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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Oval Casserole with Texture

Spring show season is upon us and I have been working like crazy to make enough pottery to make the shows a success. It's a bit weird to think that I want to have enough pots that I don't have a sell out at an art show.  I remember going to the American Craft Council show in Atlanta one year and seeing Alex Matise sitting in his booth with just one very large pot left. I think it was his first year there and he does make some really beautiful pieces. I hope he was just very pleased with the sales and he was not regretting bringing more ceramic work to the show. I've never had that experience so I can only guess how I'd feel.  How would you feel if you were in that position?

Oval Ceramic Casserole

I've made several of these oval casseroles recently.  They are all a little different which makes me happy. They will be going to the pottery sale at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Fired Works in Macon, GA, and the Inman Park Festival in Atlanta, GA. If I have any left after those sales I'll put them on-line for the rest of the world.

This casserole, like most of my functional pottery, is conventional oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Pandas

I love making these little soap or sponge holders. I also love coming up with new ideas for them.

These pandas are the latest idea to come into my head. I made them a few weeks ago and just now got them out of the kiln so I don't even remember what was the biggest inspiration in making these guys.

Panda Soap Holders

Of course, I do love panda bears. They are pretty and fun to watch. They are also endangered so Zoo Atlanta and several other zoos have started a program to help keep them alive. Several pandas have been successfully born in captivity and Zoo Atlanta has given the first twin pandas ever born in captivity to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. You can read more about that here: http://www.11alive.com/news/panda-twins-sweet-send-off-from-zoo-atlanta/347182227.

Many years ago I did a little behind the scenes tour of the panda area of the zoo and was even able to feed the pandas a few cookies. As cute and cuddly as they look in pictures up close it's clear that they are large bears with large teeth and claws. Real pandas can hurt you, these soap holders, on the other hand, will simply hold your soap or sponge or whatever else you want to put in them.

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