Claying Around

A few things I've been playing with lately:

handbuilt tea bowl
barnacle stamped tea bowl
pillow tray

November 29th 2011 Cone 10 Firing

A first few pictures:

Jar by Roya Baharloo

by Roya Baharloo

Vase by Krista Loutsis

by Krista Loutsis

Tea bowl by Emma MacDuff

by Emma MacDuff

Cups And Cupcakes

It wasn't the happiest kiln-firing ever - the top of the kiln was far cooler than I wanted - but we still got some happy first project results. In the next week I should have photos of everything in the gallery.

Tea bowl by Kevin Zhou

by Kevin Zhou

Tea bowl by Michelle Auyeung

by Michelle Auyeung

Trick Or Heat

Loaded cone 10 kiln ready for firing, 10-29-11

After doing some work patching up the kiln, our first cone ten firing of the year, just in time for Halloween. Hopefully things will go boo-tifully.

Glaze tests ready for firing, 10-29-11

What's a firing without trying out a few new glaze recipes?

Open House 2011

Thanks to all those who came - I only wish I'd had more time to really meet everyone. Here are some of the results of the raku firing that we did:

raku pot by Kyla Keeler

by Kyla Keeler

raku pot by Emma Hunter

by Emma Hunter

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Horse, earthenware with traces of paint

Horse, earthenware with traces of paint - China, Tang Period (618 - 907)

Horse, earthenware with traces of paint, detail view

Detail view


Guanyin, 17th - 18th century - Dehua ware, Fujian Province, Quing Period

Guanyin detail view

Detail view of crown

Deng Fen - detail view from Beauties

Deng Fen - detail view from Beauties, 1936, ink and color on paper

Zhou Leyuan - snuff bottle, 1897

Zhou Leyuan - snuff bottle, 1897. This thing is smaller than your thumb, so the detail is impressive for it's size alone - but look at it again. All that detail? It's painted on the INSIDE of the bottle.

Guardians, gilded bronze and pearl

Guardians, 15th - 16th century, gilded bronze and pearl - China, Ming Dynasty. This is pretty much how excited I am to come in and work with clay every day: so excited that I will crush any barbarian that gets in my way.

Raven Brings Light To This House of Stories

Raven Brings Light To This House of Stories

I had a few minutes to kill at the UW, and so went into the Allen lobby of the Suzzallo & Allen Library, where these ravens hang out. If you've never explored the Suzzallo Library, you're missing out on one of the best things in Seattle - it's an entire kingdom of awesome.

Just Desserts & Just Beginning


And we're off to another fun-(and possibly cookie)-filled year - yes! After a week of saying (a tiny fraction of) what there is to say about clay, it's time to get to work with our hands. Thanks for a great start - let's keep it up.

Summer Studio Hours

After some summer clean-up, I've got the ceramics magic kingdom mostly back together. This week and next I'll be in the studio Tues - Thursday from 10am to 2pm; if you've had the class and want to do some work, come in. You just have to do a good job of cleaning up when you finish.

Click on the picture below to view the whole classroom in a Quicktime movie. If you had the class last year, bonus points if you can spot five new posters. If you've never seen the room, you can play "Where's Hellboy?"

Ceramics classroom 2011

4th Of July Fun

Lopez Island fireworks

Hope everyone is enjoying summer. Lisa and I and most of my crazy family had a fun holiday on Lopez Island for the 4th. Since I couldn't work with clay, I ended up looking up and creating links to a couple hundred more ceramics artists - some cool stuff!


time well spent

closeup view Jack Troy cup, links to Jack Troy artist page

time to explore

link to newest page of ceramic artist links, including link to Scott Parady, pictured

time flies

Link to monthly image blog