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Whole Lotta Slab Trays

I’ve been cranking in the studio.  My end of November firing is looming and I’m working hard to get a bunch of pots made.  I’m splitting my kiln with my neighbor potter Michael Kline which is great because I don’t have time to fill it, but need a few more pots before the end of the year.

I’m making lots of slab trays.  They are lots of fun to make, and folks keep asking for them.  Here’s how I make em:

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I roll out a slab with my slab roller.  Then I use my templates and cut out the bottom of the piece and the 4 sides.

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I put the piece together wet.  I add a coil to the inside of the pot to make a nice smooth rounded serving area.  Then I let the piece dry to leather hard.

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When it’s leather hard I take a sureform (a dry wall tool) and finish the outside.  I use a rubber rib to smooth it all out.  Then I add some feet.  Simple right?

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My article for Ceramics Monthly comes out next month (in the December issue).  I’m psyched- can’t wait to see it in print.  This week is the last week for wet clay for me this year.  If there’s a pot you’re dying to have- give me a holler!

Thanks for reading.

 

Spruce Pine Potters Market and Back Again

Last weekend was the Spruce Pine Potters Market.  What a great show.  Not only do I get to spend my weekend with potters I really like, but there are tons of folks who come out to buy our work! 

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Part of my booth after the Saturday rush.  I got cleaned out!  I’m glad to be past the show- on to the next one as my neighbor potter (Michael Kline) says.  So this week I threw seed pots.  24 small plates, to be trimmed and squared.

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I’m excited to be back in the studio.  It’ll be a short run- firing at the end of November.  I’m sharing the kiln with Kline, so I won’t need to make a full load.  Now’s the time to place your order!

I’m off to the showroom to pack and send out some more pots, but I’ll leave you with one more image.

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She’s getting so big!  Sheesh.

Thanks for reading.

Lately

gardening

Where does the time go?  I’ve been out of the studio tending to my home life.  Our yard is well kept now, the house is clean, and best of all I get to spend time with my family.  Grae and I planted fall greens and she’s been proud to be in charge of watering them.

Below are a few new images from the last firing.  You can find all the new images in the Gallery section of this website.  Let me know what you think!

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Stack of Dessert Plates

Next weekend (October 12 and 13) is the Spruce Pine Potters Market.  If you haven’t been before (or if you have!) you should really try to get here for it.  It’s a great group of potters all in one spot.  It’s a casual show, but almost everyone is firing just for this- so we’ll all have our latest and greatest.  I hope to see you there.

After SPPM it’s back to the studio for me.  I’m firing again in late November.  I think I’m sharing the kiln with my neighbor potter Michael Kline, so I don’t have to make a full kiln load, but it will be enough to restock for the holiday sales.  Now’s the time to let me know if you have a pot you want me to make for you!

Thanks for reading.

 

Aftermath

The firing went well. Phew!

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I had lots of help from my husband John, as well as Alan Gratz and Michael Kline. Thanks guys.

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The pots look good. I’m so happy.

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I’m getting images shot this week and will share them soon. Thanks for reading.

Pimp My Kiln

My kiln has been needing a little upgrade, and finally this week it got one. I started by taking out my grates.

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Cool, right? The steel is flaking away! They are truck axles and lasted 24 firings. After some axle hunting around Mitchell county, John and I were able to source 9 axles. 4 are from semis. They look great (grate?).

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Then it was time to tackle the bag wall. It’s been leaning towards the firebox more and more.

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John did the demolition. Gently! And it went well.

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Today I rebuilt the wall. It feels great to have it done. Yes, it’s leaning in towards the stacking space intentionally.

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Daniel Beck fabricated some dampers for me too. I love them! I’ve always used kiln shelves and have had breakage. Hooray for metal shelves!

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My kiln is in great shape, my wood is dry, and I’m right on track for this firing. Tomorrow I start wadding and loading. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Thanks for reading.