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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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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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Print on Clay with Tom + Dave – Arrowmont Workshop

I’m super grateful to be back at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craftsl for a printmaking (on clay) workshop with Thomas Lucas and David Todd Trost .

look who was on the campus to greet us!!!! He/she/they will be the inspiration for my print on clay project!

At the Arrowmont School of arts and Crafts in Tennessee-learning to make screens in the darkroom, then screen printing with ceramic glazes with master printer Thomas Lucas at a mind blowing print on clay workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts . this is just one of many techniques we are learning.

This workshop is a double feature, with TWO instructors. In addition to learning from a master printer, we also have David Todd Trost. Not only is he like a walking talking encyclopedia in all things clay (and professional wrestling), but he’s also an amazing teacher-he explains and demonstrates what he knows in a way that’s just as entertaining as it is educational. I learned so much, and am super grateful to have had this opportunity to learn from them.

my table towards the end of the workshop
my super talented and nice class at Arrowmont

i’m back in the studio, testing on porcelain with some of the prints we made at master printer Thomas Lucas workshop…I’ve read all the books on printing on clay, and he has some refinements (that work better) to those techniques–and some new techniques I never even thought were possible. In all things ceramic testing is critical. one change in material (porcelain) can make a difference between success and failure.

Fortunately, in class, we had the opportunity to troubleshoot, and tom helped me understand what each component of the inks are doing, so I can refine and adjust to make sure I get the best results possible with my particular clay/glaze/temperature combination. Thanks to Tom and Dave everyone at Arrowmont and those who made this experience possible. I feel renewed and am filled with inspiration. stay tuned!

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Surface design with Adero Willard – Arrowmont Workshop

A lot of you know I’m a self taught potter-never had formal instruction. Thanks to a good friend/patron, I’m taking a pottery workshop by Adero Willard at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee…my first pottery class!!!

Already, the workshop has been a transformative experience for me -and the way I think about ceramic surface design. It’s been intense, working in the studio from morning until we are kicked out of at midnight.

I have to process the firehose of information she is sharing with us before I share any pictures of the pots we are making, but look who came to join us for lunch today!!!

I’ve never seen a bear in the ‘wild’ before. It was a magical experience! This place is an artist dream come true!

I decided the bears were my muse, and I used it as a model for some of my pots during Adero Willard ‘s workshop. These are early pots from the workshop:

An early pot from the workshop:


At this point in the workshop, i was learning about layers, wax resist and slip trails using Amaco Brent underglazes. I was really curious about firing the underglaze and redware pottery at that temperature (cone 2)…it comes out very lovely! 

More pots from the workshop:

The main lesson (of MANY) that I took from the workshop was to be curious (what if?) and to experiment (try it!) while in the studio. While remembering to keep records and notes, so that we could duplicate the successful combinations, and avoid the not so nice ones.

If you are familiar with my work, you know this kind of mark making is WAY out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t easy to loosen up and just work with pattern and colors, but it sure was FUN, once I got into it! Don’t worry, i’ll still make cute little bears,goats and bunnys, but there’s a good chance there may be some new pattern and colors in future work.

a big thank you to everyone who made this wonderful experience possible!

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18 April 2022 – Kiln Opening

Some new porcelain pottery from my most recent kiln opening.

Come to one of my upcoming events to see them in person, or click/swipe the photos above for a better look at all the pots from the firing. Sorry, I don’t sell pots online-in person only.

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Kiln Firing 6 February 2022

I just opened the kiln–i had some wonderful goodies, like these little cream pitchers. I don’t know why they got me so excited, but they sure are cute!

Another exciting thing is that I’ve ben experimenting with greens, and have some new results.

Here’s a gallery that shows EVERYTHING that was in today’s firing.
Click the arrows or swipe to see all the different pieces from the firing

if you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift, one of these pots might be the perfect thing for you!

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. You can see them in person this Wednesday (February 9th) from noon- 6pm at my studio (studio 400) at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. Contact me me for more information–or you can visit this facebook link to RSVP:

https://www.facebook.com/events/4834612979908955

All pots are porcelain, lead free, food safe, and can be used in the microwave

Prices for your reference:

Cream Pitchers$25
Cups and Side plates $40
Spice Jars are no longer available