"Prints & Pots"  

JULY 27th - AUGUST 26th



A group exhibition of printmaking and ceramic works accompanied by sculptural objects and antiques.

ON VIEW: Wood-fired pottery created by Mary Sweeney and Tyler Gulden, woodcut prints by Ned Roche, Cait GiuntaLyell Castonguay and Jake Cassevoy, silkscreen prints by William Arthur, Holly Chambers and Kyle Moore and prints made in varying techniques by Bill Cass. More below...

Jake Cassevoy
Untitled #1
Woodblock print


Jake Cassevoy (ABOVE) graduated with a BFA in printmaking from Montserrat college of art in 2011. His work has been exhibited at Rocky Neck Artist Colony in Cape Ann, MA and 17 Cox Gallery in Beverly, MA, as well as group shows Montserrat Alumni. His newest series includes folk inspired animal woodblock prints and is currently in production. "BA KU," his previous series of works depict grisly shadow puppet characters. Both series are on exhibit here at the Gallery at Chases in Prints & Pots, an exhibition of local printmaking and pottery. Of the printmaking processes Cassevoy uses he explains, "I like working on woodcuts and relief prints because of the technical skill involved... the process allows for a closer relationship to the work."

Bill Cass  Slapstick Series #2  Woodblock prints

Bill Cass
Slapstick Series #2
Woodblock prints

Bill Cass received a BFA degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1977, followed by an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981. Cass has been a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Chicago since 1982 and a full-time lecturer in Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice.

Cass has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and three awards from the Illinois Arts Council for his work, which combines religious imagery and a folk art style. His work is represented in the collections of several museums, including the Krannert Art Center in Champaign, Illinois and the Madison Art Center in Wisconsin. He is currently a full-time printmaking teacher at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester.

Detail from "Wolka" Aquatint Etching

Detail from "Wolka" Aquatint Etching



“At face value woodfiring can be described as the process whereby wood is the fuel used to fire pottery kilns, which have been specifically designed for that purpose. In an age when technology has produced kilns capable of attaining high temperatures in a matter of a couple of hours, it is perhaps remarkable that many potters choose to build and fire kilns which are labour intensive and require constant attention throughout the entire period of firing, which may last up to several days. …

For the wood-firers of today woodfiring represents an entire aesthetic which evolves from personal choices of both materials and processes. Some seek the quiet touch of the flame accentuating a glazed surface, or giving subtle ash effects on unglazed surfaces.” 

Dust Jacket.  Minogue, C., & Sanderson, R. (2000). Wood-fired Ceramics: Contemporary Practices. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Mary Sweeney's pottery was fired in a "Groundhog" Bourry-box kiln in Norridgewock, Maine.  The wood kiln is stoked for 60 hours around the clock and burns almost two cords of wood.  After a week of cooling the door is open to find the treasures within.  There are always surprises and no pieces alike.  


Sweeney has found her passion working in clay where she can create beauty in both form and function. It gives her great joy to create pieces that can become a regular part of people's lives that are also works of art. By throwing pieces on the wheel, she creates a clay "canvas" on which she can add texture and color with carvings, stamps, slips and glazes to enhance its form.  Each piece is unique and she delights in the infinite possibilities found in decorating.



Vessels by  Mary Sweeney

Vessels by Mary Sweeney

Woodfired vessels by  Mary Sweeney  (bottom,) Soda fired cups by  Tyler Gulden  (top,) Woodfired vessels by  Mary Sweeney,  Woodcut prints by  Jake Cassevoy , 1900s Copper Clock Tower Numerals, 18" (right)

Woodfired vessels by Mary Sweeney (bottom,) Soda fired cups by Tyler Gulden (top,) Woodfired vessels by Mary Sweeney, Woodcut prints by Jake Cassevoy, 1900s Copper Clock Tower Numerals, 18" (right)


Tyler Gulden is a ceramic artist, art educator and administrator. He studied ceramics at Alfred University and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and has been a resident artist at notable craft centers like Peters Valley Craft CenterHaystack Mtn School of Crafts and Watershed.   

A ceramic artist, arts educator and arts advocate, he has conducted workshops throughout Maine for children and adults, in addition to professional development workshops for teachers and artists, through the Watershed Mudmobile program.  Other teaching includes workshops and lectures at Bowdoin College, Tabor Academy, Maine College of Art, Portland Pottery, and a position as Lecturer in Visual Arts and Culture at Bates College. Tyler worked for 12 years in arts administration at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine ending his tenure as Executive Director in October 2012.

Gulden's functional ceramics are exhibited internationally in group and juried exhibitions.  His current work follows the tradition of salt firing, in combination with the more contemporary process of soda firing, capitalizing on the unique color and surface variations that are a natural product of the process. For more words on Tyler's firing process check out his artist page.



Prints by Kyle Moore


Antique Foundry Mold Boxes & Ceramic work by M. Sweeney

Low handled cups by Tyler Gulden

1900s Clock Tower Numbers

1900s Clock Tower Numbers


 "Prints & Pots"  

JULY 27th - AUGUST 26th