Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wood Coons


I first heard the term “wood coon used by Mick Casson in Wales. He was referring to way we all looked after firing his big two chamber kiln. Most of us had black soot around our eyes and the smart ones that wore glasses had two white circles surrounded by soot from wiping their sweating faces.  We looked like racoons.
There will be a number of wood coons at The Guelph Potter’s Market this weekend. They usually clean up pretty well.   There is a four pack of us all together Bruce Cochrane, Emma Smith, Heather Smit, and Yours truly.  Kimmy Harcourt and Monica Johnson are just around the corner as well as our fearless leader Barb Murphy.  Jordan Scott and his mum Melody Green will also be there showing off some wood fired work.  That means almost 20% of the show is wood fired. Birds of a feather flock together. We trying our hardest to make in roads on Floating Blue, Waterfalls and Rosie’s Red.

I am a virgin at this show but I hear it is a beautiful venue along the river under some majestic big trees. Guelph is a lovely University town with lots of good coffee shops, and pubs and eateries. Come on out this weekend and meet the wood coons as well as the 40 other excellent makers. I think every firing method is covered as well as conceptual, sculptural and functional. Something for everyone.  I’m just looking forward to hangin’ with my peeps. I have a winter’s worth of tales, lies and embellishments to share around a beer at the end of the day. Hope to see y’all down by the riverside.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wow- A Shout Out!!!






I just had the occasion to visit the show at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas “Pas de Deux” by Maureen Marcotte and David McKenzie from Wakefield, Quebec. This certainly is a beautiful dance by two very accomplished dancers. ThIt is an extensive show that filled both sides of the gallery. I was completely blown away by this show. There was so much of that show I would like to have brought home. By the number of red dots,  I think there were a lot of people that felt the same way.
First of all the handbuilt work- man that’s what I have been talking about. This work had beautifully finished foot rings and added rims and the decoration is to die for. I of course loved the ripped edges on some of David’s pieces and the narratives are both amusing and captivating.
The deep olive glaze that appeared to be an ash glaze similar to old Song Dynasty glazes particularly appealed to me. Gawd, it’s a lovely show. A piece of their work is on my must have list. I am doing a workshop in Ottawa in Sept and thought I might go over to Wakefield to The Black Sheep Inn ( Le Mouton Noir) which is one of my favourite musical haunts.  I will take in some music and perhaps indulge myself. There is one big bowl in that Korean celadon with a herringbone pattern around the rim that ain’t red dotted yet and it was calling out as I snuck out the door. Herringbone is one of my favourite patterns.

Absolutely lovely show you two. I am a total fan.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Potter’s Porsche







Which one of these Porsche’s belongs to the potter?  The Porsche Club came for lunch at Pinecroft Pottery today. Next week the Mustang Club is coming and the week after the Mazda Miata Club. These are all the folks we keep the prices of our pottery low for so that they can have a day off to go out for lunch in their sexy little cars. Looked like some older dudes with some pretty sexy younger women. I wonder if the golden labs Roxy and Maggie could work the same magic at a lot less cost.
Here are some trays out of the gas kiln today.  There was a day in another life when I would make a slab of clay lay it in a commercially made mold, cut off the excess clay, glaze it, fire it  and sell it.  I made them by the hundreds. Boy, wasn’t I an amazing artist? That is workshop material.

 Today the molds lay dormant and I make these trays. I throw clay on the wheel and throw it on the table to stretch it into these sculptural vessels providing a visual function as well as providing a sanctuary for a banana and some oranges. I’ll have a couple of these vessels at the Guelph Potter’s Market this weekend. If you aren’t interested in my pottery at least come and see my cute little grand daughter Julia. She is coming to support Grandpa. My bet her eyes will work the magic a Porsche couldn’t.