Featured Artist: ShanMan Clay Co.
June's Retail Gallery window features an installation of work by ShanMan Clay Co., a ceramic design firm located in Boston, MA, owned by partners Shannon Wallack and Danea Barilaro. Shannon and Danea founded the business as a means of sharing their love of craft with the community. ShanMan Clay Co. specializes in objects for the home, which are meant to evoke an appreciation for the beautiful and transient moments of everyday life.
To create these vessels, Danea and Shannon use a process called "saggar firing," which makes use of ceramic, box-like containers, into which the artists introduce natural materials to create organic colorants. Shannon writes of this process, "Saggar firing beautifully mirrors the randomness that we encounter in our lives. We can control the colorants that we introduce to the firing atmosphere - for instance, egg shells will burn off blue, or seaweed will create a green colorant - but we cannot fully control what emerges from the kiln. Each piece is its own work."
As always, your purchases support the artists and SAC education and outreach programs.
SAC Retail Gallery
The retail gallery is located on the first floor of SAC at 175 Newbury Street (between Dartmouth St. and Exeter St.) in the historic Back Bay neighborhood and gallery district of Boston. The retail gallery represents over 300 artists from across the United States. All work is selected by the SAC retail jury and profits directly support the artists and SAC programming.
Open by appointment Mondays.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-6pm
Also closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day.
For more information on our Retail Gallery, please contact:
George Summers Jr.
SAC Retail Gallery Manager
The Society of Arts and Crafts
175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-266-1810 ext. 11