Stephen Mickey and the Soulbuds

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The reception for the Soulbuds Show was a great event.  There was a good turnout, good music and good food provided by the artists in the Soulbuds show.  The show is in the Visual Arts Center at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon and runs through May 22nd, 2009.  The Visual Arts Center is a wonderful venue for the show.  The lighting is good and the pieces are displayed well. 

An added plus to the event was the celebration of Stephen Mickey’s birthday.  It was nice to celebrate the man who img_0003_300pixprovided the kiln and creative environment from which so many of the pots in the show emanated.img_0004_300pix1

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Ceramics Showcase 2009

My booth at Showcase 2009

My booth at Showcase 2009

 
Everyone selling pottery at the show was wondering how it would go this given the economy.  Would people show up?  Would they buy anything?  What would they buy … functional ware, “artsy” pieces? 
 
The attendance was up for the show … I heard that the there was a 24% increase in attendance over last year’s show.  This was great to hear!  I haven’t heard yet anything about the income for the show.  For myself I didn’t do as well as years past but better than last year and better than expected.  I didn’t many large vases but sold a lot of medium  and lower priced pieces.  I was quite pleased with the show.
 
It was wonderful to seemany familiar faces and friends; both potters and patrons.  I also met many new people which was nice.

Upcoming Events: April – June, 2009

Ceramics Showcase

April 24, 25 and 26, 2009

Portland Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd

This is the largest all ceramics show in the country … really a great event that is put on by the Oregon Potters Association.  Stop by and see me in Booth B8

Stephen Mickey and the Soulbuds

May 1st through 22nd, 2009

Opening Reception — May 1st, 6:oopm – 9:00pm

A collection of work by 20 artists that have contributed to the success of Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama.

Mount Hood Community College Visual Arts Center

Gresham, Oregon

Glen Burris Workshop

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Linn-Benton Community College, Benton Center Campus

Benton Center Ceramics Studio

Corvallis, Oregon

Join master potter Glen Burris for an invigorating two day, multi-media

workshop featuring wheel and slab demonstrations, brush work and glaze

techniques. Suitable for artists of all skill levels. The workshop will

include a slide lecture from 7-8:00 p.m. on Friday, open to the public at no

cost and a no-host noon potluck on Saturday. For more information call the

Benton Center at 757-8944.  The cost is a $35 lab fee.

This should be a really good workshop.  Glen is truly a master potter.  I am REALLY looking forward to attending this workshop!

Friday, May 15

2:00-4:00 pm-Demo, BC140

7:00-8:00 pm-Free slide show/lecture, BC204 Free and open to anyone.

Saturday, May 16

9:00 am-12:00 pm-Demo, BC140

12:00-1:00 pm-No host potluck, North patio

1:00-3:00 pm-Demo, BC140

Benton Center Studio Sale

June 5th, 2009

3:30-5:30

The spring sale of faculty and student work that helps support the Benton Center Ceramics Studio.

Benton Center Ceramics Studio

Corvallis, Oregon

Digger Mountain Anagama – April 2009

 

A large crew of people fired Jay Widmer’s Digger Mountain Anagama from April 2nd through 5th, 2009.  This was an interesting firing in that most of the wood available for this firing was wet and unseasoned.  Wet wood and too slow of a temperature gain early on resulted in a rather cool firing.  We only dropped cone 11 in the front of the kiln and cone 9 in the back.  Reduction seemed to be a little heavy in this firing also … probably a result of the wet wood.  At first when we unloaded the kiln I was disappointed in the lack of melted ash on the pots.  However, after I got the pots home and cleaned up I really started to like and appreciate the softer surfaces that came from the back half of the kiln.  The front of the kiln had good ash build up and many of the surfaces sported platelets on their surfaces. 

 

Here are some photos of the firing.

img_0052_300pix1Pots queued up to be loaded into the kiln.

 

 

 

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The start of the firing before the door was set into place.

 

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Just after the door was set in place.  The two pots

on the step in front of the fire box are my pieces and

were some of my favorite pots to come out of the firing.

 

 

 

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Peter and Nick Widmer and Lynda Farmer doing the side-stoking. 

 

 

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Jay stoking the kiln after Lynda Farmer and Nick Widmer finished the side-stoking.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Front rank of shelves.

 

 

 

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2nd range of shelves
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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3rd range of shelves
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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4th range of shelves
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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5th range of shelves
 
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6th range of shelves
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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img_0091_cropped_300pixThe April 2009 crew

Upcoming Events: January – March 2009

2nd Place -- Best of Show, 2008 Clayfest, Eugene, Oregon
2nd Place — Best of Show, 2008 Clayfest, Eugene, Oregon

Currently I have no shows or sales scheduled until Ceramics Showcase in April.  You can purchase pieces by either contacting me or I encourage you to visit the Trillium Gallery in Wheeler, Oregon.

