Thursday, December 06, 2007

A Holiday Tour of Lillstreet Studios

I thought I'd give a little tour of what some of the studios are offering this holiday season at Lillstreet Studios in Chicago. It's truly a unique shopping experience to be able to shop directly from the artists in their studios. I'm including photos of just a sampling of the studios. There are over 50 artists under one roof - and that's not including Lillstreet's Gallery!

ceramics by Emily Murphy










ceramics by Lisa Harris







pottery by Karen Avery

pottery by Gary Jackson







porcelain by Joanna Kramer
porcelain by Karen Patinkin






ceramic and glass beads by Amy Lemaire







porcelain by Deborah Schneider







agricultural art by Cathi Bouzide



Photography by Guy Nicol








pottery by Mike Szostak



jewelry by 2nd floor metals artists





Many of the studios are open daily...
check in with individual artists for their hours

Monday - Friday 12noon - 6pm
Saturdays 10am - 6pm
Sundays 12noon - 5pm

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Studio Holiday Sale

Tonight's the night! It's the opening night for the holiday show at my studio at Lillstreet Studios in Chicago.


If you're in the area, I hope you can stop by tonight, or any time over the next 3 weeks. Details and some pictures to tempt are below.




Opening Night Reception
Friday, November 30, 2007 - 6pm - 9pm
Lillstreet Studios
205 west
4401 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60640




I have a studio full of new work including the ceramic pendants that you see above that hang on a cord of hand dyed silk. You'll also see the familiar faces of mugs, serving bowls, honey pots and more.












Studio hours for the holidays:
weekdays: 12 noon - 6pm
Saturdays: 10am - 6pm
Sundays: 12 noon - 5pm


There are over 40 artists at Lillstreet Studios making functional pottery, tiles, sculpture, jewelry, photography, handmade beads and more. If I'm not at my studio, one of my studio mates can help you out. If you want to be sure to meet up with me, just send me an email (emily@sodafired.com).

You can probably find something for everyone on your list at Lillstreet Studios. I have some ridiculously functional things that everyone can use. Why shouldn't your soap dispenser be as beautiful and functional as your favorite mug?



Directions to my studio.
I accept cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard.
It's easy to get to with lots of parking for cars and bikes.
There is a ton of public transportation to help you get there. And the exciting news is that the Montrose Stop on the Brown line is open after a year of renovations!



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And on a much more personal note...
I haven't been writing to my blog much lately because I've had a very happy distraction. My sister, Nora, had a little baby boy, Shiya, on November 18, 2007 at 4:12pm. Congratulations!
I've been spending a lot of time with my sister, baby Shiya and big brother Ayrie. (The happy new family is in the picture to your left!)

Happy Holidays!

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Unconventional Vases

I have been making these oval vases for a while in all different shapes and sizes. The idea for these pieces emerged out of a desire to make a vase that can sit in the middle of a table with flowers in it, yet it's short enough to see your sweetie sitting across the table. Vases are a form that I've battled with. I have high standards for my pieces (vases and others). They must be able to stand on their own, without fulfilling their given purpose. And when they are doing their duty, like holding flowers, it must function flawlessly. My battle with the classic vase form is that I am not interested in it as a stand alone form. I know it's a broad generalization, but it's something that I tackle over and over again, and the form just isn't "strong" enough for my taste. When I push and pull the classic vase form into something that I really like, it is more like a bottle and can't hold more than 1 flower... So I seem to end up venturing into vase forms that are unconventional.

And since I like things that are unconventional, I am doing a show this much that is just that...unconventional. Haus (a wonderful ceramics gallery in Chicago) has coordinated this show for Chicago Artist's Month (which is October). The tables at Anteprima, a fantastic Italian restaurant in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood have been filled with my oval vases. The vases have been filled by Sunburst Flowers, another Andersonville neighborhood business. I love all the collaboration!

The above image is of one of the beautiful arrangements for the show. The below image is of some of my platters at the restaurant. When Anteprima was opening, I was commissioned to make these platters.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

New work by Emily Murphy

A show of my new work is opening on Friday, April 6, at Haus in Chicago. All of the work is soda fired (surprise surprise!), with a vivid palate of colors. The show include some new wall pieces, oval centerpiece vase (like you see below), large square platters and more.
I have been wanting to do this work since last summer, and when the opportunity came up to have a show at Haus, I was really excited to have a place to exhibit the vision that was in my head. I've been working intensely on this new body of work through the coldest and darkest days of the winter- with a longing eye looking towards spring.
I'll give you a little sneak peak of some of the work here on this entry and after the opening I will post some installation images of the show.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Holiday Shows, 2006

Due to what I can only explain as time passing more quickly than ever before, the holiday season is upon us. The opening night for various exhibitions and shows that I am participating in is this Friday, December 1st.

Visit my studio at Lillstreet Studios in Chicago throughout the month for our holiday extravaganza. Browse the wares in my studio while I continue to produce work. New work will be showing up throughout the month!

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 1, 6pm - 9pm
4401 N. Ravenswood
2nd floor- 205 west
Chicago, IL 60640

Saturdays, 10am - 6pm
Sundays, 10am - 5pm
Weekdays, 12 noon - 6pm

On weekends, 12 noon - 3pm, you can "drop and shop." You can drop off your kids in the kids rooms on the 1st floor of Lillstreet Art Center while you shop the gallery and 35 artists studios.


You can travel a little ways from my studio to Haus, a beautiful gallery focusing on hand crafted items for the home from dinnerware to handmade furniture. They also have a great selection of jewelry. The work that I have there, of course, is the dinnerware and other pots.

Haus
5405 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60640

Tues - Thurs, 11am - 7pm
Fri - Sat, 11am - 8pm
Sun, 12 noon - 5pm
Mon, closed

The Evanston Art Center's Art + Craft Expo opens with a Preview Party on Friday, December 1, 6pm - 9pm, tickets are $25. I have a wide array of work there, from vases to mugs to soap dispensers. There are over 80 participating artists. An event not to be missed!

Evanston Art Center
2603 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201
December 1 - December 16

Sat - Sun, 11am — 5 pm
Mon – Thur, 12 — 6 pm
Fri, 12 — 8 pm


Woman Made Gallery is hosting their Annual Holiday Bazaar Nov 24 - Dec 23. If you've never been to this space before, you should make sure to get there this month!

Woman Made Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Wed - Fri, 12 noon - 7pm
Sat - Sun, 12 noon - 4pm
Mon - Tue, closed

Opening Reception, Friday, Dec. 1, 6pm - 9pm.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Studio Sale - May 7th, 2005


As you can see from my postcard image above, I'm having a studio sale at my studio (an innovative idea...) in Chicago on May 7th from 10am - 5pm. To learn more about this sale and to get important information like directions to the studio and payment options, please head on over to sodafired.com and you'll see all the pertinent information you need right there. I hope you can make it.

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