Monday, December 29, 2014

Mug Monday: A Review

It is always great to hear that people love "Mug Monday." Since beginning Mug Monday, we have featured the work of 28 resident artists and one intern. We even included a mug for our "Date Night" workshop that is available for registrations- January 17 and February 14 from 6-9 pm.  Mug Monday will continue next year. Can't wait to see the creations!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mug Monday- Jerry Abend

It's Mug Monday! Today's mug is by Resident Artist and Education Director Jerry Abend. Not only does Jerry sign his name to his but he dates and numbers them. He also inspired Resident Artist and Instructor Leslie Colonna to create a sculpture of him. It is just one of the many wonderful things about ClaySpace's community. We care and inspire each other.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Smoked Soaked Pottery" by Siobhan Gasparotto

Join us Friday for the opening of Siobhan Gasparotto's gallery show, "Smoked Soaked Pottery," from 7 - 9 pm. Can't make it Friday night, not to worry. Her show will be up until December 27th. We will even open up the Gallery just for you!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mug Monday with Amy Martinez

It's Mug Monday. This organic looking mug was created by Resident Artist Amy Martinez. Amy joined the ClaySpace family nearly a year ago. We missed her at our holiday open house and hope her daughter Olivia is feeling better. Amy's beautiful giraffe platter was a hot item in our raffle. Thanks Amy. Resident Artist Cathy Code's son won it! He was so excited when he got the news.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Open House: Raffle

Our raffle for our Holiday Open House (beginning tonight from 7-9) is truly an awesome one! Our Resident Artists have donated some really great pieces of art. We would also like to thank FreshGround Roasting of Geneva for their donation of coffee and a class and Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant of Naperville for donating a wine tasting. Tickets are just $1.00 each. Drawing will be Sunday at 3:30 pm and you do not need to be present to wine. Hope you are one of the winners!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Open House: Lee Ristow

One of the best things about ClaySpace is the community and the people who step up to serve on our board. These leaves were made by Resident Artist and President Lee Ristow. Leaves are her trademark. The large leaf is 9" h x 7" w and sells for $12. The smaller two set of leaves is 4" h x 9.5" w and sells for $10. You can find more of her work for sale at our Holiday Open House this weekend.

Holiday Open House: Kate Keilty


Through my work, I am motivated by a fascination with clay and with nature. I am especially inspired by the nature found in my garden. For me, there is something about carving/drawing into leather hard clay that is so satisfying. I aim to produce ceramics that are interesting, accessible, affordable and encourage people to look afresh at the natural world around them. -Kate Keilty

This wonderful "Go Big" platter was made by founder, instructor and our Director of Operations Kate Keilty. Kate has donated this piece for our raffle that will be happening during our Holiday Open House. Kate will also be selling her work and demonstrating how to throw on a wheel. This sweet green pot is 5" h x 6" w and sells for $25. The hibiscus pot is 6.5" h x 7" w and sells for $55. Kate's newest class is "Go Big" and you will also find many of Kate's large platters and bowls.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mug Monday with Pam Dinucci

It's Mug Monday! Today's mug was created by Resident Artist Pam Dinucci. Pam will also be selling her amazing lidded jars at our Holiday Open House this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "I like playing in mud!"

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Holiday Open House Raffle: Don Metz

We will be holding a raffle during our Holiday Open House next weekend. Tickets are just $1.00 a piece. This incredible hand built teapot by Resident Artist Don Metz (he will be selling his work too!) is just one item that you could win. Can't make our Open House, we can make arrangements for you to purchase tickets. Here's to you being the lucky winner! Thanks, Don!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Open House: Jonathan Pacheco

This mug was wood fired for 52 hours and was created by Resident Artist Jonathan Pacheco. It is 4.5" tall and can be yours for $38 at our Holiday Open house next weekend. Jonathan's work contains a laying of texture, imagery and surface treatment that creates a history of beautiful decay and spontaneity. He has always found beauty in the imperfect, from the drip of glazes to how the wood ash dances with his pieces. He finds inspiration in urban settings such as walls covered with peeling posters and graffiti. Jon is also the sculpture instructor at ClaySpace.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Open House: Nancy Gorman

This gorgeous dragonfly lantern by Resident Artist Nancy Gorman can be yours by shopping our Holiday Open House next weekend. It's 8" tall and sells for $50.

