Friday, January 30, 2015

Plates

Today, I'm cutting plates.

There are a couple of ways I do it. One is with a fettling knife and another is with a modified cheese cutter. Here is a video I produced wayyy back in 2008 showing how I use the cheese cutter.

Enjoy.

 

There's also this video.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

If At First You Don't Succeed , Then Try Again (and again)

just thought I would share this post from my Facebook Page for those of you who don't subscribe to my FB Page.

 L-R, first attempt to fifth attempt

Sometimes I have an idea and it's seems so perfect and crystalline in my mind's eye. In this case I wanted to make the rope impression on the vertical surface of my tumbler form. But when the idea is taken to the clay it doesn't always work the first time, or the second, or the third time. But that's the inherent beauty of making pots, the pursuit in real time of the picture in one's mind. I have more work and problem solving to do to get there, but that's where the fun is. As Robert Earl Keen sings, "the road goes on forever and the party never ends".

Friday, January 2, 2015

Episode 7 : Ron Philbeck


Show Notes (and names we drop) 




In this episode Ron Philbeck shares how he started on his path as a potter.

ronphilbeckpottery.com
Tom Gray
Warren McKenzie
George Griffin- Sopchoppy Pottery
Susan Peterson-Hamada
The Studio Potter
Bernard Leach-A Potter’s Book
Shoji Hamada


Carl Clary School Of Karate
Randy Johnston
Arrowmont
Penland
Clary Illian
Will Ruggles & Douglas Rankin
Mary Law
Byron Temple
Linda McFarling
Judith Duff
Kim Ellington

Joe Rhinehart
Hart Square
Seagrove Potters (SAPA)
Phil Morgan
Cady Clayworks
LDDK
Ben Owen Pottery
Jugtown Pottery
Dover Pottery
John and Kiowa King
John C Campbell Folk School
Isothermal Community College
Whichford Pottery
Leon Nichols
Marcia Bugg
Ron Meyers
Michael Simon

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"Thank" Ron  on Twitter!

Podcast Apps

I have been using and loving the Downcast podcast app. I totally recommend it!
You might also like to try Overcast. It's a simple yet powerful app and it looks beautiful as well! So many options! ;-)

Questions or comments for Ron? 



Got a moment to leave a review or a rating? I'd be SO thrilled! ;-)

Thanks for listening!!

Check out this episode!

and Hoppy New Year!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Think Big! Online Course


Exciting news! Starting January 6th, ceramic artists, Ben Carter, of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast, and Molly Hatch will be offering a super e-course, Think Big!

From the course description:

THINK BIG! IS A SIX-WEEK INTERVIEW SERIES DESIGNED TO HELP LAUNCH YOU AND YOUR CERAMIC CAREER! 
In today's art market, artist's have to be more than just makers. We are marketers, sales people, web designers, and so much more. Think Big! is a six week series of interviews with successful ceramic artists, art agents, dream clients and book editors. This series of interviews are designed to help you build the skills you need to expand your creative business, learn some tricks of the trade and think beyond the traditional methods of reaching your market. Click here to register today, or give the e-course as an unique holiday gift for your creative loved ones. Register before January 6th and pay just $99!

Molly and Ben will be joined by these amazing guests who will share their stories and advice,
Week 1:  Meredith Host, potter

Week 2:  Klein Reid, ceramic designers 

Week 3:  Whitney Smith, potter and blogger

Week 4:  Arlene Scanlan, Co-Founder Moxie & Co.
Week 5:  Mary Ann Hall, Editorial Director Quarry Books & Rockport Publishers
Week 6:  Jennifer Rome- Head of Artist Collaborations for Anthropologie Home

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How does the E-course work?
Each week has a themed conversation built around a topic that will help you discover ways to find new audiences, market your business, sell your work, and collaborate with larger companies. These interviews are available at your own pace and will be released once a week for six consecutive weeks. After all the lectures have been posted, you will have an additional six weeks to access course information and bonus materials.

We encourage participants to discuss the videos each week with a prompted discussion group online. Through the discussion board you can connect with other members of the series and reflect on questions and new ideas that come up for you each week. Molly and I will be watching the group discussions and joining in to add our experience with the topic. The discussions are ongoing and accessible throughout the entire series, so you can participate at your own pace, regardless of your time zone.

In addition to the weekly interviews and discussions we will post downloadable worksheets that will help you define your marketing message and come up with new ways to promote your business. The worksheets are for you to keep and work through as you engage with the course material. By the end of the six weeks, you will have gathered new thoughts and ideas, and you will have a clear direction moving forward in your creative business--on to BIG THINGS!


Sound good? I think everybody, no matter what level you are operating at, can benefit from these very successful and innovative artists, designers, and industry insiders. As a matter of fact, I'm going to be taking the course, because I'm always learning! 

