Saturday, April 30, 2016

Salt Firing Goodies

Unloaded a salt kiln firing today; lots of goodies that will be available at future shows and events. The firing was done at Marianne Cordyack's kiln in Shannondale, WVa. Also firing with us was Clay Walthall. Lots of new ikebana vases . . . I'll be spending the next few days adding kenzan or frogs. Will also be adding bamboo and driftwood handles to the box tops. Later this summer, we plan to rebuild Marianne's kiln; her rebuild two years ago resulted in some design issues that make firings less efficient, fuel-wise, than they should. We've done some interim adjustments, but realize a rebuild is the logical thing to do. More on that later.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Garden Market at American Horticultural Society, River Farm, Mount Vernon, VA

Well, the gardeners did not let a little rain, ice, or snow keep them away from the AHS Spring Garden Market. Anyone can buy plants in 60F and sunny weather; today we found out who the real gardeners were. This was my second year at the Market and I'm looking forward to next year (sans rain, ice and snow). Had a great time talking with gardeners, plant vendors, and customers. Always enjoy the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and the birds of prey they bring to show and talk about. And despite the snow, River Farm was simply beautiful.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Four Minutes of Fame

They say everyone gets 15 minutes of fame; well, we got four. We were invited to appear on a WTTG Zip Trip segment promoting Visit Loudon and the Lucketts Fair. It was a great opportunity for show some of my recent pottery and Mary's dolls.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wood-firing at Baltimore Clayworks, November 2014

Here are a few pictures of pottery from the wood-firing I participated in at Baltimore Clayworks in November 2014. Our group was organized as a special topics class at Lorton Workhouse under Brian Grow. I was pleased with the firing results -- my first time wood-firing -- and with everything I learned about wood-firing.

Monday, October 13, 2014

National Capital Orchid Socity Show -- Collaboration with Hsi-Mei Yates

Hsi-Mei Yates and I were asked to create a number of small plates and one large plate that were part of the awards given at the National Capital Orchid Society show. The show was in Greenbelt, MD, during October 11-12-13. I drove over today to see the show and the plates and was blown away by the varieties of orchids on display. And, it was really nice to be able to see the awards along side the winning plants -- sort of completing the circle for this commission. Each plate was a separate work of art by Hsi-Mei; no duplicates. Pretty amazing artwork. We worked in low-fire clay so we could minimize any loss of color during the glaze firing. We hope to work with the Society again for next year's show.

Clifton Day 2014, Best of Show

This was a real surprise. Sunday was Clifton Day and we had pretty good weather (a bit on the cool side, but dry). Crowds were good, sales were very good. About mid-show, I was presented with the Best of Show award -- didn't even realize the jurors had visited the display earlier in the day. Later, they came in and said, "Hi, we're back." (And I'm thinking, what did they look at earlier and hopefully it hasn't been sold.) Followed by introductions that they were from the Clifton Betterment Association. (Now I'm thinking, did I do something wrong?) And then, the award. Just really caught me by surprise. Thanks to CBA (and they run a very good show) -- and I'll be back next year.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Display at Potomac (MD) Library

This is the display of pottery I showed at the Potomac Branch of the Montgomery County Library, Potomac, Maryland. The display was available for library patrons to look at during the month of August. Not all the pieces I took and displayed came home . . . a nice thing. Hoping the vases and wares are enjoying their new homes.