Mark demonstrates how he throws pots

Join us at Shade & Shutter gallery at 1102 White St. in Key West on Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM as Mark demonstrates how he throws pots. (No, he does not actually hurl pots through the air. “Throwing pots” just means that he forms clay into shapes on a spinning pottery wheel.) He might even throw a special piece at your request!

You can take advantage of a special discount of 15% off anything in the gallery during the event, as well as enjoy some refreshments and beverages to celebrate the weekend.

We hope to see you there! Oh, feel free to bring your family and friends too.

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Mark throwing a large basin

Just outside your front door

Some of the best photo opportunities happen right outside your front door, especially when you live in a beautiful place like Key West. I have taken hundreds of pictures of this palm tree across the street from our house. The sunset colors a couple evenings ago were spectacular, and when I stepped outside our front door this photo opportunity was waiting for me. Did you know that we can have this photo printed on aluminum for you in any size from 12”x8” to 60”x40” according to your specifications? Visit us at the gallery or contact us today at 305-767-3769 or sarah@shadeandshutterkeywest.com.

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No room for more art in your home?

We all know that art breathes life into our homes and creates spaces that enhance our lives. Sometimes it seems, though, that we have no more room for another piece on our walls or shelves. Some of our customers would love to take a beautiful ceramic piece or photograph home with them, but they tell us that they can not think of a place to put it. We have thought about this a lot, and have come up with a few ideas.

Group smaller pieces closely together

With photographs or paintings on the wall, you can create a mosaic of related or unrelated pictures. A grouping of smaller pieces adds interest as you look for the interactions between them and how they may “speak” to each other. The close spacing frees up additional wall space that you can use to create another mosaic of small pieces or to add focus to one large piece. 

The same strategy works for grouping ceramic pieces closely together on shelf or table. Try grouping together three ceramic pieces for a balanced feel. Many smaller ceramic pieces grouped together can create a feeling of abundance.

Rotate your art 

If you have a small storage space suitable for your art, store a few pieces there while you display new pieces on your walls or shelves. Once a month or so, switch out other pieces and keep rotating the art periodically. When you bring out the stored art, try putting it in a different place to give your home a fresh look and give yourself a fresh perspective. After all, when the environment is stagnant, we tend to stop really seeing a piece of art. Your beautiful art deserves to be seen with fresh eyes, so switch it up!

Display your art outside

Many pieces of art can be brought outside for shorter or longer periods of time without damage. Ceramics especially are usually fine outdoors when the temperature is above freezing. You can order photographic prints on metal with an additional coating that allows them to be kept outdoors for two to three years without fading. When you spend a lot of time outdoors it feels great to be surrounded by beautiful pieces of art in your backyard or on your deck.

Put art in unexpected places

We usually put art on the living room walls and shelves, but there are many other places where we can enjoy our art. Try unconventional places, like bathrooms and stair wells. You can also put art higher and lower than usual. Unconventional placement brings attention to your art and can act as a conversation starter with your guests. It is also nice to encounter art at eye level when you are sitting in a chair.

We hope that these ideas spur your own creativity as you consider where there may be room for more art in your home. Let us know if you have more suggestions!

April 2019

We have been extremely busy since the last blog post. Mark has been making special commissions, and Sarah has been promoting the business as well as contributing to two Key West festivals.

Mark’s commissions have included large water basins for a water feature, special soup mugs, special coffee mugs, and various other pieces. He has also added some pieces to our gallery selection.

We sponsored two festivals and contributed to them as well. At the Key West Photography Festival in February, Sarah hosted a gallery tour and gave a presentation entitled “Intentional shutter speed”. The presentation was focused on taking advantage of the capabilities of modern cameras to create intentional effects though long, medium, and short shutter speeds. At the Key West Yoga and Wellness Festival in April, she made photographs of an inspiring event at dawn, “108 sun salutations”.

January 2019

Mark’s equipment (including the kiln) is all moved into the new studio at 1102 White Street, and he is making pottery here now. We will hold a grand opening celebration on Friday, February 1st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be music, libations, and favors. We hope to see you here then, or any other time you can make it in. The gallery is a welcoming space, and it is starting to come alive with creativity, light, and serene beauty.

December 2018

Shade Ceramics and Shutter Photography is now open for business! The gallery looks great, and Mark is in the process of moving his studio and pottery equipment into the new space at 1102 White Street in Key West. We hope that you can come to visit!

November 2018

Shade Ceramics and Shutter Photography is a new enterprise by the husband and wife team of Mark Klammer and Sarah Carleton. We are excited to be setting up a working studio and gallery to add to the artistic energy of Key West.