Ceramic ‘Feathers and Fins’ on display at Mattapoisett library

Apr 4, 2023

MATTAPOISETT — Come to the Mattapoisett Free Public Library to view local artist Wendy Goldsmith’s pottery exhibit “Feathers and Fins” which runs from April 15 to May 14.

Most of the pieces incorporate birds or fish in their design. Goldsmith has created art all her life, making ceramics for 30 years. Goldsmith has learned that working in clay involves many art forms such as designing, painting, and sculpting. There is always more to learn, different materials to explore, and the unexpected happens, making it fun and exciting.

Crafting a piece of pottery starts with an idea, then a drawing, and many different processes are employed. Sometimes Goldsmith creates transfers, sometimes she paints directly with underglazes. All of her work is hand-built and food-safe. She is inspired by the shapes and personalities of the piece which dictates what appears on the surface such as birds, flowers, and fish. 

Goldsmith wants her art to be a part of everyday life. The ceramic piece should be something to hold, pour from, drink from, and be a beautiful way to serve favorite foods. She includes little surprises the owner finds when a butter dish is opened or an extra decoration is at the bottom of the cups or a soap dish — all bringing a smile to the owner’s face. 

Goldsmith earned a BFA in printmaking and Masters in Art Teaching from UMass Amherst, but also took ceramics classes. Goldsmith then went to clay, but still uses printmaking techniques in her process. She has taken many workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Castle Hill Art Center. She has participated in the Art Drive Studio Tour for many years as well as exhibited in various regional shows. One of her ceramic pieces was exhibited in the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s “Art in Bloom” exhibit.

The exhibit is free and the library is accessible to all.