the new tool parade marches on

Even the best production potters use a throwing gauge to help them throw consistent shapes on the wheel. If nothing else, consistency is kinda the hallmark of good production.  So, I’m not sure why I insisted on throwing the last 400 or so pounds of clay without one.  Thankfully, I stumbled on this sweet, simple solution just in time for […]

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good day in the shop today

Today was a good day. Pictures of finished work turned out better than expected, a whole load of some of my best pots to date came out of the kiln with no problems, and I finally got some promising results from a few tests I was anxious to see.  There wasn’t a single curveball, hurdle, or snafu all day.  That never […]

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clean it up

There’s a new addition to the shop. It’s a new clay trap for the sink.  I put it together myself using plastic buckets, bins, and some lightweight plumbing parts.  I’m pretty proud of it, I must say. It’s even on wheels.  I love things on wheels.  I named it Tommy Von Trapp.  Now, I can make a proper mess.  ∆

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plates are death

I made six plates today. Start to finish, it took me about an hour per plate.  That’s just way too much time.  I love plates, but they’re killing me.  They take so long to make and they’re challenging as hell to get right. I’m bitching, I suppose, but it really took something out of me mentally to […]

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less is more

Less is more. It’s true, I know, but I find it hard to trust, especially when it comes to decorating my pots.  Usually, I find out the hard way I need to dial it back and work my way back to “less.” This motif I’m developing is a good example.  My first attempts were too busy, pretty […]

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