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I am editing a few images. Mostly of work from my firing last week. Here are a few images of pieces that are in my show at Willits Center for the Arts.


Its been quite a while so here’s the summary of the last 9 months:

I wrapped up my residency at Arrowmont at the end of May and took a job as the Studio Manager/Director of Santa Fe Clay in Santa New Mexico. By the time I arrived in Santa Fe the Santa Fe Clay summer workshops were in full swing. Its been a pretty fantastic experience so far. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many notable artists last summer and am excited about this coming summer as well. I am very pleased to have been given so many curatorial opportunities at SFC and have assisted in curating a number of shows here over the last few months. Recently me and our gallery assistant, Natasha Ribeiro, co-curated 6 Under 36 which opens this Friday and is receiving some press both locally and from Ceramics Monthly. The artists included in the show are Emily Duke, Linda Lopez, Brooks Oliver, Peter Pincus, Adam Shiverdecker & Matt Ziemke. I will try to write more about the show as I live with the work once its installed. The basic premise of the show was to bring in younger ceramic artists whose work both Natasha and I found fresh and exciting.

Once I found a place in Santa Fe I was able to set up a studio and start working. While progress has been slow I’ve been able to get some work made. We recently finished a new soda kiln at Santa Fe Clay and did our first firing before the holidays. It feels good to know that I can soda fire my work once again. I will be documenting that work this week and hopefully sending it off to galleries shortly.

I am also in the process of getting a new website up. I started playing around with square space in November and then had my computer stolen and lost all of my images and portfolios. So I’ve been hunting down some of my higher resolution images from applications and residencies and am now ready to start the switch over to the new page.

When I arrived in Santa Fe I didnt have a studio to work in for the first 3 months and so I diverted my energies into glaze testing and have subsequently developed a whole new batch of glazes to add to my palate. I am excited to write about them, what I am looking for when testing, and how I evaluate the results for what I would like to turn into a article in the near future.

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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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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.