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Kiln Firing 21 June 2024

This morning, I just unloaded a batch of new black, white and red porcelain cups and bowls.
There are so many pots, I have organized it into 3 slideshows.
Swipe or use the arrows to see all the pottery from each category

black white and red porcelain cups- $55-65 each

  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of birds eating cherrieson the exterior. the interior has a deer eating red cherries
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of birds eating cherries on the exterior. the interior has a bunny eating red cherries
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of a bear picking cherries.
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of a fox under a cherry tree.
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of a goat eating cherries.
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of a bear picking cherries.
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of a fox under a cherry tree.
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of deer eating cherries under a cherry tree.
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cappuccino cup made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black, white and red sgraffito design of cardinals in a cherry tree.

black white and red porcelain bowls – $70 each

  • A wheel thrown porcelain bowl made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black and white sgraffito design of deer eating cherries from a cherry tree on the exterior. the interior has a birds and red cherries
  • A wheel thrown porcelain bowl with black and white sgraffito design of birds on a cherry tree on the exterior. the interior has a bear picking red cherries
  • A wheel thrown porcelain bowl made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black and white sgraffito design of birds on a cherry tree on the exterior. the interior has a bird eating red cherries
  • A wheel thrown porcelain bowl made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black and white sgraffito design of bears picking cherries on the exterior. the interior has birds eating red cherries
  • A wheel thrown porcelain bowl made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black and white sgraffito design of cherries on the exterior. the interior has a goat eating cherries
  • A wheel thrown porcelain bowl made by Kentucky artist, ken swinson-the bowl is decorated with black and white sgraffito design of cherries on the exterior. the interior has a bear and red cherries

black and white sgraffito porcelain cups – $50 each

  • A wheel thrown porcelain cup with black and white sgraffito design of a cat surrounded by flowers
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cup with black and white sgraffito design of two deer eating cherries from a tree
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cup with black and white sgraffito design of a cat surrounded by flowers
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cup with black and white sgraffito design of two deer eating cherries from a tree
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cup with black and white sgraffito design of a goat eating cherries
  • A wheel thrown porcelain cup with black and white sgraffito design of two deer eating cherries from a tree

I only do in-person sales with pottery. I want you to have a chance to hold your pot before deciding whether to take it home or not. Contact Ken for more information on when and where to see this work in person.

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Clay studio update – 16 June 2024

It’s pottery season, so I’ve been busy, here’s a little peek at whats been happening in the clay studio:

I’ve been experimenting with new ways to decorate the surface of my pottery. In particular, I want to carve designs and have more than one color

a group of work in progress porcelain pottery cups. The forms are upside down, four are trimmed, three are untrimmed
work in progress forms without handles in various stages of trimming
4 work in progress cups: a goat, bear, deer and fox eating cherries from a tree

these work in progress cups have painted patterns (3 coats each) and then are carved for more details

two unfired porcelain cups with a cardinal and bear picking cherries

More designs with this technique. I have started to carve into ‘unpainted’ clay in hopes of a variety in the surface once glazed

a photo of eight hand thrown porcelain cups. The handles are rather well attached, considering the artist has spent the last year or two improving his cup handles. There is a wheel in the background.

I just finished assembling these cappuccino or soup style cups. Looking forward to decorating them. The interior is wide enough, there is an opportunity for some artwork!

We are at the beginning of a heatwave here in Kentucky, a great time to work inside and make pots, so stay tuned!

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Old Washington Paint Group – Larkspur

Todays model for our paint group in Old Washington was an old watering can with Larkspur. It’s always fun to paint with a group–not just for the company and feedback, but also to see how each artist interprets the subject.

3 artists holding paintings of larkspur
Ken Swinson, Taliah Rey + Dawn Kincaid (left to right)

For this painting, i tried something a little bit different: compressing the values, and only using 3 colors: prussian blue, quinacridone magenta and cadmium yellow light + titanium white. I’m really happy with how it turned out!


