Clay and Beer, Like Florida And Sunshine…

No rain yesterday, what a surprise… I have to hand it to the forecasters. So I didn’t have to play leak detective. Got most of a kilnload glazed and should be able to load it today short of a couple of those crawly experiments. What a persnickety glaze, a touch too thick and it falls off and too thin, it doesn’t crawl. And then when it’s over some glazes it looks like demonic froth. It does, however, make a really nice matte surface. If it didn’t, I’m not sure I would be sacrificing all these cups to find out if I can make it work. Here’s one of the matte ones…

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Jeff Campana and I had some beer last night and talked of all things clay. It amuses me when potters get together and don’t have to curb their enthusiasm for talking pots. Once we went to lunch, 4 potters and one of the potters’ friend that wasn’t a potter. The initial frenzy of conversation went from firing to glazes to kilns to technique to shows and I looked over at the non-potter friend and was wondering… he must think we’re crazy. It’s very nice every once in a while to talk shop as opposed to working away at home in seclusion (save the internet). We talked about beer too which is always a hot subject. He told me about this annual event in Madison, Wisconsin called Beerfest where hundreds of brewers have booths and taps and you pay to enter and go around with a wee cup tasting beers all day. I was assured that I would be able to sample 100 different IPA’s if I wanted or as they say in the south… if’n i had a hankerin’ to. This set my mind a’reelin’ to figure out how to have a vacation in Madison during this event and I think it’s in August to boot which means a break from the summer baking in Kentucky. Anyway, it was fun and here’s one of the new pots from the last firing…

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7 Responses to “Clay and Beer, Like Florida And Sunshine…”

  1. Mike Pappas Says:

    That one is singing!

  2. gary Says:

    Gorgeous pots, and I know what its like—my poor wife sits there when I talk glazes with a buddy and her eyes glaze over….
    We have a brew thing here in just 2 weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. meredith Says:

    Well I said- as blogger dumped me
    Yes- it is all about us!
    And I said.
    You should call that yummy glaze on the bowl Licorice!
    Let’s see if they dump me again!

  4. Becky Jo Says:

    The whole ‘potters talk’ thing happened for almost two straight weeks in Tuscarora. The poor kids that were there probably got bored of listening to us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. John Bauman Says:

    This is fascinating, but I was just reading that Indiana University Medical Center has just conducted a study of potter’s DNA. It turns out that there is now scientific evidence of what most potters knew all along. We are a superior race of people.

    No, I did not make that up.

  6. judi tavill Says:

    Hmmm. It does get lonely in the studio. When we can’t talk about pots and my husband,kids,and friends think I’m either WACKO or just boring. Beer does help! Super piece! Can’t wait to see more. Following pottery porn is seriously an addiction for me.

    Seriously.

  7. Richard Kollmar Says:

    A taller version of the matte-glaze, waisted mug would make a very good beer container, keep it nice and cool, too. Think about it!

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