A Favorite Potter - Andrew Stephenson

It’s Admiration Thursday! Today I will write a bit about one of my favorite potters, Andrew Stephenson of Andrew Stephenson Pottery.

Clay Store

I once ran out of clay. I exclaimed to a friend that I needed to "go get some more".

My friend is my friend partly because she is so interested about the same things in which I'm interested. She also brings a different perspective to me. I sometimes take knowledge for granted. She paused, and then asked, “I know you use clay. I know you must obtain clay. Where does one buy clay? I have never heard nor read who sells clay.”

I responded with a big grin on my face, “I go to a clay supply store.”

» Tagged: Clay Store

Pottery Experiment Rainbow Yarn Bowl

Often times, it seems I spend a good part of my time in experimentation. Can I throw it on the wheel in the shape I see in my head? Does it work as intended? What didn’t work? Why? What can I do differently next time to get the result I want? Do the glazes behave? How many of these freaking pieces am I going to have to throw away before I have a viable product?

Getting Ready For 'Art On The Square' Art Show

For the time being, I am limited to the afternoons of Tuesdays, Thursdays, and most Saturdays for studio work. My Stardust Pottery Studio schedule is a bit off kilter this week as I prepare for the art show, "Art On The Square", on Saturday, June 8th, 2013 in Morganton, NC.

To Do June 3rd - June 9th.

Monday afternoon:

  1. Load the kiln and Bisque Fire.
  2. Trim bowls on shelves? Depends on condition of the bowls.

Monday evening:

Expressions of Love

Today is Sunday, June 02, 2013. Today I thank God for my husband, my children, my friends, and my Buddy Dog. I feel that today is going to be a very good day for me. It should with so much love around me - it's my Birthday! I'm the queen of my world today!

» Tagged: birthday

Kiln with Heartburn, Exploding Yarn Bowls and Business Cards

Summary Saturday: An overview of my week May 26 - June 1, 2013.

» Tagged: kiln mishaps, Yarn Bowls

2013 Blogathon Here I Come!

The WordCount BlogathonI've joined this 2013 Blogathon today. The idea is to blog every day for the entire month of June.

» Tagged: 2013 Blogathon

Waiting for the clay to dry..

There's not a whole lot to report for this past week. Between the local flooding a few weeks ago, and the daily rain showers, it's been difficult waiting for the wet thrown clay pieces to dry enough to trim. If the weather was hot enough to run the A/C, or cold enough to run the heat, that would help dry things up, too. But alas! We've been having perfect weather temperatures, which means open windows and doors to the damp air.

Pottery Fit For An Emperor?

Once upon a time there was a Chinese potter who had a terrible time firing his kiln. First it would get too smoky, then the fire would seem to die out. On and on the troubles went. And when the firing was over, there were many ruined pieces in his kiln.

But in the middle of the mess, the potter discovered a beautiful red vase in his kiln after firing. This beautiful red had never been seen before from a firing of pots, so the potter sent the vase to his emperor as a gift.

» Tagged: Blue, Emperor, pottery, Red, Salt Fired

About Cat Yarn Bowls

cat yarn bowlI'm creating a whole bunch of yarn bowls, but I haven't really sat down to make a lot of cat yarn bowls.

» Tagged: cat yarn bowls
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