Preview Gallery August 2013

 Mark Kozma’s pots

I always enjoy seeing the jumps in skill that apprentices have after they’ve been here about a year. All of a sudden, mechanics and aesthetics combine to produce fluent work, pots become even prettier, complex shapes are mastered, and decorative flourishes bloom. Koz is at this stage, his focus and sensibilities are allowing him to move up to the next level in this never-ending quest for ceramic beauty. He’s on the right track, making sweet work and warming our spirits with his kind nature. Particularly noticeable are his big beer mugs, which we delight in calling, “Kozersteins!” Thanks Koz, for all you do.

In his spare time, Koz also makes wonderful wooden spoons and salad sets, which he’ll have for sale at the Kiln Opening.

 Adrian King’s pots

Adrian continues to impress, whether refining exquisite simple shapes or trying out more intricate forms. He’s made some lovely teapots and coffeepots, some pert little jugs, as well as some elegant long-necked vases.  He’s gaining confidence with all the decorative techniques, and learning about the subtleties of glaze application. It requires a great deal of hard work to be an apprentice here, and Adrian is up to all the challenges we keep throwing at him. Well done, young man!

PREVIEW – Firing 87, August 2013

As we wash all the pots that came out of the recent firing, and put them on the shelves in the barn, all the dreams we’ve had these past four months become reality. It’s one thing to make the pots at the wheel, one at a time, decorate and glaze each of them, day after day, week after week, as if in a trance, fully engaged in the tasks at hand, but it’s only after the firing that we finally see what we’ve done.

The dream has to do with the pursuit of ceramic excellence in all its aspects, a heroic task geared, ultimately, towards the satisfaction and engagement of the people who will eventually use the pots. That’s you!

And the pots are lovely too! We have spectacular mugs and tumblers, a lovely new shape of bowl with a flared rim, more egg and long-necked vases, the best series of ginger jars I’ve ever made, and a particularly strong batch of big pots, including some monumental egg vases decorated with polka dots. Of course there are polka dots on many of the smaller pots as well. I continue to enjoy playing with these circles, they give the pots a super-sharp design element whether configured geometrically or spaced at random. It’s a “Southern, Anglo-Asian, Mid-Century Modern, Folk Thing,” or some such.

Either way, the pots are pretty cool, all made with local clays, local glaze ingredients, and lots of local love, and all fired in our whopping wood-burning kiln. You might just want to come on down to pretty Pittsboro to visit your local potter, and check out the pots and take some home, and complete the dream.