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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

Filtering by Tag: Spruce Pine Montesorri School

I Should Be Making Pots!

Michael Kline

a picture taken by Evelyn of her old Papa throwing some porcelain

So much for my 12x12 this morning. Instead, I'm grinning and marveling at my wondrous new Apple Cinema Display! Finally I can take the old Compaq VGA (circa 1998) to the local second hand store! The color, the brightness, and the wide screen on this 20" monitor is kind of freaking me out! I realize now what I've been missing. I may have to go back and recalibrate all of the images on the blog for the last couple of years (since I inherited this awesome Mac G5). The Compaq VGA monitor has been fine, but I always had a hunch that the color wasn't quite right. But I guess you make do with what you have, right?

Well I might as well catch you up in studio news, while you've taken the time to visit.

I finally planned the firings for the year and coordinated dates of shows, exhibits, etc with firing dates! I also went ahead and penciled in 2012 as well, since there are already shows I've committed to for next year.

I made a dozen more plates and bowls in Matt and Dave's Porcelain (for the People) Sunday. The weather was gorgeous and it was the first time in a good while that I wasn't bothered when the girls came into the shop without closing the door! I even let the wood stove take the day off!

I glazed the earthenware pots for the Montessori School Literary Tea Project. I should get them into the kiln shortly and glaze them up!

Today, I also plan on doing some painting of the porcelain bisque for the upcoming cone 7 glaze firings in the revamped L & L eKiln! Very exciting! I'm going to do some glaze tests to experiment with my wood kiln glazes at that temperature, too.

Well, I'd better get with it and get up to the shop . Here is a another picture from our Sunday in paradise where we see the heir to my brushe collection painting a tea cup! Have a great week, be productive, Love what you do, and take a chance!

After Pizza Pottery

Michael Kline

combed slip

The family and I went down to the local pizza joint, Pizzart, and joined in the pizza fun with the rest of Evelyn and Lillian's classmates. Pizzart's owners Chad Mohr and Jen Rambo were donating a percentage of last night's sales to the school, which is suffering financially in these recent times. Each Wednesday this month will be Spruce Pine Montessori night! Here's a link to donate if you would like to help out. No amount is too small! Maybe we'll see you next Wednesday night?

a take out pizza at Pizzart

Well, after some pizza, I made my way up the hill through the crunchy refrozen mush of our yard and worked on more stencil deco and dipped some pots and then wedged about 100 lbs. of clay for tomorrow. Here are some pictures of tonight's fun.

inspired by some patterns posted at
Ben's pottery blog the other day. thanks Ben!

ready for my next twelve plates

I received a bunch of pictures of today's pottery challenge and will try to get them up in the a.m. after I help out with the morning snack at the school. There's still time to send in pictures of your bountiful productive day. Just email a jpeg to michael[at]klinepottery[dot]com.

Thanks for reading!

view of the Black mountains through a visually
interesting frame of bare branches