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Friday
Dec142012

Me, Me, Me

I decided earlier in the week that this was going the be the 'Week of Ron'.  I was going to do whatever I wanted to reward myself for all the work I've done over the past couple months making pots, doing shows, etc.

I saw late last week that George McCauly and Ron Meyers had loaded up the Ratagama down in Athens, Ga for a cone 1 earthenware wood fire.  I've been communicating w. George online and I thought now would be as good a time as any to go meet him in person. Plus, the pots would be out of the kiln by the time I made arrangements with he and Ron to have a visit!!

Here's an image I pulled offline of the loading.

George has been working on a film about Ron over the past year.  It's going to debut in April, 2013.  I'm very excited about this.  If U.S. ceramics had National Living Treasures Ron Meyers would certainly be one of them. You can learn more about the film and how to make a contribution by clicking HERE.

I had a very good visit w. Ron and George.  There were lots of pots in Ron's studio.  Some were the painted work, some salt fired, and the ones from the anagama firing.  Here are two that I brought home.

Cat Head sculpture with Bird.  Wood fired (not this firing)

Candle Stick Totem w. Fish.  (from this firing, you can see it in the loading picture.  Far right front).

While in Athens I also got to hang out with my old pal Andrew Lentini.  We met years ago at John C. Campbell Folk School.  It was nice to go to Andrew's home and get to have dinner with him and his girlfriend and their kids.  Plus, there were some delicious homemade Christmas cookies just out of the oven.  Andrew let me crash on his couch over night.  I was happy that I'd have another half day in Athens b/c I wanted to knock around down town and to visit with Carter Gillies.

Carter and I met up early Saturday and had breakfast at The Grit.  It was super yummy.  We chatted on and on about pots while enjoying our breakfast.

Here's a pic of Carter and me in his kitchen.  He's got loads of great pots all over the house.

Finally after hitting some shops in downtown Athens I drove the 3 hours back home.

I got home just in time to celebrate another event for Ron Week.  A beer brewing class!!  It was sponsored by Dragonfly Wine Market in Shelby.  I had a great time and learned a ton!  This could be my new hobby ( I don't really have a hobby at the moment but this seems promising!).

The class consisted of 6 newbies, including myself, and our fearless leader/brewmister Jay.  We went through the whole process of making a batch from an extract kit and later bottled and capped some beer that Jay had ready.  We also tasted several beers throughout the night. 

We each got to bring home a 6 pack of the beer that we bottled. It will be ready to consume on Christmas day.

Okay that's all for now.  There is however one more thing happening tonight to finish off the Week of Ron.  I'll save that for a post over the weekend.  But I'm sure if you follow me on FB you 'll be seeing some pics later on. 

Cheers!

 

Thursday
Dec062012

Sale Preview Video

All the pots are in place in the showroom.  

You can shop online NOW by clicking HERE.

Wednesday
Dec052012

Holiday Studio Sale

The last sale of the year for me is coming up this weekend.  I'll be having my Holiday Studio Sale this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Hours:

Saturday Dec. 8th 10 am till 4pm
Sunday Dec. 9th Noon till 4pm

757 Wallace Grove Road Shelby NC 28150

I'll be putting up a video showing a preview of the pots in the showroom soon.  It's a really great selection of work. Over 300 pots in stock.

Also, don't forget!  The Etsy shop is totally stocked.  However I do not keep separate inventory for the online shop.  So as pots sell here over the weekend they will be removed from the Online Shop.

Click HERE to see the online shop.

Thank you all again and stay tuned for the video. 

Monday
Nov262012

Last Craft Show of the Year

Thank god it's over!  I am thankful for everyone who bought my work over the last few months at shows and for those who told me how beautiful and fun it is.  But I am glad to have the traveling over and now just get to stay at home and have my Home Sale in a couple weeks.

Here's my new booth.  It was set up for the first time at the Carolina Designer Craftsman show in Raleigh this past weekend.

I was really proud of this set up and I love having that extra space behind there to store backstock and to hide out in and have my lunch.  Thanks to my pal Brandon Phillips for all his help in answering questions while I got this thing constructed.

 

Thursday
Nov152012

Shellacking and Getting Fit

I fired off a bisque load of shellacked pots last night. 

It's cooling now so I'll get unloaded tonight, glaze tomorrow and hopefully fire the kiln off again early Saturday.  

It's been a hell of a week.  I joined CrossFit on Monday and stupidly worked out way too hard.  I've been sore all week and today is the first day I can fully extend my arms without major pain.  I'll get back in for a workout tomorrow or Saturday but I've really had to give myself a few days to recoup.

The Carolina Designer Craftsmen show is a week away.  I've been stressing about getting my new booth finished.  It has sat out in the shed for two months waiting to be painted and for me to finish constructing the shelves.  Today I finally got the paint on and I'll get the shelves made on Saturday.  I should be okay and ready to take it by load up time next Wednesday.

I guess that's it for now.  I'll post some images of the new pots when they come out.  For now I'll leave ya with this Sunflower plate from my Etsy site.  

Sunflower Luncheon Plate.  9" diameter.  $44