As is the case for many serious clay artists, Judy Musicant discovered pottery after embarking on her “day job” as an attorney. Her work has been featured in many juried shows and won a "Best Ceramics Piece in Show" at a New Jersey Center for Visual Arts members show. Her work is in a number of books and publications, including "500 Pitchers" and "Ceramic Review - The International Magazine of Ceramics".
Judy creates functional pottery, meaning: “pottery to drink from, pour from, bake with, eat from, hold, caress, love to look at and make a part of everyday life”. She works primarily on the potter’s wheel, but because clay is so plastic and forgiving, she finds it almost impossible to throw a symmetrical object and leave it at that. She is forever poking, pulling, prodding, cutting or otherwise altering the thrown pot in some fashion, which is what creates a body of work that reflects her vision of art for everyday life. Contact information:
Featured Artist: Nancy Zarbock
From 17th century red ware, to 21st century porcelain, the struggle between form vs. function is constant. The value that she brings to the process, is her own interpretation. Nancy forms pots, and manipulates the clay as it dries. She uses stains rich in copper, iron, cobalt and silver. Her specialty is Raku Pottery. Raku is a form of Japanese pottery characterized by low firing temperatures and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. Raku is considered the traditional method for creating bowls for the Japanese tea ceremony.
Nancy’s pottery takes many artistic forms: bowls, figurative sculptures, jewelry, plates, chargers, and more. The results are high in luster and metallic, and one-of-a-kind.
"It's an honor to be recognized for our artistic accomplishments, said Judy Musicant, former President of the Potters Guild of New Jersey, “but continuing to take our art to new levels is what I continue to focus on”.
"It is a true team effort, here at Gallery 23," states Nancy Zarbock, Marketing Director, Potters Guild of New Jersey. "Our team of artists focus on delighting our clients and exceeding their expectations. We sincerely thank our exceptional customers for their ongoing support and patronage.", said Zarbock.
Gallery 23 , Blairstown, NJ http://www.gallery23.net has the mission of promoting work of local artists as well as raising awareness and appreciation of the various art forms represented at the gallery. This jury-selected exhibit includes fine art by various artists of the cooperative.
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The Potters' Guild of New Jersey was founded in 1987 to promote the development of New Jersey's ceramic artists and the exchange of knowledge in support of their creative endeavors.