This is painted from life and direct observation: no cameras, transfers, computers, ai–I think it would qualify to go in my ‘plein air’ gallery. Will decide once it’s dry and framed 🙂

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Cincinnati Art Club Sketch group 10 June 2024

I’ve been drawing from life at the Cincinnati Art Club. I don’t particularly want to draw portraits or figures for my studio work, but the human form is a great way to fine tune my craftsmanship. Working from life (no cameras, computers, Ai) makes it even more of a challenge.

Im noticing that the figure is a bigger challenge for me than a portrait. There are so many things to get right in a figure–one thing slightly ‘off’ and it throws the whole drawing off.

beginning of a charcoal drawing of a man

The measurements were so ‘off’ from the first session, I decided to wipe the drawing away and start over

work in progress photo of a drawing of a man

in the second session, the measurements were a little better, but I’m struggling with foreshortening: when parts of the body go forward or back into space

work in progress of a charcoal drawing of a man

at the end of the third session, i stopped trying to get every measurement perfect, and get the drawing together.

work in progress drawing of a barefoot man sitting

at the end of the final session, I wasn’t completely happy with the figure, but it was a great learning experience!

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Website Updates

I have had some feedback that my website needed some attention, and the job is so overwhelming to think about, I have’Quietly’ been making some updates to the website.

Most recently: A gallery of plein air paintings from this spring, which you can see by clicking below

I also added photos of the pottery from my most recent kiln firing. Click below to view:

I recently made a commitment to log out from social media -and to check in only one day each week. My goal is to spend more computer time working on this site-and less hanging out on the socials.

I’m actively working on the site, so please feel free to comment with suggestions of what you would like to see on this website in the future.
Thanks for all your support and hanging in there with me!
Ken

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First Kiln Firing of the season- 7 June 2024

After a short break, it’s pottery season again!
To celebrate, here’s a gallery showcasing the first batch of pots—most designs are inspired by my cherry tree-and all the critters who ate the cherries while I wasn’t looking.

  • four views of a porcelain bowl. There is a bear picking cherries on the exterior. Red cherries on the interor.
  • Porcelain bowl with bear bird and cherry sgraffito surface design

swipe or use arrows to see all the pots

These cups are all thrown on a wheel with hand carved designs and food/microwave safe porcelain, priced at $50 each. Bowls are $70. Unfortunately these unique pieces are available by in-person sales only.

If you are interested in seeing these (and more) in person, they will be on display at my studio in Old Washington: 2111 Old Main Street, Maysville ky 41056 from 10-3 on friday and saturdays. or at Final Friday at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati, OH

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Lucky Kentucky Derby Cup

it started with this post on social media:
I can’t make any guarantees, but we can all agree, whoever owns this handmade porcelain cup will most likely have the winning horse at tomorrows Derby. If nothing else, they will have a beautiful handmade and functional work of art.

Followed by Kristina Cox being the big winner and owns the lucky horse cup! Thank you so much for your support, and best luck with tomorrow’s derby!!!

I ‘might’ have been bluffing, but it turns out, the Kentucky Derby cup had magic powers all along!!

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Painting With Friends – Federal Hill – 1 May 2024

painting from life – step 1 – work out the composition and values: no colors

step 2 – figure out what colors you want to use, and get them all on the painting- light is changing fast, so you want to capture the moment

step 3 – work out details and keep painting until its finished, OR the light has changed so much its nothing like the painting

every days a good day when you paint 
-Bob Ross

every day is even BETTER when you paint with FRIENDS!!!
-Ken and Dawn Kincaid

Dawn’s painting
Federal Hill
8×10”
oil on canvas

My painting!!!
Federal Hill
6×8”
Oil on Canvas

We chose to paint Federal Hill to bring an artistic flair to the upcoming event to help raise funds to restore the historic property.
Some work local artists (left to right)
Sue Ellen Gorman, Dawn Kincaid, Ken Tucky Swinson + Ruvonna Bevard. Hope you can come see the paintings on 11 May at the event!

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Supporting the Preservation of Federal Hill with Art

Making block print notecards with my dear friend, Barb Clarke. The cards will be offered as part of a fundraiser on may 11 at federal hill in old Washington. The historic property will be open to the public with tours and activities.

I also made some cups

and donated this original oil painting

All proceeds will go toward helping with the restoration of the building. Hope you can make it!