Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Rock of St Ives Bernard Leach Part3

This is the last in the series that I started publishing here and continued here. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Just for Fun

Check out this 'Life List' by way of Kelly, at Kelly's Art Journaling. RED is what I have done. This is just for fun. Copy and paste and put it on your blog. Highlight what you've done in red or change the type back to black if you haven't done some of the things. Notice I've even added some 'commentary' on some of the things. No need to 'tag' anyone either.

Hope you enjoy! Hey - it can't always be about clay or art or serious stuff -- just silly fun is good too :)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland 
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis - I actually hatched some, they eat bad bugs in my garden
10. Sang a solo - and no one would want me to -- lol
11. Bungee jumped - and never going to either.
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child - if dogs count
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables 
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train 
21. Had a pillow fight 
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community 
36. Taught yourself a new language - but not very well
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person - from the train
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David - and he's beautiful
41. Sung karaoke 

42. Seen Old Geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud - what I do for a living
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie 
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 
62. Gone whale watching - but I saw one crossing to Victoria Island
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check 
68. Flown in a helicopter - around Mt. Rushmore
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 
71. Eaten Caviar 
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square, on New Year's Eve
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book 
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car - well, pick-up truck - still have it 12 years later
83. Walked in Jerusalem 
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible - I skipped some of Numbers but I'm still counting it
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life 
90. Sat on a jury 
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 
97. Been involved in a law suit 
98. Owned a cell phone 

99. Been stung by a bee, OUCH
100.  Read a book in one day

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Studio Tour

Judy Shreve suggested that we blogger friends post tours of our studios.  Since I had just cleaned mine in order to show some pottery to a client (I don't have a gallery built just yet but stay tuned) I thought this was a great idea.  If my studio was a mess I wouldn't think it was a good idea at all.  However, when I was designing my studio I was desperately looking for something like this so here it is for anyone that is interested.  I hope you enjoy the tour.
Outside of the Studio

This is the kiln, it's an old Crusader that I purchased used.  It can fire to cone 10 when the ladder isn't so close to it.  I do most of my glaze firing at Mudfire where I teach so this never has to go that high.  You can see the ware shelves next to the kiln.
That's enough of the kiln room, it's still a mess since it's used to store my show set up and some garden tools.  Dennis Allen is braver than I am for showing his storage.

This is the wedging table I built, I store some open bags of clay under it.  Notice the scale above.  I just love how little space that corner shelf uses.

From the wedging table we'll go to the wheel.  This is a Skutt, Thomas Stuart Classic and I love it.  The stool was a birthday gift from my sweetie, it's a Shimpo with adjustable legs.  It's very comfortable and saves my back.  I built the work tables around the wheel to keep things within easy reach, this is a huge time saver.  The wheel is situated in front of a large window where I can watch the birds and the dogs and the plants.  It's very peaceful.
Once the pots are dry enough they get trimmed on this old kick wheel.  I love the quiet of trimming on this wheel.
If the pots need handles or any alteration they usually come over to this work table.  It's also where I roll out slabs.  I use a rolling pin, not a slab roller.  Some of my clay gets stored under this table for easy access.  It also makes a nice surface for showing a small amount of pottery if anyone comes to the studio (by appointment only due to the mess).
I use these wire shelves for drying pots, I also have wire shelves in the kiln room.  I find it's important to have plenty of room for pieces to dry safely.  It's also right next to the trimming wheel so pieces can be placed on the shelves easily after trimming.

This is an autographed poster of Elisa Helland-Hansen's artist statement titled "Song From My Pot" that she gave to each of her students after the workshop at Penland.
Several other blogger friends have posted images of their studios, they are really fun.  Check them out:
Tracey Broome, Linda Star, Dennis Allen.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Horse Hair raku Firing

The rain held off long enough on Sunday for a raku party to happen and be fun.  It was a small party, only three people, one had never raku fired before.   It's always fun to see how people who are new to raku react to the firing.  She was great and couldn't understand why more people didn't do raku.
I decorated a few pieces with horse hair.  I just love the way they look and I really love drawing on the pot with the hair.  Does that sound weird?

