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.