Hopefully I can pull off some sort of terra sig finish on these. We'll see. For now I just have to make sure I don't knock anyone's ear or leg off!
We have so many pots in our home that we use constantly. It's really does make a difference to use a pot that works so well for it's intended purpose. Just this morning I mixed up biscuit dough in a large stoneware bowl that I made years ago. It was neat remembering back to when I'd made it and it held the contents of my ingredients just perfectly. Pots that we have bought from other potters usually carry a story, from meeting the potter, to visiting them at their studio or at a show, that memory comes back each time I take a pot out to use.
In a world where most objects are bland, poorly made, and carry no connection to other human beings its great to have handmade pots in our home to use and enjoy. I know it may sound cheesy, but they make life better.
Looking forward to tomorrow morning when I'll pick a favorite mug to have my tea in. Wonder which one it will be?....
And a slipped bowl ready to be decorated.
I've decided to slip the outside of these leaving the rim and foot ring bare to show the red clay. The interior will get some deco as well as the exterior.
Soda fired porcelain at Gay Smith's pottery.
Recent pots from the Hunt/Dalgish kiln.
Pots from Shawn Ireland's latest wood firing.
More of Shawn's pottery. Shawn will be having a Home Sale this Friday, Sat, and Sun during the Trac Studio tour.
This next image is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in a workshop. Stan's pots of colored stains. I imagine these have been 'growing' here as they have been used over the past 2+ decades.
Collaboration in progress between Ronan and me. (Thanks to Mark Errol for suggesting that I do the Rabbit motif and placement on right hand jar)
Today we are going out to visit some potter's studios in the area. I'm looking forward to that, but first Brunch!! The food here at Penland is always delicious.
Which I glued to the wall on top of my favorite Tommy Kane print.
So I'm just fiddling along, I have no books on this or anything, but it seems pretty straight forward so far. I want to make some bigger ones and some circular ones too. We'll see.
Pretty cool eh?
I first saw Scott Garrett's work on my pal Matt Grimmitt's blog. Scott did an illustration that had one of Matt's jugs included in it.
Later on I found my way to Scott's website and then his blog. Scott is in the first stages of learning to make pots. I love his illustration style and his sense of humor. That mustache is pretty cool too. Scott has an affection for folk pots from the American south. It's pretty cool seeing how someone in England is taken with US pottery much like I am with pots from their country.
Thanks for the prints Scott. I love them and they are going to get framed and put up in the house.
I'm pretty excited about my little self published picture book. It will be a good asset in the studio. I'll probably order one for my mom too. She'd like that.
I'll talk more about the Michael Simon book later on. I've looked through it once and read a bit of it. It really slowed my mind down today, just thinking about Michael, his pots, the way he works etc. I met him several times, saw him make pots, went to his and Ron Meyers' pottery sales and even visited him at his home once. Special memories.
Well, Sarah and I are headed over to Ni Fen for some wine and tapas. It's been a sunny, beautiful day after a long damp week. I hope you all have a great weekend.
Time for a bit of Tai Chi practice (I started a 6 week course last week) and then homemade pizza for supper!!