Thursday, January 31, 2013


Kevin Snipes Vase KS8
8" x 6" x 4"

Found on-line at Archie Bray Foundation

Less is not more...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


The cone 6 electric refire of some of this weekends high fired shinos has been unloaded and I"m pawing through the results. I was aiming for more than just an image on a pot with this round.
I'm shooting for a ghosting image...

 A surface that reads as more memory than as a clear thought...

Kind of like the Delta Fogs that I walk through every morning on my way to work this time of year.

I'm looking for a surface that looks and feels sunk into the work. Honestly, the work wasn't quite what I originally had in mind, but 'm coming to enjoy the results.

Now I'm left wondering what exactly to do with this success.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Richard Nickel

Richard Nickel

Absolutely Dreamy...



Opening a kiln being able to look forward to anticipated and completely unseen surprises is a luxury.

The sooty resolution of the surface darkens the finish feel of the design.

Definitely not what I was expecting. A few are in hand, but most are headed back through the electric kiln tonight with the hopes that a quick oxidation fire to cone 6 will brighten them up just a hare.


I'm liking the move towards narratives made up of fuzzy details.

Getting a handle on this approach to surface is allowing me a freedom to explore and develop a few images stuck in my minds eye. I've got to climb over these to get to what's standing in line next...

Sunday, January 27, 2013


FireFlies and Memory

Standing back at the tail-end of this work cycle and handling the daydreams, fired and finished, that just went through the kiln, is pure joy.

 The Fireflies are really striking a chord with me.
It's an idea with depth. An idea that I can an anchor a few personal metaphors into.

They begin by transcending past their own making, marking the impermanence of another bright light, a light that exists solely in memory...

RIP Auntie, I love you...


Monday, January 21, 2013

Let's Give it a Try

 Bit of an explanation...
This design is built using layers.
Paper stencils and inlayed incised fireflies sunk under a Malcom Davis Shino.
The green that's peeking through is food coloring that I've been brushed onto mark where I need the fireflies halos (otherwise I'm just guessing, which admittably has a charm all it's own, but...) You can see the faint traces of the brushed on wax that will define the fired halo effect.

This has been a fun series to push through, but as always...
I'm kind of anxious to see how this works out.

I Am Nothing - Chris Staley

No Quick Way About It

In the end it comes down to doing the work, filling a kiln piece by piece.
As much as I would like to believe otherwise... There's no quick way about it.
We only move forward by waking up every morning and applying ourselves to the tasks at hand.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Studio Break

Mining my life for spare moments to brush black wash onto a few dozen pieces and wiping it off...

 Wipe on... wipe off

... and as always, I hope for the best.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Thank you for being you.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lazy Saturday

I'm enjoying much needed slow, lazy, sunny day.
I really hope I'm sick, otherwise I'm feeling like crud for no reason.

Lazing, scribing fireflies through wax and slip.

Biting nice and deep before laying laying in the black wash.

Rewax and lay down one more set of lines in porcelain before bisque.

Ron Meyers and Michael Simon Workshop

Let's try this again...
The banter is fun, but it's their practiced hands I'm watching. Magic!

Turn the sound way up...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Move'n Out

Well it's the start of a new semester in the ceramics lab at UOP. After enjoying an essentally empty studio during the professor's 8 month sabbatical, it's finally time to stop screwing around to get back to work.

Wash it down and move on out. The tech says it's time...
It's been an amazing ride.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


 This weeks work resting on wareboards in the studio. These slipped forms are cycling back through another drying cycle, waiting to be waxed for linework.
The word written on the floor for this month is 


2013 is going to be 
so much fun...