Archive for August, 2011

Papa Joe’s Famous Peanut Butter Pork Chili

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

This is not a food blog, but since potters can’t seem to stay out of the kitchen here is one of my signiture recipes. Years ago I was having dinner with ceramics collector, dealer and critic Garth Clark. He commented that he loved having dinner with potters because their kitchens and pallets are so interesting. “Painters on the other hand will eat any damn thing.”
I like to start with 1.5-2 lbs of boneless country style pork spare ribs.
I cube the meat and sear it in an iron skillet with 2-3 cloves of garlic diced.
When the meat is well browned I cover it with water, reduce the heat and add 3 T medium hot or hot New Mexico ground red chilis (Hatch, Bueno, Chimisa etc), 1 t rubbed Mexican Oregano, 1/2 t ground cunim, and salt to taste.
After the meat has cooked on a low heat for three hours add 3 heaped tablespoons of good quality natural chunky peanut butter. If you use some crap like Jiff or Skippy expect your chili to taste about like that. Simmer on low heat for another hour so the flavors can meld.
This chili now only needs warm corn tortillas and a spoon to enjoy.


Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Somewhere around 1994 or 1995 Travis McFlynn wandered into the pot shop at Wasatch Academy and began making pots…good pots. I was teaching a throwing lab for the school at the time. I had never seen this kid. I asked him where he had learned to throw. He said “Here”. I asked him when and he said “this morning”. I knew he would be going places in the clay world.
Travis stopped by a day or two ago on his way home to Berkley from a memorial service fro Paul Soldner in Aspen Colorado.
We ate dinner and reminisced about all the time since then, the two Grand Canyon trips we did together and caught up on all of Travis’s travels around the clay world.
Travis is a senior at California School of Arts and Crafts and will be heading off to grad school soon. Like me he has taken a while getting to this point in his education.


Yellow Transparents are on.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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The great things about Yellow Transparent Apples are that they are the very best for pies, they can not be bought in store because they are so perishable and they come on in August. We have foru trees and they are loaded. We are making apple sauce, pie filling and PIES!

With all this in mind I started making pie pans.


I made a couple of dozen of them and trimmed them on this chuck when they were leather hard.

Provo potter Greg Caldwell came by to spend the afternoon visiting while I worked.


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There is a new kid on the block

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Shonpa Yeshi is spending the summer with us. He is Tibetan and lives in Dharamsala, India. He is in Utah for four years attending Wasatch Academy. Shonpa will be taking a pottery class in school during the coming academic semester so he is warming up on my treadle wheel. After a couple of hours I asked him if he was learning a lot and he said emphatically yes. If he does as wwell with pottery as he has with his other classes I will have a run for my money with him.




I spent the day throwing pie dishes and trimming Saturday’s large bowls and platters. These ones are made with 30 lbs of clay each.




The rim is textured with this little bisque roulette after the bottom is trimmed.

Warming up

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

I’ve been warming up this week, throwing small things like mugs and cups. These are things that I care a lot about but that I don’t think about as I am making them. That is intentional. Hamada once said when asked how he made killer tea bowls that he liked to invite a friend over to visit while he was throwing. That way his conscious mind would be distracted so that the pots that live in the subconscious could flow out bypassing his mind. You could call it mindless work. It is while working in this mode that I get my best “ideas”. It is a way of getting the juices flowing after a hiatus from clay work.