Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Last of the Foot Bowls?

Because of another couple of blowups in the kiln, I now have only one extra foot-soaking bowl in line to dry and glaze and fire to fill out the order for 198 bowls. I cleaned up the rim on the last one today. The picture above shows me rounding over the rim with half a CD, using the hole in the middle to scrape the flattened rim round. The bowl (along with 10 others) was joined yesterday.

I skipped a day of firing to allow finished pieces to dry another day because I don't want to blow any more up. My son Levi is going to deliver them to New York in a rental truck, sometime early next week, Monday if I can fire two kilns a day until then.

Gotta go glaze a few more bowls so they'll be dry enough to fire tomorrow.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Peak into the Past

Wild Rose Plate, ash glaze, cone 6

A long-time customer of mine, Sybille Perreault, was perusing the booths at the antiques street fair in Cameron, NC, when she noticed a pot tagged with my last name on it. She recognized it as some of my early work done at Wild Rose Pottery. She bought it for $8 and brought it by the shop today. It's a lovely little plate, about eight inches in diameter, adorned with a rose motif that my ex-wife, Jane Braswell drew. Jane and I did a lot of these when we ran Wild Rose from 1986 until nearly the end of the 1990s. This plate is stamped 1992.

I would start by spraying a bone dry plate (or vase) down with a little water and then brush a thin layer of ash glaze over the plate. She would paint the rose and leaves and then carve lightly through the glaze to add details onto the rose and leaves. On this plate, Jane also carved a pattern around the edge of the plate. She would have to work relatively fast so the glaze stayed moist enough to keep it from chipping off when she carved.

The back of the plate is unglazed, and the plate was sprayed lightly with a bit of cobalt, using an atomizer. I remember that the thickness of her color had to be just right, otherwise the color would fade away or the color would absorb too much glaze and be dry, sometimes peeling away from the pot. The thickness of glaze and decoration in the plate above is spot on.

Thanks, Sybille, for bringing it by so I could have a look. Enjoy it.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

August Pinestraw issue includes a picture of me and my footbowl

August Pinestraw 2010

Here's a link to a small reference to my foot-soaking bowls in a local magazine. I'm pictured on page 68, and Debra (the "art sleuth") who commissioned me, speaks a little about the project. I estimate I will be through in a couple of weeks, although I've already gotten an order for a bowl from a hotel patron. It's possible these foot bowls will never end.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Brief Interlude to make some 'Peace' Cups a Welcome Change of Pace

My son Levi and I took a break from making foot-soaking
bowls and spent an hour throwing some tea cups for
the upcoming Seagrove Potters for Peace (Aug. 14).
We will be selling the cups at our shop during the event.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Second Shipment Sent, 85 to go

We shipped the second lot of boxes to New York yesterday. A strapping young lad from Collins Brothers, a moving company in New York, backed his huge tractor trailer down my narrow drive, but couldn't negotiate the tight turn into my shop. So, we transferred 81 boxes of foot-soaking bowls via my F-150. He was making a return trip from Atlanta to New York and was able to place the boxes in the middle of the trailer one- and two-high.

Kirk, the driver, and I swapped fishing stories as we loaded and unloaded all thoseboxes, wiping sweat from our brows as it was the middle of the afternoon. I told Kirk I'd give him one of my small tree hangings if he took extra care of the cargo. He also bought a mug.

So, I've got another 85 bowls to make this month, and then I can finally get back to making some pots for the wood kiln.

Production Continues