Wednesday, November 3, 2010

First Annual Holiday Sale Fundraiser for the Peekskill Education Foundation

Holiday Sale Fundraiser:
Works by the region's best clay artists, potters and the children of the Peekskill Middle School.

Also: Bake Sale (Dec. 11 Only) with complimentary hot cider and cocoa.
When: Saturday Dec 11th, 11:30am to 6:00pm: Holiday Sale/ Bake Sale Fundraiser.
Preview: "Early Scoop" Friday Dec 10th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

The Peekskill Clay Studios is hosting it's first annual Holiday Fundraiser for the Peekskill Education Foundation (PEF).

Please join us on the 11th or consider sending a check to the PEF:

or mail a check to:
Peekskill Education Foundation,
P.O. Box 489
Peekskill, NY 10566

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

American Craft Week Oct. 2 - Oct. 10, 2010

Peekskill Clay Studios and STUDIO No.9 will open their galleries to clay arts and crafts during American Craft Week. Selected works will include functional pottery and sculpture. American Crafts Week is a nationwide event, sponsored by the Smithsonian, Craft in America and the American Craft Council.

Demonstrations: Saturday and Sunday (Oct 2nd & 3rd) will feature demonstrations in wheel throwing (pottery making) and clay hand building. This is the first time Peekskill has participated in such an event.

Where: 1000 North Division St., Peekskill, NY 10566

When: Oct 2nd through Oct 10th

Hours: Weekends - Oct 2nd & 3rd, Oct 9th &10th - 11:30 to 6:00
Weekdays: By appointment only

Reception: Oct 2nd at 4:00pm.

For Information contact: 914-739-CLAY (2529).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Summary of "A potluck bar-b-q"

A potluck bar-b-q -- Fri. July
23 at 6:30 @ The Hat Factory

Artist Leonardo Silaghi of Romania is Artist-In-Residence at HVCCA this summer living and working in Peekskill. His work will be included in an exhibition during "After the Fall" at HVCCA this fall.

Leonardo was enjoying his evening at The Hat Factory with members of the Peekskill Arts Council and HVCCA. He was presented to the artist community here in Peekskill.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Celebrate the opening of the new Peekskill Clay Studios, with an exhibition featuring 14 local contemporary clay artists.

Exhibition: June 5th through 20th from 12:30 – 6:00 (closed Sundays except June 6th, 2010).
Artists Reception: June 5th, 6:30. Sponsored by:

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Exhibiting artists:
Dave Alban, Roger Baumann, Nancy Bauch, Liz Biddle, Beth Bolgla, Lisa Breznak, Jo-Ann Brody, Ada Cruz, Jessica Dubin, Brooke Evans, Deborah Lecce, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Harriet Ross, Megan Sweeney

ARTISTS (alphabetical order)

Dave Alban
David Alban is an artist, educator and kiln builder based in the Hudson Valley. He has a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has participated in numerous symposia in the USA, Europe and Asia. Currently he is exploring forms related to teeth and mandibles. By abstracting these images, and using the alchemical properties of clay and glaze these physical assemblages remind one of an archeologist’s discovery in a fossil bed.

Nancy Bauch
Nancy Bauch's work is nothing short of reverence for the earth and its forms. Her pottery is the intersection of simplicity and beauty.She does not impose her vision on her creations, but allows them to form, fully encompassing, even embracing, the imperfection of nature.  Her work is often described as "astonishingly serene."
She uses multiple methods to create her work. Many pieces are created on a foot powered treadle wheel that is patterned after wheels used at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, England. The rest of her work is either slip cast or hand built to create more organic shapes.
"My work is my meditation. The forms are largely influenced by observations I make on daily walks along a path in the Hudson Valley... an opening in the ice, the reflections on the river, or the unfolding of a bud. This breathes life into my forms. So I go into nature every day.  It is my library of ideas.  And it trains my eye to see."

