Archive for the ‘Pottery’ Category

Saturday at the pot shop.

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

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Steve Bartholomew and his wife Rhonda came by on their way home from a foot race in Richfield and we made some pots or shall I say they took pictures and visited while I made pots. Later we got Lee and went to Das Cafe for some roast beef and red cabbage that was to die for.
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Some of the things I was making on Saturday. One more week to get it all thrown in time for the holiday sale days.
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The accidental Entreprenuers.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Yesterday Lee and I spoke at Snow College’s Entrepreneurial Seminar. I was a little bemused when the invitation came simply because we have never thought of ourselves as entrepreneurs. If an entrepreneur is “an enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or initiative”. Then I suppose we are. There certainly is a fair amount of risk involved and initiative required to make it as artists in this economy. We had a good time and I hope the students got something they can use. I began by reading Wedell Berry’s “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer’s Liberation Front“. I talked about Dicken’s character Jacob Marley and his regrets about having spent his career concerned with “the dealings of my trade” instead of the real business of the common welfare of Mankind. Ed Abbey said that “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell”. When it was over the director said it was unique in the history of their seminars. I’ll bet. THat is what they get for inviting old hippies to talk about business.
Pictured above are Lee, me, Allan Christensen and Jamee Wheelwright.

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In other news the wheel keeps cranking out holiday bargains for the upcoming sale days just a few weeks off.

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The Potter’s Meal and platters

Friday, October 26th, 2012

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The day began fairly normal with me making 15 pound lumps of clay like this into platters that I will stamp mottos and slogans into later.

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Steve Olpin our long time film making friend showed up last night so he could spend the day shooting Lee in her studio. Here is Adah star of Steve’s 1993 classic “The Potter’s Meal” hanging out on the set. Steve is making a various short films to post on his YouTube chanel.

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Lee and Steve checking out what he shot while waiting for lunch at Das Cafe on Main Street in Spring City.

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Carrot Cake to die for.

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After lunch an impromptu shoot in from of the cafe.

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Autumn Woman 2

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24 Plates for the Holiday Sale

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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I made twenty four plates and stamped them with little slogans. The the slogans are things I would like to invite people to consider and live by perhaps. They are slogans that I have tried to integrate into my life. Some successfully and others not yet fully realized but works in progress.

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I also trimmed eighteen pie dishes from Saturdays throwing. The Holidays are upon me and I need to get a firing off before I go under the knife for knee replacement.

Studio Tour pots and the OLive Us trailer are out.

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The firing came out fairly well. There were no major bad pot and a few that really look good. Here is a sampling.
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These are the pots made by the kids from Olive Us. The video is due out this fall. Here is a trailer for season 2 which our piece is part of.

Olive Us Season 2 Trailer from Olive Us on Vimeo.

Here are my pots.
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Studio Tour Saturday.

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

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Lee and I returned from the river (Grand Canyon 12 days) on Tuesday. I fired the wood kiln yesterday on about 4.5 hours sleep. There will be lots of new pots for the studio tour event. We will both be in our studios Saturday and hope to see you.

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Making simple round things with soil.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Today’s trimming of yesterday’s throwing.
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In addition to these trimmed pots there were many more thrown.

Fresh Clay.

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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There is nothing like fresh clay, newly formed into a vessel and still sitting on the wheel waiting transfer to a board. When I fire I am looking for anything that helps save some of that beauty.

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The day ended well.

Tiger in a Jar and Olive us

Monday, July 16th, 2012

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I got an e-mail Friday asking me is I would allow a film crew into my shop on Monday (today) to make a short piece about a visit to a pottery shop by a family. Short notice, I thought. I looked at their website and thought, But they are quite good at this and was intrigued enough to say yes to them. So Matt and Julie Walker showed up around 10:30 this morning with their Cannon 7D and 5D in tow and began setting up.
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They were meeting a family driving from St George. They are Ben and Gabrielle Blair who are here in the states visiting from their home in Normandy, France where both parents work online. They have hired Tiger in a Jar (Matt and Julie) to make a series of films for kids about kids. The film series is called Olive Us and features their kids doing all kinds of normal kid things here and there. We had a lot of fun making pots and generally hanging out. I’m glad I didn’t miss this day. The Blairs are an amazing family. You can follow Gabrielle’s excellent blog here.
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Matt getting Olive with her apron.

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The pots I made for the kids.

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Matt consults his notes.
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June burned out.

More Bisque and New Clay Slaves

Monday, May 21st, 2012

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More glazing going down. The De Groff boys, Thomas and Henry came over and spent the day wading pots for me. We got a lot done and they were very glad for the work. Child labor anyone? I’ll finish up the glazing and load the kiln tomorrow. The TV guys will be on hand so I’ll have to look sharp.