Friends in pots are friends indeed…

I just had a phone conversation with my friend Ed Staples who lives in Princeton, BC. Any time I speak with Ed, we barely get past the “hello” stage and we’re deep into pottery talk. Glazes, firing results, clay bodies, the value of good craftsmanship, what’s new from our studios, forming methods, tools, the pleasure of an honestly… Read More


Writers write…Potters pot…

Years ago I studied short story writing at UVIC with Bill Valgardson. At the beginning of each weekly class, he greeted us with these words: “Writers write. That’s what we do.” He looked around the table at each one of us. Then he asked the question: “Who was a writer this week?” Inevitably there was a pause, as… Read More


Size isn’t everything, but…

Some days are just made for going big. I stepped into my studio this afternoon with every intention of making some bowls and platters for Side Street Studio. But when I sat down at the wheel, I knew the bowls and platters would have to wait. It felt like a day for big round stretched… Read More


#54…#53…and #47

Here is Stretched Vase #54, raw and unglazed as mentioned in my last post, 100 Stretched Vases…and beyond. I’ve also included a raw and unglazed #53… And #47, glazed in the Ash and Obsidian glazes with copper carbonate dusting, from my December glaze firing.  


100 Stretched Vases…and beyond…

Stretched ovoid vase. Obsidian and faux ash glazes In the summer of 2010 I went to the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA) on Vancouver Island to spend eight very intensive days with Les Manning. I sat at the wheel for eight to ten hours a day, throwing vase after vase after vase. I… Read More


Talent is luck…Art is practise…

In the early 80’s I was studying with master potter Wayne Ngan. A wily little elf of a man, he would sit at his wheel, center a big lump of clay, and in minutes have a beautiful vase sitting there fresh and glistening. I swear I could almost see it breathing. He loved to throw out… Read More


What happened in Vegas…didn’t stay in Vegas

You might be wondering about the title. This is not about a vaguely remembered party that included Mike Tyson and his tiger and a lot of other stuff. It’s not about how some cunning con man stripped me of my fortunes. It’s not (unfortunately) about winning thousands of dollars at the roulette table. It’s about love and marriage and… Read More


A bowl full of Bailey…

Two things about this photo: 1) Bailey is our big orange cat who loves sitting in big pottery bowls. 2) This is a big pottery bowl made by Hornby Island potter Heinz Laffin. We got Bailey from the SPCA when he was very small. He started growing as soon as he came home and made friends… Read More


In praise of my good friend Ed

As a potter, I’m inspired by looking at the successful creations of other potters. And when those potters are also my dear friends, I’m doubly inspired! Look at this gorgeous new raku-fired piece by my dear friend Ed Staples, a potter in Princeton, BC. The vase stands 25 centimetres high. Ed glazed the piece with… Read More