Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Very Large Tea Pot!


I recently was asked to make a 12 cup teapot with twelve cups to go with it, as well as a sugar jar, creamer, and a platter. Here are the first of many pieces for this set....Twelve cups for a tea pot seemed a bit heavy for everyday use, but it actually worked quite well. The tea pot pours great and the two handles give plenty of leverage to handle the large tea pot safely.

Pictures of the cups to come....

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Large Bottle Progress...After Work


So I finished throwing the large bottle after it set up some and work was done for the day. I ended up bringing it up to 26"-28" (so tall, reaching all the way in I could not touch the bottom). I brought it out some as you can see and refined the form quite a bit. Collared in and threw the neck. Added four nice little pulled handles. The finished walls are 3/8" or less the entire way - no need to trim the foot! So I am still thinking about fluting it. Well see how it sets up for the night and what the morning brings.

The total total amount of clay used: about 16lbs - finished wet height: 21".

What did you do for lunch today?


Today I took a little lunch break and threw a cylinder....
That is a 12" ruler...
Will finish it up this afternoon....Most likely a bottle, but might go for a jar.
The walls are about 3/8" - 1/2" and I plan to facet or flute the finished surface.

Back to work!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Back in the studio and it feels good!









One of the nice things about working in a college art department is that there is a ceramic studio nearby. During the summer months it is a great space to get away, spread out, take a break, and spend some time after working a long day. So this summer, as in past summers, I have been staying after work and throwing for an hour or two each day. The results have been good and some new ideas and forms have had a chance to develop from sketches into actual pots. In the last couple weeks I have thrown about 8 large serving bowls (14"-20" diameter), a couple larger platters (20"-24" diameter), a couple vases, a dozen or so faceted, fluted, and paddled mugs, maybe 10 jars of varying sizes, and some new basket forms.


Bisque firing sometime in the next week and will hopefully have enough bisque ware to complete two glaze firings. Many of these pots will be glazed with a matte gray, tenmoku, iron red, and a heavy crawling white shino I regularly use. I will post pictures of some of the finished ware....

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A great potter and better friend (cont.)

I learned last night of the passing of my wonderful friend Norm Hendry. I am completely at a loss for words to say....Norm was a caring friend and mentor to me as an artist and potter. To say that he will be missed does not even begin to describe the sense of loss I feel right now. He made such an impact on so many people's lives, including my own.

As he would say at the end of many conversations, "to be continued." I can only look forward for that time to come.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A great potter and better friend.

Norm Hendry







One of a couple visits over the years by the SB Fire Department during the salt firing action.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Recent Commission


Here is a new project I have been working on over the past week. I received a recent commission for 48 small planter pots of "any form and size". After throwing a few experimental/exploratory pots, I decided to make them from 1.5 pound balls of clay, and include an attached one piece drain tray. I ended up making 53 pots, planning for a few that don't turn out how I hope. All in all it took about 5-6 hours to throw and finish all the pieces.

This was a great project to play with different forms and ideas that have been floating around in my head. They are headed to the bisque firing later this week or early next week and pictures of the finished pots to come....