Saturday, September 1, 2012
What to do: GO online or the iphone app
Monday, May 14, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
This Saturday, May 5, I'll be setting up a pop-up shop at the Prospect Park Craft Fair. I'll have many of my handmade ceramic sculptures, porcelain bangles, and honey bears!
I'm so happy to be sharing the space with my good friend and amazing artist, Camille Abbe, who will be selling her gorgeous ceramic tableware. For many years Camille and I worked out of the the same studio, she now lives in Boston, so I'm really looking forward to spending the day with her and all her beautiful ceramic pieces.
We'll be under the wine-colored pop-up! If you are in nyc, please come say hi at this pretty day in the park! :)
The Prospect Park Craft Fair supports PS 154, the local school. There will be about 50 local artists featuring all handmade art and crafts.
Directions: Bartel Pritchard Square. Take the F/G trains to 15th Street Prospect Park West and come to the southwest park entrance. http://bit.ly/IAAlTL
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Lately I've been fascinated by the idea of "Big." Not Carrie's long time love or Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins jumping on a giant indoor trampoline (although trampolines are another big fascination of mine right now, yet altogether tangental).
What's spinning on repeat in my head is the idea of continually increasing the size of the sculptures I'm creating. Repetition and size.
Last year I began a series called The Grasshopper and the Ant which was featured in the show Organic Stories at Clayworks Gallery. Quickly after carving the first one I knew I wanted to repeat the form and scale larger. The original stands 8.5in x 3.25in without the stoneware base. The second one grew to 11in x 4.5in. They sit on the dresser behind my desk and lately the calling to go bigger has been strong. Finally, I started carving a new piece last night, larger still. This one is currently around 19in x 6.5in; there will be some shrinkage when it's fired. It was really nice to start working on it, like running into an old friend and getting some to catch up.
Another series I've been growing in size is my GeoMetria icosahedrons. The last few have been about 6.5in across. This new one will be around 8-9in in diameter. For this piece the size creates a new structural challenge as well as playing with the right clay body and moisture content in the clay - too wet, it can't bear the weight, too dry and I loose flexibility and start to experience cracking. There are other ways to build this piece, but I right now I want to keep the integrity of the inspiration - from my mother's (and grandmother's) paper hangings built from folded circles.
image above: left, 2 current works in process in the studio; right, other pieces post-fire in these two series.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, December 16, 2011
|GeoMetria (sizes 6.5in, 3in, 3.75in diameter)|
These three are glazed with bruno's white and edged with copper oxide before high fired.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
|A bit of whimsy and good fortune for the holidays!|
In the weeks leading up to the Ice Carnival, the elections were under way and dad's fraternity was pulling out all the stops. They had flown weather balloons over the campus with Old Ned painted on the sides. Their campaign got its break from another fraternity brother's family business,
Dad's story gave me a bit of inspiration back in the studio and I crafted these little ceramic fortune cookie ornaments. You don't have to break open the cookies to get to the fortune which pokes instead out the top, and they do not predict a king of the ice carnival. Each cookie offers a different bit of destiny and good cheer straight from favorite carols, in one of ten variations....
Thursday, December 1, 2011
|GeoMetria icosahedra rattles|
I playfully referred to the series as GeoMetria; a slant on my name: geometric meaning earth measurement, and Demeter, my namesake, the goddess over the fertility of the earth. Plato related each of the five convex regular polyhedra to one of the natural elements. As a water sign and swimmer, I was particularly amused to learn that the icosahedra was equated to water because of its smoothness and correlation to the way water flows.
The current pieces are around 1.4in - 4.5in across, some can be strung to hang and I have works in process at the studio that I've grown much larger in scale.
The irregular polyhedra solids are part of a collection of jewelry, strung on vintage chains.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
|Sticks and Stones|
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I'm participating in a group Holiday Ceramic Show and Sale
Reception December 3rd & 10th, 1pm – 5pmFind lots of amazing handmade ceramic gifts, functional pottery, sculpture, jewelry and home decor.
RSVP on Facebook.
Part of the Citywide NY Clayfest studio tour.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
|Seed pod rattles|
See more of my work here: demetriachappo.com
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Opening reception June 25, 4pm-7pm
Clayworks on Columbia Gallery, 195 Columbia Street (Sackett and Degraw), Brooklyn waterfront. map.
Clayworks on Columbia Gallery presents Organic Stories ceramic sculpture exhibition. The show explores several sculptural techniques including carving, figurative, coils, extrusion and casting. Featured Artists: Freddy Borges, Demetria Chappo, Peggy Clarke, Tami Gold, Reina Kubota, Rachel Libonati, Deb McDermott, Brendin McDermott, Mary Waugh and Nancy Weiss. The exhibit will be on display through the month of July.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sunday, May 16, 2010
In a workshop by Namoi Cleary at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, I explored three different surface techniques on these pieces: silkscreen (octopus and the small grey flowers), carbonate and photocopy transfer method (cobalt flower band) and colored slip and paper cut outs (hearts).
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
6" x 4.5" pocket - natural and blue
6" x 3" pocket - antique iron
6.5" x 4" pocket - antique iron
5" x 1.5" pocket - natural and blue
10" x 3" pocket - natural and blue
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
3" x 2" pocket
4" x 2" pocket
5" x 3" pocket
4.5" x 2" vessel