When Meredith Brower’s circumstances led her to a place of deep introspection, she knew it was time to take the risk and let her photography light shine. Like a firefly, she felt the light growing stronger the more she envisioned herself creating great imagery and making connections with her community. By letting her “inner fire fly”, she founded the Firefly Yoga Festival, opened a photography studio on Spring Street in Newport, RI, created a barn studio in Tiverton, RI, and launched her series of Mandala Note Cards.
My current body of work embraces the dreams and nightmares of old. Things that go bump, and bump hard in the night have been explored in a more playful manor. Daydreams from my childhood have been illustrated using imagery found in sailor’s tales of sea monsters and night terrors. My fondness of Japanese block prints, as well as short poems helps develop the stylized patterns, subject matter and execution of the work. Finally, I have chosen to fire this work (painstaking as it is to create) in a wood fueled kiln. This allows the elements to leave their mark on each piece. In some cases it will obscure part of the narrative, leaving you the viewer to add your imagination to fill the gap.
Andrew Nasser was born and raised in Fall River, MA, and has been working as a potter for the last two years in Warren, RI under the guise, Nasseramics. He primarily produces drinkware, dinnerware, and some decor. He prefers simple glazing techniques and lightly textured forms that interact in interesting ways. Being a full time graphic designer, he enjoys incorporating typography into his work as well. Each of his pieces has unique sayings on the foot ring, which makes it an experience for viewers to try to find one that resonates with their personality. His goal is not simply to create simple mugs and bowls that have one function, but something that can be a conversation starter.
Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest and now residing in Tiverton, RI I tend to incorporate elements of the ocean and farmland into my pottery. I have developed many of my own unique glazes that reflect the colors and feelings that are evoked in me while being surrounded by the water and land.