Tuesday, November 26, 2013
As mentioned previously, I met Michael Simon when he came to N.T.S.U. in 1980. A couple years later I took a workshop with him at The Southwest Craft Center in San Antonio Texas. I didn't know it at the time, but a short while later we would be moving to Colorado. Then a brief time in England,Georgia and back to Colorado. While in Georgia we were able to visit Michael several times at 29 Oaks Pottery in Watkinsville. When I swicthed to salt glazing (from reduction) in 1989, Michael pretty much told me "here's what I use(clay, slips etc.)see what you can do with it"
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
OK there is a pattern developing here. Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada,Michael Cardew and all there branches. I went to N.T.S.U specifically to learn to make pots. I knew absolutely nothing about the history of pottery only that I wanted to learn. I was very fortunate to stumble into the clay department there (on recommendation of a friend in the Jazz Dept.). Function was the rule rather than the exception. So here are these potters, Richard Batterham, Svend Bayer, John Leach, Clive Bowen, Mike Dodd and Jim Malone, I understood these pots. I was only there from 1977 to 80. Then my last year Michael Simon comes for a workshop........
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Canadian potter John Reeve came to N.T.S.U. in 1979 on his way to eventually settle in Abiquiu New Mexico. I can't remember if he was there three days or a week, but watching him make pots, how he handled the clay, spontaneous yet deliberate, had a profound influence on the way I would work. It was around this same time I came across an article in Craft Horizons (American Craft) " Warren MacKenzie and the Straight Pot" by John Reeve. These were the kind of pots I was gong to make, simple,strong,and straight forward. Pots for the kitchen and table.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Some years ago there was an article in Ceramics Monthly that was generally about "what was the first pot that really captured your imagination" or something along those lines. It might have been by Jack Troy, I'm not sure. Anyway these cider bottles were probably my favorite pot early on in my potting life. I have been lucky enough to handle two these magnificent pots,one at the Holburne Craft Study Center in Bath and the other at Donald Potter's house in Byranston. (1987)