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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shimpo Potting Stool Birthday Gift

Today is my birthday.  My sweetie got me a Shimpo stool which I've already been testing.  It is really comfortable.  The legs are adjustable to various heights within about 1/4 inch which means you can make the back slightly higher than the front.  This gives good leverage for centering and helps you sit more upright when throwing which is great for your back.  I know I should stand at the wheel but I've had a few surgeries on my feet and knees so standing all day is really not an option.  This padded stool seems to be a really good solution.  Now I'll never come out of the studio.
Thank you to all my facebook friends and fans who have wished me a happy birthday today.  I really appreciate the well wishes.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Whiggle Thief

So I'd just gotten out of the shower and was drying off when I see this being running past the bathroom door (yes, I was showering with the door open, try not to go there). What I saw appeared to be the Whiggle carrying a French baguette that was about as long as she is. I yelled and she dropped it before she got outside, I would have hated to have to chase her around the yard wearing nothing but a towel. The question is, how do you reprimand a dog when you're laughing at her?
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Art Inspiring Art

A few of the pieces from my Emergence series include either peace signs or just the word "Peace" emerging from under cover.  These pieces (pun intended) have inspired my friend Gary who creates wonderful collages.   Check out his image on his blog Walking Spirals.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Precarious Pots

Here are some pots I made for the woodfiring I'm doing in October.  I added handles but I want the handles to come up and over the rim or the pot.  Of course gravity gets involved and the handles want to droop.  So I have placed these pots on the edge of the shelf with the handles hanging down, off the edge.  I then backed out of the studio on tip toes.  Yes, it's precarious and makes me a bit nervous.  If I start doing this a lot I'll build a rack where the pieces can sit with the handles hanging through the slats.  My current drying rack has slats that are too close together for this option.
If anyone else has ideas for how to do this I'd love to hear them.
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Friday, September 17, 2010

East Atlanta Strut This Saturday

This show is in my neighborhood so I'm really excited about it.  It's usually a fun time, well, any EAV event is fun.  We are a partying kind of crowd.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful, the music will be great, beer and good food in the village and, of course, some really cool art.  It'll be fun for me to hang with my friends and neighbors.
The East Atlanta Strut is Saturday September 18th 2010 from 10am to 10pm but the artist market closes 7pm.  See ya there.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Signing Up For My First Wood Firing

I love wood fired pottery. This may seem strange for someone who loves raku so much but it's true.  It because in both forms you can see the effects of the firing so directly on the pots.  Each pot will have an element of surprise and every angle will look different.  The firing time span may be drastically different but the potters involvement is not.  So when I was told about the anagma firing at Hambidge next month I immediate wrote a check to I could get my pots into the kiln.  Of course I don't have those pots made just yet but that's not a problem, I'm just excited (one could say "stoked") at the possibility of being there and being involved.
I'm told that this firing may have a low attendance due to some potters being in school.  If you can make it to north Georgia during the beginning of Oct and would like to do some wood firing now's the time to sign up.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Working Hard and Taking a Break

Now that summer has relaxed it's hot grip it's time to do more out door festivals.  I've done two already and have another coming up this weekend.  It's the East Atlanta Strut which is in my neighborhood.  It's a lot of fun and a little bit quirky but so is EAV.  I'm looking forward to seeing my friends and neighbors.
Duck Island
Last weekend I took a break from show preparation by spending Sunday on West Point Lake with some friends.  Pioleting the pontoon boat around the lake and swimming in a nice quiet cove was very fun and very relaxing.  I can totally understand the urge to spend some time on a sail boat or something.  I still have Jimmy Buffet songs floating through my head.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational 2010

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) Georgia Pottery Invitational show and sale is being held in Watkinsville, GA now through September 15 2010.  This is a must see show for anybody who is interested in pottery and art.  The amount of fantastic pottery is almost overwhelming.  I have found that it's best to stroll through the isles two or three times to really see everything and enjoy the artists work.
I like to explore the work of potters who make complex or altered forms and try to figure out how they created a form.  Often I'll go back to my studio and test my theories.  This show has an entire room dedicated to Out of Round pottery by some of my favorite artists.  You can find descriptions about how the pots were altered  posted near the work.  I was having fun trying to figure it out and then see if I was right, or close.
It was also fun to see the work of fellow bloggers who I follow and members of the Georgia Clay Council who's work I may not have seen recently.  I highly recommend heading to Watkinsville to see this show.  It's a lot of fun.  Hours are 10-5 everyday.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pots For Food From Penland Workshop

After a hectic week of firing which included a salt firing, two soda firings, a salt and soda mix firing and a none vapor reduction firing all of the pots were done.  So was I.  I'm typically in bed with a good book and a warm dog by 10pm, we often did not start loading the kilns until 9 which meant a midnight or later ignition time.  It also meant round the clock kiln sitting where everyone in the class took shifts.  I understand the reasoning for such hours for the firings but I think I'm going to try to find a more reasonable schedule when I'm firing the soda kiln at Mudfire.
The salt kiln was put into reduction a bit too early (the downside of firing and unknown kiln) and the pots came out a deeper brown with no orange peel.  Looking through the kiln door at so many pots with this color was disappointing but when the pieces were separated and judged on their own my feeling was that this color looked warm and toasty.  I think they will be really enticing on the dinner table keeping your food warm.  The soda kilns produced a larger variety of coloring and that sense of having been fired in an atmospheric situation.  You could see where the vapors caressed the pots.
I only had a few pieces that made me happy but that was not the goal.  I was there to learn and stretch and grow.  These pots may not be the best I've ever made but the pieces I'll be making going  forward will reflect this growth and will make me happy.  My hope is that they find homes and make other people happy too. 
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