Sawdust and Dirt
A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!
Here’s a brief but exciting video of Jug pour-over wax resist magic.
One of the most difficult balances in my studio these days is whether to make work with porcelain inlay or my standard ware. The inlay takes a lot of a very specific focus and its evolution is very slow and time is a real consideration. The painted tableware is familiar and I fill up the table with thrown wares. It's actually a perfect counter to the slow pace and intense focus of the inlay. If I were to just make one or just the other I may not feel fulfilled, so I do both to feel balance.
This past weekend, though, I felt that I was doing the “body of work” a disservice by showing them together as you can see in this picture. So next time I may try to display them in a different way. I know it's hard to see my arrangement from the narrow view of this picture, but what do you think? ANY advice will be taken into consideration!
Thanks for your input!
|founding cousins (l-r) Gholson, Henneke, Kline|
It's hard to believe that in just two weeks my Cousins in Clay will be here unwrapping their pots for our Labor Day weekend pottery show. Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke will be arriving from their Seagrove, North Carolina home and pottery. Kyle Carpenter will be pulling into the drive with his converted trailer/camper from Asheville, NC, and Troy Bungart, all the way from Three Rivers, Michigan will have just wrapped up his workshop at the nearby Penland School of Crafts.
Together there will be hundreds of cups, bowls, pitchers, plates and platters of a seemingly infinite palette of glaze colors and pottery shapes.
|Guest Cousin Troy Bungart, Three Rivers, Michigan|
|Guest Cousin Kyle Carpenter, Asheville, NC|
Here is the schedule of events for the weekend at:
Saturday - 10 am - 6 pm
FRESH WOODFIRED PIZZA and cold beverages.
2 pm demo by Kyle Carpenter
Sunday - 10 am - 5 pm
2 pm demo Troy Bungart
|plenty of refreshments at Cousins in Clay|
I loved watching this video again and thought, why not share it!
Here's the other half of the ramen bowl brushwork/painting. It somehow escaped the other post and it's Part 1. ;-)
I will be in Seagrove this coming weekend for the 10th Annual Cousins in Clay. More info on that show can be found here! I hope to see some of you who can make it.
|Guillermo, me, Laurie Cuellar|
Clay is infinitely receptive and expressive; it records the character of the maker, the circumstances of making and the use given to it. In use our hands can sense every mark, every ridge and dent, left by the hands of the potter. Maybe that is why so many potters love to cook, it gives us an excuse to handle and appreciate these wonderful pieces.
Exquisite beauty can be found in pots made primarily for use. They may dwell more comfortably in a home, a kitchen, or the dinner table, than on display in a gallery or a museum. But to me their significance comes not only from the preparing and sharing of food but also from bringing that unique beauty into our daily lives.
|photo: Kyle Carpenter|
|photo: Kyle Carpenter|
A Fatimid lustre pottery bowl sold by @bonhams1793. Egypt, 12th Century “Deep rounded form on a short foot, decorated in a yellowish lustre on a white ground with a central roundel containing a bird flanked by vegetal interlace, the walls with a band of inscription in floriated kufic 19.6 cm. diam. FOOTNOTES Inscriptions: [barak]ah kamilah wa shamilah ..., 'Perfect blessing and complete ...'.” #lusterware #pottery #ceramics #ceramicart #historyofceramics #keramik #陶器 #陶瓷 #도기류 #도예 #keramikk #ceramica #çini #seramik #seramic #poterie