Friday, March 31, 2006

Pots in Use

Here's my buddy Slate having his morning juice out of a cup I made. Slate is Tom Gray's son and they live in Seagrove. I guess I've known Slate since he was around 2 years old. It's hard to believe he's grown up so fast. We always have a good time when I visit, playing on the computer or just hanging out talking about what we have been doing.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

New Additon to Family

For the record this is totally unlike me. Yes, I'm a good guy but I don't make it a habit to stop and pick up animals that are on the side of the road. Tuesday night was an exception. I had a great day Tuesday. Early that day I had been up to Ben Ousleys' farm to see a Border Collie demo. Herding up some sheep. Very cool. Later that day I made some cool connections regarding my work, my good emotional state of recent, and my future hopes and plans. So I was in a great mood and very open when at 9 pm while driving home from Charlotte I see a small dark image in the parking lot of the livestock barn up the road from my house. I pull in and see a little dog cowering at the edge of the lot. No one is there. No trucks,no people. I pursuade the pup to come to me. She is sweet and loving, alittle aprehensive, scared and hungry. I put her in the truck and drive home. Sarah couldn't belive it when I took her out to the studio and said "Look what I brought home." We named her Kharma and tonight we joined up and had our first obedience class. So it looks like we are keeping her. I did go up to the livestock barn to day and told the man there about the dog and where to send anyone who may have lost her. I also checked with the neighbors. Someone said tonight she looked like she had some Blue healer in her and I think maybe some German shepard, although I don't know for sure.
I'll try and get a better pic of her tomorrow. Here's one for now.

Pots in Use

Here is the first picture in the Pots in Use series I am working on. My friend Mark Brackett from Shelby sent this in the day I posted the email. He was the first entry and won the free pot. Mark and I have been friends since high school and he and his wife Julie use lots of pots in their home, mine and others. The cup with the stars is mine and was made 3 or 4 years ago. I am not sure if I made that sugar jar or not. Thanks for the entry Mark. I'll post more pictures in the coming days. If you'd like to send a picture of one of my pots in use you can send it to me at Try and keep the file size small.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Great Weekend

I had a really good turnout for the Spring Pottery Sale. Thanks to you all who came. Lots of pots went out the door so I am getting geared up to make more. Many of the new pots were a hit including the bowls with tall feet, my new slab trays, and the little jugs. I sold one of the bigger pots too.
The new showroom space is really nice. I have pots all the time so if you are in the area or need a gift for someone, or yourself, please feel free to stop in.
I will be mixing clay in the next week or so. I had some clay tests in this last kiln load but they didn't deliver the results I was looking for. Actually I think this clay I am using is quite good, I am going to tweak it a bit this next go around.
I am ready for some warmer weather. The poplar trees are budding out and my grass is greening up. I will be happy when we start daylight savings time next weekend.

Friday, March 24, 2006


Here are a few images of the new showroom space all set up for the Spring Sale.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Great Firing

I had an awesome firing. Here are a few of the pots that came out of the kiln today. My Spring Sale is the weekend. I will be getting everything all set up tomorrow.

More Pots

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Kiln and The Artist's Way

I peeped in the kiln with a flashlight tonight and things look pretty good. I'll unload tomorrow and get some pictures up here. I used more soda in this firing it will interesting to see what the total result looks like, I can tell by looking in tonight that I have more buildup on the pots in the front of the kiln.

I have been revisiting the book, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. I did this 12 week workbook years ago and it really boosted my creativity at the time. I am thinking about doing it again. I certainly have more infomation now than I did 10 years ago. Today I was looking at the chapter on Recovering a Sense of Power. There are lots of good points in this part. The one that spoke the most to me was on Synchronicity. Yeah, I know it's a really awesome album by The Police, but more than that its about how life can unfold and possibilties can arise just by being open to the notion that I am not in control of anything at all. Cameron writes how "the hand of God, or good, [is] activated by our own hand when we act in behalf of our truest dreams, when we commit to our own soul." She says when we answer the call to our deepest selves and commit to it we set in motion what Jung called synchronicity. I totally believe this is true. Starting is always the hard part, the commitment. But when I have done it I have seen doors open, ideas blossom, and opportunities arise. I believe that when I am living my passion it infuses all around me and really sets things in motion that would otherwise not happen, or maybe I would not notice.

"Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish" -Ovid

Just writing this blog from time to time is a beginning that could lead to any number of things. Someone may write and say I'm full of crap, or someone may pick up The Artist's Way and start a lifelong path of creativity. I could get even get a call from Sting... doubtful. Either way it feels good to be sitting here thinking about life, the universe, and everything instead of being stuck on the couch in front of the idiot box. I think I'll go make myself a cup of tea.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Kiln loaded

My Spring Pottery Sale is this Sat. and Sun.

I loaded the kiln today. I'll light the burners tonight and fire off tomorrow. I am excited about many of the pots in this load, including the bigger jars. I also have some new clay tests and a few pots made by a group of kids who visited last week. I plan on using more soda in this firing than I have been, trying for a more glassy, wet look on the pots. I'll be putting up the pics of the finished firing on Thursday so check back then.

On a totally unrelated note, I went to the dentist this morning for my checkup and cleaning. I have great teeth! That's what the dentist said. I always liked going to my dentist as a kid, Dr. Burris, he was really nice and always got me to add numbers in my head while he checked my teeth. I had thoughts of becoming a dentist but, well, I am a potter. Good choice probably. Anyhow remember, you don't have to floss all your teeth...only the ones you want to keep. :-)

Happy First Day of Spring! It sure didn't feel like it today, cold and rainy

Friday, March 17, 2006

St. Patrick's Day

Guess what I did today? That's right...more painting!! Ahhh, exterior doors on the studio. I think I am finished for awhile. I don't want to see a paintbrush for a year.

Today is the day that I asked Sarah to marry me back in 1999. I am so glad she said "Yes". I have an awesome wife.

I am off tonight to Charlotte to Clayworks Studios and RedSky Gallery to see some friends who are having shows there. I'll be hooking up with my pal Lester who for an evening of fun and maybe a Guiness or two. Sarah is off to Durham for a workshop for the weekend. We'll miss having her along.

That's it for now. Gotta go put on something green.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for my upcoming Spring Sale. March 25 & 26.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Home Sale and Upcoming Firing

My Spring Pottery Sale is Sat. March 25th 10 until 5 and Sun. March 26th Noon until 4. The new showroom will be finished by then and I'll have lots of good pots. I plan to fire a last minute load the week of the sale. This firing will include 6 large jars as well as some smaller vases and bottles along with my regular fare. I hope the big pots make it through the firing okay, they are made in two sections so I hope they don't come apart. (knock on wood). I'll be posting some pics over the next week as I finish things up, load the kiln, and fire. So check back often.
I hope many of you will make it to the Sale. I am excited about my new space, it really looks great. I feel like I'm 'uptown'.

Today, I'll be mixing up some clay body tests. I have in my mind what I want, it's just a matter of finding the right balance of materials to get the results I want. I am really drawn to pots with a slightly heavy coating of salt/soda glaze, a wet looking surface, some areas that are 'blasted', and nice flashing. This all comes from several factors, clay body, how the kiln is stacked, the amount of salt/soda that is introduced into the kiln, and kiln atmosphere,just to name a few.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Pots and Potter's Conference

This past weekend I attended the NC Potter's Conference in Asheboro, NC. I had a great time. The three presenters were all from Australia, Janet Mansfield, Owen Rye, and Chester Nealie. They made some great pots, showed slides, and had lively talks and interaction with the audience and one another. Owen gave a talk and showed slides on Australian woodfired ceramics and Janet gave a presentation entitled "State of Ceramics, A World Overview".

I learned a good way to make bigger jars by watching Janet. I made two on Monday they are pictured here. The tallest is 19". I hope to have some of these fired before my sale on March 25 & 26.

I'll write more about the conference later, for now I need to get to work.