My big, exciting event for this summer was going to be a week long pottery workshop at the Arrowmont School of arts and crafts. It was a gift from a friend, and was going to be a really special treat. To be safe during the coronavirus, the workshop was cancelled. I was really looking forward to visiting Arrowmont, and having a pottery intensive experience. My hope was to get better at throwing, and to learn a few new surface decoration techniques.
just because I can’t go to a famous arts and craft school, and learn from a popular potter, doesent mean I can’t still have a pottery intensive experience. I decided to give myself a summer of pottery making!!! So far, I’ve thrown about 20 mugs.
Hey everybody! I haven’t made any functional pots since October, but this morning, I opened my kiln and have a fresh batchl!!! I’m really excited about this one, because it’s my first time firing porcelain.
Sculpture update: my little bird has gone from a white dove, to a red breasted robin, and now appears to becoming a blue bird. Just goes to show that sometimes the art tells me what it wants to be…especially on april 1st.
Hope you all are healthy and well. Stay home and make art if you can.
Going to try a live video demo from my clay studio. Im still learning (hope to always be that way). Ill share what i know, and try to answer any questions, feel free to chime in if you have more clay experience and want to share any tips.
Well, im working on another “flowerpot”. The first was 15″ the second is going to be even bigger! Im using a combination of pinch pot and coil pot, techniques you probably learned in elementary school. I dont know if pot #2 is a cow or horse goat or sheep, but whatever it is, building it is like dancing with a drunk.
Spring is around the corner, so i thought id throw some terra cotta flower pots for my yard. I was just telling a friend that switching from porcelain to groggy terra cotta is like going from driving a sportscar to an 18 wheel truck!
Finished carving the design for my second ginger jar. The colors will be a classic cobalt blue over white stoneware. I hope to have it fired and finished in 2 weeks
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, and pottery. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.