A Little Retrospective – New Ceramics by Bryan Weitz

Bryan Weitz, a ceramic artist, is displaying a sampling of his ceramic works at the Highland Park Public Library through the month of February 2017 in the Main Hall Display Case.

“My earliest ceramics were attempts to understand the balance between the clay, the potter’s wheel, and my own hands. No easy task,” Weitz said. “After this, I spent a period making symmetrical wheel-thrown pots, using photos of traditional pottery to influence my forms.”

Weitz has completed a wide range of ceramic work. He has used many types of clay, developed many glazes (the glass-like surface of the ceramic), and used various methods of firing the clay.

“My most recent focus is on simple, organic-shaped serving bowls. I hope you enjoy my ‘little retrospective’.”

Weitz is a New Jersey native who delved into clay casually twenty five years ago. His first class was a wheel-throwing course at Parson’s school of design in New York City. He became enamored with the process of ceramics and continued classes at Parson’s as well as taking private classes and continued study at other institutions. As his skills developed, he participated in many craft fairs and sold work in fine craft shops in the Tristate area. As his work took on a more “artistic” style, he exhibited in shows and galleries.

Weitz

Ceramics from Nature – Kirsten Vogelius

Kirsten Vogelius, a potter, is exhibiting in the main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library from July 1 through July 31, 2016. Her display, Ceramics from Nature, features work inspired from natural elements, bark, seashells and wood.

According to the New Jersey potter, the experience of taking a lump of clay and forming it to something functional is magical.

“I love experimenting, combining new and old techniques, materials and forms, but I favor the mid-century Danish style, myself being a mid-century Dane,” Kristen said. “Nothing is more exciting than opening a kiln or pulling a piece from a hot fire—and seeing the magic—or disaster!”

Kristen Vogelius