Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Additions

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all! After a full day of food, family and chasing my little boy Nolan around, I figured it would be a good time for my mlog (monthly blog entry).

A lot has happened in the last little bit: I'm a daddy for the second time; Nov. 6 Milo Z. entered the world and has upset the delicate dance of my family's already full household. And, just today, I am an uncle for the first time, my brother and his wife welcomed Iris Jane to their family in Hendersonville, NC. So lots to be thankful for and the need for solid sleep has cast a wider net.

On the pottery front, I am part of a whole bunch of invitational shows and sales this holiday retail season. You can check the sidebar to the right for the show dates and links to the respective galleries and shops. These two pots I've included in this post were included in the Piedmont Craftsmen Crafts Fair last weekend. I was part of the Group Booth for the second tier of jurying to join PCI as an exhibiting member. Haven't heard back from the jury yet, but 3 pieces sold which is good on the cash flow front and also a good sign for the show (?). Hopefully, I will know something soon. I was a little disappointed to not be able to actually have a full booth at the show, but my little boy Milo was coming the weekend before and I thought it best to focus on the homefront.

My next big event is the Nine Toes Pottery Fourth Annual Holiday Pottery Sale on Saturday, December 12th, 10-4pm. I have a lot of pots in process right now, which I'm planning to have ready for the holiday sale. I have the second round of some new basket forms that I'm excited about, and also some new smaller mug forms. I've focused on mugs, cups, vases, and bowls to have available for those looking for gifts, but I also have a few larger pieces in my showroom to round out my presentation. Hope to see y'all at the sale, please spread the word and I'll try to put in another post before the sale. Directions to the studio are in the sidebar to the right, just scroll down until you find them. Happy holidays!

ps. Check out if you want to see some pics of my new baby boy.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

slide right into october

So, with the Mint Sale behind me and 3 Guys* a warm fuzzy feeling, I'm gearing up for a trip to Charlotte, NC, this weekend for a sale with the Circle of Eight.  The Circle is a group of potters in the Charlotte area who teach and have studios in the vicinity of the Queen City and they do a sale twice a year with an invited artist.  I'm excited to be this year's Fall Invited Artist, and I join the alumni of Suze Lindsay, Kent McLaughlin, Kelly O'Briant, Blaine Avery, Laura Avery, and Brad Tucker...did i leave anybody out?  

I had 2 good sales with the Mint and 3 Guys* which wiped me out of my bread and butters:  cups, mugs, bowls, and bud vases.  So, amidst glazing for 3 Guys*, I managed to throw, trim, slip and sig some cups, mugs, bowls, and plates, but alas the bud vases did make it into the mix, too much process.  But, I am very excited about some new square plates with buggy decorations, which I will offer at the Circle Sale this Saturday, 10-4pm.  That is if I get them glazed and fired tonight...

Wish me luck and hope to see you in Charlotte for this great sale with some great potters.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

September Sales (on by!)

This coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 25, 26, 27, with Friday, Sept. 25, 6-9pm opening reception, and Sat, Sept 26, 10-4pm and Sun, Sept 27, 12-4pm, the 7th Annual 3 Guys* and Some Pottery Sale will descend upon Doug Dotson Pottery near Pittsboro and Chapel Hill, NC.  I will have my highly decorated functional earthenware for sale alongside the earthy and comfortable soda fired stoneware of Doug Dotson and the elegant, yet familiar and colorful porcelain of Kelly O'Briant.  We will be joined by Matthew Thomason who will have handmade journals, cards and some paintings on hand.  Last year's sale was great and we are looking forward to another weekend of hanging out, snacking and selling some pots (and prints!).  Come on out into the woods and join us, bring your friends and spread the word about this special studio sale.  You can visit for more details, or for you facebookers check out the 3 Guys* and Some Pottery facebook page , become a fan and invite others. 
The next weekend, October 3, I will join the Circle of Eight for their Fall Sale as an invited guest artist.  The Circle is a group of Charlotte area ceramic artists which include Amy Sanders, Ron Philbeck, Julie Wiggins, Jennifer Mecca, Greg Scott and Adrienne Dellinger.  I'm excited to be part of this sale and I am looking forward to hanging out and selling some pots with these talented potters in the Queen City.  The sale will be 10-4 pm at 1225 Dade Street, Charlotte, NC 28205.  You can call (704) 650-5662 or check out this link at the Circle Sale for more info.

