The Rotary Club is seeking artists interested in participating in "Chalk Art" on 5th Avenue on Saturday, Jan. 28th, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Did it last year . . . LOTS OF FUN! If you're an artist and would like to participate, mark this date on your calendar. No cost to artists; good exposure; hand out your cards; meet lots of nice people; paint with chalk on the avenue! To sign up, call Kathy at 273.8496
Thanks to our friend Cayla for using our Pottery for her cookware on her recent blog. To check out her blog for more recipes and cooking tips visit http://caylaskitchensink.wordpress.com/
Here is a repost of her blog Fish recipe...
Baked Tilapia with Herb Butter -
Lay out 4 large pieces of foil. Layer the vegetables in the center of each piece of foil, starting with the mushrooms, then the celery and scallions. Dot the vegetables with some of the herb butter (use about half) and season each portion with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Lay the tilapia fillets over the vegetables; dot with the remaining herb butter. Sprinkle each fillet with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste.
Bring the foil ends together, fold over and crimp closed on all sides to make sealed packets. Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake until the fish is cooked through but still moist, 18 to 22 minutes. Remove the packets from the oven and let sit 2 minutes before opening. Transfer the fish and vegetables to plates and drizzle with the cooking juices.
*Chef’s note: First, please note my beautiful dishware by Naples, Fla., potter Jim Rice. We also use this platter every time we serve appetizers or hors d’oeuvre (often for crab dip-yum!), and the sauce dish is great for so many things. All his pottery is super versatile, a lot for in the kitchen. Stay tuned for mugs and more from the Naples Clay Place! But really, check out his website for some awesome, durable Florida flair (and visit his studio/shop for many more choices).
The tilapia: Good. Not great, but fine. I used basil in place of tarragon (you’ll probably never see me use tarragon again). It was an easy meal that I felt good about eating, but it needed a little pizzazz. Maybe some fresh lemon juice squeezed over at the end would do the trick. As usual, do not skimp on the seasoning or you’ll have a pretty bland dish. An advantage to this method of cooking fish is that it stays very moist even if you were to overdo it on the cooking time; you know you’ll get a cooked-through piece but not a dry one.
Sunday March 18, 2012, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, an exciting show involving 6 of Naples best artists residing and painting in the Naples area for 27 to over 40 years and counting! Paul Arsenault, Jerry Vallez, Phil Fisher, Jeff Fessenden, Natalie Guess & Jim Rice will be showing their works of art that day in a charming outdoor show at The Clay Place, 1555 Shadowlawn Dr., Naples, FL. To add to the ambiance, live music, performed by numerous area bands including Joe McNichols, will fill the air while offering the opportunity to experience masterful artwork, meet the artists and enjoying snacks and drink. This art happening brings us back to the days gone by, when outdoor art shows were small and quaint and fun! The event is free and the public is welcome.
5 Painters & A Potter
Sunday March 18, 2012
11 AM to 5 PM
1555 Shadowlawn Dr.
Naples, FL 34104
for photos of event contact:
Natalie ph: 239-659-2787 or
Holidays are approaching with Thanksgiving just around the corner and The Clay Place is gearing up for some fun events. If you'll be using any of our tableware pieces at dinner time please send pictures our way. We've been updating our Gallery with Pottery from our place and all around the country. We'll keep posting new pictures so check in when you can. It's still nice and sunny hear in Naples with the temperature cooling down to the 70s some days.
Have you seen the commercials letting us know there are only less than 45 days till Christmas? Have you started your Holiday shopping yet? If you haven't had a chance to enjoy our November newsletter please take some time to read it and post a comment on our Blog or on Facebook.
For our friends here in Florida we invite you to stop by and say Hello for the holidays. We'll have some exciting new pieces for you to see.
This last month we were the featured Artist for Heartbeat Magazine in their October issue. We've sponsored a raffle offering a free giveaway of our Heart Plate. You can enter at their website for a chance to win.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday for this November.
Here is an article about The Clay Place with Art Uncovered that you can view online at http://coastalbreezenews.com/2011/07/28/art-uncovered/
If you haven't had a chance to view our newsletter it's out and can be shared with others by sending them to...http://eepurl.com/eZpJs
Here is a quote from one of our poem fish...
HEAVEN - Heaven seems a little closer in a house beside the water.
One of our customers came into the store the other day and showed us this amazing pottery app for their iPhone. We thought we'd share a summary from the companies bio on itunes...
Let's create! Pottery
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"This game got everyone at home addicted. Kids, adults and seniors!! Wow...” user"Score 9/10.
Amazingly relaxing and addictive app that allows even the least skilled to step up to the kiln and create art. Highly recommended." www.tapscape.com"
I really enjoyed the game. It is a new type of challenge, that may have a bright future in the realm of gaming." slipcast.blogspot.com"Relaxing and Enjoyable! Entire family is addicted.”
Free your creativity! With Let's Create: Pottery making ceramics has never been more simple and fun! Become a true artist and create "one of a kind" pottery items and share them with your friends! Throw the clay on the wheel, release all your artistic talents and take benefit of dozens of materials available in order to create your own design! Even when you glaze and fire your very first pot you will feel accomplished and relaxed as pottery is the best way to relieve your everyday stress and find your inner peace. An amazing, therapeutic and uplifting experience you can enjoy with your family and friends!
You can view some gameplay tutorial videos:
The app is $2.99 and if you have an iPhone you can click on this link to take you to the itunes store.
Today we sent out our newsletter for the month of June, we hope you enjoy it.
Charitable contributions and Road to Recovery for Japanese kilns. - http://eepurl.com/d1O4P
We appreciate those that have shared our information with your friends and joined our newsletter and our facebook fan page!
