November-2015

Join backstreet Gallery in honoring potter, Geraldine McMahan, at a reception November 14th, 3PM-5 PM during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour.

For someone who loves to get her hands in clay, Geraldine has been gifted with the right talent. Each of her unique clay pieces is entirely hand built. She is a master at adding just the right texture to enhance her distinctive angular pieces. The texture may be incised with various tools, stamps or the use of materials like sandpaper. Her technique includes rounded forms she calls ‘Saturns’ that one might mistake for wheel thrown pottery. Many of these ‘Saturns’ are completed with lids sporting organic swirls for handles. She experiments with subtle glazes that react with the raised texture as they ‘break’ over the uneven surfaces. She often uses oxides and under glazes that differ from the most commonly used shiny glazes. Her designs are burnished or glazed taking full advantage of properties of both red or white clay. All the pots are glazed inside and will hold water. She continues to take ceramics classes at Lane Community College where potters share their insights, techniques and contagious creativity.

Geraldine shares a creative household with her husband John who is a talented woodworker, 3D printer, and has a flair for miniatures. Their bountiful garden supplies Geraldine with delicious additions for her kitchen creations as she cooks and bakes with great panache. Friends of the Library appreciate her leadership in the Card Workshop program, where volunteers make greeting cards for the Library to sell.

Please usher in the beginning of the holiday season at McMahan’s reception on Nov. 14th, 3PM-5PM, at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St. Refreshments will be served. For information call 997–8980.