Archive for March, 2012

The Smell of a Kiss

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Lee stayed home from the river trip so she could attend a reception at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City where she was honored with a purchase award for this painting, “The Smell of a Kiss”. The painting is part of the LDS Church’s International Art Competition held every two years.

Cataract Canyon with Adah

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Adah and I went down the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon last week with Shonpa Yeshi, Rick Gate, his two children Ali and Ryan. Lee was to have been on the trip but stayed home to attend the awards ceremony for the Ninth International Art Competition sponsored by the LDS Church in Salt Lake City. She was receiving a purchase award and thought it bad form to blow off the ceremony.
Rick Gate
Shonpa Yeshi is a student at Wasatch Academy in nearby Mount Pleasant. They are on Spring Break and it was to far for him to go home to the Tibetan refugee camp where he lives in India.
Rick and his kids Ryan and Alison at the top of the MIneral Bottom road that leads to where we launched our trip on the GReen river 52 miles upstream from the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.
This is the newly rebuilt Mineral Bottom road. It blew out in a flash flood incident in 2010.
Adah rowed a lot of the time. I was enjoying being a tourist/passenger. I spelled her from time to time.
The Butte of the Cross.
Looking down stream on the Green River from a butte above Fort Bottom.
An abandoned granary on the river side.
Camp on the Green River.
Looking northeast from the Doll’s House at the head of Cataract Canyon. Rick and the kids hiked up to the Doll’s House a few miles down stream form the confluence while I napped and read on my boat. I am still recovering from knee surgery in December and am not able to hike very well.

Evenings around the camp fire were very good.

The Shed Taking Shape

Friday, March 9th, 2012



The shed is nearing completion. I’ll be gone to the river for the next week. After that Shonpa and Hasib will help stain it and I’ll build some shelves inside to hold extra glazed ware for the kiln. Shonpa (from Tibet) and Hasib (from Kabul) are on spring Break from Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant.

The Cup Online Catalog

Thursday, March 8th, 2012


The catalog for The Cup is online now. The show is at the ARTcetera Gallery at College of Lake County in Illinois. THe blog page featuring my work is here.

Butter Pots and a Muddy Glaze.

Monday, March 5th, 2012


Here are a couple of my butter pots. Both of these are glazed with a local slip glaze I call Thistle Mud. Back in 1983 the little Utah town of Thistle was buried under 200 feet of water when a mountain slid down and dammed the Spanish Fork River. After the lake was drained it left a 12″ thick layer of very fine brown mud on everything. Being a potter I immediately though of the glaze potential of that layer of mud. Sure enough it made a great glaze in the cone 9-11 range that I fire to. Here you see two of the results Thistle Mud gets. There is actually quite a range of finishes possible in my firings. I enjoy uncertainty inherent in this process. If you come by the shop I can show you several other examples of THistle Mud.
We use these at home for butter. We cut the butter with olive oil to improve its spreadability and cut down on the amount of animal fat in our diet. It makes a nice homemade soft spread.