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For Now, Both

One of the most difficult balances in my studio these days is whether to make work with porcelain inlay or my standard ware. The inlay takes a lot of a very specific focus and its evolution is very slow and time is a real consideration. The painted tableware is familiar and I fill up the table with thrown wares. It's actually a perfect counter to the slow pace and intense focus of the inlay. If I were to just make one or just the other I may not feel fulfilled, so I do both to feel balance.

This past weekend, though, I felt that I was doing the body of work a disservice by showing them together as in this picture. So next time I make try to display them in a different way. I know it's hard to see my arrangement from this narrow view of my overall display, but what do you think? ANY advice will be taken into consideration! 😊😚

Thanks for your input!

Pitcher? Jug?

pitchers and other forms after wax resist brushwork and glazing

wax resist with pigment

regular wax resist and wax resist with pigment 

Spruce Pine or BUST!

The pottery has been whisked away to the lovely town of Spruce Pine for this weekend's 12th Annual Potters Market. 30 potters from Mitchell and Yancey Counties here in NC organize and operate this major ceramiganza. Hope to see y'uns this weekend!

Here are a few plates that will be on display.

Favorites? comment below. Let me know you're out there! ;-)

Pitcher! Rabbit! Win Win!

And now, on a more successful note, some winners!

detail of inlay and painted ramen bowl

winning pitcher: firing 20


Ceramics. Is. Hard.

After much anxiety about 2 exploding pots in the recent firing, I relieved that the fallout/shrapnel wasn't worse. It was a pity to blow up 2 large pots and a small plate because I turned up the heat a little too fast on some raw glazed pots, but the exploding sherds of those pots could have wreaked more havoc than they did. #grateful

Humbling for sure. and this blog display is cathartic.

onward...the good outweigh the bad. what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.

Rainy Day Auction

I'm auctioning this cup off over at my Instagram feed. Click here to check it out and win! (if you are the highest bidder)

from the post on Instagram:

Here is an example of what’s known in NC as “swirlware”. A kind of hybrid of the alkaline glazed pottery of the Catawba Valley, a short distance to the east near Hickory NC and a japanese form called yunomi. The swirl design is porcelain clay thrown in the iron rich “home clay”, a mixture of local red dirt and fireclay, and wood fired. It is glazed with a clear amber and has a subtle wax resist botanical pattern .

Height is 4.5” (11.4cm) and holds 14 oz (414mL)

signed “Kline” ~ 2013

Grace Hall Parker

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Colonial New England potter Grace Hall Parker for #PIAbadasswomen. Born in 1697, she is the first woman in the region known to have run a production pottery in her name and is credited with introducing high temperature, salt-glazed stoneware production to a corner of New England where high-temperature clays are not naturally occurring. Charlestown (now a part of Boston), Massachusetts was the site of many redware potteries in the 1700s, including Grace Parker’s successful workshop which she ran with her husband Isaac. In 1740, the Parkers decided to expand their repertoire to include stoneware production, which meant importing clays from New York and Pennsylvania at great expense. Isaac took out loans and mortgaged six lots of land to raise the necessary funds – and he died three weeks later. Grace chose to “undertake and carry on the trade or mistery of making stoneware” after Isaac’s death, and secured a monopoly on stoneware production from the Massachusetts General Court, making hers the only pottery in the Massachusetts Bay Colony allowed to produce stoneware for 15 years. The story doesn’t end there, so you’ll have to visit the link in profile to read more about the challenges Grace Parker faced. . As a ceramic artist working in Boston in 2018, I will note that local clays are among the hardest to obtain. . Image credits: The stoneware jug is from the online collection database on the @historicnewengland website. The listing for this object includes notes from the previous owner, Joan Jockwig Pearson Watkins (google her), who believed that the jug very well could have been produced by the Parker pottery. The image of the redware milkpan - a shallow dish used for separating milk from cream - found at the Parker-Harris archaeological site, is from the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Archaeological Exhibit Online [Link in profile.] The city of Boston Archaeologist @bostonarchaeo occasionally posts sherds from the Parker-Harris site. More information and images can be found on the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Archaeological Exhibit online. – @deebalm . #gracehallparker #earlynewenglandpottersandtheirwares #digbos #boston #charlestownMA

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