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Bakersville, NC, 28705
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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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On Course

Michael Kline

It took a cup of joe and an earthenware taco to get the rest of my 12 made this evening.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day, not a good day for staying focused in the shop. I helped Stacey with her new garden and when the girls came home, we did some bike riding.

We took the training wheels off Lillian's bike and after a few falls, she made her first successful rides down the hill in the field. (where was the flip video???)

It's good to take some time with the family after being away for a week and I just needed to spend a little "after supper and bedtime" time to stay on course.

Look out Tuesday!

Fare Thee Well

Michael Kline

Summer is here! The kid's last day of school is tomorrow and I'm making plans for the next Cousins in Clay event that will be here in the mountains in late August.


me, Peter Lenzo, Jack Troy, Samantha Hennekke, Bruce Gholson
in Seagrove for Cousins in Clay, 2011

The Cousins Seagrove event was awesome! Peter Lenzo and Jack Troy were our invited guests this year and it was truly a thrill to spend the weekend together. There was great conversation and storytelling throughout meals and in the evenings while we enjoyed the fireflies light show and tree frog's song.

But now there is pottery to make, and potatoes to hoe!

taters

But the news for today is that I've decided to put Sawdust and Dirt to rest for the time being. After the last cycle of work I've decided that so many things are being preempted to maintain the blog. I want to spend more time with the family and kick back every once in a while, and I have a lot of gardening to do. (I'm also putting together my scythe crew to mow my fields.)

That's not to say I won't be spending time behind the camera and the screen. I will be finally designing my web site and stocking my Etsy store. I will also try to send out frequent announcements and news from the studio to my email folks. Sign up if you'd like to be on the email list.

So, until the next one, have a great summer and stay in touch.

Thanks for reading!

Lillian in a jar

Pots in Action (On The Road)

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Lillian in Knoxville with vintage klineware in action!

As 2009 nears it's end, we rest between celebrations and I found time for a quick little post! We've had a wonderful stay in Knoxville with family for Christmas! We usually stay with Stacey's mother Jackie. My very supporting and loving mother-in-law Jackie has probably the second largest collection of klineware east of Great Falls, MT!

(That's where my Mom lives.)

;-)
Always on the prowl with the camera, wherever we go, I snapped a few corners in Jackie's house where my pots preside. I'm especially proud of this corner of the kitchen that has a few rare pots, the "ashes" and "knees" pots of some unknown craftsman, and a few of my oddities . The flat dish leaning against the wall is a molded dish that was supposed to be a square bowl, but when I flipped the drape mold over the clay slowly sat down flat. But it is a very popular dish at Jackie's. The jar in the corner was from an early firing of the wood kiln and is a little under fired, but not without its charms.

These two jars are from the first Etsy kiln opening. (see what I mean about Jackie's continued support!?) This is first time I saw these guys in action but I didn't have anything to do with the broken spoon. (disclaimer: as far as I know, the jars had nothing to do with the spoon's demise)

You can't tell it from this photo, but the platter in the foreground has been lovingly glued together. It's from my Penland residency days and is an early example of the cut rim edge I have been doing since then. The edges of this platter/bowl have some pretty bad cracks that Jackie has filled with some sort of wood filler or epoxy. It has some really nice painting of underglaze with an amber glaze on a light clay body.

We had a great time celebrating Jackie's 70th birthday the other night and there were even more Kline pots at my in law's home holding some really delicious "snacks"! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the Colocotronis Collection of klineware. But it's in every corner. What great family support! In the beginning of most fledgling potters careers, the "friends and family" plan is what gives us the encouragement to keep going. After 22 some years I continue to be blessed with encouragement from my family and I'm most grateful.
Lastly, here's the dish rack at our house tonight as we take a break from the holiday party's and festivities and enjoyed some of Stacey's cauliflower soup on this cold winter's night. How many potters can you spot? (aside from the obvious klineware)

Well, we're off to our "New Year's Club" annual meeting tomorrow, so this could possibly be last post of 2009. It's been a unbelievable year. But I hope to do a wrap-up post before it's all over.

If I can't get to it before we leave,

Thank you for your support this year and thank you for making it a fantastic year here at ye olde blogge!!

and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A Visit to the Piedmont

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The entrance to the NC Pottery Center is paved with good patrons!

We visited the NC Pottery Center last week after a trip to the North Carolina Zoo. The girls were out of school for Fall Break and we decided to get out of our neighborhood and do a little camping. For two days we ran around the zoo in wonder of all the creatures, great and tiny, then for a day, we went to nearby Seagrove and visited some of my pottery cousins. We headed into the Pottery Center to hand deliver money from the purchase of one of my pots from the SPPM/NCPC benefit from last week. (FYI, the NCPC met it's fundraising goals last week!!! Thanks for all of those who helped out, here's that story.) The current exhibit showed a variety of tablewares and tea and coffee sets of the early 20th century NC potteries. It was great to see these pots in a live instead of where I usually see them, on eBay. What a difference live viewing makes. I just wish I could just handle 'em and turn 'em over.
The permanent exhibit is always great to see . I love those old pots. Here is a 4 gallon jar by the patron saint of the Catawba Valley, Daniel Seagle.


Evelyn is at a great age where she is full of wonder, even with pottery! I gave up calling for her to pose with Stacey and Lillian.

Here are a display of ribs, or known around here as 'chips'. Some of these don't look they were used very much. A couple of the small ones looked like they were worn down to the center hole.


I know my wooden ribs get worn down pretty fast with my sandy clay, at least at the corners.
We had a nice vist with Bruce and Samantha over at Bulldog Pottery. But Mocha, the bulldog was off napping, so we didn't get to play, maybe next time. We met Charlotte Wooten in town and saw here beautiful painted bird pots and then headed over to Ben Owen's place to see the "Papa-gama" as well as the museum which was a real treat. We were worn out and had a long trip ahead of us so we decided we'd better head for the hills to get the girls home at a decent hour. It's great to be able to have some time to visit the Seagrove are and see pots with the family. Who would have thought that visiting potteries would be so much fun for the family?!

I'm still catching up on all of the blogs and will get back into the swing, myself this week. I'm looking forward to the Obamaware auction beginning tonight at 8p.m. on eBay. I hope you will get in on the auction that will benefit Barack Obama's and Joe Biden's bid for office. Bid high and bid often.