Posts made in March, 2012

Pottery on Board

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in How-to | 2 comments

Confessions:  1. I am not a good driver (a lack in skill)  and 2.  I am not a patient driver (a lack in character).  To compensate for point 2 (since there is really nothing I can do about point 1 at this stage of life), I tend to listen to audio books, podcasts, or sermons while driving because these help to temper my impatience.  But, when I have guests in the car, I don’t listen to the IPOD since it feels anti-social. The other day, sous-potter Jeff was riding with me when I lost it.  The pokey drivers were going well under the speed limit – to which I exclaimed; ‘ What are they doing? ...

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Timing is everything

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in How-to, Teapot | 1 comment

Timing is critical in life and especially in pottery.  After I had taken pottery classes for a while, I realized that if I wanted to make better pots I had to do two things: practice more and control the drying time. But no matter how well-thrown a pot is, if the drying time is not controlled, then the pot will never be as good as it can be.  If pots are dried too quickly, they can crack and attachments can pop off; and, it is impossible to trim a dry pot well.  However, working on a pot that is too wet will cause the pot to be distorted or damaged.  It is a delicate balance. Because of the...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in About Me, Teapot | 0 comments

Teapots are among my favorite pots to make – right behind mugs.  So when there were enough potters at the art center who expressed interest in making teapots, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to spend six weeks sharing ideas and tips about teapots. A teapot is part of my daily routine.  I look forward to morning coffee very much; but, as I rarely drink coffee later than mid-morning, tea is often my choice.  And, I get a lot of enjoyment from making it in a teapot. Teapots are not teakettles.  The teapot is for brewing tea, not boiling water.  I get this question A LOT at craft...

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Philosophy | 0 comments

Today is the Spring Equinox – which means it is the first official day of spring.  On this day, there is an equal amount of day and night and this has me pondering balance.  Balance is an allusive concept that I have long tried to incorporate into my life.  I strive to have right ratio of work to play; creativity to analysis; socializing to private time; etc.  As I have gotten older this is what balance means for me.  It doesn’t mean having equal parts; it means having the right amount.  And, when I am living in balance, no one area of my life overwhelms me. In pottery, balance meant...

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Mug Musings

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in About Me, Mugs | 2 comments

Last week, I went to a local coffeehouse to spend a quiet afternoon where I treated myself to their wonderful curry chicken salad and even indulged in a scoop of homemade ice-cream.  After I finished, I ordered a cup of coffee to linger over as I read.  Apparently, they offer a variety of beans (Columbian, Ethiopian, Sumatra, etc.) which completely thrilled me because it is such a rarity. The coffee was amazing!  But it was served in a paper cup.   I found this to be an unworthy vessel for such exceptional brew.  It was a complete shame because I would have enjoyed the coffee logarithmically...

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