This vase has white, burnished terra sig on the outside then I dipped it in Rick's Turquoise which I wiped off of the outside.  The glaze filled in some small etching that I did and of course gave the vibrant color on the inside and rutile color on the outside.  I really love this piece.  I'm planing to take them up to Spring Place Pottery.  I think they will do well there.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Rock of St Ives Bernard Leach Part2

Part two of last weeks Thursday Video. The interview with Michael Cardew is continued. It was an unfortunate cut last week, sorry about that.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Equinox

Spring is here!  Of course it's felt like spring for several weeks but it still feels good to know that the plants are all in the right place for it to really be Spring.  It means I'll be able to start my veggie garden and other spring plantings in a few weeks.  I've already started planning.
Front of My Studio
I want to do some landscaping around the studio to give it a lush look and to soften some of the corners.  Feug Shui sees these sharp corners as poison arrows which should not be directed at someone, especially not at yourself. 
At the corner of the studio porch is just such a corner.  I'd like to plant something in this nice sunny spot but since it's so near to the entrance of the kiln room it's difficult.  I often have to pull my truck up to the kiln room to load and unload for shows.  I know there is a list of plants out there that would fit this space well but I'm drawing a blank.  What would you put there?
Corner in Need of a Plant

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thinking About Japan

In a time of drastic change 
one can be too preoccupied with what is ending or too obsessed with what seems to be beginning.
 In either case one loses touch with the present and with its obscure but dynamic possibilities. 
You do not need to know what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. 
What you need is to recognize the possibilities & challenges offered by the present moment, 
and embrace them with courage, faith & hope. 
In such an event, courage is the authentic form taken by love.


~  Thomas Merton
from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Handmade for Japan Auction Starts Today

Only two days after I was sitting at the kitchen table with my “aha” moment about the tsunami and earthquake benefit auction, the Facebook page has launched in English and Japanese as a preview and resource center for our eBay auction on Friday. Thanks Kathy and Ai! We’re uploading pictures hourly and already have 300+  followers. Illustrator friend, David Gordon, was kind enough to draw our logo overnight. He has a book out now called Smitten, which is a love story between a sock and a mitten, and is coming out with a new book in the fall. Yesterday, Robin helped me all day with computer work and then with glazing and loading my porcelain kiln with my friend, Leigh Williams. I’m so grateful for their help! The porcelain for the auction will feature red or pink drawings with silver and gold luster decals, very exciting! Continue to stay posted about the auction by visiting the Facebook page. The eBay auction will start at noon EST, Friday, March 18th and end at 9pm EST on Sunday March 20th. I’ll be posting the link when I get it. The situation in Japan is still very unstable and we’re working as hard as we can to gather good work and reach our $25,000 goal. Please help by spreading the word!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Rock of St Ives Bernard Leach

This is another three part series.  The audio could be better but it's a really interesting article about Bernard Leach which includes an interview with Micheal Cardew.

The Leach Pottery is now asking for donations to help rebuild the Mishiko Pottery that sustained heavy damage in the Earthquake last week.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UF Ceramics Pre-Conference

Nan Smith will be demonstrating life casting from a live model using rubber molds, algisafe, and plaster, and will be building a partial life-size figure in studio. This will be a lively, fast-moving workshop on the figure by an expert artist/craftsman.
Kathy King will address throwing in parts to create stacked flower holders based on the historical forms of Delft stacked tulip holders - but with a serious twist. Kathy will discuss decisions about composition of surface imagery on the form, and will reveal methods of using humor to seduce the viewer (as well as some tales of foibles and follies in using this technique!)
Kevin Snipes
Kevin says, “I often use written text in the form of cartoon-like word bubbles, or notation-like scribbling to give the viewer clues into the unfolding stories. People I know become quirky child like representations of themselves, and fodder for true or completely bogus tales. I like to think of my work as “sweet and spicy”; not too much of either, with a good dash of humor. There is an uncertain sense of edginess or mystery that offers the viewer just enough information, so that they can extrapolate his or her own stories.”
Kevin will show building and surface methods and talk about the ideas that inform his works.
Details left on the presentations for the UF Ceramics Pre-Conference. For information with links see:  http://lindaarbuckle.com/uf-pre-conf.html  
March 27th – 28th
Events include a Sunday evening reception for the national juried show at UF's Harn Museum, Alchemy: from Dust to Form. The online catalog is lovely, but the works in person are wonderful.
Join us for an evening and a day of inspiring and informative talk and visuals, meet new friends in clay. The time spent in conversation with the artists while they work will be a special experience.

