Archive for September, 2011

The Wall

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

After 80+ firings the wall between the 1st and 2nd chambers of my wood burner needed repair. I spent Saturday tearing it down, cleaning brick and laying it back up again. I’ll be fitting it with some reenforcing iron Monday and then getting ready to fire on Wednesday.


My pour pots and more.

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Yesterday I finished trimming the last of this summer’s pots and loaded a bisque today. I’ll be loading the wood kiln Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the Spring City Arts Studio Tour held September 10.

Mark your calendar and make plans to come out to Spring City for the day. There will be a lot of art going down.

Here are some pics of the last few day’s production. Enjoy.








On the backside of summer.

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Out walking early with my good dog Ernie this morning I was reminded that summer is slipping away. I did not wear a sweater but could have. It was still quite dark at 6 am when we headed out. Orion was well overhead as was Jupiter. It was not long ago that the sun was rising at six. It still feels very much like summer once day has gotten underway.img_7105.JPG



The long hours of late afternoon are getting shorter too and the shadows longer.

The best thing about this time of year is the table fare. It reminds me of why I make pots and garden.





The Spring City Bluegrass Festival was held a couple of weeks ago from noon until 10 pm on a Saturday. It was all this and more.


About the time of the bluegrass festival the man who built this wall and carved the stone crossed over to sit with the grandfathers. Benson Whittle was as good and kind a person as I have known. Ben made art passionately all of his life working in many mediums. A few years ago Lee and I got to take Ben on the Colorado River with us. It was a high point for all three of us.
THe leaves have not started to turn yet, perhaps because the summer was so late in getting here. It will happen soon. The peaches are on and that is a sure sign.