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In the studio 2017

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2017 by mikeknox

Some work in progress…


Kiln prep

Posted in News with tags , , , , on November 9, 2015 by mikeknox

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….brick

Studio update

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2015 by mikeknox

studio updateIt has been a while since the last firing and an update for that matter. I need to keep you more informed I know, I just get busy. I have been making work to fill the kiln and I am just about ready to fire. I need to finish a few more commissioned pieces, glaze and ready things for the load. I can almost smell the smoke! Lately I have focused on what I might call my round pots. They are coming out of kitchen so to speak. I cook a lot and the process of making food, presenting food (including flower vases for the table) and translating the importance to my family has driven me to think about the work in a direct light associated with my food habits. This is certainly where cooking from various ethnic sources demands various types of pots.

blog cups Also, back by popular demand is a small wine/juice cup and as the pots are coming to a finish just before the firing, stop in the gallery. I still have some really nice pieces unspoken for. You could even reserve a piece in the studio for the upcoming firing, if it is not already sold. Thanks for your support!

Studio update

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by mikeknox

qwwqSo the next wave of work is starting to commence, clay is mixed and pugged, commissions are coming in and it is time to get back to making art………………………The Upper Iowa exhibit of my newest work is still going until February 20th so go check it out, get your Valentine a nice handmade gift! If you are not in the area you can still view the show at this link

The picture above is the start of new hunting bag, a southern style which is made of vintage bed ticking, canvas lined and will have a leather strap, flap, and the plan is to have an appropriate period powder horn to go with it. This is just one of those things I like to make in the winter hours, not because I have extra time just an area of interest, the longhunter of the 18th Century and shooting those old smoke poles.

Happy New Year

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by mikeknox

Happy New Year

Kirk Mangus Memorial

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2013 by mikeknox

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My Friend and one of the most prolific artist I have had the opportunity to work with has passed……. So many things will not be the same when someone this influential leaves us. Kirk you will be missed. If you cannot attend the memorial please feel free to write something about Kirk……..on Kirk for Kirk and email it to

Winona Arts Center Holiday Sale

Posted in News with tags , , , , on December 1, 2011 by mikeknox

We will be at the Winona Arts Center! Come see us and get your holiday shopping started!
Saturday, December 3, 9am-5pm

The Annual Holiday Sale

On Saturday, December 3, the Winona Arts Center will hold its 18th Annual Artists Holiday Sale. Member artists display original fine arts and crafts for the local community in a juried holiday sale. This family event includes a coffeehouse, music and storytelling.