Monday, February 27, 2012

27 02 10

It's been pretty quiet here.

In other news I've started to work with straight feldspar because apparently the soap slip wasn't challenging enough. Casting nepheline syenite is not for the faint of heart but it looks so damn delicious that it is still worth it.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Due to the sudden disappearance of my digital camera in the Saddledome in Calgary, I will be unable to take photos until I can afford a new camera (Ha!) so enjoy a revisit to Montana at the end of September.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Summer Clouds

I used to stay with my sister Laura and her husband Josh in New York for a couple months in the summer while I worked at a camp outside of the city. The city is a fascinating place, but what captured me most in the evenings after work were the clouds looking out the front windows of the apartment. The range of hues (none of these are color corrected) was somewhat astonishing to me after ten month stints of the Halifax spectrums of grey and blue.

Its a long weekend, but after a day off yesterday I'm playing catch-up on large scale cake scraping.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Quiet Weekends

Cabin in Adventdalen, Spitsbergen by Jonas Cramby

Ulriken near Bergen, Norway

Niigata Prefecture, Japan

All from Cabin Porn

Thursday, February 16, 2012


I've been missing the color green and everything about the ocean very much lately. Among the sites I check frequently is an interior design blog by the name of Desire to Inspire. The authors provide me with seemingly infinite day dreaming material and you should take a look.

Here are two photos posted yesterday of some work by architects Jackson Clement Burrows in Victoria. For the full feature visit:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Finished up the round cake last night and immediately started on the square one. This piece is a slightly different technique being neither pinched nor double walled, but will hopefully give me even more information on how this way of mixing materials reacts in a cone six firing.

In other news, Medicine Hat got about two inches of snow last night so it now looks slightly wintery. As long is it stays chilly than it should stick around and the very disembodied deer carcass by the railroad tracks should smell too bad, so fingers crossed.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Today I have finished closing and covering the top of the cake, now I will decorate it with a combination of slip, shards, and soda deposit.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Weekend Update, Part I

I cleaned my space the evening before this photo was taken. There is a system, although it is only recognizable to me. My studio is mostly a jumble of shards, leftover materials waiting to be utilized, finished work, various types of displays. tools, and works in progress. It's under control.

Pia Grüter from Köln, Germany has been visiting Medalta to work on a large scale installation project. Go check out her blog at to find out more about what she is doing, and help her out buy purchasing a cube. You will receive a document of participation and become a part of a project sponsored by individuals all over the world.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Work in Progress

The first of the large scale desserts, day one.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


The test kiln and I have been inseparable for the past week. While I am of the generation that should have more faith in computers and kiln sitters, I still find myself checking my kilns way for often even when they do all the work for me.

This kiln held not only pastries, but also one of my latest experiments of glazed concrete. Both cement and concrete break down easily after being fired so this enables me to coat a slab in glaze and gently chisel the crumbling material away after the firing to get flat pieces of melted glaze material with a nice gritty texture on the back - great for garnishes on future pieces.

This afternoon I have also set up my space to start working large. Medalta is kindly letting me use the studio reclaim for free to work much larger, so expect photo update on that in the coming days.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


A new round of tarts came out of the kiln the other day. These will make their film debut later this spring, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pizza Friday!

Due to the warm weather Alberta is having this winter, it seemed high time to fire up the brick oven and cook something outside. Friday was lunchtime pizza break day so we all chipped in and brought ingredients. The wonderful Jenn Demke-Lange made the dough which we dutifully topped with everything from artichokes and goat cheese to pineapple and salami. And it turns out the easiest way to portion pizza is with a pair of scissors.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Summer in February

Lately it has been very warm in Medicine Hat, AB. In fact, today is the first in a while that the temperature dropped below 0°C during the day. I am in full-tilt-spring-organization mode, so I have begun to reorganize images of my work from the past few years and get rid of the duds. This particular image has made me consider a possible return to the vessel, or at least some sort of enclosed space, for the particular eeriness of perspective that can be in it. At least when your full time job is to make ceramic art there is actually time in the day to do some of everything.

Thursday, February 2, 2012