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New work by Andrea Matthews on display at the Brattleboro Clayworks showroom.

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Brattleboro Clayworks reopens its showroom

The showroom will be open every Saturday in August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required. For more information, visit www.brattleboroclayworks.com, email info@brattleboroclayworks.com, or call 802-254-9174.

BRATTLEBORO—Brattleboro Clayworks, a long-running collective and resource for ceramics in the tri-state area at 532 Putney Rd., will be reopening its showroom on Aug. 1, following months of closure due to the coronavirus.

According to a news release, the spacious showroom “features ceramics by members whose work you may already know and love — mugs, cups, bowls, and other items decorative or playful, such as bird whistles. There will also be new work done by members whose limitations from being home without a wheel sent them in new, inventive directions.”

Featured artists include:

• Andrea Matthews, who has been making porcelain tumblers and espresso cups using rolled-out clay (slabs) and colored slips, creating pieces that are both beautiful and functional.

• Annie Lauterbach — a pro at wheel-thrown pieces from teapots to mugs, bowls, and plates that feature her brightly colored glazes — is known as well for pieces that are enhanced with animals, birds, and flowers, relief-sculpted onto the surface. She has experimented over these past months with a Japanese process called Kurinuki, wherein interior shape is hollowed out from a solid, shaped block of clay.

• Judith Thomas shows her very creative and fun creatures and critters that can be placed around home or garden.

• Karen Horton, whose work is new to the showroom, displays her one-of-a-kind wheel-turned cooking and serving ware with earthy-colored glazes inspired by nature.

• Mucuy Bolles, co-owner of Three Stones, has recently started exhibiting and selling her unique Mayan-inspired ceramics at the showroom. Her functional forms are adorned with Mayan motifs and hieroglyphs.

Also on exhibit and for sale: the distinctive work of Alan Steinberg, one of the Clayworks’ founders and teacher of hand-building techniques; Billie Stark; and Gosia Mosiej.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #572 (Wednesday, July 29, 2020). This story appeared on page A8.

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