Sunday, November 22, 2015

Salt Glaze

I have always liked salt glazed pottery. While living in the Seagrove area of North Carolina, I had the opportunity to do quite a bit of it. Recently I have wanted to investigate its use on my current forms. Fortunately, Eric Smith (E.M. Smith Pottery) lives a couple of towns to the west of me, where he maintains his studio, producing wood fired salt glaze ware. Eric was kind enough to let me put a test pieces in his firing a couple of weeks ago, which is pictured below. This is made from my regular porcelaineous stoneware clay body, with a slip coating of Erect, NC clay, a wild clay I obtained many years ago from Al McCanless of Dover Pottery. This piece doesn't demonstrate the typical "orange peel" effect of salt due to its high silica content, which tends to lap up the salt. The wood ash further fluxes it all, allowing for the development of wonderful green glass.

Guinomi (Sake Cup)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Anagama Firing

This past weekend (November 5th - 8th), the anagama and adjoining kilns at Gustin Ceramics were loaded. Firing commenced yesterday, Monday, November 9th, and will finish up on Sunday, the 15th. Unloading is scheduled for Saturday, November 28th.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Form and Function

This wood fired (anagama firebox) sake cup was recently selected for inclusion in the "8th Annual Cup Show: Form and Function", being held in Gulf Coast State College's Amelia Gallery, Panama City, FL. This exhibition runs November 20th - December 17th, 2015.

Firebox Guinomi

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Official Poster

This is the official poster for the International Chawan Exhibition soon to be held at Middle Tennessee State University.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Contents May Vary

These three wood fired vessels were recently selected for exhibition in "Contents May Vary", being held at Pewabic, located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI.
Pewabic was established as a ceramics studio during the beginning of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America, in 1904. Today it is a non-profit ceramic studio rich in heritage, an educational community devoted to inclusion, and a creative incubator respected around the country.
This show runs November 6th through December 20th. There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Chaire (Tea Caddy) 

Katakuchi (Cold Sake Pourer)

Tokkuri (Sake Flask)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2015 World Chawan Exhibition

Middle Tennessee State University's Todd Art Gallery will be host to an international ceremonial tea bowl exhibition. Located at 1301 E. Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN, this show will run Monday, November 30th through Wednesday, December 9th. These three wood fired chawan are what I will have on exhibit:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Its Only Clay

These two wood fired pieces were recently selected for inclusion in "Its Only Clay", being held at the Watermark Art Center, which is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N., in Bemidji, MN . This exhibition, runs November 6th through December 22nd, 2015, with the opening reception on Friday, November 6th, from 5 - 7 PM.

Bud Vase

Tokkuri (Sake Flask)