Monday, April 20, 2015

Some new listings on Etsy...

Here are a couple of new listings I put up on Etsy. All these items will also be available at the Red Lick Artisan Tour coming up on Mother's Day Weekend, May 9 & 10 unless they sell beforehand.
Cracker basket and cookie tray! 
Also good for dips and salsa.
Map for the Red Lick Artisans Tour...
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wood-firing with Justin Lambert

     I recently attended a wood-firing headed by Justin Lambert who was up in Lexington, giving a workshop in the finer points of wood-firing at University of Kentucky. Hunter Stamps, professor in the Ceramics department at UK, invited me and fellow potter, Bill Lennox (incidentally also on the Red Lick Artisans Spring Studio Tour for 2015, Stop #2!)  to share some space with the students. Bill's pots were scattered through the kiln getting some heavy ash and flashing effects.
Bill Lennox Pottery
photo: C.Cusick
     My mugs, since they're carved with a definitive design, we're placed in the back, away from the heavier deposits of ash. The kiln was cooled in a reduction atmosphere. It reacted beautifully with my body slips (colored with oxides and not flashing slips) and shino glaze on the rim and inside of the mugs. Still, I got quite a bit of ash as we reached cone 8-9 early on and the temps were maintained for several days. To that end, the designs were somewhat obliterated and produced some dramatic effects with the drawings. I love them! I'll be putting some up for sale on Etsy, in Midway. Ky. at Damselfly Gallery and during the RLA Tour May 9 & 10.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mint Juleps

 Four new tumblers on Etsy
Four new Tumblers on Etsy.
    It's been a while since I've written anything. Much has been going on and it's been a hard winter here on the farm. Suffice to say, I hope to touch on the goings on here over the winter but for now, it's finally Spring! So let's get to the goings on...

     First of all, I'll be a guest artist again this year for the Red Lick Artisans Spring Studio Tour so there's that. Here's a map and a listing of the participants and stops this year.
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     Secondly, I'm making pots for the occasion and for the Esty shop. I've been listing them recently, starting with a bunch of mint julep type cups, both mid-range electric fired and high-fired in salt and soda. Since the Derby is coming up the first weekend in May, I started with these, so peruse and enjoy! Everything links to the Etsy shop.
Mint Julep Cup with Zig Zag design on Etsy.
Mint Julep Cup, wood/soda fired with Arrow ended stripes on Etsy.

Set of three Salt-fired tumblers with Spiral Sun Designs on Etsy.
Fibonacci inspired mint julep cup on Etsy
Julep cup with intersecting circles on Etsy.
Ceramic drinking cup with target on Etsy