Sunday, December 17, 2017

December Dialogue

On the 17th day of December, my true love said to me...

PW (Potter's Wife): Christmas eve is only a week away.

P (Potter): I really wish we had some ramen.

PW: We still don't have our Christmas tree. And it's Roscoe's birthday on Tuesday.

P: I have some rice bowls we could post.

PW: What?

P: It's finally snowing. Hill tomorrow?

PW: I think we need eggs.

P: What's that?

PW: It was really great to see Isla in her element today. She worked so hard for her bake sale.

P: Yeah. She's golden.

Golden Yunomi $45
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One of a kind.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

December Dialogue

On the 16th day of Christmas, my true love said to me...

PW (Potter's wife): I was too tired last night to post. Can we pick two out for today?

P (Potter): Sure

PW: How about these two?

P: I was planning to re-fire those in this next firing.

PW: But they are beautiful. What about them makes you want to re-fire them?

P: I think they could be better.

PW: Better, how?

P: I'm just after a surface with more depth. More layers, more depth, less orange.

PW: I wonder if people know that pots can be re-fired over again, and again.

P: We've had people visit the studio and try to convince me that they love certain pieces and want to buy it as is. If I'm going to put my name on something and put it out in the world, it should be the way I want it to be. But I have been convinced before to let them go.

Same mugs, backside, reversed order
PW: Even when you are not happy with it entirely?

P: That's the challenge for me. When someone finds something beautiful in a piece, and they really appreciate it for what it is, it's hard to not let them purchase it. But I think about those pieces after the fact. It's complicated. Expectations of the surfaces I want, but an exploration of what else can be achieved.

PW: So will you re-fire these two?

P: Yep.

Soda fired mugs.
Not for sale - slated for next firing.
Will post again, stay tuned

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December Dialogue

On the 14th day of December, my true love said to me...

PW (Potter's Wife): Today felt epic.

P (Potter): Long day for sure. Getting ready for a firing always is a bit crazy.

PW: I'm glad you didn't push to load tonight. The timing is going to be what it is going to be.

P: Gives me a bit of room for thinking about the firing and what surfaces I'm after with this next one.

PW: Will you try again for something like the last firing, those frothy white surfaces with the quartz inclusions?

P: Those surfaces are pretty compelling. A gradation between pure black and pure white.

PW: Probably pretty hard for people to believe that those cups were loaded as raw porcelain into the kiln, with no applied glaze whatsoever. Just the soda, doing its magic in the process.

P: That's the beauty of firing atmospherically. Whenever I see something new come out of the kiln, like this, it epitomizes my desire to keep searching. To me that firing represents the endless variation that can come out of atmospheric kilns just by changing a variable.

PW: If this tumbler had a name, what would it be?

P: Hmm. Put it out to the blog-o-sphere...ask them.

Soda fired Tumbler $50
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What name would you call it?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December Dialogue

On the 13th of December, my true love said to me...

PW (Potter's Wife): Did you get the second bisque kiln loaded?

P (Potter): I did. Might blow something up in the bottom, but the mugs should be fine. They are loaded closer to the top.

PW: Another quick turn around eh?

P: You know me.

PW: How many mugs do you think you make in a year?

P: A lot. I love making mugs. They are kind of like my business card.

PW: You have quite a few different designs for those business cards.

P: What do you think about this one? It came out of the last train kiln firing.

PW: I love the darted handled mugs. They remind me of someone standing with one arm akimbo, don't you think?

P: I do like the gesture. And the wood ash on the hip.

PW: Not to mention the belly button!

Wood fired mug $45
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Hip design.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Dialogue

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love said to me...

P: I forgot to put plastic wrap on those mugs before I left for hockey last night.

PW: Does that mean they will be too dry to attach the handles now?

P: No, I think they'll be okay.

PW: Being a potter is really a job in moisture control, isn't it.

P: It was John Neely that I first heard say that in grad school, when I was his TA. He told his students they had all just signed up for a degree in moisture management.

PW: Well it's a good thing your studio is home based. For all those times you remember in the middle of the night about the plastic wrap.

P: You know me.

PW: Yunomi?

Wood fired Yunomi $45
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For the handleless tea cup lover in your life! 

(Yunomi - Japanese name for informal teacup. Form is taller than it is wide, with a trimmed foot. Handleless.)

Monday, December 11, 2017

December Dialogue

On the 11th day of December, my true love said to me...

PW (Potter's wife): Did you see the mug that Judy had today with her when she came over?

P (Potter):  It's always interesting to see people travel with a handmade mug. 

PW: We do that all the time? 

P: I know, but it's not an easy thing to do, really. Think about it. There are a million mass produced drinking vessels that are made specifically to travel, right? 

They are designed for temperature retention, made to be leak and spill resistant, stability... They even have to be easy to open with one hand?!? 

PW: And fit ever so nicely into the cup holder. 

P: Right. 

PW: But, yours are also designed for temperature retention and easy to pick up with one hand. Your handles are lovely. 

P: But, not exactly spill resistant, especially on bumpy mountainous roads. 

PW: You do have to have a pretty steady hand.

P: You have to really love handmade pottery.  That's commitment. 

PW: Commitment to handmade. 

P: Yep.

Wood fired Stein $50
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Are you committed? 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Dialogue

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love said to me...

PW (Potter's Wife): We're home!

P (Potter): How did the Holiday Baking workshop go?

PW: Awesome. Look what we made!

P: Mini Eclairs?

PW: Choux pastry! With cream filling and chocolate mint ganache actually ....

P: Wow. Let's eat them.

PW: Let's make some tea first. I think they'll go really well with some peppermint tea.

P: So it was a good experience?

PW: It was terrific. I love what they are doing there at the Valley Kitchen, such a great space, and Kootenay Food is going to run more classes there too, a whole culinary series.

P: Tea's ready. Spade plates to serve them up?

PW: Perfect.

Wood fired spade plate $25
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Perfect for puff pastries.