The above image is of our original fish mold from 30 years ago. We thought we'd share something special from our past. Fish will always be a special part of The Clay Place. We've been updating Facebook and have our Picasa pictures featuring all the memorial benches we have created for Avow Hospice. You can view them here http://bit.ly/HospiceAvowMemorialBenches
Some interesting facts for June...
Then let us, one and all, be contented with our lot;
The June is here this morning, and the sun is shining hot;
Oh! let us fill our hearts up with the glory of the day,
And banish ev'ry doubt and care and sorrow far away.
- James Whitcomb Riley
Have a Great Summer and we look forward to seeing our Snow Bird friends when they return in the fall. You can always order from us online for that special gift or executive event!
Our Second Newsletter is out for the year and we are enjoying sharing stories on people's favorite mugs and some history about pottery. We provided our latest updates on the website and where we have been in the media.
You can view the newsletter here -
A Man and his Favorite Mug along with some Pottery History - http://eepurl.com/dDRdw
We are currently running a Contest for those that have a Favorite Mug story. Provide a short recap of it via our website and you will be entered into a drawing. We look forward to reading and sharing your story.
We had a very successful event this year as this completed our annual five painters and a potter event. The Naples News took some great photo's and you can view them at the link below.
Naples News - 5 Painters and a Potter Art Show
We also have an article written by the Naples News that shares how masterpieces were displayed at the showing. 100s of original pieces were displayed by Paul Arsenault, Jeff Fessenden, Phil Fisher, Natalie Guess, Jerry Vallez & Jim Rice. Here is a link to the article.
Naples News - Masterpieces displayed annual five painters and a potter
Visit our Facebook Page for photo's of the event also.
Link to Photo's from Jenny Plocinski on facebook can be viewed here.
We look forward to next years return event!
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DAVID ALBERS / Daily News
Fourteen-year-old Anna Rice, of Naples, learns to play bluegrass on the fiddle in her father's pottery studio with the help of Naples musicians Joe McNichols, left, and Bob Campbell at the 7th annual "5 Painters and a Potter" event at the Clay Place on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2009, in Naples. The event gathers six longtime artists in Naples, Jerry Vallez, Phil Fisher, Jim Rice, Paul Arsenault, Natalie Guess and Jeff Fessenden, for an afternoon of sharing their work, local music and socializing.
By LESLIE WILLIAMS (Contact)
7:16 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2009
NAPLES — Nestled at the edge of East Naples lies an art lover’s haven.
Pass through the arbor of The Clay Place and the air is a bit different, a bit lighter as long-time Naples residents mingle over local artwork.
On Sunday, the attitude was one of a backyard gathering more than an art show at the annual Five Painters and a Potter event, with understated live music and a small throng of people braving dipping temperatures and cloudy skies.
“We’re having a great time,” said painter Phil Fisher. “It’s a great crowd. It’s bad weather, but people have warm hearts.”
Fisher is part of a close-knit group of artists in Naples who have been around for a few decades, well before Naples became a golfing destination and epicenter of the real estate explosion.
“I get grouped as one of the old-timers here now,” he said. “That’s starting to feel more comfortable to me.”
Comfort seems to be a main point at the Five Painters event, where each of the artists cites the community atmosphere as the most important feature. Potter Jim Rice hosts the event at his workshop and gallery, which enclose a secluded courtyard shaded by a stand of bamboo and palm trees.
“If things don’t sell, it’s OK,” said painter Natalie Guess, Fisher’s wife. “We’re more here to see people and show them what we’re doing.”
Still, in spite of a down economy and fewer visitors to Southwest Florida this season, paintings were selling on Sunday. Perhaps that’s because many of the attendees at Five Painters and a Potter are true locals, as they profess, and keep coming back to the event year after year.
“Jim Rice has been a friend since we came to town,” said Naples resident Mark Miller, 60. “It’s a time to catch up with old friends.”
His wife, Darlene Miller, was sitting nearby to have her portrait drawn by caricature artist Jeff Fessenden, known around town as Fezz.
“It’s small and personal and funky,” Darlene Miller, 66, chimed in.
Once Fessenden wrapped up drawing the Millers, he turned his attention to a portfolio of murals and trompe l’oeil work he has done in the area. At times, Fessenden has dedicated himself full time to both the caricature work — he was in high demand in the ‘90s at parties and galas — and to painting murals for businesses and homeowners, which takes up more of his time now.
He joined Five Painters and a Potter last year.
“I kind of like being thought of as part of the ‘art mafia’ in Naples,” he joked. “It just seemed to be such a fun day. It attracts locals — it’s got such a genuine, home-spun quality to it.”
So home-spun, in fact, that his wife, Jenny Fessenden, and their 5-year-old daughter, Laura, come along to help. Jenny Fessenden makes prints for her husband and carefully bags them, helping customers while Jeff Fessenden is busy drawing caricatures. Laura provides the moral support only a 5-year-old can.
A few paces away, inside Jim Rice’s clean, well-ordered studio, Charleston, S.C., resident Mike Clouse strolled at a leisurely pace. He summed up Sunday’s event in much the same way.
“The art shows (in Charleston are) a lot more sophisticated — it’s not set amongst the trees,” said Clouse, 61. “It’s a great setting.”
Clouse, who was visiting friends for a few days, may not have realized he was soaking up a unique vestige of old Florida.
Natalie Guess described it as “the way art shows used to be in Naples,” a little less polished, not quite as organized, but rich in charm.
“There’s more to it than buying things,” Guess said. “It’s images of things here in the area — because we’ve been here so long.”
Successfully established the first professional pottery in Naples, Florida in 1973. Mr. Rice has created environmental ceramic pieces, including fireplaces, wall murals, pool tiles, fountains, animals and more.