Monday, February 11, 2008

The Ladies

There has been some talk of macho he man wood firers scratching their private parts and running women off the premises. What a bunch of truck and silly nonsense. With pleasure I'm presenting 5 of the ladies I taught at Sheridan College. There are many more men and women from Sheridan I'd gladly show y'all. They all had a go at wood firing and went their separate and diverse directions. I am very proud of their work. As far as I am concerned I recommend wood firing on several levels from historical to team building to the understanding of combustion. Sheridan is a 3 year diploma program where the faculty take pride in students leaving with top notch applied skills so that they start a studio or enter a Bfa or Mfa program.
Janet MacPherson- musician, studio potter, presently applying to grad school
Hannun Tracey Lynn- mother, studio potter
Lindsay Montgomery- Masters student at University of Minnesota
Becky Webster- mother, studio potter and manager of S and S Pottery Supply
Tara Lynn Franco- studio potter,Vice President of Hamilton Potters Guild

Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Wild Bunch

I just put up some pics to show the wild bunch at USU after unloading the double wide train kiln. We decided to fire the kiln with just the 5 of us and little did I realize what I was getting myself into. The wild bunch consists of Joe (Singlemalt) Singlewald, Dan(Murf) Murphy, Young Danny Crump, Trevor (Never) Dunn and yours truly. this kiln consumed 10 dump truck loads of wood and you had a solo shift of 8 hours. When the thing is at full tilt boogey you are feeding the two bourry fireboxes and 8 or ten side stoking holes. That's a lot of work for this old dog. My buddy Trevor rescued me once again.Check out the bear's rugs on Murf's jars. That all has to be taken off with a wire brush and a the wife beater. The wife beater is our unpolitcally correct name for a sandpaper flapper wheel.
The large jar is Murf's and the horizontal bourbon bottle as well.There is a view of what the pots look like up close to the firebox. Lots of sanding and cleaning to be done. The 2 plates are by undergrad Young Danny Crump. At 22 years old if the kid gets any better I'm going to break his fingers.