Upcoming Event _– January through June 2011

Oregon Potters Association Ceramics Showcase

April 29th, 30th and May 1st 2011

Oregon Convention Center – Portland OR

On the Max Light Rail Line

— Free event admission —

Opens 10-9 Friday & Saturday       10-5 on Sunday

The nations largest show and sale of pottery, sculpture, garden art, home accessories and other works in clay exhibited in 150+ booths!

I will be in Booth B-9 — Stop by and say HI!!!

Upcoming Events — August through December 2010

Corvallis Fall Festival

September 25 -27, 2010

Central Park, Corvallis, Oregon

I will be participating as a member of the Willamette Ceramics Guild and will be in Booth #116.


October 8-10, 2010

Lane County Fair Grounds, Eugene, Oregon

Pat Weber Workshop

October 22-23, 2010

Linn-Benton Community College, Benton Center, Corvallis, Oregon

Friday evening slide show and discussion, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm FREE

Saturday workshop demonstrations, 10:00 – 4:00

Handmade in Oregon VII

October 30 – December 4, 2010

Oregon State University Memorial Union Concourse Gallery

An exhibition to promote the OSU Holiday Marketplace

Wildfire Pottery Showcase

November 6 – 7, 2010

Highland Elementary School (Old Kenwood School)

701 NW Newport Ave.

Bend, Oregon

6th Annual show of the Clay Guild of the Cascades

Festival of Guilds

November 9 – 14, 2010

The Arts Center

Corvallis, Oregon

A show and sale of nearly 60 artists from the various guilds associated with Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

OSU Holiday Marketplace

December 3 – 4, 2010

Oregon State University Memorial Union Ball Room

A holiday sale to support the OSU Craft Center.  I will be participating as a member of the Willamette Ceramics Guild

Benton Center Winter Studio Sale

December 10, 2010, 3:30 – 5:30

A sale for work by the students and faculty at the Linn-
Community College’s Benton Center in Corvallis, Oregon

Oregon Hazelnut Country:  the Food, the Drink, the Spirit, By Jan Roberts-Dominguez

A beautiful book with recipes celebrating hazelnuts.  Jan has chosen to photograph the food in work from local artists.  The book is available in Corvallis, Oregon from Grass Roots Books and Music, The Inkwell Home Store, Garland Nursery, Tyee Winery and the Book Bin.

Upcoming Events — May 2010 thru July 2010

Kathy Jones’ Garden and Plant Sale

Saturday, May 15th (9am – 4pm) and Sunday, May 16th (9am – 3pm)

A Neighborhood Plant, Jewelry and Pottery Sale in Beautiful Crescent Valley (just north of Corvallis, Oregon).

Benton Center Spring Studio Sale

Friday, June 4 (3:30-5:30) on the patio in front of the Ceramics Studio

  • 757 NW Polk (Behind Borders Books), Corvallis, Oregon

  • A sale of student and instructor pottery and sculpture.  Gas-fired, wood-fired, salt-glazed and raku pottery all for sale.  Part of the proceeds go towards supporting the Benton Center Ceramics Studio.

Upcoming Events: January – April 2010

After the craziness of the Fall this is the time of year for me to be recharge my creative batteries, make some new work and get ready for the Oregon Potters Association Ceramics Showcase that opens at the end of April at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Ceramics Showcase

  • April 30th , May 1st and 2nd, 2010
  • Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
  • 777  NE Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • The largest all pottery show in the country!
  • I will be in Booth B-12

Upcoming Events: October – December, 2009

October 9-11, 2009

  • Clayfest, Eugene, Oregon
  • Lane County Fairgrounds
  • (Booth 9)

November 2 – December 5, 2009

  • Handmade in Oregon VI, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Oregon State University Memorial Union Concourse, Corvallis, Oregon

November 14-15, 2009

November 21 – 22, 2009

  • Studio Sale, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Our first studio sale in our new studio.  Come celebrate with us!!!

December 4 – 5, 2010

December 11, 2009

Upcoming Events: July – September, 2009

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Soulgama 21 Firing – March 2009


A crew of eleven people fired Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama for the 21st time from March 26-30, 2009.  We had two days of  loading and a little less than 3 days of firing.  We opened and unloaded the kiln on Saturday, April 11th.  We ususally open the kiln one week after firing but since several of us had other firings the weekend of April 4th Stephen decided to unload the kiln after a two week cooling.  The extra cooling time didn’t seem to have affected the look of the pots.


After two days of loading we started the fire late Friday afternoon.  Most of us had to go to the Ceramics Showcase meeting in Multnomah to pick our booths for the show.  Sandy Segna stayed and tended the kiln in our absence.


On Saturday night we had our usuall pizza and potluck  dinner where Jim, Robin and Nathan Hominiuk cook homemade pizzas in the pizza oven made out of kiln bricks.  Everyone involved with the firing and invited guests bring a wide assortment of pizza toppings.





To add to the festivities we also celbrated Brenda Scott’s birthday.  Sarah Chenoweth brought cake and noisemakers for everyone.  It was quite the festive evening and we even remembered to stoke the kiln when it was needed. 

The firing went well with good results.  We had problems with the pyrometers and consequently we let the front of the kiln get a little hotter than usual.  Good for my large stoneware pots … not quite so good for some of the porcelain and porcelaineous stonewares.  Except for the front rank of shelves the front of the kiln produced its usual beautiful, drippy and glossy pots.

The center of the kiln produced glossy drippy pots near the first stoke alley and quieter surfaces further back until the second stoke alley.  I want to try some sagger pots for the floor of the kiln in the middle section since this is often cooler and less ashey.  The pack of the kiln had pots with glazes since it is somewhat cooler.  Some great pots came out of the back.  I am learning more and more how to prepare my work for this section of the kiln and was pleased with the results.

Front Section
Front Section
Middle Section

Middle Section

Back Section

Back Section

Two weeks after the firing we opened, unloaded and cleaned up the kiln site and stacked the next load of wood.