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More Test pots

After almost 3 years of working in porcelain, I’m exploring a new clay/glaze combination. It’s a dark red stoneware made here in Kentucky. I’m able to combine my love of clay, carving AND PAINTING for this new surface design.

Bear making pottery cup
bunny with flowers cup
peace goats with berries cup
cardinal cup
yellow cat cup
yellow cat cup
US Route 62 cup
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November work in progress

threw some cups on the wheel, and added their handles
some work in progress: red stoneware. I’m painting the exterior with white slip. will carve line designs that allow the red clay to show through.
I was able to carve 4 of the 5 cups with bunny horse and bird designs. Now the cups will dry and go into the kiln for a bisque firing. After that
I bisque fired 3 cups then painted colors with thinned underglaze…layering them like i would watercolors.
Then dipped the cups in a clear glaze–now firing them to cone 6.
Should have test final results tomorrow. The colors should be a LOT more vivid. This is a new technique for me, so I’m looking forward to learning how these materials behave.

stay tuned to see how they look after glaze firing!

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us 62 cups – work in progress

Me painting slip on the cups I made yesterday. They’ll be ready to decorate tomorrow.
some work in progress big 20 oz cups. They have handles slip and line work. Now they dry out and go into the killn. After that is the fun part: color!
I’m working on an art project about US 62, one of the first highways in the USA: Niagara Falls, NY to El Paso, TX.
I made some decals for cups, and plan to give the finished cups to different people that I meet along the route during my travels.
The cups still need to be fired, I’ll also grunge the surface: to make the cup look old and rusty. Stay tuned!

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Test results are in!!!

I’ve been trying something new with clay, and going through some trial and error to get the clay/glaze combination to work right.

I finally have the chemistry working! Here are my latest test results:

Bird Cup 20oz
handmade stoneware cup with decorative rabbits flowers and a heart. made by kentucky artist ken swinson
rabbit cup 21oz
handmade stoneware cup decorated with two horses, flowers and a heart design
horse cup 24oz

they are all food/microwave safe. As always, they are not available online, you will have to visit my studio in person to add one to your collection!

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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!