Photo Booth

September 30, 2014 - Leave a Response

New photo booth at Rafter E Studio!
Varitone paper. We use the grey to black instead of the white to black. Small soft box overhead. Table from IKEA.
This was set up in our unused shower stall so when the sidelights are pivoted to the front, we just slide the shower curtains around the track to diffuse the bulbs.

Still tweaking but have these fresh out of “the shower”…




September 29, 2014 - Leave a Response

I used to think that forms like this…well, they look like just the top of a bottle and “where’s the bottom two thirds?” But now that I’m working on bottles, I am really liking this form.


Making bottles now for Art Denver
I’ll be headed there soon with Susan Hill fiber artist.

Next show… Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour My favorite place to take pots!

Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour

September 23, 2014 - One Response

Perhaps you read my posts earlier in the year about my trip to the St.Croix Valley Pottery Tour in Minnesota. If you are a potter or love ceramics, this is a “must do” tour. If you weren’t able to fit that trip into your schedule, no worry! I have the tour info for you…The Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour.  I have participated the last two years and am preparing for my third trip to exhibit, October 4-5.

Click here to see the details and images of the work of the 18 ceramic artists who are on the tour. Note I will be setup at Florence Mill.

Or click here to connect via Facebook.

Omaha is a great place for a weekend getaway. My friend and fellow artist, John, and I have been having a wonderful time on our trips. You will see that the pottery is great and the people are a fun bunch.

Click here to watch a short video clip from a recent public television airing featuring last year’s tour. I talk!

Hope to see you there. Let me know if you have any questions. Here are a few images of work I will be taking… TeaBowl TeaPot

Get To Work!

September 16, 2014 - Leave a Response

Dave just delivered clay to Rafter E Studio. Time to get to work! I wonder how many slabs and balls of clay are in those boxes…
Bracker’s Good Earth Clay
Rafter E Studio

How To Make A Ceramic Bottle

September 10, 2014 - Leave a Response

Bottles. Short. Tall. Simple and elegant. A form I have neglected until recently. Here’s how you, too, can throw lovely bottles on the wheel:

First…learn to make teapots…IMG_6321

Then, make more teapots…IMG_6322

…lots and lots of teapots…IMG_6323

After you have learned how to make teapots…
make more teapots…IMG_6345

Now, you are ready to learn how to make bottles. First, try and fail to throw bottles on the wheel. Make many bottles. Fail many times. Try again. Fail again. Your simple, “elegant to be” bottles will not have a smooth transition. They will have flat spots on the shoulders…IMG_6376

Make more bottles. Decide to give up. You cannot make a “good enough” bottle. But then…remember that you can make teapots!Teapot

Nice teapots. Making a teapot is a very time consuming, detailed endeavor but it is not difficult for you. So, sit back down at the wheel and make bottles. Then make more. You will get better at it.IMG_6344

The point here is that throwing a simple bottle that has good form and proportion as well as a smooth vertical transition is very difficult. When you see one that is handcrafted, one of a kind, know that the artist has invested a lot of time and thought to produce that one, simple bottle.

You can receive email notification of my blog posts. They don’t happen often…too busy learning how to make bottles.

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Side note…that last picture was taken with my phone (soon our phone cameras will be as good as our Canons).  We will be installing a soft box in our studio photobooth soon…yippee! Just using some side lights for now.

Selling The Green Bean!

August 26, 2014 - Leave a Response

I planned on keeping my Ford Escort for a long time to come. I like it so much, I was even going to have it painted next year. But my friend was selling his Rav and I couldn’t pass it up. I can load it up for some of my art shows and not have to rent a van.

So, for sale: one Green Bean…

1999 Ford Escort
165,583 miles
Manual transmission
Very good condition

One owner (me:)
I have taken very good care of the Green Bean. I have a great mechanic and it has always received top quality maintenance.
Just had it tuned up and it gets 34 mpg on the highway.
Everything works! It really is a great little car.
Keeping it at my studio and will put it on Craig’s List soon.



Before And After

August 23, 2014 - Leave a Response

When I first started making pots at Red Star in the year 2000, I made the bowl on the left. It was the best bowl I was able to make at the time. The other bowl was made recently. I’ve learned a lot!
The bowl on the left will be on the $5 table tomorrow during our sale. The bowl on the right…will not.
Stop and see us at Rafter E!


Summer Sale

August 17, 2014 - Leave a Response

Great prices this coming weekend on older work. A good time to stock up on items for gift giving and an opportunity to treat yourself, too.



American iPottery

August 14, 2014 - Leave a Response

Years ago, before Kate Nielsen began building my first website, she asked me what I wanted. I replied, “I want my pots to spin!” She chuckled then created a very good website sans spinning pottery. The technology just wasn’t there. But now…guess what?

I am included in the new, just out ebook, “American iPottery”,  An image of my pitcher was selected for a chapter page and guess what? Yes! Developed for the iPad, this is an interactive book. Just use your finger to move pots around. See the front side! See the top! See the back side and see the bottom!

If you love ceramics, you will love “American iPottery”. Available from your iTunes store for just $14.99. You can unload the first chapter for free! Purchase to see over 200 galleries of some of the best potters working now in the field of ceramics. This will be a great resource for potters and those who appreciate pottery for years to come.

Don’t forget to check out the chapter lead for my pitcher. Just bring up your iTunes store and search American iPottery. Well, I hope my pitcher is there…I don’t have an iPad but think I should get one soon!

Take a look at the poster for the exhibition showcasing all the pottery that has been included in this new ebook. It opens August 26 in Rockville, Maryland on the campus of Montgomery College. Just click on this: Flyer for Am. iPottery

New Series…Playful!

August 7, 2014 - 2 Responses

I’ve been working on a new series of work. Who doesn’t love a good flow chart? Happily, the pieces go well with my more subtle body of work…fits right in.

Flow Chart Series…

Carafe and two tumblers. Today I’m thinkin’…iced coffee…

Yes, it’s a bowl. You might use it for summer flower arrangements, I’ll be eating popcorn…

A set of tumblers…because friends come in all sizes…
A.Tumbler Set

A covered jar, you can put your weed…well, we all know that line…
A.Covered Jar

Next up? Bottles, bottles, bottles…


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