Work in progress

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My friend Steve Palmer came by to take some photos for the Artisans Studio Tour which will take place November 11 & 12, 2017.  My new studio will be on the Tour, although it’s not clear  whether we will have moved in yet or if Studio #10 on the Tour will take in a late-stage construction site.

I’ll be joined by Jan Elmore, who will be showing her mirror frames and mixed-media wall sculpture.  I’ll have pots from the first firings in my new kiln, including some of these that Steve caught as I was glazing them and putting them in the kiln.

Carter refers to this style of mug as my corrugated trash can series

Steve didn’t take this photo (his would have been much nicer!) but here are some of the mugs from the firing.

Most of the pots were sprayed with blue/grey glazes.

I love Steve’s shot of the cone pads from my first firings. Pyrometric cones melt at specific temperatures. Potters use them to tell how hot it is in the kiln.

New online course, second firing, and a great link

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A lot to report here:

First, my online throwing course on is now open for registration.  There are six weekly sessions, with the entire course content available for ten weeks.  This format feels like an innovative hybrid — somewhere between in-person lessons and watching pottery videos on You-Tube.  Students will have a chance to ask me questions and interact with each other in a course chat room.

Koos and Antoinette Badenhorst have created their school, starting with Antoinette’s own teaching and expanding to guest potters.  (I’m their fourth guest.)  My course covers throwing the basics of throwing cylinders plus a number of advanced projects, including lamps, two-part forms, several lid styles, enclosed forms, mugs and handles, oval forms, and elephants.  We filmed it in Saltillo, Mississippi in Antoinette’s studio.

Second, yesterday I fired my kiln for the second time.  Firing next to a construction site (we’re still remodeling the house) is more of a challenge than next to a functioning studio.  But I got lucky with the weather, in that it stayed overcast most of the day, so although temperatures were typical for Virginia in July, I was spared having to deal with direct sun.  Will post photos here when I unload the firing tomorrow.

And finally, I just discovered this set of Mick Casson Master Classes posted on Jiseys Blog.  Mick taught at Harrow and then ran the course during my second year there.  He was a warm generous teacher — one of the people I try to emulate in my own teaching.  I haven’t taken the time to watch the whole series yet, but I already know it will be a treat!



Spring Open House

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Nancy Maxson and I will hold our Spring Open House here at the Pottery on Memorial Day Weekend. Nancy’s display will feature her cards and paintings, plus newly republished copies of her book.  Mine will feature work from my most recent firings.  The show is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 25
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 26
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

In addition to our latest work, we’ll have older pieces from the archives in our “Scratch & Dent” sales corner.  Please come by and tell your friends and relations about the show.  Our 2012 show was taken out by the derecho (remember the derecho last year?)  So we’re hoping for calm sunny weather this time around.


Creating a wedding registry

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Couples choose work from my showroom and list it in a registry on this site.   If you would like me to set up a page with you, please get in touch!  The following sample registry was posted last fall: Read the rest of this entry »