Ayumi Horie

Announcement Friday

I've sort of fallen behind on announcing some things here, so I'm gonna try and catch up all at once.

My Fall Home Sale is Sept. 18th from 10 am till 4 pm here at the Pottery.  To receive a notice be sure to sign up for my mailing list over in the right side bar.  I'm going to have lots of new work including the money boxes and tall footed bowls.  All first quality work will be 15% off that day only at the studio.

If you haven't heard, my pal Michael Kline is having an online sale today! Click HERE for more and get over there and buy some pots!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my contest for the pottery group name.  We are now officially know as Thrown Together and will be having our Fall Sale on Oct. 2, 2010 at Amy Sander's home in Charlotte, NC.  More details to follow but put it on your calendars now.  Hopefully we'll have a blogspot and FB page soon.  Our guests this fall will be Kyle Carpenter and Allison McGowan.

Ayumi Horie is still taking votes for your favorite pot in action photo over at her website.  To see the images click HERE and you could help me win by voting for my photo!!! (see image below, vote for me!!!)

The opening reception for the  exhibition From Within to the Surface is Sept. 7th at the Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC from 5:30 till 7:30. I will be there so please come out if you are in the area.

And don't forget The Clay and Blogs Online Gallery is up and running.  Click the image below to check it out.  I have a Chicken Money Box for sale.  You could be the first to have one!!!

Okay that's all I can think of for now.  Thanks for checking in and remember to sign up for my mailing list over in the right side bar and also go and vote for my Pot in Action HERE!!!

Piling Up Greenware and A Couple of Announcements

I know things have been sitting too long when the mud dabbers start building nests in my teapot handles!!

I've got loads of blank pots on the shelves.  Today I start decorating.  I'll do Clothesline drawings first as they are burnt in my memory.  Then move on to Animals and Plants etc.

Plus there are another 30 plates and bowls in the studio that I didn't photograph.  Whew.

It was around this time last year that I was getting very excited about heading up to Penland for a two week class with Ayumi Horie.

Here are a couple images from that time.

Those were good times for sure.

Ayumi is having an online sale tomorrow. Click here to see the preview and get there tomorrow because pots go fast!

Maria Dondero in Athens, Ga. is having an Open House and Summer Sale this weekend.  Maria was in class with me at Penland and I really love her work.  Check her website out HERE for more info.

Okay back to it! Have a great day everyone.

Yey Monday!!

Look at all this work I got made today.  AND thanks to the Internet, I got to attend the NCECA pre-conference at Montgomery Community College.  Nothing like having Ron Meyers, Christa Assad, Andy Brayman and Ellen Shankin working right along side you on the computer all morning!!

A panel discussion with Mary Barringer, Ayumi Horie, Julia Galloway, Lisa Orr, and Allegheny Meadows was held in the afternoon.  Good questions and discussion there, although I had a hard time trying to work and listen.  Hopefully it will be re-broadcast.  My Blog got mentioned which was totally cool!!!

Anyhow Day 2 will be broadcast tomorrow starting at 9am EST.  Here's the link.

Yey Monday!

Earthenware Journey

It's been just over 2 years since I made the big switch to earthenware.  If you are interested in seeing the progress you can go back in the Archives (right sidebar) to January 2008 and move forward from there.

Just to give you an idea of where I started, here is the  post I made after my first glaze firing. Click HERE.

And here is a platter from that period.

And a recent platter:

There have been some significant steps along the way.  Doug and Hannah have both been very encouraging and have turned me on to loads of great pots.

I have looked at Margaret Brampton's pots for encouragement on using color.

Of course my two weeks at Penland with Ayumi Horie were very influential for me.    I came back from that experience and jumped in feet first into my decoration.  That's been 8 months ago now and while I continue to work with red clay, white slip, clear and colored glazes I feel like my decoration is becoming more and more my own.  I am certainly putting more time than ever into drawing on my pots.  I was fortunate in that I had put many years into working on my forms when I was making salt glaze.  It's nice not to have too many problems to work on at once.

Right after I left Penland I became fascinated with Medieval Majolica from Italy.  Thankfully there are some nice images on the Internet.  See Here for one.

I moved up from that time period to more current Italian majolica,1500, 1600's.   And then on to pots that were made in this country in the 1700 and 1800's.

Thank goodness for the Internet and all it's resources.

When I first thought about making earthenware pots I knew I wanted them to be fun and accessible.  I think I am accomplishing that.  It's neat to see how humorous some of the old English slipware was.

Living out here in the country of NC offers many subjects for my work.  I've spoken before about how we are surrounded by cows and goats, squirrels and rabbits.  Most recently I've started incorporating more flowers and foliage into the decoration.  I imagine that will certainly pick up speed as the honeysuckles begin to flower and the garden takes shape.  I look forward to that.

Well, I just wanted to do a bit of a recap.  It's good for me and I know I could have certainly gone into more depth here on various areas.  For now, I'd best get out to the studio and make some bowls.  I hope you all have a good week.