Archive for March, 2010

What Do Ya Get When…
March 28, 2010

What do you get when you combine empty shelves…


empty boxes??

Full boxes!!

George has full boxes, too.

Carol’s studio is almost empty.

Anne has a lot of work to do. I think she is still making pots. Good girl!

I won’t be making pots until June!

But I still have lots of pots to…


Oh yes, I do.

What’s happnin’? Do you know what’s goin’ on?

Have you seen the postcard? A big red star on a black field and on the back…

Red Star is Moving!
Belger Arts Center
2100 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Belger Warehouse Studios
2011 Tracy
Kansas City, MO 64108
Red Star has joined the Belger Arts Center to greater
serve the ceramics community and will continue
to offer the best in functional ceramics, sculpture,
studio spaces, artist-in-residence programs, classes,
workshops and gallery exhibitions in a new, expanded
location. Please visit our interim location prior to the
opening of our new home in October.
Join us in October, 2010 at our NEW Facility:

’65 Chevy Redux
March 28, 2010

I am moving this post up to the top for the nice guy at Broadway Coffee Shop. Enjoy!

I attained my love of old vehicles from my father. The first car I “drove” was by sitting on the lap of my dad and steering while he braked and accelerated his ’49 Willys Jeep. It was similar to this one but green.


Following are my father’s vehicles, ones I drove while growing up. In chronological order, of course.


The best way to learn about clutches and gears.


A great wagon for the drive-in movie!


Dad’s was red. Most fun with doors off! He kept the top on, though.


Not exactly a “cool” car in high school but it had a huge engine. Man, could it go!

My “auto ed” began early in my years and started with “Come hold the light for me.” Soon I had been taught enough for “Hand me the wrench. No, the crescent!” As I grew older, I learned quite a bit about vehicles. I actually remember the time my dad showed me where the zerts (sp?) were on my first car…


My ’69 Mustang was similar to this but had a white vinyl top. 302 3-speed. I actually installed a water pump on it once and only had four bolts left over! I kept it for 13 years.

Any time I have ever been out with my father, he always pointed out the older or in some way special automobiles. What he loved most were the pick-up trucks. He always wanted a pick-up but he never had one. I don’t know why because he always had fine enough cars…Jeeps, a ’72 Ford LTD, and later, Lincoln Continentals. His last truck was a GMC Jimmy, close…but not a pick-up. He actually seemed to “pine” for an old pick-up and I wish I had asked him why he didn’t ever own one. Of course, every time I see an old pick-up, I think of my father.

For the last couple of years, I have been preparing to replace my Ford Escort. I was going to buy a friend’s ’05 Civic…not a car I particularly wanted but would admittedly be a good choice. His plans changed recently so within the last two weeks I became comfortable with keeping the Escort. It’s a great car actually. Simple. I have to roll up my own window, I lock the doors without one of those clicker things that I don’t even know the name of, I push a clutch and shift the gears. Ten years ago, I actually had to order this car because dealers don’t tend to order “simple” cars for the lot. “Simple”, remember this word…it is important to the following story…

So here I am, prepared for something but not looking! This, friends is when magic happens…

… last Saturday night, I was working in my studio, my friend, Bowie, walked in and said, “Did you see the truck outside?” You know me well enough now to know that I hopped up and stepped out. When I saw… I think my heart actually went pitty pat! Because there, right there…was parked a…


Thanks to “auto ed” (Dad), I guessed it was a ’65. Make a comment by clicking “Leave a Response” to join the “Name the Truck” contest. Winner gets a ride! (it’s a girl, by the way)

As I walked closer, I wondered if… and glanced to check…”Yes, there is a sign stuck up in the windshield!”. It was for sale. I thought about it all night and woke up thinking about it the next morning. On Sunday, I was describing the truck to my friend Brock. I said, “Maybe I could get it and keep it for a year or two just for fun.” He looked up dreamily and said, “That, would be a great year.” That’s when I knew that the truck would be mine.

The next day the owner, Scott, brought the truck back over to Red Star. He and his wife, Angela, had driven it here on Saturday night to eat dinner at Lill’s. I told him I wanted to take it down on the boulevard for my buddy, Ryan, to check out. Ryan lives across the street from me and knows all about old vehicles. When I asked, “May I drive?”, Scott hesitated…”Do you know how to…” I interrupted with “Oh, yeah.” Still hesitant, Scott said, “Most people don’t know how to drive an old…” “Oh, I’m good…trust me.” He was so sweet, not wanting to offend me but not quite willing to hand over the keys. Third time convinced and I hopped in behind the wheel. Ryan and his buddies, Chad and Zeke gave it a good going over and gave me the “thumbs up”. Next thing I knew…I had a truck.