UF's Harn Museum has a great national, juried clay show, "Alchemy: from Dust to Form", juried by Nan Smith and Kathy King mounted in the lovely rotunda space. For people driving through, it's about 5 minutes off the Archer Rd. exit of I-75, and has a nice cafe downstairs for lunch. Admission is free. See the Harn web site for hours:
Alchemy catalog online:   http://www.harn.ufl.edu/alchemy/  
The Harn is normally closed Mondays, but said they would make special arrangements the Monday before NCECA. If people stop in at the front desk and say there are there to see the Alchemy show, you can visit that one gallery. The Harn also has up a good show of African textiles, and has Asian art, including a lot of ceramics, from the permanent collection up. It's worth a stop during regular hours if you're driving. Next door is the Natural History Museum, also free. Their butterfly rainforest does have an admission fee, but the landscaping is quite lovely and it's a beautiful space. They have a window facing the museum hallway where they have rows of crysalises with hatching butterflies.
There are a number of pre-conference shows up in Gainesville at the Thomas Center, Oak Hall School gallery (close to the Newberry Rd I-75 exit), and on UF's campus, including the first of 2 MFA thesis shows. Ceramics MFA students Charlie Cummings (ceramic sculpture, print on clay, and video), Brian Weaver (figurative ceramic sculpture), and Chris Pickett (handbuilt vessels) will have impressive thesis shows up at this time.
More info about Gainesville shows:
(1) The Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall High School - 8009 SW 14th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32607  (352)332-3609
Title of Show:  INTERSECTION: UF Ceramics Undergraduates
Description of Show: This exhibition will feature the art work created by junior and senior ceramics students at the University of Florida. Housed in the beautiful Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School in Gainesville, the work on display will represent a new generation of artists, both sculptors and potters, and the diversity present within the UF Ceramics educational mission.
Exhibition Dates: March 9- March 29, 2011
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open During NCECA (March 30th – April 2nd, 2011):
Gallery will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm during the University of Florida NCECA Pre-Conference on Sunday March 27th and Monday March 28t. .
Reception Date and Time: Sunday March 27,-2:00- 4:00 pm
(2) The Thomas Center Mezzanine Gallery, 302 NE 6th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601-5476  (352) 334-5067
Title of Show:  CURRENTS: PAST AND PRESENT                                                            
Description of Show: Currents: Past and Present, is a juried exhibition featuring a vast array of sculpture and pottery created by University of Florida alumni and current students. Exhibited works were created during the last two years by these recognized and emerging talents. Past and Present was juried by Anna Callouri-Holcombe, Professor of Art, UF Ceramics. The exhibition is sponsored by H.O.T. Clay, the UF Ceramics student organization. Currents, is an annual national juried ceramic exhibition started by volunteers of H.O.T. Clay in 2008.
Exhibition Dates: March 26-May 31
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open During NCECA (March 30 – April 2, 2011):
M, W, F 8am-5pm, Tu 8am-7pm, Sat 1pm-4pm
Reception Date and Time: Monday March 28th 2011 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
(3) The Focus Gallery at the University of Florida Main lobby of Fine Arts building C, on the University of Florida campus, Inner Drive and 13th Street, (352)273-3000
Title of Show:  INTERSECTION
Description of Show: A juried exhibition of current 1st and 2nd year graduate MFA candidates and Post Baccalaureate students from the University of Florida Ceramics Program.  Steve Howell served as juror for this exhibition. Steve Howell an award-winning studio potter known for his colorful earthenware vessels maintains a studio in Gainesville, Florida.
Exhibition Dates: March 21th – April 1, 2011
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open during NCECA (March 30th – April 2nd, 2011):
Monday – Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: Closed
Reception Date and Time: March 28th -  6pm-8pm
(4) The Dean’s Atrium Gallery at the University of Florida Main Lobby of Building Fine Arts A on the University of Florida campus, access by Inner Drive and 13th Street.
Description of Show: An exhibition of selected intimate works created by Kathy King, Nan Smith and Kevin Snipes.
Exhibition Dates: March 21th – April 8, 2011
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open during NCECA (March 30th – April 2nd, 2011):
Monday – Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: Closed
(5) The University Gallery at the University of Florida - 102 Fine Arts Building B, Gainesville, FL 32611, 13th Street and inner Drive on the University of Florida campus. (352) 273-3000
Title of Show: MFA I CANDIDATES EXHIBITIONS (featuring ceramics by Charlie Cummings, Chris Pickett and Brian Weaver)
Description of Show: The University Gallery presents an exciting exhibition of artwork by graduating MFA students. Media represented include ceramics, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, and works on paper. Participating Artists include: Charlie Cummings, Chris Pickett, Brian Weaver, Jill Mullins, Josh Cajinarobleto, Garima Thakur, Nathan Shkrab  Charlie Cummings exhibition is focused on the Florida springs represented in a mixed media installation of silkscreened ceramic tablets, video projections with ceramic and glass artifacts. Chris Pickett’s constructed vessels reflect his interest in contemporary painting and design. His luscious glazes enwrap plush and ingratiating forms that use the vessel format to convey a sense of comfort. Brain Weaver’s installation and grouped figures show a theatrical display of the abject using the puppet and director as metaphors for control.
Exhibition Dates: March 22 – April 1 with reception March 18 7-9 pm
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open during NCECA (March 30th – April 2nd, 2011):
Open for UF Pre-Conference – Sunday March 27 1:00 pm -4:00 pm and Monday March 28 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturdays -- 12am -4 pm
Sunday, Monday and Holidays: Closed
(6) FAC Showcase Displays – Fine Arts Building C - Ground and First floors, 13th Street and inner Drive on the University of Florida campus. (352)273-3000
East Ground floor case – New experiment works created using 3d printing and scanning technology done by Anna Calluori Holcombe, Professor UF Ceramics.
West Ground floor case – Neighborhood Treasures – Ceramics created by local artists including the vessels of Leland Shaw, John Tilton, Steve Howell and the sculpture of Ira Winarsky and Bill Schaaf.
First floor case – UF Ceramics Memories – a selection of published works, posters, postcards, awards by UF faculty, students and alumni.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

