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Episode 6 - Courtney Martin

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In this episode I talk with my friend, neighbor, and fellow Snow Creek Rd potter, Courtney Martin. We talk about cooking and the pots we like to use serving meals to friends and family, as well as my recent trip to DC, Courtney’s beginnings as a potter, and some of Courtney’s thoughts on pattern. We also answer your questions! We hope you enjoy the conversation!

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Bowl by Matt Kelleher

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Cookin'

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Just a quick post before heading up the hill to a long list of tasks in the shop. Ron has inspired me to eat better and this morning's nutrition comes courtesy of Stacey and the hens. Tamari roasted almonds and poached eggs!  (not pictured: black coffee) 

Visual nutrition comes courtesy of Seagrovian potter, Blaine Avery. Blaine "traded" me this bowl over a year ago. (Blaine, I owe you! This bowl continues to intrigue me and lives in the sink from almost constant use.)

Have a positive day, eat well, and make good work!








Clean Plate vol. 3

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This little plate was just the vehicle for a heaping helping of my buddy Eric's handmade sauerkraut. It's really coming into its peak flavor and crispiness! The kraut was just what I needed after a little upset stomach this afternoon. And it was so nice to clean this fine dish made by my blogging buddy, Hannah McAndrew! I feel better from all of these wonderful things in my life.

Clean Plate #2

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Turns out I eat lunch pretty much every day, just like drinking coffee in the morning. While I can't promise to take pictures and blog about it every day, I will until I run out of time or plates.
before





after
I almost imagined that the bird would peck at the crumbs left on the plate!  This plate is from firing XXXII. It was combed and painted, glazed with my amber glaze and is usually perched in our cupboard because of a little firing crack on the rim.

OK, back to making pots!

Rock Creek Bowl

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copy cat bowls
[with original]
made after lunch


There is something about using a good pot that makes me want to make it. What is that impulse? Maybe trying to figure out how it can be so good, work so well? Sometimes I need a springboard to get the pottery flowing.

For lunch today I fixed a fettuccine with egg and feta cheese. Something simple and nice for Stacey and I. Stacey was working on her jewelry in her little workshop outside our house and I wanted something hot, but quick. Well, it wasn't that quick but it was simply tasty! I chose a Rock Creek Bowl that was just the right size. It fit on the table between our plates held the 3/4 lb of fettuccine for the two of us. After I cooked and drained the pasta I put it in this bowl and poured the two beat eggs in and tossed. Then I covered the bowl with a big Philbeck goat plate and waited a couple of minutes, checked email, whatever. The I tossed it again and by now the egg was just cooked and covered the pasta. Yum.

I tossed in 3/4 c crumbled Feta cheese, plenty of black pepper, and salt. It was so good that we got a good look at the empty bowl and it's odd design and its 'desert storm' palette.

Rock Creek Pottery, circa 1998

It has a shino like glaze that is ladled on or poured on in these nice little areas that break up the space of the bowl quite nicely. It was slipped and salted to a smooth sheen. Then there are these amber dots that are somewhat quarantined within four quick little brush strokes that form a kind of square. These brush strokes are done in such a way that gives the squares a kind of speed or movement. It is sort of a bird's eye view, sort of a map. The bowl has a paradoxical visual weight but feels just right. [what I mean is] The outside of the bowl is cut evenly and disregards the inside profile. The inside of the bowl was ribbed into two 'zones'. Well, there are two areas formed by the ribbed ridge. The bottom inside of the bowl is almost flat and then sweeps up to the ridge line before it sweeps up to the rim. It is cut/trimmed almost all of the way from the foot ring, which is quickly and squarely done, to the rim. The clay is lightly salted, orange in spots and dry in spots. The clay seems to have some sand which breaks up the smooth surface and gives it a subtle texture where the clay is cut. There was another small pot fired and wadded inside the bowl and it left a nice three point mark.

Well, I guess that's why I had to try to make this pot. It's too soon to tell as to my success or failure. As in many good pots, the proportions are very subtle. The timing of the lunch , picking the bowl, and my abundance of soft clay ready to be turned, conspired with my desire for this bowl. Maybe the fettuccine had something to do with it, too? We potters, should try to eat better, and use the best pots available. It certainly doesn't hurt!

Beautiful

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as 'they' say, and I must say that this was one of the most beautiful bisque firings we've had in a while. Or maybe it's one of the only bisque firings we've had in a while, or maybe it's been a while since 'we' had a bisque firing, or maybe something funny was in the biscuit I ate this morning, or maybe there was something funny in that stuff 'they' call coffee at Hardee's of Spruce Pine...Here is a picture of some of the results, before they get all mucked up with painting, glazes and such. Ah.....innocence!