The firing workshop at my studio will be conducted using the catenary gas/wood/soda kiln. We will meet Friday morning to do some glazing, then start loading immediately. Participants may bring 5 cu ft of bisque fired work made from Cone 10 clay. If you are unsure of what clay to use, Continental Clay’s “B-clay” is an excellent choice, as is “Wood Fire Porcelain”. The firing will start Friday immediately after loading, and finish Saturday afternoon. Sunday is a free day, you can take the day to relax, head into Denver, go hiking, biking, etc. Unloading will be Monday at lunch, and if you cannot be here for pickup we can arrange shipment of your work back to you. I’ll provide some slips, glazes, wadding, meals, shared accommodations, etc. for up to 3 people. We’ll learn about loading, firing, atmosphere, and how to introduce soda for specific effects. I’ll spend some time doing some wet clay demos as well, and discuss “good” decisions when it comes to making work for atmospheric kilns. The pizza oven will be hot for cooking all kinds of goodies. Check the “Store” page to register, and/or send an email for more info.
Join me for the first firing of the new tube wood kiln! The tube kiln is a modified version of an “anagama” style kiln. Anagama style kilns are long and tapered in their design, while the tube kiln is a straight catenary arch. We will load the tube kiln starting Sunday morning at 9am, begin firing Sunday evening. We will complete the firing of the tube kiln Tuesday, allowing it to cool until the unloading Saturday. If there is enough work and a desire, we may also be able to fire the small gas/wood/soda kiln.
I spoke with several people about whether or not to open the first firing of the tube kiln as a workshop, and everyone said, “absolutely!” For 15 years I’ve traveled to private kilns, schools, and art centers to conduct firing workshops in kilns I’ve never fired. This is no different than any of those situations, perhaps it is a better opportunity to learn how I read, and make decisions when it comes to firing a new kiln.
I chose the tube kiln for the ability to load in one day, fire for 2 days, achieve even temperatures without the need for side stoking, dramatic flame paths, and the incredible ash glaze buildup capabilities. A large firebox facilitates easy stoking patterns, and an elaborate sutemna chamber superheats the back of the ware chamber while slowing down the flame and ash as it moves through the kiln. The stackable space in the kiln is approximately 60 cu/ft, providing each of the 4 workshop participants 10 cu/ft in the kiln. Wood firing color development is highly influenced by the type of clay used. I highly recommend using Continental Clay Wood Fire Porcelain, Domestic Porcelain, or B-Clay. These readily available options are excellent choices for making your artwork for the firing.
I’ll provide slips, glazes, wadding, meals, and shared accommodations for up to 4 people. We’ll learn about loading, firing, atmosphere, stoking patterns, air flow, to help develop flame paths, clay body color development, and ash accumulation. Wet clay demo’s, discussions about design decisions when making work for atmospheric kilns, lots of pizza oven cooking, and possibly even an additional firing in the small gas/wood/soda kiln.
The first firing workshop at my new studio will be conducted using the catenary gas/wood/soda kiln. We will meet Friday morning to do some glazing, then start loading immediately. Participants may bring 5 cu ft of bisque fired work made from Cone 10 clay. If you are unsure of what clay to use, Continental Clay’s “B-clay” is an excellent choice. The firing will start Friday immediately after loading, and finish Saturday afternoon. Sunday we will lay the arch brick for the new tube wood kiln, or you can take the day to relax, head into Denver, go skiing, etc. Unloading will be Monday, and if you cannot be here for pickup we can arrange shipment of your work back to you. I’ll provide some slips, glazes, wadding, meals, shared accommodations, etc. for up to 3 people. We’ll learn about loading, firing, atmosphere, and how to introduce soda for specific effects. I’ll spend some time doing some wet clay demos as well, and discuss “good” decisions when it comes to making work for atmospheric kilns. The pizza oven will be hot for cooking all kinds of goodies. Check the “Shop” page to register, and/or send an email for more info.
