Blue Cloud Gallery, a local Somerville store offering handcrafted gifts is excited to announce a once in a lifetime opportunity for customers to discover the beautiful pottery creations of Massachusetts artist, Warren Smith.
Blue Cloud Gallery is found in the heart of Ball Square in Somerville, Massachusetts and offers a unique and personal way for customers to become familiar with the crafts and handiwork of local artists. The store, operated by fine art photographer Betsy Lenora, works directly with artists to consign select pieces, providing local talent with an all-new pathway of support and patronage. The gallery's owner recently announced that during the month of July 2012, the gallery will showcase pieces by nationally-exhibited potter Warren Smith, whose works will be discounted by ten percent for the duration of the month.
Warren Smith's record of excellence in the world of artistic pottery is constantly growing. He holds degrees from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Rhode Island School of Design. He also apprenticed with John Baymore of River Bend Pottery. After more than forty years of international exhibitions and special events, his reputation as an expert in the field is firmly established, but Smith shows no signs of stopping the continuing evolution of his craft.
His pieces are influenced by Japanese and early American folk pottery, combining the humble spirit of organic, handcrafted work with a richly-cultured visual flair. The bowls, mugs, and vases in his portfolio are unique for valuing both artistic beauty and everyday utility - they are food safe, and easily used in microwave and conventional ovens. Harkening back to a time of humble folk aesthetics, these pieces offer customers daily beauty without sacrificing their practical needs.
Blue Cloud Gallery's ten percent off discount on Warren Smith's artistic creations is intended to bring attention to these breathtaking pieces. The store rarely discounts artwork, but Betsy Lenora and Warren Smith feel that such a promotion embodies the humble sensibilities of Smith's pottery, and gives visitors a rare opportunity to experience the quiet strength of these pieces for themselves. The promotion ends on July 31 of this year, and so the business encourages customers to stop in soon to experience the fruits of Smith's life work.