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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.

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.


Stephen Mickey and the Soulbuds



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

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.


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


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. 



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.






Loading the kiln

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







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.







Front range of pots just beyond the fire box


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.




Second range of shelves


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.




Fourth range of shelves just beyond the stoke alley


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.



Sixth range of shelves


Seventh range of shelves at the very back of the kiln


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






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.


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.






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.


Tables of pots from the firing







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


A range of color


Cleaning shelves

Cleaning up the shelves after the unloading.