I bought a straw bale and dug out the middle of it with a chainsaw. Then I planted several tomatoes and a couple peppers and filled it in with soil and compost. I finished by covering the dirt and plants with some of the loose straw for mulch. So far my plants love it and are growing like weeds. No weeds have grown yet, which is better than my normal ceramics planters.
WordPress has revised how the website can be created, so I am in the process of making a store. I’m very excited that I can have a full store set up soon. Don’t hold your breath as soon may not be too soon, but I’m still excited.
Part of my remaking this store is in response to my applications to NCECA and local stores this summer as well as my applications to a couple fairs/markets. I hope I get in and can make enough artwork for them all.
So far, I’m going to have a solo show next March. I’m currently selling at the Pop-Shop by Jo Louise, which is very exciting. The women that work there are some of the best salespersons I’ve ever met. Thank you so much, to them.
Here is the Library of Congress music player with a good bluegrass tune added. Go there and listen to old time music.
I just got turned onto “The Anthology” by Harry Smith, which led me to the Library of Congress to try and hear more old music from the 20’s. Enjoy
December 1 &2 I was the guest artist at Pocahontas State Park. The current CCC Museum was once a craft building built for the community to make arts and crafts in 1939. A wood kiln was built as well on the grounds to support pottery making.
Each day I threw pottery and did a hand built workshop where the students made pinch pots and worked on different techniques such as rolling coils, attaching slabs, creating textures and making handles for cups.
The rangers did clay workshops with children and built a fire near the kiln. The made smores in the afternoon and talked to people walking or hiking by.
The weather was overcast, but being in the woods and making pottery outside was very cool.
I enjoyed all the volunteers that helped out and the park rangers who participated in making the event a success.
Maybe, next time the weather will be nicer and there will be more people. Either way I would love to work there again. What a great time.
I made a few commissions and pulled them from the kiln last week.
The ones I didn’t sell immediately I took to a work shop I did this past weekend at Pocahontas State Park. What a great time we had, but more on that in a post tomorrow.
There are three different series created and shown here. I’m very excited in them and will tweak them a bit in the next round. The new ones are the bees, macro imagery and the redbud flowers.
I hope you like…
My friends Mike and Alex have fired their woodfired kiln at Tree Hill Pottery in Varina, Va which is just south of Richmond, VA off of Route 5, down on the James River.
I have been reading about the area and have found it has a historical connection with pottery. Back in the late 1700’s potters from New England and New York relocated along the James River, dug clay from large deposits located there and made utilitarian ware on location. They then sold it in the Richmond, VA area.
In one article listed in Ceramic Review, Thomas Jefferson purchased pottery from the area.
This historical information is very interesting to me and the pots they made are quite beautiful. For some reason, I really like thinking about these things. When I get a chance I’m going to go dig clay.
Soon I’ll post some pictures from the latest firing.
I like the sound of this title. It makes me think of a horror movie title. I know I’m reaching with that one, but I have a vivid imagination.
Here are a few cups I just photographed from my last firing.
It is quite an assortment of different designs. The Gnomes and the songbirds are for a commision, but the others are for sale.
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing them.
Last weekend I fired twice getting out several plates for a dinnerware order. Pictured here are the ones I have not sold. I did several Virginia native wildflower designs as well as geometric and Eastern songbird designs. I really liked working on them.
Each style is working for me, but I like to change them a bit each time I do them to (in my mind) make them better or maybe, just to tickle my mood.
I hope you love them as much as I do.
Back in the ’90’s I worked in Woody Creek, Colorado at the Aspen Community School. I did after school programs in organic gardening, resource efficient construction and pottery.
While I was there I used a treadle wheel to make pottery which is not electric. You kick it and make the wheel head spin.
It is a great way to connect with the rhythm of making pottery. I loved doing it, but no longer have access to a treadle wheel and they are expensive to purchase. I think they go for $3000 nowadays.
I drove up to Philadelphia, PA to see The Clay Studio and the Barnes Foundation Collection because my friend Leigh is turning 50 years old and I wanted to be at her party.
The entire weekend was amazing. First I went to The Clay Studio in the Old City part of Philadelphia and spoke to the shop director Dominique Ellis. I don’t know if I’ll get my work in there, but it was a great space in a cool part of town.
Dominique went to UNL which is where I went to Grad School, so it was cool talking about old friends and places.
While waiting for for The Clay Studio to open, I ran over to see the Liberty Bell which is around 7 blocks away. That was cool too.
Next I went to the Barnes Foundation. What an amazing collection of Impressionistic art.
Let me say, it is pathetic that they broke Barnes’ will, but this collection is so worth going to see. I would have loved to see it where it is supposed to be, but I’m guessing that the light is much better now which allowed for the images you see here. The old mansion it was in was renowned for dark lit rooms.
Anyway, some of my favorite all time paintings were there. Included are just a few of the amazing artworks up on the walls.
This article isn’t right without a Modigliani painting. So here was my favorite.