Monday, July 30, 2007

I'm out of clay. Bummer.

I used my last bit of clay today. The racks are all full and the studio is a mess. Unfortunately these pots are going to have to be patient a little while longer. My kiln is not yet finished so these will have to stay put for awhile. One good point about being out of clay is that it will force me to get my kiln finished so I can get all pots fired and start on my next making cycle.

I discovered a wonderful interview with Warren Mackenzie the other day. If you ever have a free hour it is well worth the listen. Warren Mackenzie is considered to be the father of American studio pottery and possibly the biggest influence on my life and work.

In case you have ever wondered how many pots 1200 pounds of clay will get you, the answer is this many:

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


i had a breakthrough this week. i've been struggling with pitchers lately. i used to love them and be really good at them, but the last couple years they have just look forced and awkward. i have now developed a new shape that is much more to my liking and suitable with my glazing style. this may seem like a small deal to most folk but any potter knows what i'm talking about. this opens the door to a whole new set of ideas and a whole new energy and motivation.

yesterday i sold about 500 of my insulating bricks to a potter up the road named Eddie Krieger. this has afforded me the opportunity to finish my kiln, hopefully. i really want to fire sometime in the early fall.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


look below at the photographs. they are the same photo. the one on the left is the original. the one on the right has had the color adjusted. my question is this: why are my photos turning blue? the background is gradated white to black, there is no blue in it. i've heard the theory of natural light casting complementary colors....but then my green pots would have a red cast. not so. i shoot in natural light which could be the problem, but i need to find a solution because i can't afford a tungsten setup. what the heck?

Monday, July 16, 2007

New Photos

These are some photos of some pots that have been around for awhile, but I felt the need to document them. I haven't been shooting photos of my work for the last three years and there have been many fine pieces that I've sold that never got documented. My girlfriend helped me because I am for the most part photo-illiterate. Good thing I am dating a photographer.


All of these pots are for sale if you're interested.