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The Frog Song Designs studio / showroom is open! Located in Bethel, Vermont at 1887 River Street (also the intersection of Routes 12 and 107), the studio is open whenever I’m working – contact me first if you’re planning a special trip!
email: andrea @ FrogSongDesigns.com
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I took up pottery as a casual hobby in 2006, but was ultimately forced to debut my work in my first studio show when I could no longer fit all of my pottery into my own house.
My opening show was held at the Judy Jensen Clay Studio in Rochester, Vermont in August of 2011. I have since opened my own studio/showroom in Bethel, Vermont and now regularly appear at regional craft fairs and art markets.
I enjoy making tableware to be both functional and decorative. Although each piece can be enjoyed as a work of art, all plates, platters and bowls are thick, high fired stoneware finished in a food safe glaze – they are made to be used as much as they are made to be enjoyed.
Every one of my pieces is hand built. Plates, platters and bowls are either shaped by hand or pressed into molds. Surface designs are carved or sculpted. I work free-hand. Carved pieces are painted with either a slip or underglaze into which I inscribe my designs. Sculpted surfaces are shaped with any combination of tools and fingers that lend themselves to the task as I go.
Although I have some favorite designs that continue to be revisited, I don’t work from any sort of a template – every piece is created according to the inspiration of the moment, and is unique.
My carved tiles can be mounted as wall hangings or be put to use as trivets and coasters. All are durable, high fired stoneware. Each tile has been hand built – I cut and shape each tile from slabbed clay. Carved tiles have been painted with glazes or slips into which I have carved each design free-hand, so no two are ever exactly alike.
With sculpted tiles, anything goes – I enjoy making strongly three-dimensional pieces to create interesting wall hangings. Sizes and shapes are entirely irregular, with each tile formed with hand tools and my hands as inspiration dictates.
I enjoy making vases in a variety of shapes and sizes, but I really have fun making vases as large as the kiln will allow.
Regardless of size and shape, every vase has been hand built. Carved surfaces are painted in a slip or underglaze into which I carve each design, working free hand. Sculpted shapes are formed with my hands and with hand tools, as each piece calls for.
It was a success! The Vermont Artisan Trunk Show rolled into Woodstock for a Presidents Day ‘Woodstock Edition’ at the Little Theater. Read more
Sat., Feb. 16, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM &
Sun., Feb. 17, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Vermont Artisan Trunk Show’s next event! Our rolling trunk show will make a Presidents Day weekend stop at the Little Theater in Woodstock. A dozen Vermont artisans and crafts people will convene to show and sell their work in the historic old mill building that now serves as a theater and function space. Read more