Small Jar

About the Artist: Cathy Catudal is an artist working in ceramics. She typically uses the wheel, but also hand forms uniquely shaped objects that push the limits of form to create delightful and elegant objects.

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Recent Best Sellers on the WaterFire Online Store

In March, shutdowns and stay at home orders came quickly in the effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19; communities just as quickly sprung into action to support the most vulnerable, our essential workers, those out of work, and small businesses and nonprofits. WaterFire events downtown were on hold as well as the closure of the WaterFire Arts Center, store, gallery, and events.

Since that time, the WaterFire staff and interns have been hard at work to continue engaging the community through online platforms, including our online store! As a nonprofit arts organization, WaterFire relies on community support to operate, selling merchandise is one small and fun way for fans to support the work. All proceeds from the WaterFire Store go directly to support WaterFire as well as the local companies and artists that make the products.

Have you shopped the store yet? Now’s your chance to show your support! Here’s what fans like you have bought in the past few months of online sales.

#1 Volunteer-Made WaterFire Face Mask

These masks were handmade by a few incredible WaterFire volunteers and are emblazoned with the WaterFire brazier iron-on patch! Stay safe and support WaterFire by purchasing one of these breathable, stylish, and form-fitting masks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Dream Orb (Three-way tie for #2!)

Miss going to WaterFire events? We miss doing them! The Dream Orbs are an interactive part of the WaterFire events downtown and are now for purchase to take home! This little light can be set to glow a variety of different colors and even has a setting that fades from color to color. Each orb is powered by two cr2032 batteries. Great as night lights or some backyard fun!

 

#2 Providence Weird Since 1636 Tee (Three-way tie for #2!)

Providence was founded in 1636, and this t-shirt commemorates that and all of course all its weirdness! Designed by the talented Jenna Goldberg, The weird shirt was my first design. I always loved the Providence power building, and I drove past it every day on my way home from the studio. I decided to put Cthulhu coming over the building as [a] nod to H.P. Lovecraft. I don’t think I need to explain the weird part. Providence IS weird and we like it that way.” Show your Providence pride with one of these popular tees! 

 

#2 Classic Flame Tee (Three-way tie for #2!)

The intricate design of the original WaterFire logo is by WaterFire’s founder, Barnaby Evansinspiration of its graphic style coming from Japanese woodblock prints. The Classic Flame Tee is one of the store’s most popular products, featuring the original logo on the back. Get one today and show your WaterFire support!

 

#3 Amazing WaterFire Tee 

Another favorite is designed by Jenna Goldberg, this WaterFire graphic is a spin on an old circus ticket. “It just had such a ‘step right up’ vibe and I felt like it was very WaterFire,” says designer Jenna Goldberg. Wearing this tee is a great way to show your love and support for WaterFire! 

Shop these best sellers and many more products on the online store. Products ranging from artist-made glass blown ornaments, ceramic pottery to Symposium Books and journals are available in the online store, with more in-store at the WaterFire Arts Center. 

Take a look at all the places throughout the country where we have shipped our products too!

 

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Blue Ceramic Mug

About the Artist: Cathy Catudal is an artist working in ceramics. She typically uses the wheel, but also hand forms uniquely shaped objects that push the limits of form to create delightful and elegant objects.

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Ramen Bowl

About the Artist: Cathy Catudal is an artist working in ceramics. She typically uses the wheel, but also hand forms uniquely shaped objects that push the limits of form to create delightful and elegant objects.

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Marbled Ceramic Cup

About the Artist: Cathy Catudal is an artist working in ceramics. She typically uses the wheel, but also hand forms uniquely shaped objects that push the limits of form to create delightful and elegant objects.

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Teal Jar

About the Artist: Cathy Catudal is an Artist working in ceramics. She typically uses the wheel, but also hand forms uniquely shaped objects that push the limits of form to create delightful and elegant objects.

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Donut Vase

About the Artist: Jenny Rachel Sparks is an interdisciplinary artist and person based out of Providence, RI. She earned degrees in Geology and Sculpture through the Brown/RISD Dual Degree program, and much of her work is based on people’s relationships to land, place and object. She enjoys making wood fired ceramics because of the communities the firing process fosters, the beauty and release of control over the surface, and the joy they bring people to use in everyday life.  Jenny’s work has been exhibited in Providence, New Mexico and Rome. She is currently the Client Relations Manager at the Steel Yard.

Email: Jennyrachelsparks@gmail.com

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WaterFire Arts Center Store Featured Artists

Over the past few months the Store at the WaterFire Arts Center has grown, showcasing local companies and artists, many of whom work right across the Woonasquatucket River. Here’s a selection of artists that recently started to display work in the Store. Stop by the Store in the WaterFire Arts Center (475 Valley Street Providence, RI | Hours info) to see their work in person and you may find a piece that you’d like to call your own!

