Posts Categorized: News

Planters and Platters

A busy weekend kept me from the studio and when I returned today I’d lost interest in this coil-built planter. I was going to give it a big beefy rim, but this arched rim is just as satisfying to me and a lot quicker. It’ll be cool with the right plants. I know lots of… Read more »

A Little History

No new photos today, so here’s a little piece of my formative years….. I arrived in England and ‘The Guildhouse’ (above) in January, 1978, to teach pottery to ‘seniors’, local villagers and handicapped children. This amazing building was built by the sheer willpower of one woman named Mary Osbourne. To conform with local building codes,… Read more »

Poker

Making pots has been an obsession for me for more than 30 years and I have been pretty single-minded in that endeavor. But, now I have a proper hobby, playing poker! Every two weeks on a Thursday night we play a ‘cash’ game for about 4 hours. Funny and quick-witted, irreverent and loud with some… Read more »

Today’s Quiz

Here are some bowls from my kitchen…4 from England and one from my own hands. Today is bound to be a good one…pottery all day, poker tournament tonight!

Platters

After ferocious thunderstorms last night we woke to a glorious, humidity-free day. I couldn’t resist sitting at the wheel outside. But I also wasn’t ready to give up my big coil pots, so I did a bit of both. The platters will be fun to slip and comb. I’ve been revisiting a lot of old… Read more »

Tornado Warning Tonight

I finished the second of my handbuilt pots today. This one is about 20″ wide. I’ll slip and glaze them later this week. I’ve been promising myself that I’d start throwing this week, but now I’m not sure. This has been fun. I might not decide until I get out to the studio tomorrow. Stay… Read more »

Albert Einstein

I finished listening to a fantastic book on tape today (Einstein by Walter Isaacson) while finishing up this giant coil-built teapot. He was an extraordinary fellow. And very quotable. Here’s a few… “Imagination is more important than knowledge”“Foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth”“I can’t tell you what will happen in the… Read more »

Blackberries!

Few people enjoy picking blackberries as much as dear, sweet Ellie Bird!I helped Emily and Ellie do some picking today in the blazing sun and scored 2 quarts!! One is being turned into ice cream as we speak!

Phil English

There is a nice article in the Free Lance Star today about my friend Phil. He is a brilliant artist and does things on his lathe that are hard to believe. I admire folks like him who set such high standards for themselves and their work. Plus he is a fine human being!

Tomato Sandwiches

I stopped at Emmett Snead’s farm on my way to the studio and loaded up on tomatoes, cantaloupes and peaches. Then I spent the rest of the day coiling a couple of pots. I’ve begun the last few making cycles by handbuilding a good sized pot. A new ritual.This one is going to be a… Read more »

Plein air

Like my friend, Michael Kline, I plan to start throwing outdoors for the rest of the summer. There are some sharp-eyed potters out there. My little quiz from yesterday might become an ‘irregular feature’.

Frejus, France

It’s not unusual that LibertyTown disrupts my plans for making pots. Today was just another example. The A/C in the gallery was spewing water and had to be dealt with. A few other chores and it was time for the Sister City reception. Each summer a group of 20 or so students and adults cross… Read more »

Breakfast

Ever since I first visited England in 1978, I have enjoyed toast with jam and hot black tea (with milk, please) for breakfast every morning that I am able. (30 years x 365 days is a lot of toast and tea) The pots below have been my everyday companions for some time. 1 German made,… Read more »

Richmond

I spent the day on the road driving to our state capitol for a meeting with staff members of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. I’m exploring the possibility of creating a non-profit to support LibertyTown and I’ve been talking to anyone who will listen at this point. I met Peggy Baggett and Cathy Wellborn… Read more »

Termites!

On my way out to my studio today, I stopped by Riverby Books to see how the demolition/reconstruction was going. Riverby sells previously owned books and is run by my dear friends Emily and Paul. They had a shower of termites come down the front of the store and now Jason and his stellar crew… Read more »

Epic Pots

I’ve had three loose ends to wrap up on my new studio before I start making pots for firing #5 this fall. Today, on another miserably steamy hot day, I crossed one off of my list. I’m hoping to get my hands on some clay Thursday…the first time since April!In spite of making most of… Read more »

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I’m not quite sure why the close-up photo is sideways!?

Hot n’ Humid Sunday

I spent the afternoon running the desk at LibertyTown. In spite or because of the terribly hot/humid day we sold pots all day! The Daniel’s family came by and bought the yellow/4 lobed platter that I just recently posted. They’ve been buying interesting pots from me for years. I also recently sold the pot whose… Read more »

My Studio

Today was the first day I’ve been to my studio in more than a week. So it figures that it was hot (91F) and steamy. Once I got acclimated to non-stop sweat, I had a good day and got a lot done. I built a new studio last fall after a long legal battle with… Read more »

Washington Street Gallery

I got back late last night from a visit with Gary Roper and his family at his beautiful gallery in Lewisburg, WV. It was a great drive, crossing over the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Shenendoah Valley and then west through the old rolling mountains of Appalachia. I met Gary last year coming back from… Read more »

Going Public

I just read Michael Kline’s fine article in Studio Potter on pottery and blogging and he does a good job of describing why I find this an interesting exercise (michaelklinepottery.blogspot.com). It’s a little bit like teaching a workshop. By articulating the thoughts that bounce around in my head while throwing pots on the wheel, stacking… Read more »

New Photos

Larry Stone took photos of some of the pots from my last firing (#4) way back in May. I’ll post a few more soon. I’m firing everything in my wood burning kiln now and I’m still finding my way. I like the raised relief decoration on these first 2 a lot. I’ve been looking at… Read more »

First Friday

Because the 4th of July was on a Friday this year, we moved our exhibition opening to Saturday for the first time ever. It felt a little odd at first but we had a nice crowd and had pretty good sales, which is always nice. Russ Kidd and John Bice are two local photographers who… Read more »

Pots and Lemonade

I just got back from a great road trip to Cincinnati, Ohio where I joined Louise Jenks and a few of her friends for her 5th annual pottery sale. Louise was a student of mine at the very first workshop I led at the Penland School of Crafts and I was flattered to be invited… Read more »

week at the beach!

I just returned from a week on the beach at Avon, NC in the Outer Banks. I’ve grown to love my visits there as it’s the only place that I am content to switch off and do nothing at all. I swam in the ocean every day, ate great food, played pool and read over… Read more »