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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
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A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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Current Rotation Revealed

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Here are the current rotation of mugs and cups in the shop, revealed! For the color version click here. Thanks to Stephen Dean for guessing almost ALL of the pots. He will be rewarded with the adulation of his peers.

mug rack with pots from Tom White, Michael Simon, Kyle Carpenter, Shawn Ireland, Mark Hewitt, Bruce Gholson, Matt Hyleck, Maria Dondero, Ayumi Horie, Hayne Bayless
Several of these pots have been featured in my Coffee Break Series.

Here are the links to those posts,

Marsha Owen
Michael Simon
Tom White
Kyle Carpenter
Shawn Ireland
Linda Christianson
Steven Colby
Hayne Bayless

Cheers everyone! Have a great week!

Coffee Break vol. 32

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Here's the latest addition to our cupboard, a bountiful and beautiful cup by Steven Colby. I've long been a fan of Steven's work and I recently visited his summer studio at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, where I picked this one out.

Steven and demo'd together at the recent American Pottery Festival at the Northern Clay Center, in Minneapolis, MN. The NCC has published the video of our demo but I'm afraid to watch it and apprehensive to post the link here. But I'm sure you can find it if you are diligent.

Back to the java juice before it gets cold. Later.

Getting Ready To Paint

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As I sort out the bisque ware and set up slips, wax resist, brushes, I'm getting my mind switched over from potting to painting! Speaking for myself and my methods they both require momentum and repetition but at he same time seem so different.

As I browse some of my favorite pottery monographs, I always visit this pot, bookmarked with a worn out and faded yellow post-it note. It is Chin dynasty Tz'u-chou wine jar (1115-1234)
height 16.75" (or 42.5 cm.)

I'm always blown away by the vigorous brushwork and realism in it's silhouetted peonies and leaves. To borrow Steven Colby's riff, I wish I had made it! Or rather I wish I had painted it!

Maybe it's time I gave it the old school effort and try a version on my crockery.