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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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TweetL Dee Struction

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Earlier today I released this announcement (on Twitter) with the attendant promise of "film".

It's not exactly 11, unless you're in Decorah Iowa, but here is the "film" from the scene. This tweet seems pretty funny now, but at time i was pissed! The other pots in the rampage survived with just some minor curious scritch scratching, that, hopefully, will only enhance the surfaces.

Friday Message

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It's been quite a run these last couple of days, but the kiln and most of the pots are ready to be loaded! Everything is wadded and the first shelves are in the kiln.The weather is absolutely gorgeous with a warm breeze.

John Simmons is doing some stem and leaf designs on some flower pots and I'm doing some last minute painting. I'll posts pictures of some of the pots I've been painting as well as announce this week's giveaway contest.

So don't stray!


Monday Meow Meow

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Another snow day here! Kids home from school, one with a fever, another sneezing! While Stacey worked at her jewelry in her jewelry shack, I scrambled to sort clothes, clean the kitchen, and enter a blog post. I guess you know where my priorities ended up.

Here are some pictures from around the shop from the last few days.

Trimming the foot rings on these yunomis/teabowls proved to be just another leap of faith in the porcelain experiment. The clay seemed to want to be trimmed at a firmer state than I am used to. Unfortunately I haven't developed a sense of where I am with thickness!


Here's a nice pattern that was left under my bat!

Scale is another leap that I'm making. The first round of pots shrunk way more than I am used to and I made a few more cups yesterday to move past my preconceptions and to hopefully get the scale I had originally intended. The cups in the foreground are made from 1.75 lbs. of clay

Life is tough for my studio mate, Snowtoe

But she's not really living up to her name, laying around by the wood stove all day while plenty of snow continues to pile up outside. She does seem to like running around in the dark chasing shadows, though.

Now on to the dishes, first the dirty ones and then the porcelain one's waiting inside that plastic bag in the studio. Have a good meow.

This Could Get Ugly

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I've been waiting for just this sort of cute kitty and freshly thrown pottery moment. But is it what I really want at this point?

Probably not. Might be better to photoshop this one or better yet, politely show kitty the door!

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