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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
United States


The central information hub for Michael Kline Pottery, a small one man shop of pottery making in the mountains of western North Carolina.

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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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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!


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

Foggy Garden Morning

Michael Kline

Somewhere in that building on the hill the clay sits, the platters wait the cutting of the trimming tool. But all the while the garden grows. The weeds grow too! And for the early morning after Stacey left for school with the girls, I made my way through the wet grass, past crickets, past the chickens to the garden.
I look at all of this with my potter's eyes, the artist's filter, looking for pattern, texture, smells, and color!
I liked the holes left by bugs on the leaves.
Potato blossoms just before opening actually have potato shapes!
Watermelons got thumped. But we can possibly eat all of them! Maybe a watermelon party!

Now up the hill to the shop for, hopefully, a productive day!

Veggies From Grandaddy Lane

Michael Kline

I'm not talking about a street, but rather my father-in-law who grew these beautiful vegetables. Our garden here in the mountains is just starting to "take off" but in east Tennessee, George's was in full swing.

Pots always look better when they are in service. It's important as a maker to remember that. Off I go to make some pots. Have a wonderful Monday!