American Craft Council Show - Atlanta

We went to the ACC show this past weekend to be blown away by the fantastic work being shown.  It was also a good opportunity to visit with some friends and meet artists whose work I admire.  Once again, the show did not disappoint.
As you can guess I love looking at the work of the ceramic artists but I also really enjoyed some work from other artist who were very creative.  One of my favorite craftsmen created wooden serving dishes and utensils that also were whimsical sculptures.  These pieces where extremely well thought out and seem like they would be really fun to use.
It was also fun and interesting for me to chat with Jennifer McCurdy whose work I admire tremendously.  Some of her new work is gilded inside the piece with makes the interior light up adding even more magic to her work.  I told her I've seen video of her process and was amazed at the amount of time and patience that each piece requires, before it gets to the gilding.  She told me how many hours it takes to add the gold to the piece but had to make sure she qualified it with "plus 30 years experience."  This is not an artist that needs to add qualifier to the time she puts into each piece, it shows in the quality and the beauty.
As we were talking a woman and her child came up to see the work, the child naturally grabbed for a piece of beautiful porcelain and everybody's heart stopped beating.  Thankfully, the mother caught the child's hand before he grabbed a very delicate and expensive piece of art.  It seems we all experience this whenever we display our art for the public.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Future Relics at East Atlanta Library March 12

Growing in the City
A Gardening Program
Saturday March 12
At the East Atlanta Library
400 Flat Shoals Avenue
1-3:30pm "Bring one, get one plant swap"; plant and seed sale by Burgess Peterson Students
1-4:00pm Pottery show and sale by Artist Lori Buff; art by Maynard Jackson High School Students (awards ceremony for student show and reception at 1pm)
2:00pm Special vegetable gardening talk by expert Grantly Rickets
Sponsored by the Friends of East Atlanta Library and Atlanta Fulton Public Library

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kiln Room at Greenwich Pottery cir:1958

This is the last in this three part series.  We get a look into the kiln room and of course the film is black and white so we don't get to see the beautiful colors one gets from lead glazes.  I wonder about Pud & Ginger's health after drinking milk from those cups.
Be sure to

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

American Craft Counsel Show in Atlanta

The American Craft Council Show in Atlanta
More than 200 of the country's leading craft artists will gather under one roof to present their latest designer, handmade work at The American Craft Council Show in Atlanta, the largest juried, indoor craft show in the southeast. The highest quality of handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home d├ęcor, and more, will be available for purchase at the Cobb Galleria Centre, March 11-13, 2011. Or get a sneak peak at what the show has to offer by attending the Preview Benefit Party on March 10, from 6-9pm.
Show highlights:
PREVIEW EVENT: Get an early peek of the amazing works the show has to offer! The American Craft Council is pleased to co-host a preview party event with the Museum of Design Atlanta, the evening of Thursday, Mar. 10 from 6-9pm.  Join us for tasty hors d'oeuvres, festive beverages and first choice shopping!  All proceeds will jointly benefit the American Craft Council and Museum of Design Atlanta.  For more details and to purchase tickets for the preview party, click here.
SAVE MONEY & SUPPORT ARTISTS with CRAFT CREDITS!  For only $75 you can purchase $100 in craft credits. There are a limited number of credits available for each participating artist, so hurry to the ACC booth to purchase yours.
HANDMADE UNDER $100:  Brand new in 2011! A perfect category for people just starting their addiction to craft! Don’t miss out on this fabulous collection of items for $100 or less.
LAWN & GARDEN: Features artists who craft furniture and decorative accessories to compliment and withstand the fluctuations of the great outdoors.

