Cup: The Intimate Object VII

Charlie Cummings has put together an outstanding exhibition of cups in Cup:  The Intimate Object VII.  I am honored to have been asked to this show.  It is live online now.  You can visit by clicking HERE.

Most of you know that I have this thing for cups.  They are my favorite pot to make.  I hope you'll have a look at the show and pass the link on to others who are passionate about this form.



Just out of the kiln

Some of the pots from yesterdays unloading.


Tomorrow, September 1, is the Gallery Crawl in uptown Shelby.  My work is featured at Two Doors Down, 12 Warren Street.  I also have work at ETC Gift shop in the Arts Council and at Buffalo Creek Gallery, also on Warren St.  I hope the locals will come out and support the arts and our local businesses.

Making Just a Few

I got back on the wheel yesterday for the first time in a couple weeks.  I have an order for some cups and tankards so I decided to knock those out.  It was quiet and relaxing in the studio and I think my mind was relaxed knowing that all the rush for the year is over.

I also made a jar just for the fun of it.  It's a bit of a Janet Mansfield shape.  I love Janet's woodfired, saltglazed pots.  I especially like the ones that have really got salted and look as though the surface has melted a bit in the kiln.

To continue my Love of  Socks theme I posted this mug in my online shop this morning.

Coffee with Michael

Michael_simon_mugSunday morning coffee.

This Michael Simon cup is my favorite coffee cup.  Michael isn't making pots anymore due to health problems but in my opinion he's made some of the very best pots in America.

This cup is slighltly ovaled and the handle is terribly thin at the curve.  Michael's pots have great volume, visually and physically.  I love the fragility of the handle.  This cup has become stained on the inside from years of use in our home.  I'll probably never be able to get another cup like this but that isn't keeping me from using it on a regular basis.  I take my time when I use this pot, I feel very connected to it and to the maker.  It's a cup that is quiet, but speaks to me time and time again.


I had an email invite to Diane Kenney's Holiday Studio Sale today. I've always admired her work. Click here to see the invite. Just look at that studio shot!!! Wow, talk about Winter Wonderland.

This quote is at the bottom and it really spoke to me.

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is
that I am thankful I have a cup.
--Sam Lefkowitz

So true. I have much to be thankful for (not only all our cups). I've been feeling quite 'up' lately and I'm thankful for that too.

Have a good day.