I'm in a few invitational sales later in December and I'll send out some info about those later, and I'm hoping to have my annual holiday studio sale also come December, but Kara and I are expecting another little baby boy the first week of November so Im not sure what this Fall/Winter will bring.  Come on out to the aforementioned sales and check out the pots I have available now, because I may not be working so much in the studio as holding things together at home for all the Peterberrys and pets. 

Hope to see y'all and Happy Autumn!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Light at the End of the Tunnel

So, wrapping up a week long glaze-and-fire-like-mad marathon in preparation for this weekend's Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational.  Almost staying up all a night a few days (?), I have together a good body of new work to have for the sale.  Here are some pics of pots in process and then some finished gorignac jars and cups fresh out of the first glaze kiln for this cycle.

One reason for my mad dash glaze-o-rama is that I have another big sale the end of this month. 
So, I was attempting to get far enough along that the next few weeks might have a more leisurely (ha!) pace at glazing and finishing work.  Check out for more details on this sale.  It's called 3 Guys* and Some Pottery and is a lot of fun and we usually sell a lot of work.  Hope to see some of you there!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Gearing up for September

So, a day late and a dollar short, I'm slowly turning up the shred level to 11 (as Marty Fielding so eloquently put it on Facebook) to get enough pots together for 3 huge events (for me) in September-October.  September 12, I'll be in Charlotte, NC for the 5th Annual Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum.  This is an awesome event, and I nearly sold out in the first couple of hours last year, so I am bound and determined to take more pots this year.  Later in September, the weekend of 25, 26, and 27th, I am back in the Triangle for the 7th Annual Three Guys* and Some Pottery Sale at Doug Dotson Pottery with the honorable Doug Dotson, and the comely, yet not a guy, Kelly O'Briant.  Every year this sale has gotten better and better with lots of interest and attendance with reflective sales.  The first weekend in October, I'm back to Charlotte, NC for the Circle Sale at Amy Sanders home and pottery.  I'm honored to be invited by this great group of Charlotte area ceramic artists, and I'm excited about hanging out with them and hopefully selling a few pots.  So, why am I typing and not potting?!?!?  back to the studio...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

August is Upon Us

Hey y'all, Hope you are having a wonderful summer and that the rain is reaching you somehow.  Pretty dry here in the Big Chap.  Here are 2 events that are coming up in the next couple of weeks that you might want to check out:

I am the featured potter at Lark and Key Boutique in Charlotte, NC  for the month of August 2009.  I will be showing with a printmaker, Dan Allegrucci, who does incredibly cool woodcut prints.  The show opens July 29, and the Opening Reception is the following Friday, August 7, 6-9pm.  You can go to or call (704) 379-1826 for more information on the show and on how to get to the gallery. I have 30+ new pieces in the show:  some bug mugs, bug bottles, cups, bowls, bud vases and a salsa basket.  Hope to see you at the opening!  For those of you on facebook you can check out this page

