printmaking is an exciting medium that allows me to experiment and seach for new ideas. I truly find joy in the process and practice in my studio at Erector Square.
Working at transcending images into free- form, luminous abstracts, improvisational shapes and symbolic colors, intending to make objects of sheer beauty, beyond previous series which involved fusion of art history - subject and technique. The shapes are intended to be a language of mystical symbolism, the colors, tones of spirit and psyche.
Working as a professional artist and writer for decades. Graduated from Harvard with a degree in humanities – English and American Lit. and Language, 1996. Have traveled extensively, scuba diving and drinking in great art. Have a book out, pearl Diving – Haiku, Longer Poems, and Short Stories, available on amazon.com. Another book in process.
I have been exploring the use of a flatbed scanner instead of a camera to photograph souvenirs of nature and the day, arranged on the scanner’s glass, since 1997. Compositions are mostly inspired and informed by the garden, still life, mosaics, botanical illustration and sculpture.
I scan what other people grow, collect and what I can forage from nature. Yes, I consider my work to be a niche of Photography. I have been using a flatbed scanner as a camera since 1997. My husband and I live in West Haven. My studio is the downstairs apartment of our 2 family house. I LOVE my job!
I have had an on-going experiment for most of my life of capturing my own positive thoughts in the process of creating paintings mostly of nature based subject matter in oils and acrylics. My hope is that I can imbue these 2 dimensional forms with my positive meditations and share them with others.
Amateur artist painting nature and animal based (dog portraits) subject matter. Work is done predominantly for friends and family.