GREEN CRAFT: As a reflection of our social responsibility to the environment, this category features artists who incorporate recycled or found materials and use eco-friendly techniques into creating their work. 
ALTCRAFT:  The Council invited artists whose work illustrates the innovative techniques and materials of the burgeoning new handmade craft movement to apply to a special section of the show.  The Council is proud to present a national stage for these artists who tend to exhibit at smaller, local craft shows.
DEMO STAGE: Lively demonstrations, with topics ranging from ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry and wood techniques, will be presented by local experts.
Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway, Free Parking
DATES AND SHOW HOURSThursday, March 10 (6pm-9pm) * Special Preview Benefit
Friday, March 11 (10am-8pm)
Saturday, March 12 (10am-6pm)
Sunday, March 13 (10am-5pm)
Purchase, print and bring right to the door!
Register for THE AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL SHOW, ATLANTA <br/><br/>March 10 6pm-9pm Preview Party<br/>March 11 10am-8pm <br/>March 12 10am-6pm <br/>March 13 10am-6pm in Atlanta, GA  on Eventbrite

$13 per person
$20 for a three-day pass
SPECIAL FRIDAY EVENING ADMISSION:  $5 after 5pm.  On-site purchases only.  No discount offers apply.

Children 12 and under free.
American Craft Council members admitted free.

Additional Show Information: 800-836-3470

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Wood Firing Clinic

Atlanta Clay has teamed with Shorter University Professor and Alum Ian Childers and James Davis to offer a wood firing clinic.  I've been wanting to learn to wood fire but scheduling has not been possible yet.  Now it seems like it's going to happen and I am very excited.
On Saturday Ian and James gave a lecture and slide show about how the kiln was built, and loading and glazing considerations as well as demos of how they create their very unique pieces and the textures they achieve.  I had dislocated a rib a few days earlier and was uncomfortable sitting for over 4 hours so I thought the demos were a bit long but Ian and James are so laid back and fun I really didn't want to leave.  I'm looking forward to hanging out with them while we fire the kiln.
Ian Demo
The firing will be held in April (isn't everyone firing a wood kiln in April?) and I signed up for an evening shift of stoking because I think that will be the most fun time.  I'll try to get some video.  I may go up for a few hours that aren't my shift just to hang out and enjoy the experience.
I'll be posting more about this as the clinic progresses.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

More at Greenwich House Pottery

Last week we saw part one of this three part series. I wonder how many of these kids grew up to be potters we know today.
I wonder how many of the adults who mixed glazes without masks survived for many years.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring Place Pottery & Artists' Gallery

I just got back from dropping off some of my barn plates at Spring Place Pottery and Artists' Gallery in Cartersville, GA.  It's a very bright, cheerful place in an old building in an older section of Main Street.  It's fun to go up there (it's just an hour north of Atlanta, and a great bike trip) because it feels like you're taking a step back in time.  I could spend hours just looking at the architecture on Main Street.
Gail Freeman is the owner of the gallery and a potter also but the gallery is by no means just a place for her to display her work, she has work from over 30 different artist of various media including paintings and prints, fiber art, and - of course - expertly crafted pottery.
I really like the feel of the gallery space and Gail is very sweet and easy to work with.  I think this is going to be a good match.
This video was taken on opening day with no advance notice and Gail is very humble about how it turned out.  I think it gives a little taste of why you'd want to go there and enjoy the art.  Click here to see the video

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jersey Shore Clay National 2011

Go to http://mtburtongallery.com/ for details

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Flower Pots

On March 12th I'll be at the East Atlanta Village Public Library selling pots during the gardening event.  I was very happy to be asked to be at this event because I love to garden.  I was also inspired to make some flower pots. 
I used Lizella clay because I like that the clay is local and I like the bright color of the fired clay.  I did some brush work with red iron oxide which is not very visible in the pictures, it's actually pretty subtle on the pots which is making me think about doing a few more using more under glazes. 
What do you think?
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