Studio Open House - 2012
November 23 – 25, 2012
For almost 20 years, Brad Smith and Royce Yoder have brought together a variety of artists and craftspeople for a fun filled weekend of art and craft. Held each year over Thanksgiving weekend, the Studio Open House has become a tradition among families and friends alike. This year we have invited two established artists to join us. While both work in ceramics, their work is quite different. Jim Webb hand-builds ceramic lamps and Mitch Lyons uses clay in his monotype printing.
The Bradford Woodworking Studio, 3120 Fisher Road, Worcester, PA 19490
Fri: 10 am to 5 pm
Sat: 10 am to 5 pm
Sun: 12 pm to 5 pm
Brad Smith has been making furniture on his farm in Southeastern Pennsylvania for more than thirty years. He developed a keen interest in furniture in high school, continued learning the craft while working for a local cabinet maker before going to R.I.T. to study furniture design.
Royce became interested in making pots while attending Hesston College in Kansas. He finished his formal education in 1976 at Goshen College in Indiana. Royce's goal after graduating was to establish his own pottery studio. In 1983 that goal became a reality when Royce built his own studio outside Lederach, Pennsylvania. In 1988 he built a house on the same property and he currently resides there with his wife.
Since that first year, Royce has made over a hundred thousand hand-thrown pottery pieces. His work can be found in galleries and shops all over the United States. He also exhibits at two or three craft shows each year. Royce’s goal is to make work that functions both practically and visually. All of the pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe as well as lead free.
For more information about Royce's work, visit his site www.royceyoderpotter.com.
Mitch Lyons earned his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art, and his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Graphics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His clay monoprints can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Woodmere Museum, American University and the University of Delaware.
Lyons has had exhibitions of his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Virginia museum of Fine Arts; Noyes Museum, New Jersey; Kalmar Lans Museum, Kalmar, Sweden; and the Vonderau Museum, Fulda, Germany. He is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council of the arts Visual Arts Grant. He has taught at West Chester University, Moore College of Art, Rowan University, Alfred University, and the University of Delaware. In the past 10 years he has led over 100 workshops.
For more information about Mitch's work, visit his site http://www.mitchlyons.com.
Clay artist Jim Webb began studying ceramics with Toshiko Takaezu while an undergraduate at Princeton University. After graduating with a degree in art history he traveled extensively, primarily in the Middle East and Afghanistan, where he developed a keen interest in Islamic art and architecture. Upon returning to the U.S. he studied economics at Columbia University where he received a master's degree. It was while studying at Columbia that Jim rediscovered his love of ceramics. At Toshiko's urging he moved to Lambertville, New Jersey, and became a member of the now-defunct Clay Co-op. In 1978 he opened his own studio, which is today Studio 233.
Jim's interest in lighting was born of a desire to combine clay's sculptural and functional potential. Each piece gives him the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind statement with the use of glazes and metallic oxides. His handbuilt slab lamps are incised with a variety of carved motives that render each one a unique piece of art.
Jim and his wife Barbara have three children and live in Hopewell, New Jersey.
For more information about Jim's work, visit his site www.studio-233.com.