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Ceramic Art Show at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill

I started teaching pottery at Cedar Hill Rec Centre ten years ago. Back then, the studio was a cramped, dusty room with shelves and worktables and wheels and kilns all crammed together. In spite of the crowded conditions, a lot of good pots were made there over the years. This year, as part of the Arts… Read More

Show Day Draws Near

I am getting excited about the show opening this Sunday at RPlace, 420 Craigflower Road, just next to the Spiral Coffee Shop. I just finished firing a kiln load of bowls and plates. Now the waiting begins, as the big kiln cools. I will unload it tomorrow in the early afternoon; I will take a couple of photos… Read More

New pots from February 5 firing…

    I fired the big kiln Sunday February 5th. The firing went well, and the kiln was finished late Sunday night. The anticipation builds after the firing is over. Did the glazes melt the way I hoped? Did the new experiment work? Everything seemed to go smoothly, although you never know until the kiln… Read More

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