Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pre-Penland and Happy Spring Open Studio Sale

Back from Floyd, VA from the "Scratching the Surface" workshop on various approaches to surface for firing in electric kilns, specific to this workshop, at cone 6. It was a great workshop, with a great group of folks who tried everything I demonstrated and had a great sense of community and experimentation. The only low point was a glaze that applied way too thin, Pete's Weathered Bronze, which normally is a pretty easy glaze to use, but something was fishy in my bucket. And we did have a kiln that slightly underfired, but overall everyone went home with one or two nice pieces and a head full of techniques and a new found love of red terra sigallatta.

Now I'm gearing up for the Nine Toes Pottery Pre-Penland/Happy Spring Open Studio Sale coming up May 13-14, which will include my good friend Teresa Pietsch's methane fired cone 6 stoneware. I've included some pics of her stellar work, especially like the Rainy Day, Umbrella Mugs and also the postcard image, which I think works right nicely. More details to come, but for now, stop on by Nine Toes Pottery Friday, May 13, 6-9 pm and Saturday, May 14, 10-4 pm. Directions are along the right sidebar on this site. Come help us celebrate the much anticipated arrival of Spring and the upcoming Penland School of Crafts "Terra Cotta Throwdown" workshop, May 29-June 10, that Teresa will be assisting me with.

Here is a detail of one of Teresa's cups and an image of her Rainy Day, Umbrella Mugs

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Belated Vases

March definitely came and went, lion and lioness, lamb and ram, and now April blows in with some 80 degree weather in Chapel Hill. I just got back from a workshop in Fairhope, Alabama, on cone 6 soda firing, with a side focus on interesting surfaces in cone 6 electric. The workshop was great and I met some awesome folks, we had a great firing in Susie Bowman's soda kiln, but really the students mostly wanted cone 6 electric fun. So, I'm pretty sure, from now on, my workshops will focus on interesting surfaces from electric kilns, both at cone 03 and cone 6 (with some side ventures into soda firing!)

I wanted to get the word out about a couple of vase shows I have work in. "Sharing the Stage: Contemporary Vases" at the Artisan Gallery in Northampton, MA has an impressive line-up of potters/ceramic artists). Check out the poster below, and especially chech out Missy McCormick's awesome earthenware atmospheric vase in the lower right corner; she is one of my current favorites!

Also, I have some bud vases and a new "Caterpillar Vase" in "Vases of Spring" at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA (is that "Wooster"?) which I am very excited about. If you are up in the northeast, check it out!


last week of April, "Scratching the Surface", ceramic surfaces workshop at the Jacksonville Center in Floyd, VA

May 13, 14, 15 Nine Toes Pottery early Sprummer/pre-Penland Open Studio and Sale, details forming, shaping up and forthcoming

May 6 Meet the artist, Greenhill Center Gallery Shop, Greensboro, NC

May 29-June 10 "Terra Cotta Throwdown" workshop at Penland School of Crafts