Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Not here, and not for another week yet. But this is where I'll be today.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Testing 2.0

I'm looking at my latest pieces outside of the studio this week. This is necessary not only because it is good practice but also because I have too many things and I can't find room to put them to look at. Currently my wheel is out of commission (a blessing in disguise) since it is buried underneath the gems from my last 04 firing (have yet to be documented or addressed in anyway other than loving looks) and all table and much of the floor space is utterly smothered in objects waiting to be fired or combined with other objects and then fired. If I sat down and was honest about it I really need to stop making stuff for the rest of June and make the furniture for my work so it doesn't just end up on the floor of the gallery. I have an extreme aversion to plinths.

Alberta Potter's Association

On Saturday I went down to Lethbridge, AB to give a demonstration at the Alberta Potter's Association Annual General Meeting. It was a fun afternoon with a great group of people and I thoroughly enjoyed showing how to make shard cups and ceramic petit fours.

Learn more about the APA here. Currently they are trying to find a new space for their communal studio and equipment. The Bowman Arts Center is being replaced by a newer, larger building, but the APA has not been included in the design. These are definitely hard times for the visual arts in Canada.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Baked Goodness

Orange Macaroons

Apple Lumberjack Cake

Lemon Polenta Petit Four

Raspberry and Macadamia Friand

Sticky Date Cake

Stonefruit Tart

Tayberry Cheesecake

Violet Truffle

I'm back on the pastry train. Not so much the eating, it's more the looking and the recreating in clay and glaze. These are from a company called Manna From Heaven located in Australia, so it is up to my Aussie friends to sample them for me. I'll just keep making towers of ceramic biscuits.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May Long

This weekend is May Long, otherwise known as Victoria Day, and it is an opportune time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. In my case it is a great time to get some work done for my upcoming exit show in just over a month. (Wait, what?!) So I'll be frantically making shard cups and corresponding trays, and piles of glaze with thrown cups sticking out. Among other things.

Images from Cabin Porn.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Stretched Glaze

I've been experimenting with glazing at the wrong temperature. The first layer on these was a cone 10 glaze dipped thickly onto bisqueware and the fired to cone 04 so it would crack nicely. It was then fired to cone 7 at which time to pulling effect occurred, and now after a quick test to cone 3 with a cone 6 glaze I'm doing the rest. After this the pieces will be fired into pools of glaze and slip at 04, and then enameled at 020.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jonathan Mess

Landfill No. 7: Northeast Corner

Landfill No. 29: Cross Sections

Landfill No. 29: Central Cross Section

Landfill No. 43: Southern Cross Section

Landfill No. 44: Northern Cross Section

I was initially introduced to these pieces through a friend who (clearly!) saw some visual similarities between our work. As it turns out, we are both motivated by some similar issues and share some aesthetic qualities but are working with different concepts. And we both have ties to Maine. It is a small world.

Check out his website here.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Snake Spotting

Brick and Tile halfway up the escarpment.

Bow snake, couldn't get good pictures of the rattlesnakes. They blend into the grass too well.

Friday, May 11, 2012


Busy month, lots to do. First on the agenda is figuring out what to do with the pieces of salt kiln bag wall I hauled out of the trash.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Break Time

Valais, Switzerland

Arthur's Pass, New Zealand

Whangapoua Beach House, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Greenleaf Hut, White Mountains, New Hampshire

Taking a break from my studio to help out with making miniature cars. Here are some daydreams.

From Cabin Porn

Monday, May 7, 2012

It All Happened So Fast

Stop animation process film featuring music and art by current Medalta resident. Evan Hobart. Produced by Quentin Randall.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012


Carlsbad Canyons

Pamukkale, Turkey

It's a daydream and batch glaze sieving day. This is where I'll be.

Images from Strathcona Stockings Tumblr: