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!