Wheel-thrown Stoneware, Porcelain and Raku Fired Pottery

Wheel-thrown stoneware, porcelain and Raku fired plates, vases resembling sculptures and functional pieces by Michael Brailove will be on exhibit in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, June 4 through June 30.

Brailove, a long time Highland Park resident, has been using the wheel for thirteen years and firing his large plates, vases, cups, and sculptures and firing them in electric or gas kilns. He also has a number of them Raku fired.

“My early works reflect admiration for American pottery,” Brailove said. “Currently I am focused on carving and design.”

Brailove is a student of pottery at Raritan Valley Community College and commends their excellent faculty in his development as a potter and sculptor.
Michael Brailove pottery

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