Archive for the 'pottery' Category

Tweedledee & Tweedledum

Monday, April 18th, 2011

That’s what I’m calling my latest cream & sugar set. Don’t they just look like those dumpty twins? These two are handbuilt instead of wheelthrown, not something I normally do. I do like the very organic forms you can get with handbuilding, but it takes so long and I am not a patient person. Thank […]

No more bricks

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

My dream of homemade bricks has been put to rest. I dug, dried, powdered, sieved, powdered, resieved, reconstituted, aged, and wedged up 8 lbs of our pond clay and took it into the pottery studio a while back. I made little testers, enclosed them in saggars (to prevent their harming anything else in the kilns) […]

New Dishes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

I found the pictures of our new woodfired pottery! Here they are: See how it’s brown where the smoke hit it, and greyer on the other side? If you click to enlarge it you can actually see some of the ash deposits on the grey side, which give it a kind of silky-nubbly hand feel. […]

From fire and smoke

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I can’t believe I haven’t yet blogged about my first woodfire experience. For as long as I’d looked forward to it, and as ecstatic as I am with the results, you’d think it would have been the first thing out of my mouth as soon as I got home with my lovely, smoke-burnished pots. We […]


Sunday, November 16th, 2008

I led another raku workshop this last weekend – or was it the one before that? – that I thought I’d share with you guys. Raku is an ancient Japanese technique in which red-hot ware is unloaded from the kiln and placed in metal bins filled with combustible materials. The lids are clapped on once […]

Lovin’ that fire

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

A few members of the Greenbelt Pottery Guild, myself included, did a reduction firing down in Mt. Rainier a few weeks ago and just got the results back on Wednesday. You can see a slightly larger photo here. We had no idea what our glazes, designed for oxidation firing (electric: think an oven that can […]


Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I was so disappointed that when I left New Mexico I hadn’t found any micaceous clay to bring back with me. I wanted to experiment with it and see what I could make it do in my electric kilns. Unfortunately no one on the reservations would sell it to me; and since I left on […]

Tony Clennell = awesome

Monday, November 6th, 2006

I just attended the most inspiring workshop that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. Tony Clennell of Canada’s Sour Cherry Pottery was at Hood College in Frederick demonstrating (among other things) composite throwing techniques. I, who have never successfully thrown more than 10 pounds, learned how to make a beautifully […]

In front of an audience.

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Because of a serendipitous confluence of circumstances at the Community Center, I have found myself in charge of leading this semester’s Intermediate/Advanced Wheel class. At first I was only on the list as an alternate if one of the other teachers couldn’t do it – but then not just one, but three teachers who had […]

"You lose some, you lose some."

Monday, July 31st, 2006

No, wait, that’s supposed to be “you win some, you lose some,” isn’t it? Huh. Hey, I heard this joke from my potter friend Bill Van Gilder the other day. A glass artist, a wood crafter, and a potter put their funds together and buy a lottery ticket, and end up taking home a million […]