Posts made in August, 2011

Consequences of a Hurricane and a Canceled Show

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 in About Me, Craft Show, Sous-potter | 1 comment

I didn’t get to see my very good friends who live in Cary. I spent the day reading. My dad had a generator on stand by for me so I could power my wheel even if the electricity went out. Jeff suggested that we hold a HurricanePottery Sale in which ‘everything must go’. My house isn’t any cleaner. I am already packed for the next show! Extra security was required because pottery groupies were rioting in the streets of Cary since Lazy Daze was canceled. Braum got a bath.  (He is not a fan of hurricanes.) The foot paths to my studio and sink area floated away. I have to wait another week...

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Production Pottery

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in About Me, Multiples, Philosophy | 1 comment

As I was packing pottery for the forthcoming show (which was subsequently canceled), I was very surprised at what we have accomplished.  We made a lot of pots this summer – and multiples give me A LOT of satisfaction. While I was trying to make space for all the pots, it occurred to me - I am a production potter.  To which, Julie pointed out that in some circles, this is not a complimentary term.  She is right – among some ceramicists, a production potter is perceived as a low-level craftsperson. Although the concept of a production potter is disdained by some, it doesn’t bother me because I...

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Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Glaze Loads, Oh My!

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in About Me, Philosophy, Shows | 4 comments

The earth shook, Irene is coming, and the glaze load was a failure.   I guess a failed glaze load is inconsequential in the great scheme of things.  But it is quite a frustration.  Lazy Daze Arts and Craft Show is scheduled for this Saturday and from the weatherman chatter, it sounds like Hurricane Irene may be attending. We have been attending craft shows since 2008.  So far, we have had high temperatures, thunderstorms,  and  bad attendance; but we haven’t had a show to cancel.  It is too early to know whether the show will be held; but, this is the reality of outdoor shows.  And,...

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A Bit More About Workshops

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011 in Workshop | 0 comments

Before I leave the topic of workshops, I had a few more thoughts I wanted to share. In addition to time and money, there are several things to consider about going away for a workshop.  The first is distance.  Basically this is an issue of logistics.  If the workshop is too far to drive, potters must consider how to transport tools (usually requires checking a bag) and how to transport pots (usually requires a lot of bubble wrap and UPS).  I flew to a workshop in Pittsburgh and it was well worth the minor casualties my pots suffered.  Otherwise, driving is preferable because you can take all...

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Pottery Hangover

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in A Bit Off Center, Workshop | 0 comments

I am recovering after a great week-long workshop at Arrowmont so I took yesterday to rest and piddle around the house (although I did unload and reload the kiln).   Workshops are fun but they are a lot of work.  Arrowmont is one of my favorite venues for workshops because I stay on campus (in a renovated old house) and meals are available in the dining hall.  Not to mention that the pottery studio is big and bright.   So it is a very pleasant place to be. The session was conducted by Kristen Kieffer and she focused on surface decoration.  This is where I want to make changes in my pots so...

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