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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
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828-675-4097

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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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Breaking Ground for Mufflat in Somerville, MA!

Michael Kline

the interior of the old theater
where rebuilding is already underway!

I was happy to hear that the Mudflat Studios, in Somerville, MA, officially broke ground for their new facilities yesterday. I taught many a workshop in Mudflat's old department store studios back in the nineties (yea, last century!) Congratulations Lynn Gervens and everyone at Mudflat and I wish them well in this MAJOR undertaking!

the crowd of well wishers and Mudflat supporters

And to all the folks that have supported Mudflat, a big THANK YOU, too.
(oops, that's big!)

the mayor of Somerville, MA, Joseph A. Curtatone,
and Mudflat director Lynn Gervens


the Mudflat staff, Tracy, Moriah, Arthur, and Jen!!!!

Here is a blog about Mudflat's new project and here is their official web site where you can learn about their programming!

Rock on Mudflat!

The Kilns of Madison County

Michael Kline

not a kiln
Yesterday, I visited one of my favorite places in the mountains, Madison County. The landscape is full of beautiful communities and small farms. Although there are a lot of bridges to cross the many creeks that flow through it, this won't be a survey of the many bridges, kilns (or barns) of Madison County.

I was in Madison Co. to help Alex Matisse and some friends lay some brick for a new wood kiln. Alex Matisse is back to blogging and you can catch up with the news at East Fork here! It was a hot day, but under the beautiful post/beam kiln shed, a breeze kept us happy.

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed building with brick! Especially the beautiful brick Alex had recently hauled up from Alabama. As I laid the brick I began to think about a new kiln that I hope to build in the coming years. I've been feeling a little cramped in my kiln for a while, especially when I load big pots, but what an investment of time and money! I remember what seemed like an eternity to finish my current kiln and the stress that it was for Stacey and I. But now that the studio is relatively finished, I can think about the future!

It's OK to dream, right?
Well, it's time to get back to drawing and potting!

Here are a couple of shots of the new kiln at East Fork.
keeping it plumb.
from l to r, Alex Matisse, Matt Jones, and James Ward


at the end of the day
quite a few bricks were laid

Reemerging

Michael Kline

last night's glorious crescent

Ah, summer is upon us, Solstice approaches and we're all busy getting things done. It may be pottery or in my case getting the shop finished. Actually I did a little while Buck Pollard and John Hagy did a lot.

Where to begin?

In preparation for my "Cousins in Clay" gig in Seagrove, Stacey reminded me that I needed to check in with Bruce and Samantha to see if there was anything I could do to help them set up their home and studio for the big weekend. It turns out that "apparently" Samantha's Dad had hurt his back and they needed me to come a little early. Bruce had a slightly hesitant tone in his voice and I thought that he just felt bad asking me to come early. "No problem," I said, and off I went to Seagrove.

After I washed some windows at the Bulldog Studio, Bruce discussed a plan to cover the windows for the slide presentation for Tommy McPherson that Saturday night. I was a little puzzled by this. Why did I just spend all that time washing a dozen sliding glass door-sized windows, just to have them covered? Hmmm...

I thought that Bruce and Samantha must have been under a lot of stress in preparing for the weekend that they just weren't thinking straight. So I went along with it patiently, not knowing that it was just a way to keep me busy during my extra day in Seagrove.

Well the weekend was a smashing success, and on Monday I came home to the fanfare of hugging, cold beers, and cheeseburgers on the grill! What did I see, though, as I glanced up the hill toward the shop? Someone had nailed a whole lot of boards to the side of the shop. Huh? At that point Stacey and the girls screamed, "Surprise!!!"

Stacey had cooked up a fantastic scheme to have the siding installed on the shop while I was away in Seagrove at the "Cousins" show! Everyone was in on it except me! The lumbermill, Buck and John, the girls! It was truly a wonderful surprise!

Stacey had called Bruce days earlier to set up the ploy to get me out of the way so that her plan could be implemented! John and Buck paced up and down the road as I finished packing the car with pots, waiting to get on the job.

Well they finished the back and the road side of the building and stopped there until this week when I helped them finish the "front" of the shop with the German lap siding I had picked up from Shawn more than two years ago.

before

after!

The siding was stickered and still in good shape, a little weathered, but sound. It gave the entrance of the shop a completely respectable and finished look and I'm sure that pottery fanactics will just flock to it's beauty!

john hagy, me, buck pollard

Thanks to my lovelies for this wonderful gift. Thanks to John and Buck for their hard work and craftsmanship!

And thanks for everyone for keeping their mouths mum (and restrained from blabbing on Facebook in their status updates)! As always, you're welcome to see for yourself when you're in the neighborhood. Come see us!