These pics pretty well sum up the week I've had. My timeing has been off all week. Slip them when they are too dry and the surface has dozens of blisters or air pockets. Slip them to wet and the handles fall off taking half the pot. So getting the pot and the handle to be just right is my current mission. If my resume wasn't covered in 30 years of mud I'd like to apply to be a postman.
Another group of cups is waiting for me to kill them this morning. They are under plastic resting while our kiln is firing in the studio on this 37 degree day. Talk about a hot house.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Here's how tuff I have it working at Pinecroft. After a long day of throwing pots, glazing and loading kilns they make me go fishing for my supper. The scary looking guy with the shades and the Hell's Angels look is my cousin Brenda's son Chad. He is the skipper of the boat and all round handy man at sea. We went out on Lake Erie to fish for perch. We caught over 100 between Brenda, Chad and I but kept 37 for our feast. Man there ain't nuthin' like Lake Erie perch deep fried with Herm's killer potato salad. You can have your Pacific salmon. Me I like perch or pickerel (walleye south of 49). Hey doesn't that pic of me look like Canada's Jack Nicholson? If I only I had a fraction of his doe rae me.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Here are some pictures from Peter's Valley, NJ. The one with the knobby knees and the chain saw is Amber Zuber a Sheridan student that is the tech at PV for the summer. What a great experience including the chainsaw massacre. I would have rather seen chain link chaps, face mask and steel toed boots but hey in my youth I survived a knick on the knee from a chain saw when sporting Birkenstocks and shorts. Never again!!! Here is a pic of Amber, Susan Harris(Instructor and Professor from Utah) Andrea, Rhoni and Habiba. All of these students received partial scholarships to attend Susan's course on reduction cooling. I hope one of them applies that colour palette to their work upon return to school.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sugar Maples Center for the Arts
Monday, June 18, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Dunking your pots completely in white slip sure can identify the flaws in the making. They say God works in mysterious ways and this time she decided to get to me thru a white slip. I've been listening to Terry Allen's "Give Me a Ride to Heaven" where he picks up a hitch hiker that is JC himself and JC drinks his beer and steals his car. The Lord works in mysterious ways and tonight boy he's gonna use your car!.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
#1. The ground
#2. I starred in it.
#3. My manicurist at the spa thinks so.
#4. No! That is the furnace.
#5. No one else will hire me.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
I just went back in the studio today. Haven't made a pot for us in over 6 weeks. Sheila says I'm getting forgetful. I claim I'm just disconbobulated! Wrapped up Sheridan, had a show at Burlington Art Center, an open house here, did a workshop in Frederick, Maryland, started back to work at Pinecroft and OCADU, rewired the entire basement of the house with Sparky the electrician and getting this grand ole house in shape can present me with a thousand reasons not to make pots.
Friday, June 1, 2012
It seems to be the "in" thing to study in Japan, China or somewhere in the Far East. Many of my influences can be attributed to Europe and 4 excellent potters are on a panel at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art this coming Thursday. I'm hoping they have something to say about the direction of ceramics in North America. From my vantage point some of the best and most exciting pots are being made today in spite of the chipping away at the studio pottery movement by Academia. Guilds are full to over flowing with people wanting to make pots and art school ceramic programs have embarrassingly low numbers. What's up?