Thursday, October 28, 2010

Art of the Cup

I was invited to participate in "Art of the Cup" an exhibition at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, LA. I was flattered to be invited, and after looking at the list of other exhibitors, I would have to say that I am extremely honored to be included with such talented ceramic artists as Cynthia Bringle, Tom Spleth, Kyle Carpenter, just to name a few. Check out the blog for the Center for Southern Craft and Design at, which features a few pics of artists' work and some photos of the actual show are forthcoming. And, if you are in New Orleans this Fall/Winter, swing by and check out the show. Here is a pic of one of the cups that I sent, with the "new" Smokey Aubergine glaze.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cone 6 Shino Firing

We unloaded a cone 6 Shino kiln last night at Claymakers, and man, it was one of the best (if not the best for carbon-trapping) firings I have ever taken the helm of. The kiln was nearly dead even top to bottom in heat, reduction, and carbon trapping. All the students seemed to be pleased with the results, and I'm including a few pics of some of the awesome pots. Most everything had 1 of 7 shino glazes, either with slips and terra sigs underneath or some glaze layering, and few gems of just plain shino.

I'm also including 2 recipes for some "new" shinos we tested and had larger batches of for this past firing. The "CB4 Shino" is a revision of "Cherry Blossom Shino" that was included in a John Britt article including info garnered from Mudfire Studio in Decatur, GA. Our original "Cherry Blossom Shino" was shivering off when it was applied thick, so after some conversations with JB, my student Jenny and I mixed up some tests reducing the amount of Spodumene and adding amounts of F4 Soda Feldspar. We maintained the crazy carbon trapping quality of the original Cherry Blossom, but stabilized the shivering problem (so far) and got to name a glaze "CB4 Shino" (for all you Chris Rock fans out there!)

This pic to the right is the "CB4 Shino" on Highwater Clays Little Loafers clay...caaarrrraaazzzy carbon trap drama.

Plates to the right have (on left) "CB4 Shino" with wax resist pattern and Falls Creek Shino over glaze. (on right) Fruity Rondo Shino (orange) and CB4 Shino with overlap in middle.

So, overall great firing and a great celebration afterwards at Full Steam Brewery, if you are ever in Durham, NC, check out Full Steam, I recommend the Rocket Science I.P.A., but I am a hoppy hopperton.

CB4 Shino (Cherry Blossom Shino Variation #4)
Soda Ash 10
Nepheline Syenite 40
Spodumene 27
F4 Soda Feldspar 13
EPK 10

Fruity Rondo Shino cone 6-10 reduction/oxidation
Nepheline Syenite 42
Spodumene 7
OM4 Ball Clay 14
F4 Soda Feldspar 10
EPK 14
Soda Ash 10

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Long Time Posting

So, it's been a long time since I posted, so a few updates are in order. The Pullen Arts Center Cone 6 Reduction Workshop was great, and with just 4 participants, everyone got A LOT of work in the kiln, between 25-30 pieces each. We had a great firing, with even reduction and temperature, and some great pots! Thanks to Antoinette, Colleen, Marilyn, and Pat for making the workshop happen.

The 3 Guys* Sale came and went very quickly, with some very nice pots walking out with their new owners the last weekend of September. Doug and Kelly both had good sales, and mine were a little behind what they usually are. Guess it was just my time, but I'm happy and thankful for all the people who did get some of my pots at the sale. We will see what happens the rest of this year with the Piedmont Craftsmen Fall Fair and my Nine Toes Pottery Studio Holiday Sale.

One quickly approaching thing I wanted to let people know about is my friend Blaine Avery's Fall Open House, which is happening this weekend. Blaine is in Seagrove, NC and has some really nice salt fired stoneware, reduction fired stoneware, and a line of low-fire tiles. His showroom/studio is great and he will have lots of nice pots on hand this weekend, so go ahead and check it out. You can go to for more info. Here are some images of Blaine's work: