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Kiln Opening 28 November 2021

Another Great Kiln Firing! Jugs with long necks (perfect for olive oil or vinegar), Bowls and cups with a new pear design, and tiny little cream pitchers in a beautiful deep blue. All hand thrown porcelain, Signed (with a date) by the artist. Lead free, Food and Microwave Safe.

I don’t ship or sell online. Pottery should be seen (and picked up) in person before you can truly know if it’s ‘the one’ for you. Come visit my porch in Old Washington, Kentucky to see them in person!

Swipe or click the arrows below to see all the different images:

  • Pear Bowl Blue
  • Pear Tree Cup
  • Single Cream Jug - Flowers

Prices for your reference:

Jugs $60
Full Size Bowls $45
Cups $40
Berry Bowls, Saucers and Small Jugs $25

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Kiln Opening 24 November 2021

This firing was exciting because I fired 2 new forms: Jugs and little side dish bowls. The jugs are about 5 1/2 inches tall. The bowls are about 2 inches tall with about 4 inch diameter. A perfect size for ice cream, or a side dish of peas or beans.

The beautiful thing about black and white porcelain is that it looks great no matter where you use it. If you have been looking for some pots with COLOR: I have some deep cobalt blue cups, and one side dish bowl.

All of these pots are handmade porcelain, with my signature and date carved in the bottom. They are food safe and can be used in the microwave. Swipe or click the arrows below to see all the pots from today’s firing

  • Blue Horse Cup

I don’t sell pots online, you need to see these in person and hold them in your hands before making a selection. I’ll have them on my front porch in Old Washington. Please stop to see them in person and support one of your favorite potters. Please contact me by email: ken@kenswinson.com if you are going to make a special trip–especially if it’s for something in particular…i’d hate to miss you!


Pottery prices for your reference:
saucer or side dish bowls: $25
cups: $40
jugs: $60
plates: $80

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Kiln Opening 12 November 2021

I’ve had really good luck lately, with multiple kiln firings that have zero losses.

Today, the kiln gods decided to cut me down a notch. I had a large blue chicken plate, where the clear glaze was too thick and got cloudy. it’ll look nice in my garden/pottery graveyard.

Another pot, had a s-crack—those pesky cracks on the bottom of a pot that happen from time to time. The crack did not go all the way through, so it’s a completely usable cup…just not perfect. It’ll end up on the half price table.

Out of 24 new pots, only 2 had flaws, so I’m still grateful its going so well. Clay (especially porcelain) will do weird things when it goes through the firing process. swipe or click the arrows below to see the rest of the pots from today’s firing.



I don’t sell pots online, you need to see these in person and hold them in your hands before making a selection. I’ll have them on my front porch in Old Washington. Please stop to see them in person and support one of your favorite potters. Please contact me by email: ken@kenswinson.com if you are going to make a special trip–especially if it’s for something in particular…i’d hate to miss you!

Pottery prices for your reference:
saucer: $25
cups without handles: $30
cups with handles: $40
bowls: $45

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Kiln Opening 23 October 2021

It’s been a long time since i’ve had two kiln firings in one week, but I’ve been busy in the clay studio, making lots of shining new porcelain pieces!

This firing was unique, because it’s the first time i’ve made cups without handles. They are great for juice, soda, mixed drinks or your favorite Kentucky made spirits on the rocks.

I don’t sell pots online, you need to see these in person and hold them in your hands before making a selection. I’ll have them on my front porch in Old Washington tomorrow (monday October 25) after 10am. Please stop by to pick one for your collection and to support one of your favorite artist/potters.

Pottery prices for your reference:
saucers: $25
cups without handles: $30
cups with handles: $40
bowl with oak branch: $45

swipe or click the arrows below to see al the pots from the firing.

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Kiln Opening 20 October 2021

I just opened the kiln and have some beautiful new porcelain pottery!!!

This firing was unique, because I had a request from a very very special friend for a 20oz cup with handle. I made 7 large cups that hold 20 oz volume (or more). Don’t fall in love, because the friend gets to pick their cup first. BUT DON’T LOSE hope, because there will be 6 unchosen large mugs looking for their home.

I still don’t sell pots online, because I believe potter should be picked up and held to really know if it’s *the one* for you. However for this kiln load, I’m packing these pots up and taking them to LOUISVILLE, KY. If you live in that area, and would like to see them in person, you are in luck! i’ll be at the Thurman-Hutchins park…right across from Cox Park. If you take the Zorn ave exit from 71 south, take a right on river road, then the park is almost the very next right. I’ll be there from Saturday the 23rd of October from 11am-1pm. I’ll have a butane stove, and different teas, so you try a cup of tea from one of these porcelain cups while we visit.

Pottery prices for your reference:
saucers: $25
cups or the small bowl: $40
large cups: $55
large bowl: $80

Swipe or click the arrows below to see all the pots from the firing.