On Friday, August 21, 6-9pm, Claymakers in Durham, NC will host an opening reception for "Drawn to Clay:  Vessels Emblazoned".  This exhibition gathers together 20 of NC's best ceramic artists and potters who employ imagery to embellish their ceramic vessels.  Included artists:  Jennifer Stas, Naomi Dalglish, Michael Hunt, Blaine Avery, Bruce Gholson, Samantha Heneke, Ronan Peterson, Jennifer Mecca, Ron Philbeck, Amy Sanders, Matt Kelleher, Shoko Teruyama, Susan Feagin, Corinne Fox, Kelly O'Briant, Carol Gentithes, Fred Johnston, Laura Korch, Michael Kline, and Gillian Parke.   Each potter and ceramic artist in this show is known for their unique approach for enlivening the surfaces of their ceramic vessels with imagery.  From the quick energetic finger wipes evoking grasses blowing in the wind of Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish to the carefully considered and constructed kitsch decal images of Gillian Parke, this show promises to be a feast for the eyes and an event not to be missed.  Techniques and content vary from artist to artist, but quality, creativity, and invigoration tie these 20 ceramicists together in this special exhibition at Claymakers in downtown Durham.  You can go to  or call (919) 530-8355 for more information regarding the show and the studio.  For those of you on facebook you can check out the following link:

Save the Date(s)!

Saturday, September 12, 10-4pm, Mint Museum 5th Annual Potter's Market Invitational, Charlotte, NC
Fri, Sat, & Sun, Sept.  25, 26, 27, 7th Annual Three Guys* and Some Pottery Sale, Doug Dotson Pottery , Pittsboro, NC
Saturday, October 3, The Circle Sale , Charlotte, NC.  I am the invited artist for this Fall's sale.  

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Pictures (and some serious need of layout)

I just uploaded some new images of some of my newer work to my Flickr account.  You can click on the link in the sidebar "Various and Sundry Images of My Pots"  to see the new images.  I have some images from my last cone 6 soda firing, which was a very nice firing and one I would like to duplicate to the tee, as far as color, surface, and coverage of pots.  I've also got some pics of newer electric fired earthenware and stoneware pots.  

The sugar and creamer set is pretty exciting to
me and I'm pretty fond of the mug with the mushroom on it. 
The mug's glaze is called "Slopadon" and consists of all the glazes I wipe off when cleaning up glazes off unwanted areas.  So, with nothing added to it, I get this beautiful Korean (sort of)-esque celadon from my cone 5 electric firing.

I remember Shawn Ireland telling me about his Scrap Blue glaze and someone else telling me about Warren MacKenzie's  Shop Floor Blue, which was made up of all the glaze gathered from scraping up dried bits off the studio floor, mixing it together and throwing in some cobalt. Now that is utilizing down to the last drip.

Some of the photos have 2 orientations included, so if you have a chance to check out the pics let me know what you think works and what doesn't.  I feel like my friend Doug Dotson and I are getting closer and closer to some pretty nice images.  By 2020, Fancy Rondo Productions will be set up and open for business shooting digital (what's that in 2020?)  for the discerning craftspersons.   

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Patch of Quiet

So, done with shows, exhibitions, and sales for a little while.  My next show is coming up in August, when I will be the featured potter at Lark and Key Boutique in Charlotte, NC.  I'll be working on some new pieces for this show and for a slew of sales, etc coming up in September.  I have some new images of work both earthenware and cone 6 soda fired stoneware that I will post soon.  Thanks to everyone who came out to my studio sale and DAG solo exhibition.  Now back to "Rescue Me".

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gearing Up for Another Opening

So, after spending the day glued to the computer, sorting email addresses and trying to streamline my emailing announcement method and then jumping into planning for tonight's Basic Glaze Chemistry Class at the Artscenter in Carrboro, NC, I am more than ready for an opening on Friday night.  My show, "Hollerin':  My Appalachia in Ceramica", has an opening Friday, June 19, 5-7pm, with refreshments and 3 other artists with solo shows all under the Durham Art Guild roof.  I seldom say this, but I am looking forward to the reception.  I must be a little tired at the moment and I could  also go for some catharsis before a hard week of family medical processes and trying to get back in the studio to keep on keeping on.  Hope to see some of you at the opening, and thanks to all the pottery lover's who came to my sale last weekend.  The Nine Toes Pottery 1st Annual Happy Sprummer Sale was a resounding success, ending up being the best sale I have had to date.   Now, that's what you want, isn't it.  High five to all and peace and carrots. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Firing da kiln (and not a moment too soon)

