Sunday, July 27, 2008


Okay. I did actually manage to scrounge up some time to fill the kiln and fire a ▲10. I had forgotten how hard it was to work full-time and make work....yuck! Like I had mentioned I was going to make, there are lots and LOTS of new mugs. I also felt the urge to make a sugar and creamer set.I didn't know what color to glaze it, but I'm happy I decided on green. It is sooooo wonderful. The color is so vibrant and clean and the black slip is very BLACK...wonderful contrast. I'm also really happy with the forms. I wanted to make a set that matched my mugs and I've also been really into high domed lids...the shape of these really goes well with the bulging silhouettes. They also hold a deceptively large amount. Very pleased indeed.

One more week of camp...
Then it's vacation time starting Friday night. Camping then Mexico! The shop will be closed August 2-11. If you need something, get it now!

Sunday, July 13, 2008


So I've been keeping a secret...I was featured in the July/August issue of New York Spaces magazine. Cool, huh? Even cooler...the other image is a bowl from the new Eva Zeisel collection.

I've been kind of absent from the online world the past 2 weeks. Last Monday I started my 4 weeks of full-time teaching I do every year. It used to be 6, but thankfully it's now 4. I run the ceramics program at a fabulous Arts Camp. This is me in a couple of pictures from the brochure...This is my 8th summer teaching there. I used to do a lot more teaching. I've taught adult classes at The Clay Art Center and for various non-profit organizations, lots of after-school programs and also classes for Hudson Valley Pottery. For the past 2 years I've only done camp and some private lessons. I just don't have the time for it anymore. But the camp has a nice community feeling about it and the kids are great. The teachers are either art teachers or artists and the kids get to experience a lot of different mediums and techniques. Each week of camp is a new week, with a mix of new kids and kids that go multiple weeks. Each week, each child I see will make something Monday and Tuesday, gets fired (glazed on raw clay and once fired) in MY kiln (the camp doesn't have one) on Wednesday and out on Friday for the art show the children help curate. I know....a miracle. And I don't really have too many problems as far as cracking or work blowing up. I had a few messes over the nearly 50 weeks/50 firings I've done, but it's been pretty good. Unfortunately, while the work is in the kiln, I have to use self-hardening clay the rest of the week. It is actually pretty decent for sculpture, but it smells and both me and the kids hate that and it really dries out your hands.

I'll try not to be so wrapped up in camp and try to update this thing. But after camp it's off to real camping in the Adirondacks for a few days and then off to Mexico on August 6...our 3 year anniversary.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

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