Sunday, June 26, 2011

no pot today

I will be away from the computer for several days, besides I haven't taken an pictures of my pottery collection for a while...I ran outta piccys.
I *did*, with the help of several KCCG members and their loved ones, take down the 2011 Teabowl National. What a job!
We are looking for a new venue, so If you read this and know of a cheap or free gallery WITH pedestals...lemme know.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

pot #53...beeen away soooooo long...

This is just one of a set...
This is my olive oil server. I keep it on the stove on my Bill Alexander plate and my pepper grinder and salt shaker.
I traded for this set at the Smoky Hill River Festival in 2009. The mark on the bottom is 'P Frehm'. Can't find his name on the list of 2009 participants...cuz' there isn't one on the site anymore.
This piece is thrown, stamped, salt glazed and lovely.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

pot #52

Potter's Lunch at the Nerman Museum, JuCo with Carolyn, Nancy and Christy. Yummy.
But...onto the pottery. This is a small bowl by Anne Mulvihill of Kansas City and the Barbershop Gallery (
She also teaches at KC Clay Guild one evening a week.
This piece is eiether made of porcelain (it's really white on the bottom), carved and glazed...or maybe the other way around??? It is 2.25 x 5.25 x 5.25". Anne has signed it on the bottom with her last name.
I love this piece and I love Anne's work. She is one of my local pottery heroes. I will be reviewing another piece of hers in the upcoming weeks.

Monday, June 13, 2011

pot #51

What shall it be?
Another small piece. The last few pieces on the blog ahve come from the top shelf of my dish dresser in the kitchen. I bought this at the Prairie Village Art Fair (I think) the 90's. I have forgotten what I paid for couldn't be much as I had just bought my house. Pottery is my vice and even though money was tight, I bought a tea cup and saucer.

The potter's mark is scratched in...2 short lines intersected by a long an elongated "H".
The entire set is 2.5 x 4 x 3.75". It is made of porcelain and has applied stained everywhere. What you see is what you get.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

pot #50

Well...the second part of today's blog has to be about the piece I bought from Steven at his KC Clay Guild workshop yesterday. It is a 'yunomi'. What is the greatest thing about this piece is that I know *how* he made it...(wondering if I can apply a little of the technique of 'stretching' to my handbuilt slab work???)
This piece has been thrown, stretched and altered, thrown again, slipped, ribbed, slipped again, ribbed, trimmed, dried, glazed and single fired to ^6, electric.
By Steven's own admission, there are multiple glazes...sometimes up to seven...on each pot and I guess this one is no exception.
I am drinking coffee from it as I write this entry. Yummy.

*not* pot #50

I will start by reviewing the last weekend...clay, clay, clay.

The KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2011 opening was this last Friday, June 10 and the Steven Hill workshop at KCCG was Saturday, June 11. I feel both were successful.

I haven't any pix of the reception (I forgot my camera), but I have a few of the workshop. I will post a few here, but will put the giant's share on KCCG Facebook page in 'photos'.

This is a photo of Steven pulling on the lip so that it will slump just a bit and change the shape...getting it ready to apply the spout and handle.

He seems so thorough and every step seems thought through. He knows his work and his techniques.

Thanks Steven!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

pot #49

another little treat...
I purchased this at the Prairie Village Art Fair...back in the mid-90's. I forgot who the artist is, but the mark on the bottom in Red Iron Oxide is 3 vertical slashed with one slash through the center.
This is one of my favorites and a bit of an inspiration for me. I can't tell if it is hand built from a porcelain slab or thrown and left rough. There are no seams (like I would leave). If it is thrown, then the lip was, obviously, cut asymmetrically and smooth and the piece was cut from the wheel and left as is.
A textured coil handle was attached in much the same manner as I do handles now (my inspiration)...
The piece is glazed inside and out with a clear glaze and some colored stain or glaze.
This cup is 3.5" x 3.5" (with handle) and 2" wide (w0/ the handle). It holds about 1/4 of a cup of liquid.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New stuff. New direction...abandon old stuff and old work style.
Dislike: functional not funk-tional, sweetness, commercial
Like: easy to make, use silhouettes of other objects...bunnies, houses, birdies, glaze on outside (eliminate glaze problems...I hate glazing)...might sell more.

New shapes: cup, tumbler, saucer, trays, pitchers, cream and sugar, little teapots.

Problems: thinner porcelain, higher fire porcelain

pot #48

Another lovely, sweet little thing. This one was purchased at the Brookside Art Annual a few years ago...5-7. I think the name on the bottom reads "Pishe." (?)...hard to tell.

It is very delicate...porcelain, about 1/16th of an inch thick. It was made starting with a slab base...a slab cylinder placed on that and attached, then folded at the shoulder. This makes 2/3rds of the height. "Leaves" were slab constructed and attached to the base and to themselves. Little "stems" were added for handles as well as "stems" on the leaves. My guess is that it has been stained and then glazed...fired to ^6. The entire piece is 2 1/4" tall, 2 3/4" wide and 2 1/8".

Monday, June 6, 2011

pot #47

Hmmmm...takin' piccys of pots this a.m. AND trying out some new pieces and ideas.

Now...on to the work of Colleen Riley (

She has yummy new work. These are several years old. We have been near each other at several art fairs, namely the Uptwon Art Fair. Her work is typically soda and wood fired. Go to her site and read all about it. (Her husband, Donovan Palmquist is a kiln builder and potter, too.)

This little cutie is 2.25 x 2.75". It is thrown, slightly squared off on the lip and hand decorated, glazed.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

pot #46...where have I been

Well...I had a lovely lunch with the 'Potters' hosted by Susan Hill on Tuesday. She has the best backyard and garden. I wish I could drop it down in my backyard...lush and cool on a hot day. Thanks Susan!

I have been quite busy the last few days and totally forgot the Blog. Here goes...

This random little, tiny vase was purchased in El Paso, Texas. I was in grad school in 1999-2001. One of my itinerant instructors was from El Paso. I guess he liked us so much he brought all of us a memento of his home town (He flew in for our classes).

I imagine it was handbuilt of the reddish-brown earthenware you see on the unglazed portion. Is was decorated with black slip, burnished and fired. It measures 2.5 x 2.25". It rocks on it's rounded bottom and it sits on my giant book case.