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Saucers -16 July 2020

I have been working on a series of cups with saucers.

greenware porcelain mugs in a row
Porcelain cups with saucers

The saucer is a new form for me, but I LOVE it! it’s relatively flat, so i can approach surface design similar to the way I would a painting or 2d art. It’s not so big, like a plate, where I run into technical problems, like warping, cracking (hopefully!)

scraffito technique carving porcelain saucer
carving the design into a saucer

one thing that attracts me to functional pottery, is that it is art made to be used; to be picked up, to serve food, it’s a kind of art that can become a part of people’s daily rituals.

notebook with sketches and porcelain saucers with sgraffito designs
Saucer designs in my sketchbook – finished saucers, ready to dry and go to the kiln

I imagine the joy these saucers will bring other people, when they lift their cup, and see the surprise looking up at them from the saucer. THAT IS WHY I MAKE POTS!

Stay tuned to see how they turn out!

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Weeds are flowers too…

…once you get to know them.

porcelain greenware jug

These weeds were the inspiration for todays pottery design. I think the plant is called chickory. It is blooming EVERYWHERE along the highways (and in my garden) here in Kentucky. I don’t know if it’s a native plant, but it has a big presence this time of the year. I like the idea of handmade pots reflecting the time in which they were made…

animation of porcelain sgraffito jug

This still needs to be fired, once it is, it’ll be porcelain, and the blue will be a deep cobalt color.

Stay tuned to see how it works out!

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9 July 2020 – new pottery

Yesterday, I had a pretty good kiln firing. A couple of losses, and some lessons learned, but also some beautiful pots! This was my first time firing translucent porcelain with the sgraffito technique. It is beautiful. Something you have to see in person to appreciate.

you can visit the gallery and see better photos of each piece by clicking here or the image below

gallery of handmade porcelain pottery

Like all my pottery, it is for sale, but not online. you have to visit my home in old washington, KY; where you can hold them in your hands; to decide which is the right one for you. They are dishwasher/microwave food safe. The design technique is labor intensive and carved by hand. Plates are $80, sugar bowls $55, bowls and the mug $40 each. First come, first serve. They are sitting on my porch and first come, first serve. If you are going to travel a long distance for something in particular, contact me first to make sure it is still available. I wear a mask and have hand sanitizer for safety, and ask one household to visit the porch at a time. Hope you can make it! It’s a nice day for a drive in the country!

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back in the print shop 3 July 2020

After a pottery intensive month (june) i found my way back into the print shop.

linocuts hanging in a rack with 'love one another' design
Love One Another – ink on paper

I printed some of my “Love One Another” prints. Most were on paper. A few of the artists at the Log Cabin Print Shop are textile artists. Watching them over the past year has inspired me to think outside ink on paper, and to print my design on fabric.

printing on fabric with linocut
using the press to print a design on fabric
animation of artist holding hand printed fabric
Print on fabric is fun!

Ok, i’ll tell the truth. I did not have a pottery free day. I DID also make these cream pitchers. What can i say? I might be a pottery addict!

greenware hand thrown pitchers
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A day of carving in clay 2 July 2020

My favorite part of working with pottery is surface design! It’s a good thing I love it, because it also takes the most time. Each piece takes at least an hour to carve.

porcelain mug, ready to carve
Using a design from my sketchbook…penciled onto the pot and ready to carve

All of today’s designs were hand carved, using a technique, called sgraffito.

mug with sgraffito lines carved
Carving the design

Since we are in the middle of the summer season, I have been inspired by one of my favorite summer flowers: the sunflower!

yellow sunflower sgraffito mug
it’s sunflower season in Kentucky!

I have started carving a new porcelain clay, and it feels a little bit different from other clays. I found myself carving it a little bit different too. Because porcelain needs a little bet of extra care, I dry these REALLY slow. They might be ready to fire in a week or two. Stay tuned to see how they turn out!

shelf with sgraffito pottery
Today’s work
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Pottery intensive June – recap

At the beginning of June, I decided to make June a ‘pottery intensive’ month in the studio. Looking back at the month, it was a lot of fun, and I made some really nice pots. I fired the kiln twice. After each firing, i put the pots on the porch, where they sold out in a matter of days.

Pottery Intensive June was a success! You can see a gallery of each kiln load by clicking the thumbnails below:

gallery of pottery
June 9, 2020
gallery of pottery
june 20,2020

July is going to be a little bit different. I am going to keep making pottery. But i’ll also take brakes to do some more printmaking and painting too. The big thing for July is that I am participating in the facebook boycot #stopHateForProfit by not logging into facebook or instagram for the month of July.

I am a frequent facebook user, so this is going to be a challenging month for me. One of the bright sides of this boycott is that I plan to give my personal website and email newsletter some TLC, so stay tuned for more art and updates!

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30 June 2020 – printing ink and playing in mud

I spent the last day of June split between the clay studio and the printshop.

US Route 62 Linocut - with map in background
The finished block. Ready for ink!

I have been working on a special print for one of my US Route 62 neighbors who lives all the way over in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Us Route 62 linocut notecards in drying rack
The finished print. Hanging to dry

Today I got to put first ink on the block and then print an edition at the log cabin print shop.

pottery being underglazed
Pots in progress

After printing, I had some time to put some handles on mugs, put some glaze on bowls, and then throw a few cream pitchers and bowls

pottery forms on the wheel
Bowls and creamers just thrown from the wheel.
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The Potter – by Tania Horne

You never know where it will take you when you put your creativity out there:
Late friday night, i made a live stream while throwing pots…no words, or instruction, just an hour of making pots.
I don’t know who all watched, but poet, Tania Anderson Horne , saw it, and it inspired a poem! I liked the poem so much, we made this short video together. Thank you Tania! I’m honored!!!

Tania is participating in Lexington Poetry Month. A project, where every June, poets are challenged to write a poem every day. You can learn more at https://lexpomo.com
#lexpomo