Archives for the month of: December, 2014

Remember these?  They appeared in the bisque state below, and are now ready for sale or gifts.






This pot, a three-legged teapot, sold yesterday, will be going to someone’s mother for Christmas. It has a matte glaze (called “moonpax” at The Clay Queen studio in Alexandria) and a purchased bamboo handle.  Forty dollars.


It was my attempt to copy a pot by Glenn Dair, without any of the grace or elegance.

This covered jar/bowl is seven inches tall at the shoulders, standing on an eight-inch broad frozen sea.


Detail of its precarious footing.


Photos by me.

A little clay sweater in the works.


Words have meanings.  For almost anything you might want to think about, a word — or in English, likely more than one — already exists to apply to that concept or object.  A term of art for a stemless and handleless glass used for drinking is a “tumbler.”  At the pottery studio, “tumbler” would be used for a clay thing to drink from, since it’s not a glass “glass.”  But why is this a tumbler, when that’s exactly what you want it not to do?

one cup -- green

Thanking all that is holy, I have on my shelf a hand-thick (look up “hand” as a measurement) unabridged dictionary, which tells me that originally this drink holder had a “rounded or pointed bottom and could not be set down until emptied.”  I get it now.  The word still applies, but with a shifted meaning.

Here at the greenware stage is one of a set of tumblers, close matches, as measured by my fingers and other handy tools.  Should this be a watershed logo?

All of her sisters will go in the kiln with her.  I hope to show the later stages in due time.

tumblers - greenware



These pieces in greenware are ready for the bisque kiln.  They are a pouring bowl, a small lidded pitcher, a lidded jar, two ewers and a human hand.


At this stage, all hope for the future of firing, glazing and firing again still prevails.

Photos by me at Districtclay in Washington, November 2014.