The Bostree Gallery presents a varied selection of unique, functional and decorative American craft. It features predominantly handcrafted pottery, jewelry, photography, and sculpture made by the Boswell family and other wonderful craftspeople that they have the pleasure to know and the honor to call friends.
The showroom is located one hour from Manhattan in the lovely artisan’s community of Sugar Loaf, NY, on the western edge of the Hudson Valley. It is only six miles from the picturesque town of Warwick, NY, home of the big and bustling Apple Fest, serene and contemplative Pacem in Terris, and numerous orchards, wineries, family farms and farmers’ markets. Other local landmarks include the megalithic outlet center, Woodbury Commons, a fifteen minute ride away, and historic West Point, a thirty minute scenic drive.
At the Bostree Gallery, I present artist-made fine handcrafts: artistic objects made with love, care, creativity and integrity to please the eye, enhance the home and nurture the spirit. The quality of life is enhanced when a handcrafted piece, created by one human being, is used, worn or simply enjoyed by another, creating a connection between people! 🙂
The 3600 square foot Pottery Studio is also located in Sugar Loaf, NY next door to the Bostree Gallery and houses Ray’s studio, Andy’s studio, and a large teaching studio.
In addition to creating our own work, we offer ongoing pottery classes and periodic workshops. The studio is also the home base for Ray’s pottery retreats. Inspirational pottery retreats can be arranged to be presented at the studio or your location.
At the studio we provide an environment for individuals to explore their own creativity. This is accomplished with a sense of community, individualized instruction, and professional tools and materials.
A little bit more about Bostree…
Ray and Terry opened Bostree in 1982 in the rustic, repurposed chicken coops of Scott’s Meadow in Sugar Loaf, NY selling Ray’s pottery and Terry’s jewelry. Since then the business has gone through a few incarnations and today the studio and gallery are housed on Wood Road. Now most of the pottery is made by Terry and Ray’s son, Andy and a few friends. Ray now devotes most of his time to numerous speaking and retreat engagements, and Terry is pursuing photography while helping in the pottery studio and maintaining the website.
Terry graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BS in Art Education. Over the years, she has enjoyed creating fabricated jewelry and containers of silver and brass, colored porcelain and raku jewelry, carved clay and hand built pottery forms. She currently revels in photography, manages the Bostree Gallery, assists in the studio, folds origami, and dabbles in WordPress blogging and websites. You can visit her photo blog, Through The Lens of My Life, (in dire need of an update!) by clicking here.
Ray Boswell ~ Potter & Inspirational Speaker
Ray received a BS Degree in education from SUNY Oswego. Since then he has studied, explored and produced a wide range of creative work and has sold his pieces in galleries from cost to coast. Ray currently is a sought out teacher, guest speaker, retreat facilitator and performance potter. He continues to handcraft pottery for his retreat work. For more information about Ray, retreats or pottery workshops please visit Ray’s website www.potteryretreat.com.
Andrew Boswell ~ Utilitarian Ceramic Artist
Andy got his start in clay before he turned two! His original experience with clay came from his father, Ray. It’s to Ray that he owes the founding of his skills in clay and on the potter’s wheel. His mother, Terry, with her aesthetic awareness, helped broaden his sense of Utlitarian Art. Attending the Rochester Institute of Technology for Ceramics with Julia Galloway, Rick Hirsch, and Liz Howe, turned his passion for clay into a profession. Andy, now a Utilitarian Ceramic Artist, is interested in making artistic objects which function in daily life. His goal is to bring his sense of artistic perfection into personal living spaces. Nothing excites him more than holding a coffee mug which has been made through a clear creative artistic process or looking at a sculpture that blends seamlessly with the space around it. He wants to make art which he can hold, touch, use and enjoy with friends. For these reasons he is interested in Utilitarian Art. Clay’s versatility entices him with possibilities and calls him to be a Ceramic Artist.
In 2015 Andy expanded solidly into the precise and exacting process of crystalline gazes. The first results have been splendid! Stay in touch to see how this evolves by signing up for our infrequent and unimposing email updates in the sidebar above. 🙂