Roger Baumann

Liz Biddle
As an artist and human being I am fascinated with the push and pull of the forces of nature, of life and death, destruction and rebirth. My sculpture and drawings often have a density and airiness at the same time. The organizational structure usually has a moving or dynamic  gesture as though time were passing and moving off the page. I work very directly and intuitively and  respond to both the figure and to natural forms. My interest lies in botanical forms, early animal and plant life, viral and bacteria mutations, and cell structures. As a young person I was fascinated with the tiny cells under the microscope in Biology classes. Our world today is chaotic, working on sculpture and drawing gives meaning and reason, it helps connect and place my thoughts somewhere. I like to hope that some of my work connotes, on occasion, a sense of playfulness and daring.

Beth Bolgla
Beth Bolgla is a visual artist working and living in New York. She received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Georgia State University in 1978, and worked primarily as a ceramic artist until 1985, when she began painting on canvas. Since 1985 she has continued to paint on canvas and to make ceramic sculptures, some of which are painted with oil rather than glazed. In 1995 she began making drawings using oil pastels on paper.
While living in Atlanta Beth maintained a studio at Nexus Contemporary Arts Center. She received two Artist Project Grants from the Bureau of Cultural Affairs of the City of Atlanta and three grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, designed and produced a line of terra-cotta kitchenware for Dean and Deluca’s in New York, and completed numerous commissions. In 1988, her work was selected for the "Big Art" billboard competition sponsored by the Arts Festival of Atlanta.
Since moving to New York in 1989, Beth has continued working in the studio on commissions and other work. In 1991 she designed over 75 puppets and masks for an original theatre production on the life of Frida Kahlo, entitled "Frida", that was produced by the American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Houston Opera Company. She participated in the annual Open Studios at 41 Union Square, where her studio was located, from 1991-1998.

Lisa Breznak
Lisa Breznak is a sculptor living and working in Peekskill, NY.
Beginning with her first solo exhibit  at 14,  she has continually exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.  She had a solo exhibition at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers NY and has had several artist-in-residences in the US and  Japan.  She has earned degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology, Goddard College, and did post graduate studies at Parsons School of Design.

She is currently adding to a continuing series of miniature abstract sculptures that play with the power of scale.  Using irony, humor and example, she puts social comment into the works that are first and foremost, visually engaging, and then thought provoking.

Jo Ann Brody
My work revolves around the female – the tree of life, earth mother and mother earth–clay/earth/dirt/dust. I work with clay and cement, both from and of the earth. I see women as strong, rooted, connected to the earth. (Wo)Man was made of clay.
Bodies are easily recognizable—just the merest sketch evokes the vision. A few markers create the illusion of reality. My pieces are an effort to minimize cues and still evoke a recognizable female figure. Gesture and stance intrigue me, creating stories and tableaux. I work in series with the richness of individual and small variations creating rhythms and affinities. Then I group my series playing with line, rhythm, and negative space.

Ada Cruz
Ada Pilar Cruz has a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  As a sculptor and craft artist she has been giving art workshops and teaching art in the schools and art programs to children and adults since 1988.  She has been a lecturer for the education department of the Museum of Modern Art since 1994 as well as being a professor of art history.   Ms. Cruz has exhibited her work in venues including Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Newark Museum, The Garrison Art Center, Greenwich House Pottery and others.  She has received numerous awards, including NYFA grant; Irene Wheeler artist award; Empire State Alliance grant; and Jerome Foundation grant, she has been awarded many artist-residencies and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe.  She works out of her home studio where she makes her clay sculptures as well as paper and book arts.

Jessica Dubin
Jessica Dubin has been making pots for over twenty years.  She pursued an undergraduate education at Bennington College in Vermont where she studied Ceramics and Printmaking.  After several years as a studio potter, Ms. Dubin returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in Ceramics.  She earned an M.F.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1994. As a graduate student, Jessica developed a love of woodfiring, an ancient and physically rigorous firing process. Her pots reveal the subtle colors and textures left by the caress of flame and ash. The pots that she currently makes in her Peekskill studio are predominantly functional.  They are made of  porcelain or stoneware clay and fired in a wood or gas kiln to cone 10. Ms. Dubin’s work has been included in many exhibitions across the country and is featured in a book entitled The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, by Kevin Hluch. Her work has also been included in 500 Bowls and in the publication 500 Cups, both by Lark Books. Her article, In Praise of Incrementalism, was recently published in Studio Potter magazine. She lives in Peekskill, New York with her husband and son.

Brooke Evans

Brooke Evans began her evolution as a potter in Baltimore, Maryland working as a member of Baltimore Clayworks. In 1995 she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics at SUNY New Paltz  where she began her development of wood-fired surfaces on thrown and altered porcelain. In the past 2 years an interest in modern design has influenced her practice with the adoption of hand-building and slip casting techniques  and a dramatic shift away from wood-fired surfaces to a more simplified glaze pallette. Despite these significant changes in practice, the recent work translates the same organic and graceful sensibility of form and function integral to her earlier work.

Deborah Lecce
In 1971, while still in High School, my hands first embraced clay. Since then I have found making pots irresistible. Presently, I am working in a variety of clays that allow me to create various types of work including sculptural, fine functional porcelain and stoneware. The clays are a  challenging and sensuous medium. Working in a these  clays allows me exploration, which brings me various  results and keeps the workexciting for me. The Potters Wheel is my primary tool. I often alter the forms that I throw, which create a canvas for surface embellishment. Detail has always been very important to me, whether it be a wavering rim or a surface decoration. Most recently Lecce has been working on large animal forms for the garden along with her function ware. She is currently teaching at her studio as well as The Garrison Art Center, Arts on The Lake, and has has taught at  Clayworks on Columbia.

Leigh Taylor Mickelson
My ceramic sculpture explores the different components of self, sexuality and family, and how these components relate and conflict with one another. I use forms from nature, especially ones found in plant life, as a means of expressing these components. Being full of dichotomy, the elements of natural forms act as a metaphor for the spiritual, emotional and physical extremes that exist within our selves, our love relationships and our family units.
The Lure and Botanical Duet series give homage to one of the most recent inspirations for my work: a plant’s will to pollinate. For me, the private “business” of flowering plants reveals a world that mimics human interaction to a fascinating degree. In addition, the forms found inside plants, once magnified, divulge a beauty that is regrettably unseen by the naked eye. In my work, I aim to capture the essence of these organic forms, reveal their beauty, and hence celebrate nature’s will to attract and therefore produce.
I live in Ossining, NY with my videographer/filmmaker husband Matt Mickelson and my two daughters, Carmen (8) and Navey (4). Four days a week I work as the Program Director at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY.

Harriet Ross
It was forty years ago that the spark for creating in clay was ignited. At that time I was working in a coffee house in Washington, DC. All the coffee cups were handmade. I loved the look and feel of those cups. I knew then that I had found what I wanted to do...I wanted to be a potter.
It wasn’t until several years later, when our family moved to Korea, that I was able to act upon this scary, yet exciting dream. During our three years there, I studied and learned in a creative, supportive atmosphere surrounded by a small group of American potters who shared my passion. Many trips to Japan added a crucial dimension to my experience. The ceramics of the Far East continue to influence my work as does my love for African Art. Another influence is contemporary American potters. Their vision, work and generosity continue to enrich my explorations and discoveries in clay. I feel that the creative process and my life journey are one. It is about internal space, movement that begins from within, the richness of texture, empty space, beginnings and endings.

Megan Sweeney
Megan Sweeney is an artist and educator who lives in the Hudson Valley. Megan has a BA from Bennington College, and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She has participated in numerous symposia in the USA, and Europe. Currently she teaches K-9 art at the Tuxedo Park School. Her recent work in clay is a circular demonstration of her longtime interest in the zany characteristics and personification of animals and the animalistic traits of the human species.


Peekskill Clay Studios (PCS) is designed for the experienced clay artist. 5 private studio's and rentable shelf space surround a well equipped common area featuring new Brent wheels, digital Bailey kilns, slab roller, extruder and other associated ceramic equipment. To preserve the working artist environment classes and workshops will be kept to a minimum. Additional space is available to meet the needs of growing educational programs.

New member applicants must be sponsored by an associate of the PCS. Members will receive a 24/7 access key and use of all common area and equipment. There are additional fee's for kiln firing, clay and glazing.

Monthly fees:
Private Studio - $350
4 Shelf Units- $200
1 Shelf Unit -$135
Member - $100 (equipment privileges no storage)

For more information, please contact