Archive for April, 2013

Emerging…

April 25, 2013

Well I guess the issues have been delivered by now and the cat’s already out of the bag on FB so…

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I’m very excited about emerging and want to thank Ceramics Monthly for selecting me. One of the interesting things about this is that since one of the criterion is having less than 10 years in the game, I would assume that most of the emerging artist are relatively young. In my case, I got a late start and only started at the ripe age of 46. I’m not saying that 55 is old but it is well past the time when one realizes that they can no longer play the “hey, I could possibly only be halfway through my life” game. At 46, it was absurd but not necessarily impossible to live to be 92 but each year makes the game more ridiculous. My only point is that I feel a certain irony that this emerging artist is submerging simultaneously. So I sit at the wheel with my 4.0 reading glasses, aching feet and frozen shoulder and wonder how long after emerging before the submerging takes over and my pieces become smaller and smaller and blurrier and blurrier. Anyway, I’m honored to be chosen and hope the my work can continue to emerge and my health can continue to resist submerging. Thanks for all the well wishes! Here’s some new yunomis…

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It’s Not Like Me To Brag But…

April 23, 2013

Well, I’ll keep this short because boasting is almost universally considered in bad taste but sometimes I think one needs to toot one’s own horn. So here goes… it just so happens that our kitchen faucet is the same exact kitchen faucet as the coach on Friday Night Lights has in their kitchen…

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How many people can say that? Look at that faux brushed nickel surface and the way the water comes out all bubbly on the broccoli. So in case you think I’m serious, check out our new band…

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“She’s an American Dog”

AKAR Yunomi Invitational 2013…

April 19, 2013

It’s live!…

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Poached Pots And Other Delights…

April 15, 2013

Well, the year is slipping away it seems. I’m 55 now and taxes have been filed… so how’s that for accomplishments. So there’s couple things I’d like to conflate. First, this is a picture of my dad who, it’s now becoming very clear to me, only lived one more year than I have already…

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This picture was taken where he worked the night shift. He was in charge of annealing ovens at an industrial forge. I’m sure everyone already knows but I will belabor the example by saying that annealing is a process by which metal is treated (much like tempering) to achieve certain properties such as ductility or homogeneity. Back before computers this was done by adjusting ovens to critical temperatures, holding those temperatures and cooling at specific rates. I only mention this to make a comparison to electric (and now gas) kilns that only in the past decades or so have computerized controls on them. Again, before these controls, achieving certain effects such as crystal formation was a long row to hoe with many many trials and errors. This is not to say that those working with crystals have it easy but only to say that the computer firing profiles have taken away much of the trial and error and have allowed more people to work with crystals more easily. But I use a slow cool firing profile to achieve certain effects also (although I’m not so specific about what they actually are). So my point here is that technology keeps chugging along (actually I guess it’s screaming along now) and I believe we only really notice it in the areas of our expertise or interests such as our phone, kiln, car, etc. But I remember when I went bicycle shopping a couple years ago after not stepping in a bike shop for more than 20 years that just because I wasn’t paying attention didn’t mean that that same tsunami of technology wasn’t affecting everything, even in this case, bicycle design and manufacturing. So yesterday I happened to be driving at a time when I’m usually not in the car and “The Splendid Table” cooking show was on the radio. They were talking about cooking eggs and egg charts. I thought, what? a 3 minute egg, what else is there? And that’s when they when on to describe this chart…

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Actually, this is only a portion of the chart. And what more useful application for technology could there be? Apparently, these precise cooking practices for eggs are possible because of a device that can adjust the water temperature to with 1/10 of a degree F and hold it absolutely steady at that temp for as long as needed… like my kiln! I guess some chefs find the perfect poached egg to be quite elusive. If you’re a foodie or a cooking person, be advised that this chart refers to cooking eggs for 1 hour. The most interesting part about the egg cooking to me was that they mentioned that at a certain temp (I think it was 152 F) that the egg could me molded or rolled out… in other words, it could be sculpted. Like clay! Not sure what I’d do with a pinched poached pot but seems more interesting than trying to make a sculpture with an omelet. OK, well that’s enough of that. The yunomi show is coming up soon and I’m looking forward to that. I also have been processing photos from my last kiln load and will be uploading work all week. Here’s a couple already up…

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I finally got a new photo cube and background. This time instead of a gradated background from black to 50% gray I got one that goes from light gray to white and although the background seems similarly gray in the final shots, I believe that actual pot in the pics looks quite a bit better. Here’s a yunomi I posted earlier but I reshot it semi-professionally…

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Last but not least, I made a new beer glass poster…

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Sayanora.