|Everyone needs a ‘Sentinal’ in their garden!|
|Everyone needs a ‘Sentinal’ in their garden!|
|Naomi and Michael’s pots
Several week-ends ago I drove over to the home and studio of Warren Frederick and Catherine White. They were hosting an afternoon potluck/demonstration/sale with Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish for a group of pottery lovers from Washington, DC. Michael demonstrated the making of a Korean “Ongii” pot, traditionally used to make kimchee. It was a wonderful to see!
These beautifully made slabs, thrown and stretched on the floor, are then shaped in an arc before being joined to the slab base that he’s pounding out below.
The arc creates the rudimentary flared shape of a pot and a second on top curves in towards a neck.
Here he is adding a coil to draw the neck in further. I didn’t get a picture of the hammer and anvil paddling that did most of the shaping, it was too captivating to remember.
Michael is kicking the wheel the whole time. It looks like he’s throwing here, but that would be a bit of an exaggeration. The paddling makes for very strong walls that can be stretched thin as a result.
|Warren and Catherine’s anagama kiln|
|A studio scene|
9 years ago I taught a kiln building workshop with Kevin Crowe at Penland…Warren and Catherine were our guest artists, Naomi was one of our students and it was there that she and Michael met! And we 5 will all be exhibiting together this fall at the “POTTERY ON THE HILL” show in October (with 10 other great potters!).
My own pots don’t owe a lot to asian ceramics, but I love most anything made out of clay and it is always inspiring to around folks who are masters of their materials.
This piece will be available this month at LibertyTown’s annual Patrons Show. Tickets go on sale Friday (Thursday if you are a “Friend” of LibertyTown…and I ain’t talkin’ Facebook friend, either!). We have 50 wonderful pieces of art and craft donated and we then sell 50 tickets for $150.00 each. At the end of the month we have a drawing and as each # is drawn, that patron gets to pick their favorite work. The big black planter from yesterday will also be included, filled with beautiful plants! (sorry, Caroline!)
|to 5″ high|
|Turn this pot inside out!|
|A rare mishap in this firing. There were very few seconds at all!|
|Extra large teapot|
Somehow I had one more photo left in my 1GB of free Picasa storage so here’s a little view of another glorious spring day in the Old Dominion! We unloaded the kiln today and it was full of excellent work.
I made lots of changes, both to the kiln itself and to how I fired it, and there is still much to digest, but I feel really good about the results. There are, of course, many questions and maybe I’ll find a few answers as I take a further look at them as the week goes by.
I do plan to ‘pay the (google) man’ for more photo space; it looks like it’s $2.99/month and there is a short delay before it’s available. I’ll show you lots o’ pots then. In the meanwhile, allow me to tell my right-hand man, Jason, who missed the unloading (he’s out west for a much deserved holiday) that all is well and you got a bunch of sweet pots waiting…and some shelves to grind!
Thanks to everyone who took the time to help me keep at this blog writing thing-y.
I’m heading out to light up the kiln for the 12th time today. As ever, expectations are high and I’m always eager to throw sticks on a fire.
I hope to resume normal activity here next week when everything settles down. I think I’m just going to ‘pay the man’ for more space. Any other solution requires more of me than I am able or willing to do.
So, Blogger changed everything up (they never asked if I wanted them too) and now I am unable to upload photos…they say that my picasa site if full and I must pay for more space. I didn’t even know that I had a picasa site for my photos, let alone that there was a limit. Now they want me to pay them . Does anyone know what’s going on? Without photos, I can’t see the point of this.
Getting the proper fuel for my wood burning kiln has been a struggle over the past few years. Pine slabs are at the top of the list, but most of them end up in the chipper these days. But Mr Coleman has a yard full and he was happy to deliver it for a very fair price. Happy days are hear again…
|You can see the original hive to the left… they hadn’t gotten far.|
|It’s a well known fact.|
|Think of your favorite comfort food…|
|Up to 4″ tall|
|Lugs for handles|
|1/2 and 3/4 pound cream jugs|
This first song is the Beatles, early on, and the casseroles are accompanied by Loggins and Messina.
I can’t edit these little vignettes in any way, but I’m delighted that my cheap little Casio blogging cam can also record even quiet sounds along with video. Won’t wonders never cease!?
|There’s one detail missing from each of these…first person to guess wins a prize!|
|I urge you to write Ron and ask him what he’s doing here!?! Some kind of Shelby gang sign is my guess…|
|Another gang sign from Ron which puts Michael into a dream state.|
|Lunch at Sammy T’s|
|MK and RP paying close attention|
|I’m sure it must have been funny…|
|Mk decorating a DF pot|
|Trista, Jason, Dan and Misha|
|Ah…the first view…|
|And, as requested, the cruets I was working on.|
|I’m working on a bunch of cruets and I threw dozens of these knobs.
Now I’ve got a completely different idea for how to make them…
|I love making bottles! I always think of Ray.|
|creamy goodness, with regards to the real jug maker…the other DF|
Just one week from today there will be an historic gathering of brush wielders and slip carvers at LibertyTown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg (our fair city) Virginia. In addition to the North Carolina travelers (that would be Michael Kline and Ron Philbeck) we will be joined by our very own Trista Chapman and her pots of many colors. Rumor has it that Brandon Philips might make an appearance as he winds up his trail drive to the east coast. Call us at LibertyTown for more details… a multitude of potters, pizza and beer should make for some excellent entertainment! 540-371-7255
|Atmospheric photography – 3 lb. bottles|
|Tea Jar lids|
|4 lb. bases|
|4 pounders ‘capped’ plus tea jars|
|I looked up from the wheel this afternoon…!|
|Tony Clennel’s got nothin’ on me|
|I am just vain enough to know that I look like hell, but in my defense, the Virginia summers are sheer misery for me, with crazy heat and even crazier humidity. That’s my excuse…and that’s one of the many good reasons to be in Great Britain instead.|