Saturday, May 15, 2010

Surface Enhancement in Floyd, VA

I'm teaching a workshop on surface enhancement for ceramic vessels at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts the last week of June. The Jacksonville Center is located in beautiful Floyd, Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains of the western part of the state. Idyllic and rural, Floyd also hosts the 16 Hands group, a circle of friends made up mostly of world renowned ceramicists including Sylvie Granatelli and Ellen Shankin. These guys do a sale every fall that has a large following and is very put together. I'm very excited to be teaching the workshop and spending some time in Floyd. So, come on up and join us if you are interested in learning (more) about sgraffito, inlay, terra sig, and many more ways to liven up vessels, especially those fired in electric kilns. Please pass along the word to anyone you think might be interested as well. Here is the link to the catalog/registration for the workshop: . Hope to see some of you there, it promises to be a great time in a great place!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Postcards Are In

Postcards are in for my 2nd Annual Happy Sprummer Sale, and they look great! That is a relief after the bumpy ride of an order from, cancelled order, multiple phone calls, petty retribution...but still they have good prices and a good product 90% of the time. I'm posting the postcard now and will have it up again later. My guest artist is Noah Riedel, whose work I'm very excited about, especially for the show since it is such a counterpoint to my work. My theme for the sale is Quiet/Loud, which I think sums up the two bodies of work. More info and images on the way, but sure to save the date: Friday, June 11, 6-9pm and Saturday, June 12, 10-4pm.

Last weekend, Kara, da boys, Neaka and I travelled up to the western NC mountains for a Mother's Day visit with my mom and also to attend the opening reception for my show with Gillian Parke, "Contextures", at Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC. The show looks great, and those guys really know how to put on a shin-dig! If you are in that area, definitely stop by and check out the gallery, the show, and Bakersville in general. You can also check out the show online at I took a lot of new work with me to the opening, so if you see something you like that is on the website but is sold, ask those guys if they have something like it waiting in the wings. Oh, and Gillian has some awesome new tenmoku/decal work that blew me away! Just like that old P.S.A. for libraries: "(Books) Check 'em out!"

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Low Fire Soda

I'm very excited about the Earthenware Soda Firing class that started yesterday at Claymakers in Durham, NC. We have an intrepid crew of experimenters, rabble rousers, and all around open minds for the next month or so who will be making red clay pots for our soda firing may 30. Slipping and sigging will be the norm, with some brief forays into glazing. I'll keep y'all posted with our results and hopefully demonstrate that 1989 is not only a great year, but a great temperature for some atmospheric action.