The Cub Creek 10th anniversary exhibition has reached it's final destination in Huntington, PA. The show is now showing at the Juniata College Museum of Art and includes some great work by some great artists. If you live in the area you should definitely check it out. I was lucky enough to have the piece shown here in the final stop of the exhibition and have my work shown next to some of the masters.
This piece will be on view and for sale at both the Bourbon Bash and the Bluegrass Bourbon show at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts in Louisville, KY. I'm thrilled to get to be a part of this fundraiser event and exhibition. It's great to get the work out and seen and also to support such a great place.
I've finished my residency at Cub Creek. It was an amazing year with so much learning and doing and planning. I took most of my work with me, but I did leave a few behind. Some now reside in the Cub Creek gallery, some in the sculpture/pot garden in front of the studio, and one will be in the Cub Creek exhibition at Juniata College in November. I'm so grateful for my time at Cub Creek and thrilled to be included in the last stop of this traveling exhibition.
Now that I've packed up all my wares, I'm aware of how much I produced while I was there. Now, I need to put it into the hands of folks who will use it! I'm currently having a sale on Etsy for some of my work that has been up there for a while. I'll also be posting new pieces everyday for the next several weeks. So, Check it out and maybe you'll find something you like. I appreciate all the support!
Top Left: a selection of what's up or will be up on Etsy.
Bottom Left: The pot I left behind for the Cub Creek Exhibition
Bottom right: One of a kind mugs.
Click on the image above to check out these unique cups and mugs now on show at the LUX center for the arts. You might find a couple of mine mixed in.
Well, we finally did it. A process that started back in September(with a pause in the winter due to cold weather) has been completed. Mitch Iburg and I completely rebuilt the wood-fired soda kiln here at Cub Creek. And we look forward to firing it very soon. I will, of course, post about the results of our first firing. See the process, from tear down to hanging the door, below.
First of course we had to deconstruct the original soda kiln. You can read about that in an earlier blog post here: http://www.cubcreek.blogspot.com/2011/09/soda-kilns-falling-down.html
To make room for a bigger kiln, we expanded the cement bed out several feet and poured concrete. This new space became our fire box. We built arches within the firebox to hold the burning wood and allow the ashes to fall below. This helps the wood to combust more efficiently.
The door was hung after this picture, so, unfortunately, it isn't pictured here.
Well, it's official, I will be attending Michigan state this fall as a graduate student in the Department of Art and Art History. I will be working towards my MFA in ceramics for the next 3 years and couldn't be happier. I'm excited to work with MSU's Paul Kotula, Jae Won Lee, and Blake Williams. I will also be teaching a class as part of my assistantship for the university.
Below, you can see me sporting the new Sparten gear my wife bought for me in honor of this new endeavor.
I still have a little over 3 months here at Cub Creek and look forward to making the most of my time before real responsibility sets in.
This last week I have been working on some flashing slip tests. I really dislike small glaze and slip tests as it is hard to see the full effects on a small tile, so I made 36 cups to test all of them. I have twelve recipes that I have mixed up and all of them will be tested in the wood, salt and soda kilns to see the different results.
The main material I am using for these slips is a bit of a mystery and has an funny little story behind it. Randy Edmundson keeps his raw clay materials in storage out in his over-sized kiln shed. This system works well, except when the neighbors dog chases some animal behind the stack of clay bags. The amazing thing is that the dog essentially tore up the most expensive clays like Helmar, Grolleg and Roseville clay and left the cheaper clays untouched. Once the dust had settled, pun intended, it was clear that Randy was not the winner in the matter and was left with a big pile of about 3 different clays all mixed together. The three clays happened to be in all clay materials that are used in flashing slips. Hopefully we can get some results we like because Randy has about 1000 pounds of it and it would be a shame for it to not be used. Results will be posted after firing the cups.
I'm pleased to tell you all that I will be showing 3 peices at Terra Incognito in "Coffee, Tea, Or...?" If you're in or near Chicago in March, you should go and take a look. If not, you can also view all the pieces on line starting March 12.
I'm pleased to be a part of a resident show at City Clay in Charlottesville, VA for the month of February. City Clay is a great venue. Newly created, the City Clay studio is creating a great amount of clay awareness in Charlottesville where, previously, there was little. They have classes for all skill levels as well as work space for member artists. And, of course, they also have a gallery space for shows such as ours. Interest in the studio is continuing to grow in the community and I wish them much success.
We really appreciated everyone who came out to check out the show and chat with us about our work. It was a nice evening. The show will be up through February.
We just opened our 3rd firing of the newly built Cub Creek Anagama wood kiln. It was an extremely good firing. The previous two wood-firings I was involved with were very heavily reduced and therefore very somber. This last firing was a bit on the oxidized side of the spectrum and worked well with the recipe of clay I'm using which is primarily a white stoneware mixed with a small portion of native clay. I was also testing a couple of new glazes. I am particularly happy with a revised David Shaner glaze that is essentially an iron saturate. It makes some nice brick reds, yellows, steely blues, and blacks depending on the amount of ash that lands on the piece. Also it grows crystals well and occasionally will go iridescent between heavy ash areas and heavy iron crystal sections.
Cub Creek will be setting up a show at City Clay in Charlottesville, VA in a few days. A lot of the pieces from this last wood firing will be is the show. You can check it out from February 3-
Here are a few choice pieces: