Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bucket List Item

The first half of the set, glazed.
Ever since I first learned how to do pottery, way back in 1969, I have wanted to make a set of dishes. Making a set of anything in pottery presents the challenge of uniformity.  One must make plates and bowls of similar size and shape so that the set makes sense and stacks well.  One must design it in such a way that the function remains while the decoration is still pleasing.  Glazes must be food-safe and the dishes themselves should be able to go through the dishwasher.  No pits or indentations should trap food.  The set should go into the microwave without issue.  The dishes must be durable.

I've done it!

It just took me a lifetime but I've completed a full set for my daughter.  I still have some glazing to do on the bowls, plates and mugs but that will be done by this weekend.  Last summer I delivered the luncheon plates, soup mugs and serving items, shown here.  This summer I'll take the coffee mugs, dinner plates, and two sizes of bowls.  My daughter, like me, makes many soups and stews.  The bigger
The second half of the set, as yet, still unglazed.
bowls will work nicely for those and the tiny bowls are so handy for desserts, cooking prep and more.

At 19 I did not have the skills to pull this off.  Today I do.  For that, I thank my former teachers, especially Gary Clontz.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Great Crafts Project

 As a homeschooling project I taught my granddaughter to make ceramic plates and trinkets.  She's learned math, English, a little chemistry, and a lot of problem-solving!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fat Cat

Here's a nice, fat, yellow cat for you!  Another item from the granbeanie collection.  Will be on sale at the Saturday Market on the River in Augusta, GA, May 2.

I'll have a few pots there, just some glaze tests and small items to help round out her work.  I'm looking forward to the summer when I can work a little more on my pottery ;-)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Passing on pottery

Now that I'm partially retired I am doing pottery more as a teacher to my granddaughter than as a fulltime potter.  I like to think of it as passing on a very old skill to a new generation.  Even if she chooses never to take up the craft herself, she will always know what it means to make something from the earth with her own hands. I can't help but think that will serve her well.  Here are some of her pots.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I haven't posted in so long because I have nothing to show. Not for lack of drive or desire, but my right arm is hosed. Today I go for a ghastly test where they stick needles into my nerve and shoot electric current in so they can determine where and how much my nerves are pinched. I already know I have carpel tunnel, cervical stenosis and ulnar band constriction. But which one is giving me the nerve shivers, no one can tell. Hopefully this dreaded test won't be in vain and they can pinpoint what's wrong and where and then fix it! I want to make more pots!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Polly, or Pillbox Polly, as I think of her, is the latest in my Bag Lady Teapot series. She sports a tailored look with a flashy feather.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Blue Ladies

The latest additions to my Bag Lady line. This one is Petal.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Another pot

I'm off to Florida tomorrow for the Halifax show in Daytona. I'll be taking this.

If you haven't voted in the Art in the Round Contest go here to be on the jury!

Happy Halloween!

Here's a caldron for you!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Bag Lady Teapots!

If I've been a bit absent here lately it is because I was accepted into every single show to which I applied for the fall. Gulp. So, it's been nose-to-the-grindstone or wheel for me. I made these sweet teapots over this weekend to replenish my supply of crazy ass pots that people seem to love. I have to admit I enjoyed making these ladies and I don't think I'm quite done with them yet. I still have ideas! Obviously, these have not yet been fired. I will add touches of color here and there and glaze them with more subdued glazes so as to not make them completely over-the-top.

Gotta get back to work!