Jaye Pope Introduces “M Squared”

“M Squared” – New Work by Jaye Pope
Jaye Pope is delighted to introduce her new work, titled “M Squared.” Here’s what she shares about it:

“My new work was inspired by my mother-in-law, Margaret, who is a talented potter living in Florida. She sent me an email a while ago asking what I thought of her new work. I told her I like it well enough to steal. She basically said “go for it.”  Of course an artist will bring their voice and style to new designs, whatever the inspiration.

My work is wheel thrown stoneware. After the first fire (called bisque) I pour glaze inside the bowl or cup for an even coat and then hand paint the black and red squares on the out side with an under glaze. Before the second coat has fully dried I use a sharp tool to scrape through the color, exposing the clay body in a fine line that connects the shapes.

I then finish the work with a clear glaze, return the pieces  to the kiln and fire them to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. All work is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.”

“M Squared” pottery by Jaye Pope

Welcome, Elizabeth Fieldsteel!

We warmly welcome our newest member, Elizabeth Fieldsteel! Here’s some info about her and some photos of her pottery. Stop by and see her work soon!

A Needham, MA native who recently moved to Montague, MA from Jamaica Plain, Liz Fieldsteel, has always had a passion for art.

Liz is a self-taught artist who dove head first into the ceramic world starting in 2010 at Feet of Clay studio in Brookline, MA. Her current studio is located in Leverett, MA.

Liz’s goal for her pottery is for it to be aesthetically pleasing and become part of your everyday living. 

Aside from pottery, Liz has been a Special Education teacher and a Visual Arts teacher in public schools since 2007. She has also been teaching ceramics to children and adults for the past few years.

Liz’s passion for ceramics stems from her love of working with her hands and dealing with the challenges that arise from intricacies of the ceramic process from creating
forms, to glazing, to firing. There are always new lessons to learn and beautiful organic creations to cherish in ceramics.  


Mugs by Elizabeth Fieldsteel

Handwoven Napkins and Hand Carved & Painted Gourd Napkin Rings

Member artists, weaver Kathy Litchfield and gourd artist Joan Levy have collaborated on an artistic endeavor! Kathy’s brightly colored 100% cotton napkins (in intriguing 8-harness twill patterns) are accompanying Joan’s beautifully hand carved and painted gourd napkin rings. Find them in the front room of the gallery – perhaps the perfect gift for the special person in your life!

Firecrow stacked New England napkin set

Firecrow Handwovens new napkins by weaver Kathy Litchfield.

Joan Levy napkin rings

Joan Levy’s hand carved and hand painted napkin rings, made out of gourds.

Guest Artist, Oil Painter Marie Welch

We warmly welcome April’s Guest Wall Artist, oil painter Marie Welch of Bernardston!

Marie has been painting since the 1980s, mentored by the late Greta Carey. Over the years, with time permitting, her growth as a painter has been self guided. A favorite quote by Oswald Chambers describes what inspires her to paint: “We have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms and every leaf that fades.”

For more info, visit mariewelchwindyhillstudio.com.

Here are some photos of her oil paintings:

oil painting Marie Welch

“Early Spring Pasture”, oil Painting by Marie Welch

September Reflections

“September Reflections” by oil painter Marie Welch of Bernardston, the gallery’s April Guest Wall Artist


Kerry Stone Featured in Special Exhibit at Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom in Shelburne Falls

Experience the colorful paintings of Sawmill River Arts Gallery member Kerry Stone at the exhibit, “Garden Reverie,” through April 28 at Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom in Shelburne Falls.

There will be an Opening Reception March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., featuring the local acoustic duo “Fire Pond,” and the work of three additional artists in sculpture, stone bird baths and pastels. IMG_5243Painting by Kerry Stone.