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.