Handmade Holiday @ Hardywood Brewery

Hardwick Handmade Booth

I just finished a weekend showing my work at a craft fair at Hardywood Brewery. There were a little over 60 booths showing their wares and trying to move their merchandise to at least a thousand people a day. It was a great turnout and I’d like to say thank you to the vendors around me that were nice and gracious with advice.

What a great show! I hope I get in to do it again next year.

Wood Fired Pots

Bourbon/Sake/Tea Cup

Yes, the annual firing was done the week after Thanksgiving and I went and picked up my pottery last night.

I am so thankful for Mike and Alex firing my pots at Tree Hill Pottery, here in Richmond, VA. My work turned out great and I’m excited to show you the results.

I reformulated my clay body to create a red flashing clay body. Unfortunately, I failed again. I researched and studied flashing bodies in Graduate School and lost the recipes I created, so now I’m working to create a new body with less expensive and readily available ingredients.

Bourbon/Sake/Tea Cup
Bourbon/Sake/Tea Cup

I have 4 glazes that are really looking good in the firing. My favorites are the Tenmoku, Amber, Cobolt and Pumice. I have a great Oribe, but didn’t use it in this firing. My next glaze will be a white.

Bourbon/Sake/Tea Cup

I hope you like these as much as I do. They are an Asian aesthetic. The cups are small holding 5-6oz. The trays are 14-16in long.

🙂 Matt

Smooth Afro-Cuban Jazz

Hotel X- Legend brewing

My friends Hotel X just jammed out again at Legend Brewing Co. on the south side of Richmond, VA. I took pics and they turned out extra special. Let me know what you think.

Tim & Chris- groovin’

I love the blur that to me, depicts motion and fits perfectly into the jazz ideal. Also, I tried to darken the pics as there was tons of light streaming in the room.

For those that don’t know… Mike never lets up.

New Work is out and in process

Green Turtle Dinnerware set

I’m having a great time working on designs inspired by my recent trips to the National Gallery in DC and the VMFA, here in Richmond. Mostly, abstract work have been coming out of my head, but some new motifs are out that are based on realism.

Each kiln load spurs me on to create new designs. I feed of small areas where brush strokes and stamped color collide and promise new material for the next piece.

 

As the holidays are approaching I have created a new series of snow person mugs where I really got into the background abstraction, trying to represent a landscape. It felt to me that I was creating slipware which I am inspired by as I enjoy the different historical representations and designs.

Also, I have made more Gnome pieces. I think they represent the Christmas spirit well and I like the childhood memories they bring back when I paint them.

Gnome lunch plate and mug

Pop-Shop by Jo-Louise

Yes! I got into a 2 month sale over in Norfolk, VA called the Pop-Shop by Jo-Louise. It starts in November 2nd and runs til the end of December. I have around 100pcs there of all shapes and sizes.

Come on down if you are interested in hand made crafts. It isn’t just pottery, but all sorts of local art. The prices and types very greatly, so it is a good place for everyone to look into.

Pop-Shop by Jo-Louise in Norfolk, VA

The Pop-Shop is open:

Pop-Shop by Jo Louise!
10846 Warwick Shopping Center
Newport News, VA  23601
Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6, thru Dec.30

Feel free to drop by and see all the different crafts. If a great deal sells in November I will be restocking in early December!

Green Turtle Dinnerware set

RVA International Folk Festival 2017

I was lucky enough to go to the RVA Folk Festival this past weekend. I was so psyched to see all the different musicians and hear what their traditions and cultures had to offer.

My favorite was the Go-Go band Bella Donna from Washington, D.C. They not only sounded great, but had the stage presents to get the whole tent rocking. What a performance on Saturday night.

Bella Donna singer
Guitar player for Bella Donna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole weekend was awesome and I hope to have gotten some information from the Army Jazz Band to get some pictures of my Grandfather. More on that if anything materializes.

 

Bitoo Snger from Cabo Verde
Bitoo Snger from Cabo Verde with angle iron instrument

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Harvest

Well, is it really my last harvest? No, but it is close. It is supposed to get to thirty eight degrees tonight, so the garden is about done for the year. I had some good results with tomatoes and tomatillos and they tasted great too. I also had some chilli peppers come up and here are just a few of them. I should have another round  before long. In the pic are cherry tomatoes, trinidad scorpion chillies, a ghost chilli and one tomatillo.

PS- My dog ate all of my tomatoes and my tomatillo, but didn’t eat the peppers. Smart dog!

Last Harvest of 2017 garden

Washington Nationals make the playoffs

My father is a big Nationals baseball fan and he has gotten me interested in professional baseball. Over the past few years he has gotten me to go to several games with him. It is a great avenue for the 2 of us to connect, so I’m all for it.

He landed 2 tickets for game 1 and game 2 of the playoffs and invited me to go with him. I was super excited. Here is a pic of us at game 2 which is the one they won. Yeah.

Both games were difficult for me to watch as game 1 was scoreless and game 2 they didn’t win until the 8th inning which is very frustrating, but it is great they pulled it off.

New Work from the kiln

I just fired 3 times and got a bunch of new work out of the kiln. I concentrated on my background imagery, wanting a since of depth in my work. I used layers and to a certain extent- contrasting colors to achieve the look you will see in the few pics I am posting.

Please, comment on any ideas or criticism you have of my new work. I can’t say that I will use it in my next firing, but all creative input is appreciated.

13″ Dinner plate with oak leaves and acorns
!3″ Dinner plate with Polygeo design
13″ Dinner plate with abstract design
13oz. mug with Chickadee in the snow

Pottery Break

I had to stop making work as I cut my finger at work last week. It is amazing how a small injury can be so annoying and inconvenient.  I didn’t get any stitches, but the doc said I shouldn’t  get it wet which limits my pottery making. Also, I type an x every time I want to type a c. Needless to say, that is quite annoying.

I should be up and running (potting) next week. I hope…

-Matt