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Opening the kiln…

I loaded the kiln last Wednesday, but had to wait til Saturday to fire it. Some covered jars, a couple of very big vases, some medium vases and – most exciting of all – eight glaze tests. Three were new green glazes – I am still looking for a green that fits with my work. The other tests were small… 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


Ancient traditions, new media

Today, I take my pottery online for the first time with my very own website. It’s an exciting day for me, as I bring together two distinctly different mediums: the ancient art of clay and the high-tech Internet super-highway. My pots have appeared online here and there over the past few years—mainly on the web… Read More