This year’s Chocolate Fantasy and Art Auction will be held February 28th, 2009, from 6:00-10:00pm in The Club Level at Reser Stadium. Chocolate Fantasy will be hosted by OPB Oregon Art Beat’s, K.C. Cowan. Chocolate Fantasy cid_image001_png01c98e00is a fund-raiser for The Arts Center, in Corvallis, Oregon and features chocolate desserts for tasting, an art auction, food, bar and music. Over 160 artists, businesses and community supporters of the arts have donated original works and more for this years auction. The art includes ceramics, photography, painting, woodworking, printmaking, fiber arts, jewelry and glass. I have been a member of the procurement committee responsible for procuring quality pottery and clay sculpture pieces to auction for several years now and I think this year’s extravaganza will be one of the best! I hope to see you there!

I will be participating in two anagama firings during March and April, Jay Widmer’s Digger Mountain Anagama and Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama.  I should have many new and beautiful pots for the spring shows.

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April 24th, 25th and 26th, I will be participating once again the Oregon Potters Association’s Ceramics Showcase at the Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.  More details later.

2nd Place Best of Show

2nd Place Best of Show

May 1 – 20 , 2009, I will be participating in the Soulbuds show at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.  This is a show of artists who have been a part of Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama anagama.  More details later.

October 2008 Digger Mountain Anagama Firing

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Front of the Digger Mountain Anagama

We fired Jay Widmer’s Digger Mountain Anagama near Alsea, Oregon during October 24th – 26th and opened and unloaded the kiln on October 31st. Below are pictures of the different ranges in the kiln as we unloaded them and other pictures of the firing. I will probably add more as pictures become available. I will certainly add pictures of some of the pots when I get around to getting them taken. 

 

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Splitting wood in preparation for firing

   

As you can see the weather was nearly perfect for firing.  Here we are getting the wood split for both the front-stoking and side-stoking. This firing we emphasized adding more wood to the side-stoke. We also used more maple and wet alder than in previous firings.

 

 

 

 

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Loading the kiln

 Lauren and Sandy (inside the kiln) are helping to load pots into the kiln.

 

 

 

 

 

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Starting the fire

Lynda lights the fire as Hank and Lauren look on. Right after lighting the kiln the batteries ran out on my camera so I don’t have pictures of stoking the kiln.

 

 

 

 

 

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Front range of pots just beyond the fire box

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Another view of the front range

After a 48 hour firing and a week of cooling we get a chance to see the results.  this is the front range just beyond the fire box. There is a lot of ash deposited on the pots in the front but you can a fair amount of color in the pots a little further back.

 

 

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Second range of shelves

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Third range of shelves just in front of stoke alley

 

As we proceeded further back towards the side-stoke alley through ranges 2 and 3 we see more and more color and less ash deposited on the front side of the pieces.

 

 

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Fourth range of shelves just beyond the stoke alley

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Fifth range of shelves

 Range 4 on the back side of the stoke alley had some damaged shelves from the side-stoke wood hitting the nitrite-bonded silicon carbide shelves. This resulted in several damaged shelves and damaged pots. Ranges 5 and 6 have often been quieter zones of the kiln but this firing this section had much more action.

 

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Sixth range of shelves

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Seventh range of shelves at the very back of the kiln

   

The very back of the kiln had wonderful color and ash.

 

 

 

 

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Reception line for unloading the pots

Lynda, Lauren and Joe form the “reception line” to look at each pot as it comes out of the kiln.  We pass each pot down the line and stack them on tables that generally contain pots from the same range of shelves. This way after the unloading we look at the pieces from each range of shelves to learn what is happening in each zone of the kiln. The information we glean from this will inform our decisions in the next firing.

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Checking out the results from the back of the kiln

Lauren, Pat, Martha and Lynda check out the pieces from the back of the kiln.

 

 

 

 

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Sandy checks out Deb's badger

Jeff, Lauren, Martha and Sandy look at the pieces from the bakc of the kiln.  Sandy is checking out Deb’s badger.

 

 

More pots from the firing. Pieces in the photo below were behind the stoke alley.

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Tables of pots from the firing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy’s and Lauren’s vases show the extent of the color in this firing. 

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A range of color

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Cleaning shelves

Cleaning up the shelves after the unloading.

Upcoming Events: September, 2008 – December , 2008

Below is a list of the upcoming art shows and festivals that I will be participating in for the next few months.  This list is, of course, subject to change.  Further details will be posted as these events get closer.  Be sure to check back often.

August 1- October 4, 2008

LBCC Benton Center Faculty Artists Show

Benton County Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, OR

September 27-28, 2008

Corvallis Fall Festival, Corvallis, OR

I will be participating in the Willamette Ceramics Guild Booth (Booth 116)

in Central Park

October 10-12, 2008

Clayfest, Eugene, OR

Lane County Fairgrounds

(Booth 4)

October 27 – December 6, 2008

Handmade in Oregon V

Oregon State University Memorial Union Concourse Gallery

November 8-9, 2008

Wildfire Pottery Showcase, Bend, OR

November 22, 2008

P.E.O Holiday Faire, Corvallis, OR

The show is in the Community Building at the corner of 11th and Jackson behind the First Methodist Church (which is at 1165 NW Monroe). Hours are 9:00 to 3:00.

December 5-6, 2008

Holiday Market Place, Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University Memorial Union

December 12, 2008

Benton Center Ceramics Studio Artists Sale, Corvallis, OR