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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Columbus/DVD filming fun

Well, it's done. The DVD is a rap and tomorrow I head back to New York. This has been a great time and I met some great people and got to know a pretty great place while I was at it. The last time I was in Columbus Ohio was for the 1999 NCECA here and it left a good impression on me. I'm not sure if it was because I was in college and getting to know what happens at NCECA, but I would like to think that it was the combo of that and the fact that it was a pretty great town.
This trip firmed up the fact that I do really like Columbus. The DVD filming was great and it was really interesting to go through the process. It is super strange to talk to a camera instead of a person, but that slowly dissolved over the last two days. The Ceramics Monthly folks are awesome, as are the American Ceramics Society folks and it was great getting to know them over a few beers. This was the studio where we shot, and it was a really nice community studio/gallery and seemed like it had some really great things going on.

The other thing that I discovered thanks to Jen Harnetty, is Jeni's Splendid ice Cream. this is unbelievable ice cream. We went last night to get a cone and I was blown away. I took a walk this evening after supper and wouldn't you know it but I ended up back there...and along with the small cone I got I also got a shirt. I will wear it with pride. Highly recommended with a trip to columbus.
Be on the lookout for the release date for the DVD as it should be out by NCECA Seattle next year. I'll post more about the filming later when it has a chance to sink in.

This was Jenni's ice cream with the line out the door. I guess others in Columbus know it's good too.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

South Carolina nostalgic

Saw this clip today and it made me think back to June while on vacation with Fam and Friend on Folly Beach, South Carolina. Sam Snyder of Headwaters and I had the fun of spending an evening stalking Redfish on gorgeous salt flats in absolutely beautiful weather. We learned just how hard it is to sight fish to tailing reds and only had the pleasure of casting to a few of them. It makes me want to go back, both for the fun of being on vacation with family and friends as well as for the potential to hook up with one of these beauties. Happy viewing and thanks to Carolina Fly for the facebook post, much appreciated.

Morning cup of coffee

These are the mornings that I love. The semester is barreling down, and the pressures of getting things ordered, meetings getting scheduled and upcoming registration, new schedules, new syllabi etc are all crowding my mind, but then there are the things that remind you that the moment itself is awesome.
I am a firm believer that the handmade cup can save the world, and this morning was no different. Today's choice is a great Victoria Christien mug which is one of my recent favorites. But while I sat at the table, with the sounds of the kids coloring in the other room, I was reminded why I love where I live. At this point in the year you get a slight hint of the changing of the seasonal weather patterns. It's colder at night and the new crop of foods beginning to be harvested. The beauty of fresh local peaches and the first picked Paula red apples is a great example. Summer and fall are intermingling, and they are sitting on my dining room table smiling at me.

The kiln is being fired now, getting prepped and ready for the journey Monday to Ohio to begin production on the DVD. New work in the kiln is exiting and it has been nice to be able work on some new shapes recently and I like the things that are happening in the studio lately. Things will be out and assembled tomorrow, and I'll try to post some images before heading to Columbus. The coolness if the night was evident in the fog across the road from the house and studio, and the morning sun lit everything up is a great way. The perfect start to the day, all starting as usual with a good cup of coffee.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Filming for American Ceramic Society

I am going to try this blog updating thing a bit more regularly, although I do keep saying that, and hopefully I will be a bit better at sharing some thoughts, updates and developments with everyone out there. The studio and life have been busy, and I have been currently getting ready for the upcoming filming of an instructional DVD that will be filmed by the Ceramics Monthly/American Ceramics Society about my process and techniques. I filmed the short version during a workshop at Funke Fired Arts in Cincinnati back in march, check it out here, and was asked afterward to do one that was full length and much deeper in content and process. It so far has been an interesting yet different experience from some of the regular studio processes. In preparation for it I been building the work in triplicate so that I can get things to various stages of completion and then will build them again for the film. I am the type of maker that never seems to make the "same" work multiple times. I have pots that I make consistently, but I am constantly tweaking shapes or playing with proportions, forms and volumes and color are always evolving. I have also been working with some templates recently to assist is some more geometric or calculated shapes so for this process I has been a good tool for multiples.
I find that it is good process to work in series, I can see the smaller nuances in the forms that I am working on. New forms come from this and the process evolves repeatedly and some really informative things emerge. This process has been the opposite. I have been particular about size and dimension, height, volume and measurement and I am trying to make things so that I can do the Julia Childs from cake batter to cake in no wait time, and it will seem to the viewer that I am working on one piece start to finish, being fast tracked to keep it condensed and interesting.

I am pretty excited by this new shape that I am working on. I have always been interested in implements and other non-ceramic utilitarian objects and references have always shown up in the work. Bu this pot is a little bi more literal. I found draftsman's plans for tin forming and there were some diagrams for flared tin pans. I have been wanting to make some bucket forms for a while, and this bucket is a variation on that tin pan shape. It will get a bail type handle and a ceramic handle grip. I'm sure I will develop over the next little while, but it will make it's debut in the video. Until next time, cheers.