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Jul 24 2020

‘Dinner Bells’ Opening Reception

  • 5:00pm
  • 37b north front street, kingston, ny 12401

Dinner Bells

a window installation featuring ceramic “thrown” Bells designed by Michele Quan of MQuan Studio / Timber Set build by Daniel McCluskey Jr

“Socially Distant” Sidewalk Opening
July 24th, 2020 5:00 – 8:00pm

Pre-order To-Go Cocktails at stockadetavern.com (mention “MQuan Window Opening” in notes)

Join the uptown community on Friday, July 24th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for a socially distant opening reception, outside of bluecashew Kitchen Homestead at 37 North Front Street in Kingston. (The installation is in the front window.) Meet ceramicist Michele Quan of MQuan Studio. Stockade Tavern will be offering cocktails to-go for those that would like to grab a beverage for their walk through the neighborhood.

With stay-at-home orders in place and frightened fledgelings fleeing the cities to return to their hometown nests–our worlds have scaled down considerably since March.  Gone (for many) are the daily commutes, the catching of redeyes, drinks after work with clients…that never ending ping pong of text messaged updates excusing why you’re not home at the dinner table.  Family units reunited, inextricably living together in a way that harkens back to how our grandparents maybe lived.  As we build out our suburban homesteads, tilling our humble ‘raised bed’ fields, exploring the wilds of the forest just beyond the backyard, we suddenly find our loved ones almost always within earshot.  For the first time in a long time, the idea of a dinner bell tangibly makes sense.  Whether put to daily use or hung as a symbol of this remarkable simplification of our daily lives, we are entirely enamored by the beauty of each of these pieces, formed by hand out of clay.

Michele Quan of MQuan Studio https://www.mquan.com/ creates handmade ceramic art & objects for the home and garden. A recent Brooklyn “Covid” Transplant to the Hudson Valley, Michele’s pieces become a canvas for her love of drawing, painting, text and color. Many of the objects and images are rooted in the symbols of Eastern iconography- their depth & meaning of which she is continuously in awe.  Impermanence & interconnection are ideas she returns to often, drawing inspiration from the teachings of Buddhism and its extensive visual language. She understands the meanings to be universal and independent of religious attachments. ‘My hope is that my work serves both as objects of contemplation to inspire reverence and as a source of encouragement and refuge’. Clay forms are hand built or thrown on the wheel, all images hand painted and then the work is fired in a gas kiln to 2350 degrees. Other materials used include hand-dyed cotton, hemp rope, iron, brass, walnut and white oak.

Originally from Vancouver Canada, Michele moved to New York City in 1984 to study graphic design & photography at Parsons School of Design. Twelve years prior to embarking on her current medium of clay, she co-founded the NYC jewelry company Me&Ro. Her work continues an ongoing pursuit to bring visual form to the thread that connects us with the experience of the world in which we live.

Hudson Valley based builder and woodworker Daniel McCluskey Jr has over 15 years experience creating custom designs with antique wood.  Daniel has traveled the country for his unique services erecting hand-hewn timber frames, and examples of his custom staircases and other handmade designs.  His wood craft creations can be found throughout New York and the East Coast.