On View in the Watkins Gallery through December 9th at Winona State University. Here is a portion of the work entitled cynosures. There will be an artist talk and reception Wednesday, November 30th from 4-6pm. Hope to see you there!
We are having a vintage car show Oct. 1st. This is a first time for the studio and of course we will be selling pots in the gallery, Memphis will be selling her pumpkins and we will have food, music, a photographer and great cars! Join us in all the fun and various aspects the studio offers. Looking forward to meeting new people and old friends.
Summer is coming to a close and we packed the summer full! With the help of some friends we prepped a large section of the studio grounds and now have a Fall harvest coming in. We will be selling squash and pumpkins both at the studio and a local farmers market. Mother and daughter are quite excited about this.
The pots from our Spring firing are almost gone although there are still a few jewels in the gallery. You should stop in! Clay is made and ready to be pugged for the next round of work and as Fall approaches this also means wood cutting for the studio stove and kiln.
As most of you know I have a love of old cars and motorcycles. The garage area of the studio is just that. Old car projects and of course gas station stuff as pictured below. Memphis and I restored an advertising pole and a tire leak tester. These were a couple great finds to add to the collection and the ambiance of the studio garage.
We our firing the kiln this weekend! A much anticipated firing for many, including myself. I have a great crew lined up from friends to family and I can’t forget Montana my pup dog. I have to say it seems a little odd not having my recently deceased dog Madison around trying to eat hot coals out of the mouse holes of the kiln. I’ll be up until Sunday night. Stop in during the day if you are out and about. The kiln is certainly a theatrical play of sorts with all of its various parts from start to finish. Special thanks goes out to all of my helpers!
The studio update is that things are rolling along. I have most of the work glazed now, under plastic to keep the dust off and this time around I am also wadding a lot of the work before hand to ease in the day to two days of loading the kiln. The wadding is a 50/50 mix of sand and fireclay with sawdust to taste. Today I am throwing some last minute yunomi style cups for the very back of the kiln and experimenting with low temp glazes fire higher than they would normally go. Also, here is a preliminary sketch for a mural project going up at the Strawberry Point library.Last week included teaching a class in cooking at Starmont High School where class time is really short compared to teaching my 2 1/2 hour college classes.and finally I recently planed some rough cut black walnut to replace some missing boards on one of my father’s old wood working benches. I am really looking forward to putting the old table to use in the studio. That is just a few things going on with the studio. Hope everyone is well, cheers!
Here is a necessary step in the preparation of the kiln for the next firing. All of the kiln hardware, stilts and shelves must be cleaned and often ground to remove the previous firings accumulation of fluxed ash deposits and such. The following step is to re-coat the ends of the stilts/soaps/bricks and the top of the shelves with kiln wash, a 50/50 mix of aluminum hydrate and kaolin which aids in protecting the hardware from fusing together. Still a few last minute commissioned pieces to make and it will be on to glazing….