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25 July 2022-kiln opening

Today the kiln decided to be really nice to me, and didn’t make rubble out of any of the porcelain plates and bowls that I spent so much time to decorate. (none of the plates seemed to warp either. Lots of bears inspired by my summer at Arrowmont. Also a NEW COLOR!!! I little darker than I expected, but I can adjust it to be more of a bluegrass blue!

If you are familiar with me, you know I ONLY sell my pots in person. No online sales, no shipping. If you would like to have one of these (and support my work) come see me this friday (29 July) at the Pendleton Art Center Cincinnati from 5-9pm. I’m at studio 400.

Hope to see you soon!

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Seth Green Spout workshop at Arrowmont

I was very fortunate to spend last week at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts to learn from Seth Green . It was a wild week and felt like pottery boot camp, so i wasn’t able to think much about video storytelling, but did get enough footage with my phone to give you a little peek at what the experience was like.

I cant recommend Arrowmont or Seth’s workshop enough. If you EVER get a chance to do either, DO IT. I can guarantee you will be glad that you did!

Thanks again!

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pottery intensive week

So far, i’m having a wonderful pottery intensive week. I’ve been able to stay in the ZONE for 3+ days, and hope to keep that momentmum going. My craftsmanship has really leveled up after the last two workshops at Arrowmont. These cups are JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBURG!!! I have beautifully decorated plates and bowls on the drying rack too.

And you will never guess what im going to start next week…but you KNOW it will involve pottery! I’m so excited and grateful! 

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8 July 2022 Kiln Opening

Earlier today, I opened the kiln and welcomed some new porcelain pots to the world!

They are all food/microwave safe, and made to be used.

Swipe/use arrows below to see all the pots in a slideshow

  • porcelain plate with blue goat jumping under a pear tree by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • blue porcelain bowl with intricate blue flower and bird design by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • porcelain blue spice jar by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • porcelain jar by kentucky artist ken swinson blue
  • porcelain blue spice jar by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • red porcelain bowl with a cardinal design by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • green bowl with design of two pigs in love by kentucky artist, ken swinson
  • green porcelain bowl with leaf design by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • green porcelain bowl with bird and flowering tree by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • green horse bowl with bluegrass farm design by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • porcelain cup with bunny and blooms by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • blue porcelain cup with bear design by Kentucky artist ken swinson
  • blue porcelain cup with two bears and a heart by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • blue porcelain cup with bear in flowers by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • porcelain blue cup with bear and flowers by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • blue porcelain cup by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • porcelain pottery cup blue with heart and bunny by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • porcelain cup with bunny and heart blue by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • porcelain blue cup with goat and flowers by kentucky artist ken swinson
  • blue porcelain cup with bird and flowering tree design by kentucky artist ken swinson

Unfortunately, I ONLY sell pottery in person. You can come see me every Final Friday at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati. OR by appointment at my home or studio in Old Washington, KY.

PRICES FOR YOUR REFERENCE
cups and simple bowls: $45
Spice Jars: $60
Bowl Carved inside/out and Goat plate: $100

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Old Washington Paint Group – 6 July 2022

Today’s challenge at the Old Washington wednesday paint group was a bright turquoise pot with yellow marigolds. Here is my underpainting

Starting to add some color to the painting. Yellow and green flowers have been a challenge for me in the past. I’m going to try to keep all the colors, except yellow, toned down, so the yellow pops.

I have color in place. I’m floundering at this point–i haven’t used any cuss words, but the flowers are little yellow ‘monsters’

That’s a wrap! Like I said before, yellow/green floral combinations can be tricky for me, but I’m happy with how this one came out.

Me, the artist, at work! Cameras are a great tool, but sometimes it’s nice to put the technology away and work completely from direct observation…no cameras (or apps). Working directly from life is a great way to experience a subject!

a close up of the finished painting. the colors shine even better in real life–cameras just aren’t the same as experiencing a painting in real life.  

oil on board
12″x16″

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Washington Hall – linocut block print

greetings from the log cabin print shop in Historic old washington, ky! today, we are going to take a sketch from spring, and fine tune it into a design for a notecard.

design transferred to linoleum. now time for the fun part: carving!

this one has some details…thank goodness for my tiny little gouge.
carving text is the WORST! especially o’s. grateful that guttenburg invented “movable type” so printers wouldnt have to carve every letter…unless they want to be fancy, like me. lol!
finished carving…with 10 minutes to spare! should we do a test proof?
ok! lets mix some ink and see what we’ve done!
hot off the press!  
washington hall – old washington, ky

click the link below for a better look and more information- if you’d like to add one of these linocut notecards to your art collection

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Printmaking with rock stars!!

Newspaper clipping from two weeks ago, when Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-Tina Weymouth (founding member of the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club), stopped by the Log Cabin Print Shop and did some printing with me!

I’m socially awkward enough to NOT know how to act around rock stars, but Tina and Chris Frantz met in ART SCHOOL – where they formed the Talking Heads– and I know how to talk to ARTISTS! we speak the same language. It was truly an honor to have met Tina and Chris! They are as delightful as their music!

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flower painting in Old Washington

It’s been awhile since I’ve painted from life (direct observation-no photos).

the underpainting

I had a wonderful time painting with Old Washington’s Wednesday paint group.

Flower painting is NOT as easy as you might think (at least not for me). Flowers can be mean, horrible monsters as models…with their seemingly simple and dainty translucent petals.

finished painting

It was fun! I got to visit with friends and I’m happy with the painting. Thank you Vicki Tichenor for the photo of me at the easel!

Ken at the easel

See you next wednesday!