We have had so much rain the Wisconsin world is verdant and the rivers are running high. What surprised me on my walk today was the red. The sun shining through the water lit up the underbelly of Mill Creek. Cedar roots uncovered by high water show a bright vulnerable crimson.
Geez Louise, what a gift.
#wisconsinsummer #millcreekpottery #walkinthewoods #rediculousreds
Great trade! At the #woodfirenc conference this past month I got to visit with @rogerjamison who introduced me to #woodfire back in the fall of 1990.
It changed the arc of my life. Roger proposed a mug exchange and gave me this sweet oh so friendly mug out of his truck's cup holder. Roger's pots have always been some of the most usable pots I own. And I am happy to own another.
Roger posted the second image of the mug I sent him. It's always a thrill when a teacher you admire asks you to trade, and I think we both feel we got the better end of the deal.
#solofiring a woodfire serial instagram saga starts tonight.
@jacobmeer is finishing his apprenticeship by firing the Mill Creek Spitfire kiln alone. Jacob and @ianjconnors rebuilt this kiln last November and this will be the second firing, and Jake's last before he starts his residency @moreancenterforclay with @mattschiemann
Pacing himself and staging the firing process Jacob plans to complete a 48 hour cone 10 firing with down firing. He will be posting videos on his Instagram account hashtagging them #solofiring and, thanks to @lloydlentz , you can follow the pyrometer data logging at the link in my profile simonskiln.com.
After a trip to North Carolina a middle aged potter's thoughts turns toward jugs.
Ode de Chester Webster.
@kenyonhansen invited me to send work to a clay and beer exhibition. Its a great time to take on the assignment of Growlers.
#chesterwebster #clayandbeer #growler #woodfiredgrowler #whiskeyjug
Met this fun loving floppy 5 month old today.
Filter press! Not sure where I would put it. But I want one.
#starworks #claymaking @starworksceramics
Wild Porcelain and Dark Star. Exploring local clays from North Carolina. @starworksceramics is selling and producing several exciting wild clays.
I am excited to see the color range and possibilities of these clay bodies. Both throw really well.
#millcreekpottery #wildporcelain #darkstar #starworks #woodfirenc
Apprentice @jacobmeer looks at an early @kenyonhansen yunomi that was made while Kenyon was an apprentice here 11 years ago. It's easy to imagine as he finishes his time at Mill Creek that Jacob is wondering what his pots will look like in as many years.
Or maybe he is looking at the added line and division of space that is so signature in many of Kenyon's pots today.
#millcreekpottery #apprenticeship #Kenyonhanson.
Sandy Lockwood, Randy Johnston, Linda Christianson and me. On the pottery highway with some excellent traveling companions.
In the 90s I was an assistant to both Linda and Randy separately at Penland. And Sandy and I built a kiln in East Timor 14 years ago.
Honored to be their colleague presenting at the #woodfirenc conference. Oh and I get to teach @penlandschool next year.
#woodfire #lindachristianson #randyjohnston
Fundament and Nebulous. #piapink
This Spring Fulbright Taiwan 🇹🇼 commissioned me to make a piece to celebrate their 60th year of exchange. I built an anagama there in 2009 and was a senior Fulbright scholar in 2013. Both times I got to work near but not with Professor Ching Yuan Chang. I felt wrong trying to make a piece about cultural exchange alone, so I asked Ching Yuan if he would share the commission with me and make a collaborative "I start you finish piece." The budget came through while I was firing, so I made and bisqued this tile seen in this piece at my home Studio in Wisconsin. I shipped it then to Burnaby B.C Canada to the Shadbolt center where I was teaching a #woodfire workshop. It was fired in a train kiln, and then shipped to Tainan, Taiwan where Ching Yuan runs the clay program at Tainan National University of the arts. Ching Yuan finished the piece adding the wood and pink cloud form. He then shipped it to Taipei for the celebration. It will take up permanent residence at a museum there and I hope to see it in person one day.
I am so honored to have had the chance to finally work with Ching Yuan. #Fulbright #culturalexchange has made me a better artist and extended my connection and understanding of the world. #fulbrighttaiwan #fulbrighttaiwan60
Chill in the Kiln. Mark Hewitt's after burn party for the North Carolina woodfire conference.
#woodfire #woodfirenc #anagamaparty
Alien With Exceptional Talents. @ashwinibhat
It was a joy to get to spend some time at the WoodfireNC conference with the dark, funny and beautiful Ashwini Bhat. As a nomadic woodfire potter she is kicking butt and making her mark. I expect great things from her when they let her out.
#starworks #ashwinibhat #diveristymakesUSstrong
Ryuichi Kakurezaki demoing at #woodfirenc it was great to see him handle the bizen clay he brought from Japan. @godpots and I visited him at his home and studio almost exactly 16 years ago.
I am honored to be on a panel with him, @benowenpottery and @loganwannamaker tomorrow morning.
I also really enjoyed talking clay with Takuro Shibata.
Charcoal reduction. #joshcopuspottery adding charcoal into a cone 10 kiln at peak temperature. This is the second chamber of his temple kiln. Fired to 2000 off the waste heat from the anagama chamber this kiln was brought to full temperature in eight hours. The ware was stacked with aisle above each shelf unit to allow for the introduction of the charcoal. And the door was stacked with 4 slots for the metal slide to be slid deep among the stack.
After dumping bags and bags of charcoal among the unglazed ware the kiln is closed up and allowed to cool with the charcoal giving the clay areas of spot reduction.
#woodfirenc #woodfire #charcoalreduction
Chester Webster. 1801-1882 Fayetteville, NC. One gallon Jug. 6" x 10". I saw this jug at the North Carolina Pottery center in Seagrove. It'l like no other I have seen from this region and time period. It holds so much of what i chase in my own work. I wonder what Chester thought.
#woodfire #woodfirenc #seagrovepottery #jugtown.
Dads. Potters and papas. @brianrjones just released the latest episode of the #Jonescast where we discus family, fathering and our careers.
Photo by @maxseinfeld
You can listen at jonescast.com
At the Copus compound for the Mountain Preheat pre-conference. Fun times with @joshcopuspottery and a whole mess of dirt burners.
Down-firing and pizza tonight.
#woodfirenc #woodfire #internationalwoodfire
Clay and Sandstone landscapes in Mobile bay Alabama.
Thanks for the tour @zachsierkepottery
#sandstone #wildclay #alluvialceramics