So, I hope that you will will join me in this online course. It's going to be fun and insightful!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Episode 6 - Courtney Martin



In this episode I talk with my friend, neighbor, and fellow Snow Creek Rd potter, Courtney Martin. We talk about cooking and the pots we like to use serving meals to friends and family, as well as my recent trip to DC, Courtney’s beginnings as a potter, and some of Courtney’s thoughts on pattern. We also answer your questions! We hope you enjoy the conversation!

Names We Drop

Bowl by Matt Kelleher

Show Links



 

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Exhibition and other Show Links

POW!!! kickstarter project
"Days of Endless Time", at the Hirshhorn Museum 
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 
Pottery on the Hill 
Spruce Pine Potters Market 
Signature Show 
TRAC Studio Tour


"Thank" Courtney  on Twitter!

Thanks for listening!!

Check out this episode!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Episode 5 : Nick Joerling Part 2

In Episode 5 of the podcast I continue my conversation with Penland potter, Nick Joerling. Nick has been a member of the community around the Penland School of Crafts for many years and his roadside studio is a favorite to visit.

Find out more about Nick here.

Nick and I at his Penland, NC studio

Episode Highlights

  • living and working in the Penland community
  • recording the object
  • a funny story about ye olde pug mill
  • Jack's 20 Questions
  • words and pots
  • Nick's literary queues
  • food, lust, and pottery
  • using pots or not
  • taking chances and playing
  • the
    boundaries that potters work within
Names We Drop
mug by Nick Joerling
Show Links
Follow Nick
Follow Michael

Podcast Apps

I have been using and loving the Downcast podcast app. I totally recommend it!


You might also like to try Overcast. It's a simple yet powerful app and it looks beautiful as well! So many options! ;-)

Questions or comments for Nick?

Thanks SO much for listening!

Got a moment to leave a review or a rating? I'd be SO thrilled! ;-)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Episode 4: Nick Joerling, Part 1



In Episode 4 of the podcast I have a rollicking talk with Penland potter, Nick Joerling. Nick has been a member of the community around the Penland School of Crafts for many years and his roadside studio is a favorite to visit.



Find out more about Nick here.



Episode Highlights
  • living and working in the Penland community
  • perception of time and the accelerated life
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • hot and cold
  • gut flora and our desire for food
  • the "eagerness to pour" and beak placement on pouring pots
  • Nick's literary queues
  • Nick's early days as a pugger and potter in California
  • turning points in life
  • Time and timing in terms of the material of clay 

Names We Drop
Follow Michael
Questions or comments for Nick?

Thanks SO much for listening!

I promise to improve my recordings and give you a better audio in the future.
;-)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Episode 3: Courtney Martin


In Episode 3 I begin a series of conversations with my good friend and neighbor Courtney Martin.

Episode Highlights
  • the economics of reclaiming clay scraps
  • trying to keep up with popular culture while living in rural NC
  • graffiti and 80's hip hop
  • hoarding bisqueware
  • living near in the Penland School community
  • puttering vs. getting straight to work
Episode Rsources
Names We Drop
 Follow Courtney 
Follow Michael 
Exhibition Links
"Two", Lark and Key, Charlotte, NC
"Greetings From North Carolina" Santa Fe Clay Santa Fe, NM
"Designed and Crafted 14"Signature Contemporary Crafts Atlanta, GA

"Thank" Courtney for the conversation on Twitter

Thanks for listening!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Coffee Break vol. 35?

Did I hear someone say #MugshotMonday? Or is just an echo in my memory?

Well neither, actually. It's just another volume in the undying series, Coffee Breaks™here at the Sawdust and Dirt BLOG, not to be confused with the podcast of the same name. This is about the clickety clack sound of the old keyboard but I must admit it is a reprint from another "blogging" platform. But, BOY, can i drop links into THIS format like nobodies business!

At any rate, here is the blog post I set out to cross post in the first place,



I met Marsha Owen at the Penland School of Crafts 25 years ago in a workshop being taught by GA potter Michael Simon. I also met Sam Taylor, Aaron Weissblum, Jane Shellenbarger, Suze Lindsay, and Mark Shapiro! It was quite a group. We were all young and wanting to be potters. Sam had only been making pots for a little over a year.

Suze and Jane were #corefellows at Penland, I had graduated from UTK and had only made pots for 5 years. Mark was probably the most experienced one being a little older than us and making pots since high school. We see each other from time to time.

We were all very much imprinted by Michael's demos and just being together working and playing at Penland for those 3 weeks changed us. Marsha and Suze and myself went on to be Penland resident artists. (at different times) and I teamed up with Mark and Sam (and Aaron for a time) as the brothers in clay in western Massachussetts. We lived and breathed pots.

For the last two winters Marsha has been to Penland to work in the #winterstudio at #Penland and we fired the salt kiln together. This paddled cup was in our valentine's day firing and Marsha gave it to me. But it has been sitting in the office at Penland with a little note. So today, I finally get to drink out of it and think of Marsha and all the rest.

Objects have all kinds of ways of engaging us with their forms, colors, and the memories they can evoke.