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Kiln Opening 7 October 2021

I just opened the kiln, and have some pretty new porcelain pots!!! I’m trying to learn the teacup and saucer form. I’m in love with the first results.

I still don’t sell pots online, so you’ll have to come see me in-person to add one to your collection. I try to take the best photos I can, but a pot (especially porcelain) needs to be picked up and held to really ‘know’ if it’s the right one for you. Large plates and the bowl are $80. Cups and the small sandwich sized plates are $40 each. Saucers are $25.

This firing had a few special request surprise gifts, so I haven’t included them in the slideshow,

Swipe or click the arrows below to see all the pots

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New Oil Paintings September 2021

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here is a collection of my new

colorful + imaginative  paintings

These paintings are inspired by my life in rural Kentucky

also influenced by my love of color, animals, whimsy, folk art, and abstraction.

When I can’t travel and have to stay home or in studio

there’s an entire world in of imagination that I can explore. Painting in the studio gives me more time to plan and layer the oil colors in a way that isn’t possible compared to when outdoors, working from life.  

click here to see recent paintings created outdoors from life

Working in studio also lets me work BIGGER

These oil on canvas paintings are bigger than the plein air work I shared with you last week.  At the top of this online gallery, I included myself in a photo, to help you get a sense of the SCALE of the artwork. 

Sorry mom for looking so grubby and unprofessional, i took the photo after a long day of setting the gallery up.  I promise to wash my face and wear a tie in my next photo op.”

Art online is nice, but it’s 1000% better in person

If you are willing to wear a mask and comfortable visiting an indoor public space, I would still love to invite you to my studio at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati.  You can see this series AND another series of more abstract and whimsical style paintings IN PERSON on Tuesday and Thursday from 11-7pm the 21st and 23rd of September.  To avoid crowds, appointments are preferred. You can reply to this email to make a reservation, or call/text me at 859.652.3136.

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Another photo of the paintings 

To help you get an idea of what the paintings look like as a group; in relation to each other with a few measurements. Click the image or button below to visit my online (email exclusive until Sunday evening) gallery of the paintings. 

Thank you again for following, encouraging and supporting my artwork.
Enjoy the exhibit, and feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions.

Ken

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Kiln Opening 13 September 2021

I’m no good at keeping secrets. My original idea was to keep these new handmade porcelain pottery a secret, and surprise in-person guests to my upcoming hybrid virtual/in-person exhibit at the Pendleton Art Center.

it’s been almost 6 months since my last kiln opening, and I couldn’t wait to show off the latest kiln firing.

I still don’t sell pots online, so you’ll have to come see me in-person to add one to your collection. I try to take the best photos I can, but a pot (especially porcelain) needs to be picked up and held to really ‘know’ if it’s the right one for you. Large plates are $80. Cups and the small sandwich sized plates are $40 each. They will be available to view, along with new paintings, at the Pendleton Art Center September 21 and 23 from 11am-7pm at studio 400 (4th floor) Send an email to make a reservation.

Swipe or click the arrows below to see all the pots

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Virtual/in person exhibit : Part 1 Plein Air Out West

Earlier this summer, I needed a change of scenery, so

I packed my paints and went out WEST

On this trip, I followed the tradition of Plein Air painting

First made famous by the French Impressionists of the 1800s.  Instead of working inside a studio, these paintings were painted outdoors; directly from life.  My ‘studio’ was the wide open spaces of the west.  I did not touch up the paintings afterwards, nor did I use cameras or any other digital tools.  Every stroke of paint was created while standing outside in front of the subject of the painting.  It’s all about capturing the essence of the moment.

For generations, artists have traveled west to paint

Exploring a new, unfamiliar place, with high altitude, wind and a different kind of light and weather brought some challenges, but those challenges are what makes plein air painting so special and fun!  There’s no time to get caught up in details.  The paintings are made up of broad, expressive strokes.  Being in these awesome new places gave me much needed joy and inspiration that I was able to put into the paintings.   

My dream was to hang these together in a group

then invite you all to come see them in person at my studio in Cincinnati. I’m still going to do that, but I want everyone to stay safe during the pandemic, instead of one big opening I’m going to give you the first look through this email. 

Art online is nice, but it’s 1000% better in person

If you are willing to wear a mask and comfortable visiting an indoor public space, I would still love to invite you to my studio at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati.  You can see this series AND another series of more abstract and whimsical style paintings IN PERSON on Tuesday and Thursday from 11-7pm the 21st and 23rd of September.  To avoid crowds, appointments are preferred. You can email to make a reservation, or call/text me at 859.652.3136.

If you were waiting for more abstract, colorful studio paintings,

make sure you have subscribed to my email newsletter and keep an eye on your inbox, I’m working on an email sneak peek: a series of completely different style (and new!) studio paintings. They are in a more colorful, abstract, and whimsical style you may be familiar with.  If you want first ‘dibs’ the email will come out later this week.   

Thanks again for your interest/support of my work. Hope to see you in person soon. Stay safe out there!
Ken