Clay Artist, Barbara Powell, Is Featured Speaker At Wellington Art Society

The Wellington Art Society will feature accomplished clay artist, Barbara Powell on March 9th at Bootz Cultural Arts Center. The meet and greet begins at 6:30, followed by a fun and informative member spotlight, a brief meeting and Barbara’s demonstration, including wheel throwing. Barbara’s decorative and functional pieces are lighter weight than you expect!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos of Barbara’s artistry.  We urge art lovers and artists to attend!












Wednesday, March 9, 2016

6:30 pm

Bootz Cultural Arts Center

420 State Road 7 Suite 120     Royal Palm Beach,FL 





 Barbara Powell




Barbara Powell has an impressive educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Smith College and a Masters Degree of Arts in Policy from the University of Rhode Island. She spent many years in a demanding professional career but balanced this with her creative side, working in clay. She developed her skills , specifically in wheel throwing through classes at Broward and Palm Beach Community Colleges and the Armory Art Center. She is currently a member of the Wellington Art Society, the Ceramic League of Palm Beaches and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.



WASBarbaraPowell Raku #2

Raku Vessel by Barbara Powell






Once Barbara retired, she and her husband Jerry, began creating a wide range of ceramic art using alternative firing processes. Her vessels have a strong physical presence and distinctive profiles that are truly elegant. While in the unglazed phase, her work may appear constrained but through the process of metallic glazes, colors and the final firing process call “Raku’, the vessels are transformed, adding layered dimensions of light and movement, creating a beautiful finished piece.




WASBarbaraPowell Saggar #1a

Saggar Plate by Barbara Powell




Barbara tells The Rickie Report,“I work to first produce subliminal, physical features that evoke a desire to hold the piece, simply because it feels good. Creating an appealing work of art that functions through both the physical and visual realm is the highest achievement I can strive for”.



WASBarbaraPowell Raku #6

Raku Bowl by Barbara Powell



The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization celebrating its 35th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

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Unconventional Ceramic Art By Abbey Funk And Barbara Powell Featured At Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Abbey Funk and Barbara Powell play with “Smoke and Fire” on a regular basis. They create works reminiscent of ancient earth, and perhaps extra-planetary civilizations. Enjoy the raku, saggar and wood fired ceramic art that amazes and delights.   Abbey and Barbara will show their newest works from Friday, January 8 – January 20th.  The Opening Reception takes place January 8th 6-10 PM. at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth, FL.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and hear them discuss their work and techniques. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details of this Free event, Open to the Public!



Abbey Funk & Barbara Powell





Friday, January 8th

6 – 10 pm

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

15 South J Street    Lake Worth, FL 33460


Free Event, Open to the public



Sunday thru Tuesday, 10AM-5PM.

Wednesday thru Saturday, 10AM-10PM.

Gallery openings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between.









Abbey Funk and Barbara Powell have come together for Smoke & Fire, an unconventional ceramic art exhibition opening on January 8th at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery.




“Inspired By Soldner” by Abbey Funk



To create this collection of ceramic art, Abbey and Barbara merged into a dynamic duo, bringing distinctly different skill sets to the table.



Raku Fired Vessel by Barbara Powell



Working together from start to finish, Abbey and Barbara created a comprehensive and explosive collection of 3 dimensional fine art. Abbey  has turned the use of the potter’s wheel into the art of making extraordinary wheel sculptures that defy height and balance. Emerging from them are unworldly critters that can withstand the shock of the Raku flame.



“Untitled #3” by Abbey Funk



Every sculpture and vessel in the exhibition was finished with an atmospheric or alternative firing process. In this way, smoke and fire are truly the inspiration for this show.




Sagger Fired Vessel by Barbara Powell




Raise a glass to our clay-making ancestors who invented these techniques ages ago, and join the artists of Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery for the Opening Reception on January 8th, 2016.



“Study In Atmospheric Firing” by Abbey Funk





Raku, saggar, and wood fired pottery will be featured from January 8th – 20th at 15 South J Street.



Raku Firing


Along with her latest creations, Barbara will be bringing many of the tools used to make them. Her works are beautifully decorative and affordable. Her knowledge of Raku and Saggar firing is extensive. This is your opportunity to acquire an appreciation for these ancient firing techniques, and to sign up for workshops to “Do It Yourself.”



Wood Firing


Abbey Funk tells The Rickie Report, “I am a Conceptual artist. I create with purpose and for a reason. Through my chosen mediums of Clay and Metal, I express emotions and ideas. I create tangible stories that are always ready to be shared, infinitely patient in their completion. I create environments. I show Truth. I intend for the viewer to Question. As an artist, I seek constant growth and expansion. I push myself. I love the unknown. Experimentation is my answer for everything. There is beauty in creative failure and ‘mistakes’. Success is never giving up”.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”- Rumi


Abbey Funk was born in Wellesley, MA in 1979. She completed a BFA in Studio Art at Florida Atlantic University in 2005, and moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduation. She worked in Manhattan as a Graphic Artist until 2010, and then returned to South Florida to focus on creating Fine Art. Working predominantly in clay, she also creates sculptures made of metal, gemstones, and found objects.


She became Adjunct Faculty at Palm Beach State College in 2011 and quickly turned into a sought-after pottery teacher in local ceramics studios. In 2012, she opened A. Funk Studio in Delray Beach, FL as a founding member of the art colony Artists Alley. Funk began working in metal in 2014. Her artwork is well-known throughout South Florida, and she has shown in venues in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood, FL.



Both artists create at the Flamingo Clay Studio. The Studio is located at 216 South F Street with studio opportunities and workspace for 3-D Artists. For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or visit:

flamingo clay studio


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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
p: 561-833-2223
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