Monday, June 30, 2008

Successful Summer Sale

I had my most successful summer sale ever this past weekend. Lots of folks came out to see the new work and I sold over twice as much earthenware as I did stoneware. The new work was certainly a hit ( I guess I'm gonna have it stop calling it 'new' at some point).Here is little Guthrie Sanders, six days old, at his first pottery sale. It meant so much to me that Amy, Brian, and Mrs. Sanders came all the way from Charlotte with Guthrie. It was my first time seeing the little guy and he's a sweetie.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the sale. I had many out of towners including folks from Clayworks, where I teach. Vicki Gill from Gastonia came out too. It was nice to catch up with her. She left me an EP of the band that her son Spencer is in down in Florida, Tides of Man.

I didn't take many pics so I'll direct you to Becky and John's blogs. Elaine came out with Becky and John. I think after they left my house they went in search of some cow manure for the next barrel firing.

I need to mix clay this week as well as run some tests. I am still wanting to work on my green slip and glaze. I have some pots to ship today as well.

Check back in often as I'll be posting what's happening around the pottery.

Thanks again for everyone's support!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Rat Casserole

I almost forgot to post my new signature item... the Rat Casserole. Ha. At least I'm not a chef saying that my new signature dish is rat casserole. Anyhow this was fun.

This really is my last post until later in the weekend.

That's All for Now

Here you go. This is probably the last post until Sunday. I'm pretty knackered (I knew I'd get to use that at some point). It looks pretty good around here, all cleaned up in the shop, freshly mowed lawn, tidy kiln shed. I sure hope some people come tomorrow.

More Preview

I shot a video of the showroom this morning but after waiting 6 hours and it still hadn't downloaded I figured I'd just shoot a few pics.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pottery Sale this Weekend

Don't forget my Summer Pottery Sale is
Saturday 10 until 5 and
Sunday Noon until 4

Needless to say I will have lots of pots out on the shelves. I'll put up some pics or a video once the showroom is all in order. I'm also going to have my larger oval bakers on sale for half off.

The address is 757 Wallace Grove Road Shelby NC 28150 you can mapquest it for directions or contact me at ronpots2 at yahoo dot com

I had planned to have some pots for sale online by the end of this week, but it's probably going to have to wait until after the sale. It will be a small selection to begin with and mostly if not all cups. So stay tuned for that.

If you've emailed me lately and haven't gotten a reply, hang in there as I will be getting to my mail today. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Pots!! Outta Sight

Alan Gaff at Argyll Pottery

I hope you'll check in on Alan Gaff at Argyll Pottery. He's just started his blog and makes some wonderful woodfired pottery. Alan lives on the West Coast of Scotland. It's fun meeting potters all over the world and getting to know them and their work. Check Alan's blog out here
And for more information you can visit his website. Welcome to the Blogosphere Alan.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Getting Ready For The Sale Weekend

Started cleaning in the workshop today. Should get that finished up tomorrow and have all the pots set out for display by Thursday.

Awesome, Smashing....

Outta sight!!!

ex. 'My last firing was outta sight.'

Doug's trying to bring back 'smashing'. I thought I'd try to bring back 'outta sight'. I've done pretty good so far resurrecting 'right on' and 'groovy'.

ex. 'Right on man, that Hamada pot is totally groovy. Those glaze pours are smashing, that dude was outta sight.'

Okay so if I ever say that out loud some body smack me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Off to Bed

Quite a long day here, but I gave my blog list a look just now after coming in from glazing.

Helped some friends move house today. Whew, hard work. Sally is a painter, a very good one, and it was funny to see her pulling these paintings out of every possible space in the house...even the bathroom closet. She's look at some and say, "oh God, that's horrible, it's going to the dump...look at that one, off to the dump." It was funny because I just threw a load of old pots into the ditch yesterday. Just getting rid of the old stuff is really cleansing.

So I unloaded a bisque at 6pm, had supper, went back out to glaze, reloaded the kiln and it's now on again. Time to hit the sack, my back and feet need some sleep.