"I am thrilled to find both time and resources for creating my own work after teaching high school ceramics for many years. I especially enjoy combining my interest in botanical drawing with my clay work to produce pierced, carved, and sgrafitto designs using plant motifs," Nancy said. You don't want to miss this sale!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Open House: Featuring Sharon Spitzer

This beautiful bowl by Resident Artist Sharon Spitzer can be yours by shopping our Holiday Open House. It's 11" w x 5" h and sells for $48. Sharon is a career coach by day and a potter by night.  She is passionate about making functional porcelain pottery on the potter's wheel.  Her love of beauty is displayed in every piece that she makes. Our Holiday Open House is December 5, from 7 - 9 pm, December 6, from 10 am - 4 pm and December 7, from Noon - 4 pm.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mug Monday with Sarah Mizanin

It's Mug Monday! This wonderful mug was created by talented Resident Artist Sarah Mizanin. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for the knitter in you life, look no further than Sarah's buttons. They are sure to be a hit. Sarah also creates necklaces where all of the components are made in the USA. Her work along with nearly 40 other artists can be found in our Gallery.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"Bones" is in the House

"Bones," ClaySpace's newest kiln, is up and running. Resident Artist Paul "Bones" Buti jumped started our fundraising campaign for this test kiln by donating a wheel to raffle and so Paul was allowed to name it (Yes, all our kilns have names.). Four other Resident Artists donated money and our budget provided the rest!  The test kiln will allow Resident Artists and students to try new things and expand their experiences and knowledge. Isn't it cute?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mug Monday: Karen Mikrut

It's Mug Monday! Today's colorful creation was made by Resident Artist Karen Mikrut. Karen became a part of the ClaySpace family in July and has jumped right in! Enjoy!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instructors- Jon Pacheco and Leslie Colonna

ClaySpace is fortunate to have not one but two sculpture instructors. Jon Pacheco has been teaching the a weekly sculpture class for more than a year. Leslie Colonna recently taught a "Portrait Bust in Clay" workshop. You can see more of their incredible work at the "Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instructors" opening this Sunday, November 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and the Gallery all month long.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instrusctors--Marie Gnesda and Lisa Domagala

Marie Gnesda

While Marie Gnesda and Lisa Domagala are some of our newer instructors (fused glass classes), they are both founding members. You can see more of their wonderful work at the "Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instructors" opening this Sunday, November 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or all month long in the ClaySPace Gallery, 740 Front St., Lisle, IL. To learn more about the classes that they teach, visit our website ( Don't you think this will be an amazing show?
Lisa Domagala

Lisa Domagala
Marie Gnesda

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instructors: Susan Delaney and StephanieO'Neill

Did you know the ClaySpace has fused glass classes? Susan Delaney was our original instructor and Stephanie O'Neill has joined her (more on our other fused glass instructors tomorrow). You can see more of their amazing work at the "Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instructors" show that opens on Sunday, November 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in our Gallery, 740 Front Street, Lisle, IL, and runs all month long in out Gallery (hours on our website and by appointment). To find out more about our fused glass classes and workshops, visit our website.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Personal Voices:ClaySpace Instructors- Kate Keilty and Linda Kiepke

 You can truly be inspired by ClaySpace instructors Kate Keilty and Linda Kiepke. Kate teaches "Throwing on the Wheel" and "Go BIG" classes. Linda teaches "Goal Driven Ceramics." You can see more of their work at the "Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instructors" show that opens on Sunday, November 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at 740 Front Street, Lisle. Check out our website ( for more information on their classes.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mug Monday and "Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instructors"

It's Mug Monday with a bonus! Today's artwork was created by Pauline Ares and Dawn Lagerstedt. Pauline and Dawn are both instructors at ClaySpace. They teach the kid's (Ages 8 -12) Clay Fantasy class and Pauline teaches Ceramics for Young Adults (Ages 12-14). Details on these classes can be found on our website You can see more of their artwork and even purchase a piece or two at "Personal Voices: ClaySpace Instructors" Gallery Show. The opening is Sunday, November 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at 740 Front Street, Lisle, IL 60532. Our fourteen instructors are one talented group! The show will be up the entire month of November.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Price Your Art

There is an interesting article on pricing art on I know that not everyone has the goal of selling their work, but many do. I thought using real estate as an analogy was an interesting comparison.

Speaking of selling, don't forget that tonight is Roger Cantu's opening reception for his show "Glass and Clay" beginning at 5:00 p.m. Roger has lots of fused glass pieces which is exciting to see in the Gallery.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mug Monday with Mary Puskar

It's Mug Monday! Today's mug was created by Resident Artist Mary Puskar who has been a member since September 2013. If you have a chance to stop by ClaySpace, there are three new mugs on the wall. You can feast on all 42 mugs! Enjoy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Mug Monday with Jon Pacheco

 It's Mug Monday! This one shows a happy owner of a mug made by Resident Artist and Sculpture teacher Jon Pacheco when he first began creating ceramic art. The mug was donated to our Empty Bowls sale at our last First Friday to raise money to fight hunger. Jon has certainly grown as an artist. His wolf mug was created in a wood firing. Enjoy!