Maple Run Studio Tour

Here are the details for the next show I am taking part in.

Cartwright Springs Brewery
239 Deer Run Road
Cartwright Springs brews with water from its own artesian spring located just metres from the brewery. With an intense focus on environmentally-friendly initiatives and a space that reflects their beer, their craft and their community. Cartwright Springs will again have their popular Maple Porter on tap for the Maple Run Tour, as well as their deliciously different carbonated maple sap.
At this very popular location will be 3 artists and the pink Jolly Hog Food Truck.
Gary Brooks: new to the Maple Run Tour, brings his hand-crafted barn board birdhouses and walking sticks, and the best non-human backscratchers ever!
Clement Hoeck: a participant in the Maple Run Tour for many years, returns with distinctive high fire porcelain and stoneware ceramics, featuring designs both utilitarian and decorative .
Barb Sohn: new to the Maple Run Tour, is a Perth, Ontario artist who specializes in capturing the beauty of water and landscape in Ontario, Quebec and New England.
The Jolly Hog Food Truck promises to satisfy your hunger with fresh, local and including some maple inspired food creations!




November sales

I have not been updating this much lately. I have had to redo my roof and with our son, life has been busy. In keeping with busy, I have been spending the last few days firing, sanding pot bottoms smooth, pricing, listing and packing. Next weekend I will be showing with the Ottawa Guild of Potters and on the same days (yes I will be in 2 places at once) I will be showing at the Glebe Christmas Craft Show. This will be somewhat of a logistical nightmare but I’ve slept in the back of my pickup in 30 degree heat for a 3 day show…Me thinks I can do this…Hope to see you there. Here are some pictures of my most recent firing.

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!