Behind the Studio
Tomas Black graduated from Alfred University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a focus on ceramics. In addition to ceramic arts he is trained in glass casting/ blowing, metal casting/ weilding, paint and sketch, mixed media, and sculpture.
Tomas' ceramics range from production wares for the home, garden and business to large-scale art pieces, which he calls "story pots" due to their narritive based quality.
Tomas has experience teaching to a wide range of skill levels and ages. His teaching credentials include work as the assistant head of shop at Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp, teaching assistant for the Alfred University glass and ceramics shop, and head teaching aide, then primary teacher at The Glass Furnace--the premier Turkish university of glass--summer program, to teaching in Northampton Massachusetts as the resident artist/ teacher too now teaching out of his own studio to students starting at age 3+.
The Studio is located down the road from the Leverett Buddhist Peace Pagoda one of the great sites in New England. It was built piece by piece by Tomas in the summer and fall of 2010. The studio is equipped with three professional throwing wheels, a trimming wheel, a paragon style L&L 15cbft. electric kiln, a plaster/ mold making area, slip casting and handmade glazes. The studio has its own parking, it is located only a few feet off of Cave Hill Rd. in Leverett, it is a one story building with ground level entrance offering easily access. The studio open to the general public 10-5 seven days a week.
We strive to make sure everyone from every walk of life feels welcomed, safe and creative.
My two original assistants hard at work
Studibaker and I with the new crew
The New Green Gates Pottery
53 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA. 01054 // 413 262 8988
TOMAS BLACK, BFA. -- professional potter and ceramics teacher
From the Leverett Elementary School:
1.Start out going NORTH on MONTAGUE RD toward RATTLESNAKE GUTTER RD Avoid this Step 1.0 mi
2.Turn RIGHT onto CAVE HILL RD and drive 0.7 ml.
(CAVE HILL RD is 0.1 miles past RATTLESNAKE GUTTER RD)
3. 53 CAVE HILL RD is on the LEFT (0.1mi past Ryans Hill Rd.), the studio is located in the renovated barn next to the road (wood with green trim, a cupola on the roof). The studio door is around the back, facing away from the road. You may park in the driveway if there is a space that will not hinder driveway traffic. The parking lot is just past the studio, on the left, turn in after the stone wall (be advised that the lot is not paved, it WILL be plowed with a shoveled path in the winter).
*If you reach JACKSON HILL RD you've gone about 1.0 mile too far
From Amherst Town Center:
1.Take E PLEASANT ST. to PINE ST.
2.Turn RIGHT at the T-stop onto PINE ST.
3.Follow the bend as it veers left, PINE ST. becomes BRIDGE ST.
4.BRIDGE ST becomes E LEVERETT RD..02 mi.
5.Turn LEFT onto LEVERETT RD. 0.9 mi. (If you are on CUSHMAN RD/TEAWADDLE HILL RD you've gone about 1.6 miles too far)
6.LEVERETT RD becomes AMHERST RD.1.1 mi
7.AMHERST RD becomes DEPOT RD.0.09 mi
8.Keep RIGHT at the fork to continue on DEPOT RD.0.4 mi
9.Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto MONTAGUE RD.2.0 mi
10.Turn RIGHT onto CAVE HILL RD. 0.7 mi (CAVE HILL RD is 0.1 miles past RATTLESNAKE GUTTER RD)
11.53 CAVE HILL RD is on the LEFT (0.1 miles past RYANS HILL RD. If you reach JACKSON HILL RD you've gone about 1.0 mile too far). Avoid this Step