Archive for Mike Knox in Iowa

Car show at the studio! Oct. 1st

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on September 16, 2016 by mikeknox

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.
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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!