Jenna Goldberg

Jenna Goldberg works primarily making furniture and Jewelry Boxes. She received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and got her MFA in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been shown in numerous solo, group, and museum shows around the country. It can be found in the Fidelity Corporate Collection as well as the permanent collection of the Mint Museum of Art and Design in Charlotte, NC and the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC. She has also participated in several artist residencies and received multiple awards, including the Rhode Island Council on the Arts award for Crafts. Goldberg now teaches part time at Rhode Island School of Design in the Industrial Design department and runs Milkcan Industries.

e: jenna@jennagoldbergstudio.com | ig: milkcanindustries

Jewelry Boxes and Graphic Wares

Influenced by her time in the Middle East, Goldberg crafts expertly made and colorfully ornamented boxes and more. These intricately patterned and gorgeously shaped jewelry boxes feature several compartments and removable pieces. She also runs Milkcan Industries, making fun and funky graphic tees, mugs, and magnets.

 

Dan Trottier

Dan Trottier studied Fine Arts at the Community College of Rhode Island, and Furniture Design at the Maine College of Art. He has had work featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and in Metropolis Magazine. Trottier currently operates out of a small woodworking studio in Central Falls, RI and works for WaterFire.

e: dptrottier@gmail.com | ig: d.p.trottier

Phage Cabinet

Phage is the first in a planned series of “curious cabinets.” A twist on the Renaissance era Cabinets of Curiosities, used to theatrically display indefinable objects, the furniture itself is the oddity here. Irreverent and playful, but still useful. It was titled retroactively after numerous people commented on its resemblance to the bacteriophage virus.

 

Jenny Rachel Sparks

Jenny Rachel Sparks received a BFA, with Honors, in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.A. in Geological Sciences at Brown University through the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program. She centers on a place-based artistic practice, influenced by her travels and study of geology. She is the Client Relations Manager and Art Production Manager Assistant for the Steel Yard and an artist of many mediums. Sparks has been featured in many exhibitions and has received multiple scholarships for her work.

e: jsparks@risd.edu | ig: jennyrachel_clay

Ceramics

These ceramics feature a range of functions, from mugs to jars to flower pots. Gorgeously designed, each ceramic object is richly painted and colored, carefully formed by hand, and perfect for daily use and admiration.

 

Laura White Carpenter

Laura White Carpenter is an Artist in Residence at the Steel Yard, Providence, R.I. She holds a degree in art therapy and works daily as an occupational therapist, using art to connect hospitalized patients with their individual healing journeys. She is highly involved in the intersection of art and healing and serves as the chairperson of the Visual Arts sub-committee of Butler Hospital’s Art+History and Healing Arts Committee. She also focuses on formulating artistic responses to the organic and built materials available within the cultural experience, often incorporating found materials. White Carpenter has been recognized and honored with awards in a variety of media: sculpture, mixed media decorative and functional pieces, painting and photography. In recent years, her work has been accepted into many nationally-recognized competitive and juried exhibits throughout the country.

Sculptures

These pieces, ranging from metal and ceramic sculptures to found assemblages, display White Carpenter’s love of found materials and form.

 

Cathy Catudal

Cathy Catudal is an Artist in Residence at the Steel Yard in Providence, R.I. working in ceramics. She typically uses the wheel, but also hand forms uniquely shaped objects that push the limits of form. Her playful piggy banks and abstract vessels alike display her talent and eye for creating delightful and elegant objects.

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Ceramics

These lovely ceramics take on a number of uses, be it for dips and veggies, hot drinks or soups, or for displaying objects. They are stunningly painted and formed pieces, perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to any home.

 

Jerry Oliveira

Jerry Oliveira is an Artist in Residence at the Steel Yard in Providence, R.I. He typically works with metals, wood, and found objects and is constantly searching for the next, the new, and the provocative. His work is excellently designed and finished, unique in form and aesthetic. He makes furniture, decorative, and practical objects, including elaborate cat trees.

e: alleycatforge@gmail.com | ig: alleycatforge

1920s Gear Coffee Table*

This steampunk gears coffee table reuses an incredible set of found 1920s gears from Brooklyn, N.Y. and features a hand-forged steel base, perfect for spunking up any home.

*SOLD! This wonderful piece was sold at our Holiday Pop Up shopping event!

 

Brijette Marie Jewelry

Brijette is a local Rhode Island jeweler with her roots in agriculture. As a fourth generation woman farmer, the earth, farming, and metals deeply influence her jewelry. She prioritizes wearability and craft-womanship and attempts to capture the precious unfolding of plant and human life with each piece of jewelry. Brijette believes that the earth’s precious minerals and materials connect us with a power beyond ourselves, and her goal as a jeweler is to create pieces that reflect and honor that.

e: bmstamp@gmail.com | ig: brijettemarie

 

 

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NetWorks 2015-2016

Networks RI is a visual arts project initiated by Rhode Island arts sponsor and collector Joseph A. Chazan, M.D. in 2008. This 2015-2016 catalog highlights some of the best Artists and their works in Rhode Island. Visit https://networksrhodeisland.org/ for more information.

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