Tag Archives: vases

Potter Opens Kiln!

This weekend I opened my latest glaze kiln – and may I say: “Wow!!” These are all pots that will be in the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Show and Exhibition this weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney BC. I am very excited at how the glazes have turned out since… Read More


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


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


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