Posts made in February, 2011

Pocosin Arts Workshop

Posted by on Feb 25, 2011 in Bowls, Mugs, Uncategorized, Workshop | 0 comments

Here are some pictures of the pots we made at the workshop, Scratching the...

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Scratching the Surface

Posted by on Feb 21, 2011 in Class, Glazes, Workshop | 0 comments

Pocosin Arts hosts an annual artist workshop in February which I attended this weekend.  It is a great event – close to home, in a beautiful venue, with excellent instruction. This year the pottery instructor was Ronan Peterson who taught ‘Scratching the Surface’.  His work has distinctive and complex surfaces that result from a convoluted process of slipping, waxing, and glazing. I had a great time in his class – he had limitless enthusiasm and patience as he fielded questions, gave examples, and moved us through his agenda.  The workshop was a survey of surface treatments and...

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How to take a pottery workshop

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 in About Me, Class, How-to, Workshop | 0 comments

For several years I took pottery classes at local pottery studios.  However, when no classes were available, I looked elsewhere for instruction.  As a result, I  began to attend pottery workshops. Workshops provide a great opportunity to see different techniques, try new tools, and meet other potters.  And, as I participated in more of them, I began to learn how to get the most out of them. Here are my recommendations on how to take a pottery workshop: Be open – it isn’t right, it isn’t wrong, it’s just different Be humble – you can’t learn what you already know Don’t monopolize the...

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Instructor and student

Posted by on Feb 16, 2011 in About Me, Class, Spring Snow, Teaching, Workshop | 0 comments

While I was getting ready to go to a pottery workshop, I was thinking about all the opportunities that I have had to be in the instructor role.  This weekend, I am looking forward to being a student. I have had many teaching opportunities – community college instructor, pottery instructor, bible study leader, manager.  I have taught a lot of people a diversity of subjects.  I enjoy teaching but I’ve noticed that it is difficult for adults to be put into situations where they don’t know anything.  As adults, we usually have a frame of reference to which we cling that will give us some sense...

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Homemade meals, homemade pots

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Bowls, Dinnerware, Plates, Spring Snow | 0 comments

“Two other fashions (read: plagues) I’d like to see go away this year are the omnipresence of white plates (someone please have mercy) and cheap, uncomfortable restaurant chairs.  I’d give anything to walk into a restaurant with rich, dark, plush furnishings that make you want to sit in them for hours and eat off some china with a bit of personality.”     – Laura Calder (Cookbook author) Finally!  Some one who agrees with me! White plates may be great for photographs but they do little for the dining experience. I really like to cook and I love to feed people.  And, since I...

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