Preview Gallery May 2015

Adrian King’s pots

In addition to making even prettier pots than ever, Adrian provided essential backup this cycle while I was off travelling. His sense of responsibility and all-around competence are evident in all he does. Having been here just over two years, he knows every inch of the workshop and understands the subtleties of material permutation that are the foundation of our aesthetic practice. Combined with a lively imagination, his skill and focus have allowed him to produce some superlative pots. Thanks for all you do here, Adrian!

Adrian writes:

“Mother nature has sprung into full effect bringing abundant rays of warm sunshine, fragrant flowers, and happy animals.  Here at the pottery we too have been working all winter to bring life to a workshop of beautiful pots.  With new forms and surfaces in the mix, along with old and familiar shapes and colors, the pots are as radiant as the golden sun, and vivid as the flowers in bloom.

It’s hard to figure out which pots are my favorite once we have unloaded everything, they all look amazing!  Whether its a pitcher for iced tea in the coming hot summer months, or a triumphant vase for the beautiful spring flowers.  To me, all the pots from the 92nd firing speak of beauty similar to the spring season that is all around us.  I hope that you can come out and enjoy the pots as much as we do.”

Jon Pratt’s pots

Jon has decided to return to his home in Tacoma, WA, in order to pursue his ceramic education closer to his family. He made a lasting contribution here, making very accomplished pots for someone so young. He has a good pair of hands and a willing spirit. We wish him well. Thank you Jon!

PREVIEW – Firing 92, May 2015

Travels to Montana, Boston, New York, and Santa Fe provided tremendous stimulation and reward this cycle, although I don’t remember ever having had such a busy schedule. Inspiration from these wanderings, coupled with ingrained professionalism, allowed me to focus intently on the real work while home in the workshop, and I’m delighted by the pots that came out of the 92nd firing.

The front of the kiln was particularly juicy, with dripping ash runs playing with ornamented surfaces and providing slick accents to our new pink kaolin slip. The middle of the kiln produced sumptuous ash-glazed jars nestled on the floor beneath the towering big pots, and multitudes of marvelous mugs packed in favorite spots are a delight to embrace. The big pots themselves are playful and serene.

Sleek flatware and strong ten-gallon pots emerged from the tapered back section, along with a delightful batch of Iced Tea Ceremony Vessels – the first I’ve made in a while.

A fugue-like structure of interwoven themes runs through each production and firing cycle. Echoes of older North Carolina, Asian, and English pots, rhythms and leitmotifs from the recent past, and endless embellishments and elaborations, all mingle with the new.

Come and see the harmony.