The NCECA EXPO is a grouping of several fine galleries across the country. I’ll be showing new work from the Annual firing of the Jupiter Anagama, and the new wood/soda kiln in Colorado. I’ve been working through a shift with my pottery ever since moving to Colorado, trying to find relevance in a new place. I hope you’ll stop by Danny Meisinger’s Spinning Earth Pottery Gallery space to see what I bring to Minneapolis. I’ll likely have some large vessels as well, alongside the tableware on display.
I recently participated in the yearly anagama firing in John Domenico’s kiln located at his family winery in Denver. John, John’s uncle John, and Matt carefully loaded the 300 cu ft kiln over 2 days while myself and others assisted. Our energetic crew stoked the kiln around the clock for 5 days, unloading the kiln 2 weeks later. I’ve spent time cleaning up the pottery, diamond sanding to a satin finish, and have selected a fine group of pots for the Etsy Shop Update. There are some tall lidded jars that came out exceptionally well, please have a look. Many Thanks…
I created an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help bring the Kiln Shed Project to completion soon rather than later. We’ve put in a ton of time, energy, funds, etc. into the project, yet could use some help to bring it to the final phase. The small kiln is well underway, with the first firing just around the corner. Please have a look at the campaign, and help if you can. If you are unable to financially help, perhaps you could share the campaign with your friends or colleagues who might be interested in supporting the project. Many Thanks…
I'll be showing work with Danny Meisinger's "Spinning Earth Pottery" Gallery space in the NCECA EXPO. Danny, Cathy Broski, Susan Filley, Fong Choo, and myself will each have a healthy selection of work for sale. The EXPO is located near the entrance of the "non-profit/exhibitor hall". I'll be spending time around the booth catching up with friends, answering questions about my work, and meeting some new folks. Stop by, say hi, and check out some really nice work from so many great artists throughout the EXPO. More info about NCECA, and all the events on the NCECA Website.
Industry and Imagery is a group exhibition during the NCECA Conference in Pittsburgh, PA March 13-17. Participating artists include Justin Rothshank, Jamey Biggs, Mark Arnold, Bobby Tso, Kyle Houser, Dan Kuhn, and myself. The location and address are: Ton Pottery 220 North Ave. Millvale, PA 15209 I've already set aside a group of pots for this exhibition from the last firing in the Jupiter Anagama.
"Wood Fired" is a group exhibition participating in the NCECA Conference. The exhibition is being held at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts along with several other exhibitions, including the Annual Student Juried Show. Invited Artists include: Aaron Anslow, Scott Cornish, Joe Delphia, Perry Haas, Bryce Hemmington, Christian Kuharik, Justin Lambert, Matt Schiemann, and Tim Sherman. I often use pots by a few wood fire potters in this show, and I'm excited to see it all come together.
The Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College in Wyoming is hosting an invitational exhibition focusing on how artists use the variety of finishes for their artwork attainable from "Wood, Soda, Salt: Atmospheric Dynamics" firing conditions.
Friday morning, December 1 at 8am Mountain Standard Time, I'll update my Etsy Shop with around 60 new pots. This group is partly from the Taos firing with Logan Wannamaker, and the last firing in my Jupiter Anagama this past August. There are plenty of plates, bowls, mugs, cups, flasks, teapots, vases, and one serving bowl that would be spectacular as a centerpiece for your holiday meals. I'm offering FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on everything to help with your holiday shopping. Have a look at the shop, pots make great gifts!
Sanjay and Jigna looked carefully at my studio and gallery during their visit while in Florida, and requested a few specific items for me to send to the Gallery. This is the first time they will show my platters as well, I sent two up for the show from the Spring firings. The pots in the show are from the April firing of my Jupiter Anagama, and a few from the Ashfest firing in North Carolina. Expect to see the trademark colors inherent from my kiln, and local wood, as well as the rich oranges we see from the Ashfest firing each year. The porcelain looks spectacular in Dan Finch's kiln, I've not seen my porcelain do this in any other kiln thus far. This will be one of the last opportunities to obtain my work fired in the Jupiter Anagama. My entire palette is about to change from new kilns, different wood, and experimental clay tests from the area. Please take a look through this show, I think you'll like what you see...
