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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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Spruce Pine Bound

Michael Kline

stoke on trent, 1952

Thanks to everyone who chimed in on the previous post. It's always good to hear what you have to say! The show in Asheville is actually doing pretty well despite my whining and gnashing of teeth. Pots are selling! See some of the work that's been listed on-line, here.

And now it's the barge I load as I will be hauling my ballast to the Spruce Pine Potters Market for this weekend's annual star studded pottery show. Actually Spruce Pine is just 15 minutes away, and the "barge" is actually my old Ford truck. But aren't barge and ballast better images for my crockery? I've saved some good one's for this show. I'll post a preview tomorrow after John and I get them all set up pretty. There are plenty of jugs, jars, mugs, and plates, for you to come and haul way in your own sport utility pottery barge!

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Reconsidering Expectation

Michael Kline

From a conversation with old friends the other day, the topic of expectations came up as I described the opening in Asheville last weekend. What is it about this mental construct of expectation? As I work toward a goal such as a firing, or a gallery opening, I use my imagination to build a mental picture of the glazes, the finished pots, the gallery setting, and in this case the show! I've gotten used to the kiln blues and worked my way around them. Gallery shows are less frequent and still require a fair amount of work to over the obstacle of expectations.

My expectations for the opening at American Folk Art weren't exactly met but maybe that's more about my own megalomania than the economy! ;-) Hey, I had a good time talking with folks about "the work" and certainly enjoyed going out to dinner with Kyle's family and ours. But why wasn't I elbowing my way through a sea of pottery fanatics? Haa Ha...But wait! It was a beautiful evening and the smiles on the faces of the folks who came to the reception were warming and we had a great time. We laughed, we cried.....I'd love to hear how you deal with your own expectations. [I love your comments!]

Betsey-Rose did a fabulous job arranging the work and it was pretty exciting to see the drawings framed and on the wall! I brought my daily drawing book and was excited to show that off, too. I sort of wished I had taken some of the better drawings out of it to frame. But it is a treasure to me and I thought it best to keep it intact. I'll definitely do more books! The paper plates were the most fun and I gave them to folks who bought pots as a little gratuity for their patronage.

So I'm on to the next one, which is actually more than just one. I am back in the shop making a few pots for a wood firing with Courtney Martin next week. Just a few more to make before I start decorating and glazing the pots that didn't get treatment during the last firing cycle. But first it's the Spruce Pine Potters Market this coming weekend and I'll dust off my booth and set it up with John on Friday for the big weekend.

I'll just have to avoid the disappointment of high expectations!!

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Random Thoughts While Waiting for Bread To Bake

Michael Kline

12 by 12? Did I say 12? LOL, as they say!

Another searing blue sky today, yes, but not as clear in the shop as to which direction the day would take. It goes that way more often than not. Yet a good day over all. Got the jugs handled and threw a few boards of big cups. These are the one's that became know as breakfast cups after I received a fax from the chain store, anthropologie, back in the day. That's what they were calling it in their catalog and it stuck. Recently I had an order for more of these cups from a store in Rochester, except they called them chowder mugs! Hey it's fine with me whatever they call'em as long as the check is in the mail! Speaking of mail I sent a bunch of pots out from the Etsy sale today! More will head out tomorrow.

After lunch, I talked to Kyle, who was firing his salt kiln today, and we came up with some dates for our October firing in my kiln. After much thought, I was confident (or crazy)enough to think it was all possible! lol [With my adjunct potter, John on board, all things seem possible.] Wood is almost cut, there's plenty of clay on hand. But will I hold up? (or will Stacey put up with me working ALL the time?) Ah, such is the season of revving up and going for it. Xmas is coming up and all of the galleries have their exhibits, after all!

Come January, the only thing going on in the studio will be the cat chasing mice!

While I was at it I thought I'd better ink in this next firing, XXXVI and alert crew members! Sept. 18th (yikes) Better get going. Seems like Courtney is going for a deuce this coming month, too. I guess the the kilns (and the glory holes)are always busy this time of year. The potters are all getting ready the annual Potter's Market in Spruce Pine! Not sure what our neighboring glassblowers are getting ready for since they don't have their own pottery show, here! ;-)

Anyway, back to pottery! Last night I was clearing the decks, putting stuff away and found 3 bags of fire clay lurking in my tool shed, so I mixed me up a batch to pug into my red dirt. After all, with just a few days left in my making cycle, I might as well mix some clay! [evidence of insanity] This dry weather is great for drying out the wood and the pots, and it's already dried the slip I mixed last night quite a bit. Maybe John and I can get it through the pug mill and wedge it in time for some red dirt pots for this kiln load.

Well, no pictures for this ramble. Left the old camera op the hill, but the smell of fresh baked bread is filling the house and the heat of the oven is taking the chill out of the cool night air. The timer has just gone off so I'll pull it from the oven and pull the plug on this for now.

I would promise pictures and further evidence of pottery being made after I finish later tonight, but maybe I'd better cut my losses.

Bread out, I'm out. Back up the hill for some late night pottery!
Talk to you tomorrow.

Oh BTW, don't forget to take the poll. I want to compare the numbers with the same poll taken over the winter. Thanks!

Potters Market: Day 1

Michael Kline


The day was beautiful outside the Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine. The big windows of the old hosiery factory gave almost ample light on my pots and the crowd was there, against all odds. Maybe the banking news was so bleak in Charlotte, that many of its residents came running to the hills to buy pots, who knows? At any rate, S & D readers were there and I had a chance to meet a few today. Here is Judy Shreve, a most frequent reader and commenter here, of Mountain House Studios with husband Bob with one of favorite pots of the last firing. They were in Asheville to check out UNC-A with their son. It was great to meet them.


Here is another happy customer with the bird jar that she bought. This piece was my designated donation to the NC Pottery Center. Most of the potters in the show participated in a benefit for the Pottery Center in Seagrove. The proceeds of this purchase will go to help the Center stay on top of their capital campaign. YAY, win-win.