Archives for the month of: August, 2013

I had a good firing. A little uneven top to bottom but not bad for the first time in this kiln. Here is a time lapse of the unload.Its nice to pull work from a soda kiln once again. I have been firing gas and electric since November of 2012 while I tore down and rebuilt the Carbondale Clay Centers soda kiln. Which I might add is a daunting task alone in the Colorado winter. Anyway, I am glad to have the soda surfaces back in my work. I am also excited to have added ta few new glazes to my palette for this firing.
A special thanks to my friends the The Spitfire Tumbleweeds for letting me use their music. If you like them you can purchase their music online at


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I just spent a few minutes looking at who all was following my Historical Ceramics board on pinterest and I was flattered to see all of the amazing potters who are following that board. So  A big thank you to everyone who is following me on pinterest, instagram, this blog or on facebook.

Looking at everyone who is following me made me think about how important it is for us as makers and as people who use handmade objects to know about the context of an object. Where does it come from? Why is someone today using a certain form? Where did that form come from? I see a parallel in Jazz where there are certain standards that most musicians and listeners will undoubtedly know. Knowing these allows the musician to play within the confines of a certain format while still giving it their own signature and making reference to something or someone they may like or admire. I started the historical ceramic board because I felt that I personally need to know more about the history of clay through out the world. Quite often it is up to us to learn about many of the specifics, what interests us, and what inspires us. On my board I post pots dating up to the mid 20th century so there is a vast variety of styles. That being said there are still an innumerable quantity of cultures and countries from which I have not yet drawn upon.

I wanted to take this opportunity to stress the importance of learning from and of these pots as well as showing a select few of my favorites… Enjoy!

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So here is a short clip of me wadding pots and putting in the bottom shelf. This is the first soda firing I’ve done at Arrowmont. So far the kiln has been pretty easy to fire and adjust. I will be unloading on Wednesday and will do another video of the unloading. I am going to try to shoot a good number of the pots, if they turn out, before the A.I.R. open studios and post them before…but we will see how time is looking then.

Shot this short video today while working on some juice cups. This is the first time I’ve done anything with a time lapse app… I think next time I will slow down the frames per second. Enjoy!