The folks at STARworks have been working hard to assemble a woodfire conference to include the many aspects of the tradition of firing with wood in North Carolina. There are many events associated with the conference, so be sure to check out there website for all the information. I will be participating as a panelist, lecturer, and have work in the Invitational Exhibition.
This will be our 4th Ashfest Annual Firing Workshop, and will certainly be the best yet! Hosted by Dan Finch, of Bailey, NC, Logan Wannamaker and I lead the group for the loading/firing, studio tours, local clay exploration, wiffle ball, golf, cycling, disc golf, campfires, etc. We've hosted 65 wood fire artists in the past few years, and it has been a real treat working with so many great stokers.
This is likely to be the last Ashfest for a few years, so if you haven't been able to join us in the past this is the year to make the trip. There are several spaces remaining, so if you are interested contact Justin immediately. You can also checkout the Ashfest.com website. The dates are May 28-June 10, join us for an amazing firing experience and learning about the legendary pottery tradition in North Carolina.
"Updated 2/23/2017" We are offering free camping with access to all amenities, and the 1 bedroom penthouse apartment above the studio is available. The guest house is pretty much full. If you prefer hotel accommodations, Wilson is about 15 minutes away with most all modern conveniences.
The Dirty South Cup Show is in its' third year hosted by River Oaks Square Art Center. This year Matt Long is the juror, and workshop artist. Matt invited a group of artists to participate in the "Friends of the Juror" component of the Dirty South Cup Show, and I'll be sending a few pieces from the late February Anagama firing.
Each year Avra Leodas, owner of Santa Fe Clay, invites an incredible group of artists to send work for the "La Mesa" exhibition. I'm beyond thrilled to participate in this show each year amongst so many potters whose work I admire. This is a must see on your show route, and is always located within walking distance of the Conference Center.
I'll be working with Red Lodge Clay Center this year at NCECA in Portland, Oregon. The EXPO is a grouping of galleries located adjacent to the resource hall. There are many great artists showing work, be sure to give yourself enough time to see the everything. You also might want to leave some room in your carryon to bring home a few pots ;)
I'll be conducting a demo workshop in New Jersey at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ. My friend John Reinking has been teaching classes there, and firing his new wood burning kiln located close by. I'm excited to meet the students, have great conversations, and help them understand how and why I make my work. Registration is open, and filling quickly, hope to meet some of you there!
I'm honored to be invited for a second consecutive year as part of the 42nd Annual Pottery Show and Sale this December 2, 3, 4 at the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ. Mikhail Zakin, the founder of Old Church, began this event as a fundraiser to help build the art center near her home town. Karen Karnes, Chris Gustin, and Bruce Dehnert carefully selected thirty potters including both well established, and emerging artists for this years show. I can't wait for this exciting show with many of the potters I've admired for quite some time.
I'm organizing a group of work for the one day BLACKFRIDAY Etsy sale in my shop. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY for a significant discount on your order, you'll have to use the code to find out how much... The work is from the last anagama firing in my kiln we unloaded this past Saturday. There will be an especially nice selection of plates in the show.
It's not often I have open studio events, and the past two years were too tight with travel plans to have a Holiday Sale. This year is different, we will gawk over the new wares fresh out of the kiln, and enjoy each others company. Everything in the gallery will be on sale this Saturday, including the larger pots I've been working on for the past year. We just had a fantastic firing, and will be unloading this Saturday, November 19 from 10-2. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by to see the unloading and start your holiday shopping. Everything in the gallery will be for sale with a "special discount". You'll have to come see for yourself if both of my large jars from the front of the kiln survived the 3 day firing burning just under 3 cords of oak, and 2 exotic wood species local to this area. We hope you can join us.
