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Zeber-Martell Gallery offering functional art

3/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Zeber-Martell Gallery and Clay Studio, located at 43 Furnace St., offers home décor and functional pottery created by artisans. Owners Claudia Zeber-Martell and Michael Martell are pictured above with some of their creations and their pets.
Shown above are other items created by various artists and sold at the gallery and studio.
Photos courtesy of Zeber-Martell Gallery and Clay Studio
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Zeber-Martell Gallery and Clay Studio offers functional and decorative art designed by local artists.

The business, located at 43 Furnace St. in the Northside District, is owned by artists Michael Martell and Claudia Zeber-Martell.

According to their biographies, Martell’s pottery has evolved over two decades from traditional salt-glazed and wood-fired stoneware to expressive and graceful pieces with contemporary form. Zeber-Martell began as a painter, and today surface decoration is a dominant element in her work. The two collaborate to create art pieces that include lamps; small tables; tableware such as mugs, tea sets and plates; jewelry; accent pieces such as bowls, vases, clocks and mirrors; and wall art in pottery all hand decorated.

“We are an urban oasis of objects, gifts, jewelry, tableware and more created by artists,” said Martell. “We offer one-of-a kind pieces, as well as production items.”

Martell added they also create about 225 handcrafted bowls annually that are filled with soup and sold during the Empty Bowl Project, which benefits the Good Samaritan Hunger Center.

“We are potters at heart, but we like to make functional art that can be used everyday,” said Martell. “This event is a way for us to give back to the community.”

The gallery and studio also offers items created by other artists in mediums that include metal, glass, wood and more.

In addition, Zeber-Martell Gallery hosts a variety of events that combine activities with art, such as wine tastings, spring and fall shows and other events.

The next event is “Hand Crafted Wood Fired Pizza Night” on May 12 and 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Kathy Lehr, from the Western Reserve School of Cooking, will demonstrate how to make the authentic dough of Naples, bake a pizza and shape and bake a disk of dough for a sandwich. Participants will be able to make their own and enjoy them with red wine. The pizza will be served on a specially designed, 10-inch square ceramic plate that participants can keep. The class cost is $95, and class size is limited to 12. Registration is available by calling 330-253-3808.

Zeber-Martell Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call the gallery or visit the business on Facebook or at zeber-martell.com.

 

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