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Ian Levinson Discusses Pottery at OSGS’ Next BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

Ian Levinson, a pottery creator and teacher will be discussing his art at the next BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) event at the Ortiz Smykla Gallery | Studio on May 18th.  The Rickie Report knows Ian will not only be informative, but he will also be raffling some of his signature hand made mugs to those in attendance. Kudos to Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla for bringing artists to the Northwood neighborhood.  This is a great opportunity to learn and then dine out!




Saturday, May 18, 2013


You’re invited


  BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

 Lecture Series

5 pm – 7 pm


Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio

Meet Potter, Ian Levinson

 Free Drawing for attendees:

  •  2 “squishy” tumblers
  •  $80 vase
  • 2.5 hr One-On-One lesson on the potters wheel


500 Northwood  Village  West Palm Beach, FL

Corner of Spruce and Northwood Road



Welcome to OSGS Gallery’s second in a series of lectures titled BYOB (Bring Your Own Chair).  OSGS [Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio] is featuring one of it’s own incredible artists each month by which she/he will share a short biography, how they got started, how they decided on their medium(s), techniques used, and how their work has evolved and where they see it going.  Bring a comfortable chair, relax, and learn from the best.  We know it will be time well spent, entertaining, and inspiring.


Small Saggar Vessel with Lid
Ian was first introduced to ceramics back in high school in Laguna Beach, CA. He developed a great interest in wheel throwing & took ceramics. The day after his high school graduation Ian broke his neck in a car accident resulting in a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. After going through intensive physical therapy & working hard on his own Ian has recovered about 90%.
Ian at Work in his Studio
Four years later Ian got a wheel & kiln for his birthday. He began to do ceramics again but had to re-learn how to throw because of the limited use of his hands which still limits him today. 
“Squishy Mugs” Fit Easily in Your Hand
Mask Wall Hanging


In 2008 Ian built a ceramic studio in his garage & on the surrounding property with two raku kilns where he  began experimenting with atmospheric firings. Cloud House Pottery was born!

Cloud House Studio
Ian moved to Delray Beach Florida in 2011 and built his new studio in the Pineapple Grove Arts District where he currently works today. Levinson makes all of his work by hand on his potters wheel here in Pineapple Grove in Artists Alley.  Ian has been teaching pottery lessons for 15 years, including Beginner, Intermediate  and Advanced potters. He has taught workshops to high  school and college students.
Ian creates many types of pottery, including functional and decorative. His designs consist of  Coffee cups, Mugs (regular round or dimpled to fit in your hand), Bowls, Large vases, Urns and Unique one-of-a-kind art pieces.  Custom orders are available upon request.

Visit OSGS’ current exhibit filled with local artwork that ranges from oil painting to sculpture to glass art and beyond.  If you have not yet been to the Gallery it is located in the heart of Northwood Village, just East of 95 in West Palm Beach and only blocks from downtown off of North Dixie.

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OSGS also offers Custom Framing!  Preserve your most precious items, Frame Family Photos, or Re-frame old items to match a new decor.  We offer affordable, professional options.  Want to Groupon your way to Custom Framing and save even more money??
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Northwood Village has a lot to offer outside of our doors with tasty new restaurants, local favorites, boutique shops, antique stores, and a vibrant art scene that attracts artists and collectors from around the state.

The city of West Palm Beach and their Community Redevlopment Agency sponsor a monthly Art & Wine Promenade which occurs the Last Friday of Each Month from 6pm-9pm.  This is a heavily attended event with live music, street vendors, and wine tastings.  Special events are often planned in coordination with each Promenade that may include live painting, dance routines or even restaurant tasting competitions.
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The CCE (Center For Creative Education) is launching itself in a new building also located in the heart of Northwood Village.  Helping children learn through the Arts.
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OSGS hours are:
Tuesday – Saturday : 10am to 4pm.
CLOSED: Sunday and Monday
* Friday evenings from 6pm-9pm (Northwood Friday Night Stroll)
* Last Friday of every month from 6pm-9pm (Northwood Art & Wine Promenade)


Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
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