Archive for May, 2009

Welcome to Kansas City!
May 29, 2009

This post is a welcome to Stephanie Kantor, recent graduate of Penn State. She is coming to Red Star Studios as our next resident artist. In addition to seeking an experience in clay, Stephanie is very much interested in the urban environment. Last year I started a file of images I call Urban Gardens. I grew up “in the woods” and now when I walk through my adopted home of concrete, brick, and iron, I am quick to note plant life. The images following particularly struck me as examples of how life can, somehow, not just survive but thrive in an environment of seeming adversity.
Hope you enjoy.

Concrete Patch 2
Towing the Line

Dumpster Niche
Dumpster Niche

Above and Beyond

Concrete Patch 3
Stronger Than Concrete

St. Flora of the Madison

Water Garden

Got Dirt?

Concrete Patch
Casual Symmetry

One for here, hold the dirt
The Columbine That Carries The Spirit of Two Women Who Lived in Debra’s House Long Ago

Water Meter
Meter Reader’s Friend

Wee Maple
Certain to Remain “World’s Smallest Maple Tree”

Planter on the corner
Corner Delight

Mandevilla Trying to Hide

Wall Relief
Wall Relief What a Relief

Me and My Shadow
Me and My Shadow

99 Bottles of...
99 Bottles of…

Welcome, Matt
His name is Matt. He says, “Welcome!”

Two Things You Need to Impress Your Date
Two Things You Need on a Date

Hope you find much to enjoy in Kansas City, Stephanie. See you soon!

Minnesota Pottery Tour
May 22, 2009

This morning when I woke up, before I opened my eyes, a sentence scrolled through my head. I read, “headstart – a beleaguered attempt to capture the past” hmmm, I’ll ponder that while I post the wonderful images I captured at “The Tour 17 Annual Pottery Studio Tour and Sale by the Minnesota Potters of the Upper St. Croix River Valley” Quite a mouthful but the pottery there definitely lived up to the abundant wording. Kalika Bowlby and I drove up in a rented Chrysler (at the rental counter I said “yes” to the “do you want to supersize for just…?”). Kalika later described the car as “riding in here is like when you’ve rented one of those basement apartments with the slits of windows up high”.

Anyway, the weather was beautiful, the drive was pleasant (does it make you happy to drive by the fields of wind generators in Iowa?) We visited 41 potters in 7 studios. For more information you can visit


Linda Christianson

Kristin Pavelka

Bill Griffith

Shoko Teruyama

Donna Polseno

Jo Severson

Kathryn Finnerty

Matthew Metz

Mary Barringer

B0b's friends
Bob Briscoe and friends

Such a small sampling but you can see much more on the website. Now I’m off to a favorite breakfast & lunch spot, Happy Gillis. ZoomZoomSurfin

A Tribute…
May 15, 2009

A fine Canadian potter, Kalika Bowlby, graced Red Star Studios as a Resident Artist for the bulk of this past year. We enjoyed her gentle presence and were very fortunate to learn from her and have the opportunity to share with her bits of this thing we love… ceramics. I was especially fortunate to be able to become acquainted with her quite well personally and continue to benefit from her as a friend. She actually motivated me to pay attention to this, my blog. I listened to her talk about her many exciting plans upon her return to Canada. Among them was Friday morning time spent with a cup of black tea and her blog. So instead of “Tuesday mornings with Morrie”, I will be enjoying my “Friday mornings with Kalika”.
Please visit her website for a delightful moment spent with functional pottery.

For Whitney
May 11, 2009

My daughter told me this week that she likes my new website. However, she misses the picture of my dad. “sometimes I’d go to your website just to see Grandpa” So here it is, Whitney, so you can always scroll to see your Grandpa Bill.William Earl Haddock/ Dad, Grandpa  1924-2008 and beyond