Each year AKAR assembles a group of artist to send work for their show honoring the favorite drink of so many people, coffee. Some must have it to start their day, others enjoy it as a tasty almost dessert type of beverage. This year I sent some mugs of the size most of you have seen before, but I also sent some of the smaller mugs I've been working on for the past year. With 54 artists sending 5 mugs each, this is the show if you are looking for a new mug in your collection :)
Doug Jeppesen is busy putting together the "Wood Fire Symposium", hosted by Waubonsee Community College in the fall of 2016. If you don't know about Waubonsee, it's one of the very best woodfire programs available in the country. As I write this, there are 6 wood kilns under the state of the art kiln shed. Knowing Doug, there could be a few more by the time the conference rolls around. The pieces are coming together, and the list of presenters is impressive and growing. I'm honored to be included in the Symposium, and look forward to the pre-conference kiln firings. Keep checking Doug's website and Waubonsee Community College for updates as things progress.
This will be the third incarnation of my "Smoke Reduction Chamber Anagama Kiln Design". Tate Rich of Bisbee, Arizona will be hosting the project at Cochise College. Tate has been running the program for several years, and is very excited to enter a new chapter at the College. Wood kilns build community in so many ways, as it takes several to many people to fire an anagama. This will provide an exciting opportunity for students, and local artists to build a wood firing community in Bisbee, AZ. I can't wait to bring this project to Bisbee, and visit one of my favorite parts of the country.
Jack and I have met a few times over the years, however it wasn't until this past December at Demarest where we started a conversation about our experiences wood firing. When Jack asked if I would join him in leading the 29th year of his "Komuri" anagama kiln firing, I was swept with emotions. Fired once per year for 5 days, I've many friends who have fired with Jack in the past years. I remember receiving a copy of his book, "Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain" at my undergraduate Florida Atlantic University graduation party in 1999. I mixed everyone of his recipes in that book, and learned quite a bit from a man I'd never yet met.
Pewabic Pottery is hosting it's 26th Annual "For the House and Garden" show this summer, and I am thrilled to participate again this year. I'll be sending up about 30 pots from the March Anagama firing in my kiln, including several plates. I know the plates can be hard to come by, so make a trip if Pewabic is close to you. The show is open 10-6.
I am honored to continue to be part of AKAR Gallery's "Yunomi Invitational". Each year AKAR invites around 100 artists to send 5 yunomi for their annual show. A large portion of the proceeds donated from each artist help support The Studio Potter publication. I sent 5 side fired drippy yunomi from the March firing for the show ;)
I'm headed to ECU to fire a medium sized sprung arch tube kiln with an enthusiastic group of students. Jim Tisnado and I nearly crossed paths at Indiana University in the early 2000's, but just recently connected. I'm excited to work with Jim, and his students for a week long wood firing workshop!
Trackside Studio and Gallery in Spokane, WA put together a great invitational show in homage to the "bowl". I've worked with Trackside before, and they assemble a stellar group of potters for their shows. I'll be sending some bowls fired in my anagama this fall for this show.
I've been working with Lillstreet Art Center in their sales gallery, and select exhibitions for several years. I'm always excited to send some new pieces I've been working with for their holiday exhibition. Visit Lillstreet during this exhibition to do some holiday shopping, and see work by a very talented group of ceramic artists I'm honored to be showing work with.
I'm participating in "Earthy Treasures Holiday Showcase" again this year, hosted by the historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, MI. There is an opening reception November 12, which is a wonderful opportunity to do some holiday shopping! I'll have work from the most recent firing in my Anagama. We have been using some different wood lately, and the results have been quite extraordinary. Visit Pewabic Pottery to see some of my most recent work.
This fall I'll be visiting Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff to fire their anagama. Jason Hess leads the ceramics program, with assistant professor Steve Schaeffer, and technician/instructor Jason Bohnert. NAU has several amazing wood kilns, and I can't wait to start loading their anagama as part of Steve's woodfire class. One of my favorite parts of my career is loading and firing new kilns, and I couldn't think of a more exciting woodfire program to be a part of.