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Open house at Joy Bridy Pottery Dec. 20

By Staff | Dec 12, 2014

Joy Bridy Pottery invites you to the fourth annual Holiday Open Studio, Saturday, Dec. 20, noon until 5 p.m., featuring freshly unloaded pottery from the December firing, as well as two guest artists: Annie Cropper Vaughan, paper artist, and Rose Sanders Mendez, metal jeweler. All three will have their hand-crafted work available for sale. Joy Bridy Pottery is located at 2533 Warm Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction WV 25442.

Joy Bridy’s wood fired functional pottery will still be warm from the recent firing, unloaded just hours before the open studio. Annie Cropper Vaughan will have her paper nests and bowls available along with handmade books and wall art pieces made from wood, paper and found objects. Rose Sanders Mendez will have an array of hand forged and fabricated aluminum, copper, brass, sterling and semiprecious stone jewelry, including necklaces and earrings.

Bridy says, “This year will be extra special, as the wood kiln will be unloaded a mere two days before….pots will be as fresh as they come. And to mix it up, in the tradition of adding in a few of my favorite makers, I’m honored to have Annie and Rose as guests. I appreciate artists who bring a strong nature-based aesthetic to their work, and have been drawn to both Rose and Annie’s work over and over again. Having a broader mix of hand-crafted wares in the studio feels festive, and spending a day with other skilled makers is always a reason to celebrate. Come by and say hello, learn a bit about our making processes, and pick up a last-minute gifts and special orders.”

Annie Cropper Vaughan shares, “What I find commonly reoccurring in my work is text and shadow. Use of old documents and books allow for a delicate structure that plays with the light to create fun shadows. These elements also appear in my wall art with dried plants that are highlighted so that as the sun passes on the work these shadows are cast. This connection to light and shadow has stayed with me from my photography days to installation works and now my smaller wall art pieces. I believe I use old text, found objects and pieces from nature because I am drawn to things that have a sense of age or life of their own, which I as the artist, am eager to highlight. “

Rose Sanders Mendez offers, “I generally work in copper, brass and silver. My aesthetic is a little bit rugged with a botanical twist. I love to use recycled metals and to play while I am working. Because I was born into a family of artists I was lucky to have access to materials and tools from a very young age and to be surrounded by beautiful craft. It was with the birth of my children that I started focusing on jewelry and especially metalwork.”

All three makers will be in the studio throughout the day. The wood stove will be warm, and hot beverages in handmade mugs awaiting. Come by to say hello, finish holiday shopping, and take a moment to slow down, visit a bit, and learn about these timeless processes of hand-made making.

Visit www.joybridy.com for map or more info, or call 304.876.0750.