Fractal Breakthrough

My first love-pang for pottery might have started with a raku polar bear I saw in a shop in Coombs. This simple form had an even simpler white crackle finish but it awoke a sense of wonder inside m…

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Works in Progress

Refining the object, adding a knot. I’m not entirely happy so will try it again              …

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Observations and Introspections

September 12-25, 2016 Project questions–most posed by Scott: What ideas or feelings am I trying to communicate or evoke? I want viewers to recognize my pieces as reminiscent of the seashore i…

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Fall 2016-Plans for a new ceramics study

Here is my proposal for my second Directed Study at VIU. It will be interesting to see what changes I’ll make after a summer of pondering and exploring this topic. Beachcomber Potter to Beach…

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Fall 2016-Plans for a new ceramics study

Here is my proposal for my second Directed Study at VIU. It will be interesting to see what changes I’ll make after a summer of pondering and exploring this topic. Beachcomber Potter to Beach…

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On leaving the classroom…back to my studio

It’s been ten months since completing a Directed Study in ceramics at Nanaimo’s VIU. Though it was extremely tempting to continue and keep the momentum going on my new direction in clay…

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Spring Pottery Sale with Nanaimo Pottery Co-op

I’m getting to the finishing touches of sanding, polishing, and labelling the wares I’ve been creating all winter for this Spring sale. I still have one more glaze firing to do before I can say I’m feeling ready. Time seems to have a way of slipping through my clay-slipped fingers so it will be here before I know it–at Country Club Centre in Nanaimo, from May 6-7th (regular mall hours). A variety of different styles from so many talented potters are represented who really celebrate the ceramic craft. Definitely worth a long look.

After this glazing cycle finishes, and the sale is well and done, I’m eager to get back into the studio. I plan to produce large rounded vessels that will highlight the surface treatment of pit firing. This is a technique that involves one bisque firing in the kiln to make the clay form durable and water-free, and then a second firing that is done in the ground. Here, no glazes are used. The piece are covered with organic materials, copper scrubbies and are cooked for several hours. When they’re still very hot, I take a vessel from the coals and apply some horse hair, which squiggles and jumps on the surface making black carbon marks I find appealing. The effect is random, painted by fire and smoke, and the wares are purely decorative, not functional. The best part about it is that the earthy clay surface isn’t all covered up with shiny glass, creating a very fitting down-to-earth effect.

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