I'm sitting on Mr. Doug Dotson's porch "firing" the soda kiln in preparation for my studio sale this weekend.  So, tight timing as usual, fire today, cool tomorrow, and unload on Friday, clean kiln, clean pots, pack pots, unpack pots, price pots, place get the idea.  But, I am very exicted about this load, a further exploration of cone 6 soda firing, and I have some new forms for me testing out new glazes, new clay bodies, and new decorations.  So, you could say everything about this firing is tinged with excitement and wonder.  For the capitalism side of things, I do have some big old stein forms I thought would appeal to the Father's Day gift buying crowd, y'know for all of dad's beer, or in my dad's case coffee.  I have been thinking and working on some new cup forms, sort of a single lobe shape for those of you who are familiar with my double lobe cup shape.  Smaller, simpler and lower to the ground, I think I like these forms and I am hoping they turn out from this firing.  So, come on by the sale if you get a chance, and I'll try to post some images from the firing before I put the pots out for consumption.  I will leave you in the good hands of my kiln god(dess) Otis(sa) the Owl.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Happy Sprummer Sale!

I am busily getting ready for the 1st Annual Nine Toes Pottery Happy Sprummer Sale which is going on this weekend, Saturday June 13, 10-4pm and Sunday June 14 12-4 pm.  I have lots of earthenware pots together and I am squeezing in one last cone 6 soda firing before the sale.  In fact, I loaded the soda kiln at Doug Dotson's studio today and will be firing it off tomorrow.  I will keep everyone abreast (promise no month long hiatus) of the firing and results.  Come on out to the sale if you would like to see the pots firsthand.  Also, my lovely and amazing wife will have some of her ironwork on display and available for purchase.  She has some incredible iron side tables with very colorful tops and a few wall pieces of the same ilk.  Details are in the sidebar to the right, with directions to the studio further down the page, so scroll on down.  Hope to see you there, tell your pottery lovin' friends, and keep on keepin' on.  More later. 


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mudfire Show with Gillian Parke

So here goes my monthly post to my blog, makes it more of a mlog I guess.  I wanted to get the word out about a show at Mudfire Gallery in Decatur, GA that I have with Gillian Parke.  The show is up May 9-30 with an opening reception May 9, 5-9pm.  Gillian and I will be on hand at the opening to visit with attendees.   Gillian has very interesting work, high fired porcelain forms with shino and celadon glazes, but further enhanced and layered with feldspar inclusions, lusters, and decals, some of her own making and others reassembled from commercial sources.  I will have some new sugar and creamer sets, as well as a good selection of my "Gorignac Jars".  The show will include a myriad of colors, surface, and textures between our two bodies of work, which span earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain clays and temperatures.  Check it out if you have a chance, or please let your friends know about the show.  We are very excited about showing together and how our unique styles will play off one another.  

Check out for more info on the show and how to get to Mudfire Gallery. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shacked Up at the HoJo

Glazing done, kilns unloaded with nary a scorched hand.  Kara, the Bean, and I are on the road to Fairhope, AL for the 37th Annual Outdoor Art Show put on by the Eastern Shore Art Center.  We were here last year and I sold pretty well, so we will see how pots fit into the southern Alabama market in this wacked out economic mess we find ourselves in.  At least we will get to spend some QT with Kara's aunt, uncle and cousins.  I think if the weather holds we should have a good sale, nows the time for me to put into practice all of Bruce Baker's advice on how to sell work.  All this gathered from a cd burned from a cd no telling how many times over.  It was a gift, and I will let y'all know how the sale goes and hopefully have some pics up soon.  
P.S.  I really enjoyed the NC Potter's Conference last weekend, Mark Pharis is the man and amazing and pretty much blew me away.  More on that later.  Goodnight.  

