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Out of the Earth: Pit Fired Ceramics

peggypitfire-01For the month of November 2016, the La Mano gallery is featuring recent work of ceramic artist Peggy Clarke.

This unique collection highlights a process that is rarely seen in New York City—work that has been placed directly into a large pit in the earth, covered with organic and combustible materials and then fired for several hours. With flames rising as high as 6 feet from the ground, all pieces are surrounded by the hot fire. A cover is slowly lowered over the fire, creating an atmosphere of reduced oxygen during which the organic material creates lasting impressions on the pottery.

Nitrogen, potassium and sodium—from unusual sources like dried banana peels, avocado shells, coffee grounds, and seaweed—leave unpredictable and distinct imprints on the work. These natural chemicals are strategically layered with the wood throughout the pit and leave beautiful patterns of color and a soft sheen on the work.

Please stop by and have a look at the results of this creative process. All work on display in the gallery is available for sale.

peggypitfire-02Concerned about the environment and other critical issues that are at risk given the recent election, the artist will donate one half of all purchases from this show to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. This organization has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as a champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, and providing innovative educational programs and environmental advocacy.

Oktoberfest 2016

lm-oktoberfest2016-flierFriday, October 21, 6–9 pm

It’s time once again for our annual mug sale and party. Stop by, pick out your favorite stoneware drinking vessel, fill it up with beer (or root beer), and enjoy. Hope to see you there!

Eric Landon of Tortus Copenhagen

We’re so happy to be hosting a talk and demo by Eric Landon of Tortus Copenhagen on Friday, September 30th, 6–8:30 pm.

There will be a meet and greet after the lecture. $20 admission / $10 for La Mano members.

Function to Fantasy

functionfantasy-final-webWork by DV Hirsch, Ivan Samuels, and David Hollingsworth will be on view in the gallery from July 8–August 15.

Opening Reception:
Friday, July 15, 5:30–8:00


Flower Arranging Workshop

LaManoFloralMay2016Friday, May 6, 2016, 5:30–8:30

Come spend an evening at La Mano Pottery in the company of Michael Fullwood, an expert floral designer. Michael has a unique skill of enhancing vases and vessels of any size or design with just the right combination of flowers and other greenery. He has designed many shows and large exhibitions, including floral design at The White House and in the lobby of the Metropolitan Museum.

The evening will utilize fresh, seasonal flowers and ceramic vases. You are welcome to bring your own or purchase a vase from La Mano’s gallery.

Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on assistance, Michael will walk us through key considerations in floral design and display. Spend an enjoyable evening in our studio and go home with a beautiful floral arrangement just in time for Mother’s Day.

$50 (including all flowers and floral supplies)
$35 for current students and artists at La Mano (please register by calling or emailing us)

*$10 for the flowers for each additional vase or pot

Wine and refreshments will be served.

Art in Clay by Diane Hardy Waller

Art in Clay by Diane Hardy WallerRecent work by Diane Hardy Waller will be on view in our gallery April 6–May 5.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 7, 5:30–8:00

Faculty Show

FacultyShow2016-03-04Work by La Mano’s esteemed faculty will be on display in the gallery during the month of March.

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 4, 5:30–8:30

Holiday Party + Sale

LaManoHolidayShowFlier2015-03Come celebrate the season with La Mano, and pick up some one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts!

Party: Friday, December 18th, 5:30-8:30
Sale: In the gallery all of December

Peggy Clarke

12195124_10153716240884839_5920684967585171550_oPeggy Clarke’s work is on display and for sale in the gallery throughout the month of November.

Oktoberfest 2015

Friday, October 16th 6–9pm



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