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You may be seeing this Roycroft Renaissance mark (below) on some of my pots in the future. I was recently juried into the Roycrofters-At-Large-Association as an "Artisan Potter." Please explore the Roycrofters Home Page and see what it is all about. I am tickled pink to have been asked to join the organization. I think I am just going to have to think about some Roycroft appropriate designs for some of my pots! Actually, though I am offically "in" the organization, I am not listed on the RALA page yet, but I expect they will add me to the list in the near future.
Here is a left over from the last update page. This is that piece that I showed you in it's unfinished state. Embarrassingly, it is again out of focus. It is so narrow and tall and skinny that the auto focus on my camera would not pick it up!
I have recently had a number of folks express an interest in my Rain pots. I decided I would make a few. Here is the start...
I told you that I have recently become involved with making special metal frames for some of my tiles. Here is one.
And here is the raw materials waiting to be transformed.
Here is the start of a little "Buddha of the Pots" piece.
One of the Rain pots in the green state. I have made a few real beauties in the last weeks.
I attended the NCECA convention in Indianapolis this last week. Most of you will not be aware of NCECA, but there are like two ceramic worlds in the USA. NCECA- "National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts"- is yearly gathering of ceramic educators and is where you will see what is happening in CONTEMPORARY American ceramics. All the college professors and people working in the contemporary vain are there. There is lots to see and do. It was held at the Indianapolis convention center
It is all about pots with a contemporary attitude. I thought this was a beauty.
It is a typical convention. Lots to see and do- lectures, slide shows, movies and social events. Picture below is one of the many "making" demonstrations by three of the "well known" makers.
All the art galleries in town switch over to showing only ceramics and there are bus tours to make the rounds.
This little vinegar and oil pair caught my eye.
As did this older studio piece that was sitting on a table in the hotel lobby. What a killer piece! I assumed it was Italian and- at the least- a European piece. But it was signed merely with a last name and I could not tell definitively where it was made. I could gladly live with that piece.
I will be making pots for the next three or so weeks and then it is glaze time.
I have my fingers in way too many pies and am stretched thin. The metal work is a big time drag. But I am still working on a couple of new projects that should finish up in time for glazing. Otherwise they will have to wait for next year. I think I might have to bring some help in in the next few weeks.