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Time Draweth Nigh

So, here we are, a new president elected, Valentine's Day past, and a mere week and a half until me, my wife and big boy travel to Alabama to do an outdoor arts festival and my pots are drying and waiting to be bisqued. Looks like another mad dash glaze-o-rama kind of time. With all my best intentions piled high, I still can't seem to be ready enough to glaze pots in a leisurely and civilized fashion.
Other new events on this end: completely destroyed and renovated apartment, Facebook page, Nolan is saying "ma-maw and pa-paw" (my parents) nearly 65 times a day (which is music to our ears...but 65 times?!?), my sister-in-law Amy visited this past weekend, classes come and gone: Cone 6 Soda Firing and Cups, now up: Cone 6 Soda Firing, Pouring Sets, and Focus on Vases, which all promise to be pretty fun. What else...Spring! well maybe prematurely, but yesterday was a balmy 77 degrees and today's forecast says 82, very nice. I'll try and get some photos up soon of some new work and possibly pics from the past soda class. Wish me luck with all this glazing and burn some incense so the glazes don't freak out on me in this frantic hour.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Winter Time and the Livin's Easy (What?!?)

So, once again the post holidays have been spent at home and out of the studio. It seems like every year for the past little bit, I have the hardest time making it back into the work cycle. Although, it has been nice catching up on some household projects (finished assembling and installing some bathroom drawers that were a Valentines' Day treat...2008) and hanging out with my little boy Nolan, pups Sambuka and Neaka, and honey Kara. And being in the studio isn't everything, right? Regardless, I have a pretty good line up of shows starting in March, so I'd best get busy.

I did start back teaching a couple of weeks ago. I have a Cups class and a Narrative Vessels class at Claymakers in Durham, NC and a much anticipated cone 6 Soda Firing class (it filled in a manner of hours of registration opening!) at the Artscenter in Carrboro, NC. The Cups class is full, and I have a great deal of enthusiasm for this class because I love making cups, I've submitted a Cups class proposal for a couple of years now with no takers and I feel like they are taken for granted and given a Beginner's project rep. Cups can be very sophisticated functional and aesthetic objects and its nice to have 12 students focusing their attention on such humble forms. We are starting off with mugs and steins (handled) and are moving into tumblers and "unomis" (handleless), followed by goblets (assembled) and teacups and saucers (sets) if time allows.

The Narrative Vessels class is on Saturday mornings, which usually prove to be more laid back classes. Basically, the class is a flurry of surface techniques, including sgraffito, uber-sgraffito, slip inlay, pushing out and pushing in forms, brushing, terra sig, glaze layering and resists, etc. My work almost always involves some aspect of a story or tell a tale beyond simply being pottery, but I am a little nervous about the developing narrative aspect of the class, because I usually find my way through my stories as I work on a piece. Sorry students! Hope you're okay with the hide and watch approach to storytelling.

So, I have been in ceramics studios for the last little bit, just not my own. The classes are good and it is good to be back in teaching mode. We'll see how my enthusiasm waxes or wanes when I'm at full steam in my own studio.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Per Jen's Request

Check out the link to some photos of pots from December cone 6 soda firing. I've included some detail shots and may put some more photos up soon. I'll also try to put some specifics about clay bodies, slips, and glazes in the comments sections of the pix. Enjoy and I appreciate any feedback.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Yar!


My New Year's resolution is to keep up with this here blog in a more timely and consistent manner. Hope y'all had a good New Year's celebration and that you are looking forward to a new president's inauguration, I know I am. I talked about a cone 6 soda firing in my last entry, and I have some photos from said firing to fit in this entry.
The firing went well, smoothly, and makes me ponder the need for ceramics to be fired to cone 10 in atmospheric kilns. I know there are plenty of reasons to fire hotter: durability, certain crystalline effects, flashing, color, etc., but I was pretty pleased with the range of color, glaze reactions, and flashing from my last firing, and I know that Mr. Doug Dotson, whose kiln I fired and who normally fires a cone 10 soda firing, is intrigued by the concept of less fuel, less time, and some pretty similar results at cone 6. More info and pics later, and let me know what you think of firing lower, pros and cons. Catch you in a few.