Latest work

In preparation for 1001 POTS in the Laurentians coming up next week I am glazing and firing as much as I can. I will light up my big oval 2 or 3 times to cone 10 during this month and a half long exhibit of ceramic artists/potters in Val-David, Quebec to keep stocked and deliver to Kingston glass gallery and the Perth Riveguild. 1001 POTS takes place outside on the grounds of Kinya Ishikawa’s property and is a show not to be missed.

In electric cone 10 world, I feel I am getting somewhere with my work and am not so sure why I would want to build a reduction kiln anymore, at least the thought has crossed my mind but yes, I do damn it! I want copper reds and shinos and blue celadons and not have to struggle so much to get visual and tactile interest on my pots! A dream ever since I finished my pottery course in Montreal in 1998 I will do all I can to get it done before I turn 50. Sigh….Butter bells, utensil cylinders, casseroles, espresso cups or as they say here expresso…I guess you drink it fast? jars and garlic keepers are calling me next to the wheel. That and the tonnage of stoneware clay I need to pug. Lucky for me I found a used bluebird de-airing pugger to help with the job. One thing to fix though the arm in the vacuum chamber keeps hitting the underside of the lid at every pass making it impossible to achieve vacuum. I will try to grind off some steel from the top of the arm and bend the toggle spring. On the plus side, no more cleaning my dedicated porcelain pugmill. Believe me it’s a 2 day job!

 

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Sunday March 27 firing

I finished unloading this morning. Here are some shots of some of the pieces from Sunday’s cone 10 firing. I am now pricing and packing for the coming weekend’s Pakenham Maple Run Studio Tour. I’m hoping it’s a good one with lots of attendance. I’ll be at stop #4

St. Andrews United Church
2585 County Road 29

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Spring has not sprung…

Well I’m still here. Depressed by the state of the world and how people can be pushed to such barbarity for their beliefs or lack there of. No worries, that nylon haired toft will save us if he is elected. I have started planning my bunker for such an outcome. You are free to join me as I do have an extra shovel. Burying a school bus should be easy…

I’ve been making pots on and off as the birth of our son in January has been keeping me busier than ever. That’s right we have a little one! I have not named him Mini me and hope he doesn’t grow up to be a potter! It’s hell to make a living at…  Now here in my backyard, as I do not travel much there are still snow patches on the ground and the sun is somewhere in the universe, just nowhere near this one. Last weeks weather had me convinced spring had sprung but alas, we are expecting another 10 or so centimeters of snow by Thursday. I want to drink or go hide somewhere. I can’t afford to go south so think I’ll opt for the drowning of my sorrows. Oh wait, can’t do that, I have diapers to change! OK, here is some new work on the pottery front. I’ve been working in stoneware since January and will make the switch over to porcelain in April. With a few orders on the go I’m a little upset my Nuka on Temmoku isn’t giving me the usual lovely blue streaking. Either the thickness is the culprit or my extra soak of 10 minutes at cone 10 is, but ash added to any glaze can be unpredictable. I am happy with the results, just that when someone orders something from me I should let them know results may vary.

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