Tuesday, June 29, 2010

no ghosting.

One of my students showed these to me, they're funny.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pots for sale!

New pots on etsy! Get them while you can!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

etsy preview.

Here are some pots that are going up on etsy on Monday morning. There are several mugs and yunomi, a couple small bowls and even a couple large serving dishes. Are you ready?

Etsy shop, Monday morning at 9am central. It's where all the cool kids will be.

Friday, June 25, 2010

the gravy train.

There are no classes on Fridays so I was able to have some dedicated time in the studio today. I finished up that dinnerware, I'll slip it tomorrow or maybe this evening.

The customer asked for a gravy boat and I've never made one so I told them I'd give it a whirl. This isn't the most fantastic pot in the world but I'm pleased with it. I made 2 so I could experiment with the first one, that was definitely a good call.

Finished tall jar.

Saybra has a function to attend tonight and I'm not sure what to do with myself. Perhaps some more studio time? We'll see.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

kiln and clay.

I received a package in the mail yesterday from Bryce Brisco(grad student at Ohio Univ.) with a couple of "thank you" pots in it. I offered a small amount of advice for a kiln he was building based on my old wood kiln. He really took a liking to it and was intrigued with having a small kiln that could be filled and fired easily with one person. I didn't snap a photo of the pots but Bryce sent me a disc of photos from the kiln build. Here is their finished version, that thing is a friggin cadillac compared to mine. It looks awesome, and apparently it fires well too. Glad the kiln works and thanks for the pots!

This is part of a dinnerware set that I'm working on.

This is some incised deco on through white slip on a large lidded jar. The closeup looks a lot better than the overall form.

We're doing some tall pots in my advanced class, this is a coil & throw demo piece I did. I'll trim the lid and add a knob tomorrow.

That's all I've got for now, it's late and time for a cold one.


Monday, June 14, 2010


I thought I'd share some photos of pots from the last firing. It was a good one.

Here's my booth from the show this last weekend, we did well and had a good time.
Notice the Hamada via Shimoaka via R. Johnston ripoff on the right side, good stuff.

Here is a platter that I showed earlier before it was fired. Two layered slips with wax lines between.

I really like this one. KC influence.

These were my favorites from this firing, they make an appearance on etsy this week.

Brushed slip, amber glaze, salt firing...priceless.


This is the booth of the infamous fair-weather blogger Kent Harris. This guy can sell pots, they could set him up in the bathroom and he'd still outsell everyone.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Wine and Clay.

We are showing at the Llano Estacado Wine and Clay Festival on saturday and sunday. If you are in the Lubbock area come check it out.I just unloaded a great firing from the salt kiln so we'll have plenty of nice pots. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

return of the bad blogger.

Well, I'm still here. I've been really busy the last few weeks and I kept thinking that I needed to blog but it was low on my priority list. Work on the house is about 80% complete. There is a photo below of our living room, we knocked out the wall between the living room and the kitchen and we're building a half wall that will support bench seating for a table in the dining area. I still have to do the trim work in both rooms and we're very slowly scraping glue off the bedroom floor so we can sand it and finish it(it's heart pine.)

Don't they look ferocious?

I made some pots this last week and have loaded up the salt kiln. I'm short on platters and yunomi for a show this weekend so I thought I'd knock some out before then. Firing on Wednesday but have to be there on Friday by 3....the pots might still be a little warm. The show is the Llano Estacado Wine and Clay Festival just outside Lubbock, so if you're in the area come drop by.

Ang asked how the homemade castable we used in the salt kiln has held up. We've only fired it once and it seemed to hold up just fine. I'm not expecting much long term but for now it's fine.

I have several ideas for content I just need to get the time to blog it. I'm teaching a summer class right now and I have several advanced students. Since it's only 5 weeks it's fairly intensive time-wise. One of these days things will get back to normal, oh crap...what if this is normal? Yikes, better go.