Being raised in New York City never stopped Eve Behar from her love of nature and especially animals. In Eve's early years, she was lucky to live next to Forest Park and loved exploring what seemed like deep woods even though Queens Boulevard was right there. Eve was also fortunate to go to summer camp and visit her grandfather at his home near the ocean to experience the outdoors away from the urban bustle. Early on, Eve discovered the arts as a way to express her creative side. With tremendous family support, trying all different forms of art from drawing to dance to acting, when Eve came upon clay, it was a done deal.
In 1991, Eve Behar took her first ceramics class in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She continued to take classes through college and after at the many studios around the city while also being a grunt working in television production. In 1995 she went to Florence for a year to study ceramics, painting, and art history at the Studio Art Center International for which she received a Post Baccalaureate Diploma. Upon returning from Italy, Eve worked as an assistant making slip cast production work while pursuing her own clay career. In 2001, Eve once again went back to full time international study at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. There she spent three intensive years refining her skills and techniques and developing a body of work. Eve was very happy to accept the highest award of Best in Show at the Graduate Show of 2004. Since 2004 and returning to New York, Eve has been in various wholesale and retail shows, gallery exhibitions and featured on the Ceramics Monthly website and the cover of The Potters Council 2015 Calendar. She also is a past president of The Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons and former director of Celadon Clay Art Gallery and Shop. Eve maintains her studio practice at home in Sag Harbor, New York where she is happily potting near the beach surrounded by nature with visits from the local squirrels, chipmunks, birds and occasional deer.
ADRIENNE G. FIERMAN
I have been working with clay for over 25 years, exploring the traditional hand-building methods of coiling and pinching. After studying at Greenwich House in NYC, I attended workshops at Anderson Ranch, Peter’s Valley, Japan, and the Taos Art School, where I felt inspired by the Native American approach of “listening to the clay” and working intuitively. The quiet, organic approach of Japanese ceramics has also played a powerful influence on my aesthetic sensibility.
Taos Art School Taos Pueblo, New Mexico 1996 - 1997
Greenwich House Pottery New York, NY 1987 - 1993
Parson’s School of Design New York, NY AAS Degree, 1981
“Material Matters”, National Juried Exhibition sponsored by Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
Group Show, 2017, received “Certificate of Merit”
The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
“Look Deeper”, Group Show, 2017
Celadon Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Juried group show “Better Together”, 2017
Ceramic Artist Friendship Association - competition for Tokyo and New York ceramic artists
Group shows, 2016 and 2018
92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Winner, “Best in Show”, juried show, 2013, 2017
Potter’s Council - featured in calender, 2010
Newport Potters Guild, Newport, Rhode Island
Invitational Group Exhibition, 2009
Celadon Gallery, Watermill, New York
Invitational Exhibition, 2008
DeCordova Studio and Gallery, Greenport, New York
Group Show, 2007
Firehouse Art Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York
Juried Show, 2007
Crazy Monkey Gallery, Amagansett, New York
Group Show, 2005 - 2007
born 1959 in Sweden.
Degree from Stockholm University in Chinese and Nordic languages.
Two years of further studies in Chinese at Xiamen University in China. Studied Chinese calligraphy under Chen Xiuqing, professor of calligraphy at Xiamen Institute of Industrial Arts.
Ceramics certificate course, Helsingborg, Sweden (in Sweden’s historic ceramics district). Has taught and managed a ceramics studio in Stockholm, in addition to working as a proof reader, translator and schooner sailing instructor.
Curator at the Celadon Gallery 2000–2010, a clay art gallery in Water Mill, NY.
Currently designing and working ceramics in East Hampton, New York.
In my art as well as in my life I seek the beauty in the obvious, the simple. The small seemingly insignificant things sorrounding your day, are fruitful inspirations.
I think that is why I like making functional pottery, to beau tify daily life. I arrived at pottery only after some time. I studied Chinese and Nordic languages at Stockholm University, which drew me to China. Once there I was fortunate to find an exceptional calligrapher, Chen Xiuqing, under whom I studied for two years. This changed my path. Clay had always held an attraction for me, but through my teacher’s influence I was able to focus on applying shape and form from calligraphy into three dimensional pottery.
Calligraphy, joint exhibition with Chen Xiuqing, ”Modern calligraphy”, Xiamen, China, 1987
(the Metal Guild), Stockholm, 1992
Ceramics, Marielund Gallery, island of Ven, southern Sweden, 1997
Ceramics, Kulturen Museum, Lund, Sweden
Ceramics, Celadon Gallery, Water Mill, NY
Works in numerous private and corporate collections
Mary Jaffe earned her BFA in Ceramics from LIU Southampton, NY. A five year production pottery apprenticeship followed as well as postgraduate studies at Instituto Allende in Mexico and Penland School in North Carolina. She has been working as a studio potter since 1980 creating wheel thrown altered forms in her Bridgehampton NY studio.
For the past 20 years Mary has enjoyed exploring clay with children, helping them create and discover a passion for clay. Mary heads the Ceramics Major at the Ross Camp and teaches in the Ross School’s after school and special programs. She has taught extensively in community programs including senior centers, libraries, churches, camps, museums, childcare centers and after-school programs. Mary has been working with the kids at Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons since they opened.