Sarah's New Mug

Sarah claimed this mug right after it came out of the kiln.

I'm waiting on a bisque to cool. Hopefully I'll be able to glaze this evening and fire one more load tomorrow. I can't believe how many pots I have. That's a good thing I expect. Hopefully some will go to new homes over the weekend.

I am off now to help a friend move house.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cups etc

Sometimes at a show I'll have a customer ask me what my 'signature pot' is. They may be a new customer starting a collection or someone wanting to buy a gift for someone. I usually say that cups are my signature pot. This seems to throw them off, I guess they expect me to point out some fancy jar or a teapot, something predominate and expensive. That would probably be a better answer, if I was going for the big bucks but honestly, cups are my thing. I like making cups/mugs and yunomi more than just about anything else. Plates are a close second, and then probably bowls.

Cups are a challenge, they are the pots that people will use everyday sometimes, the handle is very important, and the lip too. I've enjoyed decorating cups since I've started making slipware, and I've started making some new shapes and sizes. Here are a few more from the firing. I shot a couple more things too since I had my fancy plywood table set up.

Do Over

I re-shot some images this morning to give a better idea of the color of the pots. Sorry about the shadows and wonderful plywood table. (It's really high tech around here) . Anyhow here they are again, plus a jar.

More Pots

I made 8 or 10 of these altered dishes. I have most of them in today's firing but here is an amber one that came out yesterday.I thought this little bit of slip trailing came out nice on this soap dish. I don't know that I'll do much of this sort of thing although it really lends itself to my drawing style. Maybe with some practice I'll do more.
I wanted to talk about this technique below. I've been meaning to try it for some time now and finally remembered to do it on some pots. First I covered the pot in black slip and later in white slip. When the pot reached bone dry I scratched through the white slip to reveal the black underneath, giving me a black line. I could also go a bit deeper and get the clay body to come through if I wanted.
You could try this with any contrasting slips and then use a clear or transparent glaze over top. It works best if you wait to do the drawing when the pot is bone dry, otherwise you just end up scratching through both slips.

Off to the Farmer's Market. Happy Saturday.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Okay Here Are a Few New Pots

Sorry for the long delay IS way after lunch. As a matter of fact it's supper time here. Busy day. Meeting at the A.C. and then I had a couple nice visits from other potters (more on that later).

I don't think these pics are very good...bad lighting. But you get the idea and I'll put up some more tomorrow that I'll shoot outside.

It was a good firing.

Time to get cleaned up so Sarah can take me out to dinner!

I'll be firing again soon so keep on checking in over the next week to see new pots.

New Pots

coming after lunch. Still just a bit too hot to unload.
Check back later.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Little Help

I needed a chuck today to rest some lids on for waxing. Looking around for something quick at hand I finished off my tea and used this mug. Just right.

The kiln is cooling and I'm almost all glazed and ready to reload tomorrow evening.

Lots of Pots

Waxing and glazing again today. The kiln is going. I am realizing that I have LOTS of pots for my upcoming sale. It's a good variety too, plates, jars, mugs, platters, serving bowls, money boxes, vases. I'm getting pretty excited about seeing it all come out. So make plans now to come out to the Sale.

I have a little surprise coming up next week too for those of you who live out of State or far away, so be sure to check in to see what it is. (tease, tease)

Gotta run.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New Pot Images Coming Soon

I'll be firing a glaze load tomorrow so check back often for updates and some new pots just out of the kiln. For now here is a piranha dish from the last gas firing.My Summer Sale is June 28th and 29th. Info. is going out today and tomorrow so check you Inbox or mailbox for more info. Contact me if you'd like to be on my mailing list
ronpots2 at yahoo dot com

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Glaze Day

Finished glazing most everything for my firing which will probably be Thursday. I have to unload a bisque tomorrow and get a few more tall things glazed. I'll have another load ready to fire then on Monday or Tuesday I guess. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 16, 2008


