Posts Tagged ‘Pottery’

Next week’s sale event has an added bonus.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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Come on down, check out the pots, Das Cafe before 3 pm and come to this fun event.

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Lori making awa with the goods.

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James Setty and Jim Pritchard. My brothers from a different mother.

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The sale contimues November 30 and December 7.

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Lotts of things to buy.

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Katherine and Leonard Romney…all smiles.

Grateful Firing

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Thanksgiving Day 2013. I unloaded the kiln while the bird was roasting at home. Grateful day for sure.
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36 hours of cooling and the wood burner is ready to unload.

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Breaking away the door plaster.

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The first glimps bodes well.

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Doors unbricked and ready to go.

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Davey and Jonathan dropped by to help.

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Small jugs. $36 ea.

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Hot face tea bowls. $50 ea

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Round boxes with thistle slip. $75 ea.

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Yummy soup bowls. $40 ea.

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Small tea bowls. $25 ea.

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Bread Bakers. $180 ea.

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Motar and Pestel sets. $24 ea.

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The tea pots. $200 ea.

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The pies $60 ea.

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The jugs. $90-$120 ea.

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The whole mess.

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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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.
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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.
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The baking dish.

Friday, January 14th, 2011

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Lee made meat loaf last week. It was divine as usual. It was the three way mix of beef, pork and turkey with her own special twist. She baked the meat mixture in an oval baking dish that has been in our home since I made it in 1985.
In 1985 I was a student in Brigham Young University’s MFA program. Here is a passage from an article I published a couple of years ago in Studio Potter telling the story of the pot featured above.
“One day in graduate school, I was working on a run of about a dozen baking dishes. I had them laid out on a table and was deciding how to glaze them when a professor passed through the room. He asked in a slightly irritated voice, “What is all this production work?” I mumbled something about Zen aesthetics and the Un- known Craftsman and kept on with my work. Later, when I was inspecting the finished pieces with my wife, she picked out one she wanted for our kitchen. The one she selected grew on me, and at her urging I photographed it and entered it in the 1985 NCECA Members’ Juried Exhibition. My piece was selected for the show. Word spread quickly in our ceramics department that I had gotten a piece into the NCECA show. Soon the same professor was in my studio, wanting to “talk about my work.”
I asked him if he remembered that run of “production work” that he had complained about. I then explained that he and I work differently to get to the same point. His approach involves a series of thumbnail sketches and maquettes, from which one is chosen to be executed full scale. I work by making a lot of pieces in series (read: production work), without a lot of con- scious thought given to each individual piece. After the firing I will select the one or two that have that “thing” that I can’t articulate but rec- ognize when I pick them up and examine them with my eyes and my hands.
When I was in San Antonio for the conference, a friend and I were visiting with a young woman who had a piece in the show. Her piece was an intellectually driven sculptural vessel that addressed how women are often tied to domestic drudgery in their traditional roles. It was a very smart and well executed piece and I enjoyed looking at it. She was not aware that I had a piece in the show when she said to us, “Did you see that “pot” in the show, you know, the casserole?” Her tone and diction didn’t speak of admiration, but of disdain. I wouldn’t have said anything, but my friend piped up, “Oh yeah, that is Joe’s piece.” She was embarrassed and I was amused. It was clear to me that my mundane pot, with its intentionally understated aesthetic and requiring touch and use for communication, was fighting an uphill battle for appreciation in that academic arena.”
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That was all a lot of years ago. The dish is still in use in our kitchen where it risks wear, tear and possible breakage, but it has the best life a pot can have.

The Potter’s Holiday

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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I like people. I think they are beautiful as individuals and as family groups. That is one side benefit of making a living the way I do. As the nation sat down together in homes all over America and beyond I thought of how many of my pots were being employed in the holiday meal. It is probably more than at any other time. I’m sure every other potter who makes his or her trade in utilitarian wares has the same thoughts. I love the interaction I have with people who visit my shop. I have spent many an hour…or afternoon talking on and on with folks as I throw and they watch. It is pleasant. They seem to like it and it doesn’t slow me down any.
I have always had my Holiday/Christmas sale start the day after Thanksgiving Day. I wasn’t thinking about the day being a potter’s holiday it just seemed good. I see that many of my peers do the same. I hold the sale over two weekends because with the fall weather being what it is in the mountain west it is wise to build in a bad weather day. It is a great time. I get to visit a lot and get feed back on the work. I love watching people make up their minds.
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This year Zina was gone to Austin for the holiday so her friends Laura Prenot volunteered to help me with the shop on the sale days. She was invaluable. She kept the pots flowing while I paid attention to people. Here are Caleb, Alison and Laura, all friends of Zina’s.
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Ray Oman and his very fine mate Annie getting away with a pie dish.
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Bugdog, part of the Eskelsen entourage.
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A musical people. The Shultz family.
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the Ericson sisters Bella and Kadee. Bella is learning cosmetics.

The last pots of 2009

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

After Dixon’s demise I unloaded the last firing of 2009 and conducted the last studio sale as well. Lots of good people came and a good time was had by all. I can’t say that we broke any sales records, but considering the economy we did alright. We have been and continue to be blessed.
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After these were fired I did make a few more small pots to send out to California for some friends to fire in their New Year’s Eve firing. Those will be 2010 pots.

Friends, family and tourists all came by on the sale days.

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Lee, Geri and Matt The Schultses Kenny Nealand and Joe the Potter
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Rochanne, Joe, Sasha, Sara, Lee, Zina, Esther, Lee, Bev, Rachel, Sarah and Zina.
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Zina and Marc Pulsipher.

Summer Art Stroll

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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Lee and Joe have been invited to show with the resident artists at Flynn Artipelego this Saturday. Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies. Everyone go.

One more day at work.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I have this weird split identity going. I spent the first half of the day firing a small order of pots in Ed Henneger’s minigama and then went to work laying up stone. The pots had top get done for delivery this week so I borrowed the kiln and got it knocked out. I love working with stone and am very distracted. I am thinking about the pots that I want to make when the time comes but for now I am loving the ring of steel on stone and the slop of mortar and a trowel.
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Ed’s kiln is a pile of brick that gets hot really fast. Cone ten in four hours.
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Cutting stone with a tracer and mallet.
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Finishing mortar joints. It is mud!
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Mixing clay…I mean mortar.
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This is fun. That is why I am in on the project.
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The barn as of July 28, 2009. We will finish the masonry tomorrow.

New pots out of the Red Path

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I unloaded my last woodfire eight days ago. It has been a busy time or I would have posted these sooner. I had to fall right back into throwing for next weeks firing. I am selecting work to take down to Scottsdale. I’ll be throwing the last of them Monday and then getting my taxes done while they are drying and in between more gardening. Good thing I don’t have to work for a living.
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Tea Bowls are always a nice place to start from.
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Tea Pots and detail.
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Commemorative plates.
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Hump molded platters showing off the new tools.
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There is a little of what I got. It was one of the better firings I have had in this kiln. Really only two or three pots that came out less than expected. The large bowl pictured has a joint crack visible on the inside. It will make a nice tomato planter for the deck.