Recap – Meet and Greet with Trish Gianakis!

At our Oct 20th event guest speaker Trish Classe Gianakis went in to professor mode! She walked us through her process while handing our samples of raw clay, unfinished pieces pottery and finished pieces. She discussed and showed the glazes and materials that go into making beautiful and unique Raku ceramics.

Thank you to all who joined us, and a big thank you to Trish!

Trish will be back to teach a class in Raku. For more information about the class, please contact South Ave Arts at (908) 654-2787.

Meet and greet with Trish Classe Gianakis!

Raku Ceramic Artist

October 20, 1 to 3pm

South Avenue Arts, 221 South Ave, Garwood, NJ

Refreshments will be served.

The Westfield Artist Association Presents Trish Classe Gianakis.
Hear why she has had a fascination with creating ceramics and the Raku firing process for 25 years. She will talk about throwing clay on a potter’s wheel and hand building, layering textures and combining Raku ceramics with various found objects.

Besides having a Masters Degree in Computer Art, Trish Classe Gianakis is a adjunct professor at St. Peters University teaching digital design.She has a passion for ceramics and doing RAKU. Besides throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, she hand throws clay and creates sculptures using raku clay. When sculpting, after the artwork is bisked and raku fired, she will then combine the sculptures with found objects. For more about Trish visit

This is a free event for WAA Members and friends

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Want your work to be seen?
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Creativi-Tea Recap

On September 15th, members of Westfield Art Association and community at large came together to kick off another great year of art.

Everyone enjoyed a most exciting art of Origami presentation by Joy Ann Cabanos Lara, and had a chance to try our hand at making Origami. A bit THANK YOU to Joy Ann for making it a very entertaining afternoon. THANK YOU to all members who participated.

The rest of the afternoon was spent socializing, catching up after a long summer break and enjoying some delicious sandwiches and tea. Members shared resources, opportunities to learn and show their artwork and make suggestions for betterment of the group.

During our Creativi-Tea, Paul Federico, was elected President of WAA. His excitement for the future of our group is contagious and we are all recharged and excited for our new year of fun filled events!

Join Us For CreativiTea

Please join us for CreativiTea, An Artist Party on Sunday, September 15th from 1 to 3, in the Westfield Town Hall Community Room.  A free social event for WAA members and friends. Stop by to enjoy some tea and listen to an exciting art of Origami presentation by Joy Ann Cabanos Lara, and try your hand at making your own Origami.

During our CreativiTea we will hold the election for the three executive positions in WAA: the president, vice president and education/outreach coordinator, all of which are up for election. You are welcome to vote for incumbents or nominate someone new! Remember, you must be a member who is paid in full to vote.

Then, we’ll proceed with the very popular “Creativi- TEA”.  We’ll enjoy tea and snacks and participate in exercises that jump start our creativity for the year ahead! It’s lots of fun and each year our members leave with big smiles and excited for the year ahead.