Here are my plates from today. I had fun trailing slip on some of these and doing finger wipes on a couple. I am sort of getting into the whole free wheeling slip trail thing. I've been too lazy to really mix up my trailing slips to the proper consistency so sometimes it's hit or miss. I need to just take time to mix up some little containers of thick slip and then I could use those to trail.I tried doing some of my drawing/incising on bone dry pots today. I had these plates (below) and a board of mugs and a few bowls. It's much different than working on the leather hard pot. I like that I can sort of sketch out the design in pencil on the dry slip and then draw with my needle tool or a loop wire tool. The line is finer than working on leather hard pots, but it's more work in that I have to push harder and really scratch through the dry slip. I think I like working on the leather hard pot better. I think I like the line quality I get on the leather hard pot too.
After seeing Brad today I had to get my Doug fix so I gave him a call and we had a long talk. We are looking forward to someday meeting in person. Until then it's blogging and calling.

Sarah is off visiting with her mom and sisters. I was going over for dinner but decided to stick it out at home. Karma and I are chilling on the couch until bedtime.

Happy Birthday to Me

No, it's not really my birthday , but I did get my birthday cake that Doug made me back in March. Good thing it's clay, that would be one stale cake. Brad Lail, an up and coming potter, who lives nearby, was in the UK a couple weeks ago and got to go visit Doug. Brad only lives a few miles from here so today we hooked up and had a nice chat about his time in England and Wales. We talked pots for a long time too. I think he's coming back later this week to show me some shards he found in N. Wales along with Matt.

I decorated some pots today, finished some small bowls and plates, and loaded a bisque. I REALLY have to start glazing tomorrow.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Some Pots

Okay here are a few pots from the cone 10 reduction kiln at Clayworks, (where I teach).The two pots above have a crackle bisque slip and then an ash wash. The cup was a thick application of the wash and the bowl has a much thinner application (the brown is where it's thin, the green where thick). Note the crackle is from the slip not the glaze. The wash is made from 50 ash and 50 Redart clay.
These two bowls have my favorite shino and the teabowl is temmoku.

I'm a pretty good glaze potter. Hum, maybe I should do more of this. It's fun to have the option to get pots in the reduction kiln now and again.

For Hannah

Hey Hannah, do they have Husqvarna saws in Scotland? I think you'd be the Chain Saw Queen with this baby in hand.

Off the Clock

Ah, Friday evening. I've finished for the day. Got my mugs and tankards handled this morning, they had all gotten pretty dry even though they were under plastic all day yesterday. So they got a good couple dunks in some water to get them ready for the handles.Got the plates and bowls footed and slipped too. Lost one plate so I have this odd number of 5. I'll make another run tomorrow probably.

I just made a contribution to The Current, which I listen to in the studio every day. Check them out.

Well that's about it for now. Gotta get started on supper and then we'll probably chill out and watch a dvd.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Hey folks. Just wanted to make a quick post. No potting today. I hardly even stuck my head in the workshop. The first part of the day was spent in Charlotte...teaching and having lunch and going to pay my clay bill. After getting back home and a short nap I had to go to the Arts Council for our Annual Meeting and reception. So now it's evening and the day is pretty much a goner. Tomorrow, back to work.
Hey, I got my electric kiln yesterday. So look out, some finished pots will be coming soon.
Thanks for checking in, I promise to get on with something more interesting in the days to come.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Slow Start

Karma and I are just hanging out inside for a while this morning. Every now and then she'll bring me her bone and I have to throw it across the room. (I am well trained)

Had a long night at Clayworks last night and then sort of stayed up too late once I got back home. So I am just now having my first cup of tea and doing some drawing with the dip pen.

I've gotten up for the past 3 days and walked/ran on the treadmill. I hate to exercise. I had a membership at the Y for a while but I just hated going over there. It's just not my thing. Anyhow, so we got this treadmill a while back, I do need to be working on my cardio and watching what I eat. I read somewhere that if you do something for 21 days straight that your brain gets programed to do it and you form a new habit.

I have some vases and jars to finish up in the studio today. Tomorrow I'll start glazing and fire for my home sale over the weekend.

I'll get some pics up later of pots or whatever. Have a good day!