1965 Chevrolet C10, high torque 230 six cylinder, three on the tree, long bed.


lonnnnnnnnngggg! bed


This is the front!


This is the rear!


A great thing about the truck is that the plate goes well with the color!

My neighbor, “north” Mark (I have a “south Mark, too) just made the first entry into the name the truck contest. It was an “off the front porch” entry. You may enter at the beginning of this post or through facebook.


A great thing about my truck is that it matches my glaze!


I have been accused of wearing socks to match my truck. But the color of my truck is much prettier. It is the color of…

September sky!


This is the bed! I stood on the bumper and wasn’t tall enough to get it all in!

Have you noticed my over use of exclamation marks!?


This is the interior!


I think this is the ash tray!


This is the glove box! The seat belts are in there but soon they will be in their proper place. On the left is a journal where I will keep the maintenance record. Also, passengers may write in observations we make while “on the road”!


I swear I am not dressing to match my truck! Really.

So, as you can see, there are many great things about my truck. But remember how this post began? I want to share with you the best thing about my truck…


In 1965, a farmer in Arkansas bought this truck from a dealer in Huntsville. The dealer’s name is stamped on the back bumper. I didn’t notice this until after I bought the truck.

Hold on to your hat, Daddy-O…this “ride’s” for you.


William ( Bill ) Earl Haddock. 1924-2008.

Enter the “Name the Truck” Contest! You can’t win if you don’t play!

Check back for truck stories and pictures… coming soon, “Girls in My Truck”.



Thank all of you for your entries! They were all great suggestions. I especially enjoyed reading the reasons for your choices. A lot of nostalgia came my way. I have the best friends ever!
And the winner is…
the entry from…

Wait, wait! Before you scream “Foul Play!”… before you accuse us of a nepotistical romp…
Well, it is true that brother Randy had inside information… but even with that, I’m sure that when you know the name you will totally agree!! Remember how the story of the truck started out? With my father, right? Well, my brother remembered that my dad called my mom…


and Susie Q it is!


Virginia Sue Stockdale and William Earl Haddock
Married on New Year’s Day, 1951
Resting in Peace Together

Sculpture Class, Grrrrrrr…
March 21, 2010

Sculpture class at Red Star:

My favorite parts of this antelopey creature are the ears. I love the bit of raggediness…thoughtful detail.

Just try and tell me these insects are not the coolest. Just you try…grrr.

Teacher, Calder Kamin’s sculpture here. Yep.

Can’t wait to see this beasty finished up.

Jim and I got tickled because I had been walking around class commenting on the wonderful sculptures, taking photos…and then I got to him…well, he was just getting started on this one…it is probably his second one for the class. Since everyone had cool, almost finished sculptures, we decided to include him in this shot…which is out of focus because I was giggling.

The animal in this picture is not the clay piece on the banding wheel. Grrrr

Just another day at Red Star Studios…

Make Three Tea Pots – Nine Easy Steps…
March 14, 2010

This is how you can make three tea pots in nine easy steps. (You can do this.)

Step 1.

Throw some things. You will need one big thing and two small things.

Step 2.

Trim a ring on the bottom of the big thing.

Step 3.

Trim the top of one of the small things.

Step 4.

Fix that place that you gouged with your finger when you sneezed.

mmm, much better…

Step 5.

Carve all around that big thing.

You can put one of those small things in the big thing while you eat your lunch. Top it off with that other small thing.

Step 6.

Drill some holes in the big thing. It’s a Tea Pot, remember…geez.

Step 7.

Onto the big thing, stick one of the small things and set the other small thing. Do not mix up the words “stick” and “set” in this step. Geez.

Step 8.

Make a third small thing and stick it on the back of the big thing.

And last but not least! To make three Tea Pots in nine easy steps…

Step 9.

Do that other stuff two more times. You can do this…

In The Studio
March 11, 2010

In our Wednesday morning class, Debbie is making some interesting bowls, Textured rims. Kinda like coral or French poodles, I think. Yeah, they are like coral or French poodles…

This is an advanced class. We solve problems. Not just ceramic problems. Problems of the World…

If you wax over glaze, make sure that you use wax that won’t pull off the applied glaze. Yes, that will happen:

Didn’t happen to Jeff. He knew. Forgot to ask him if he learned the hard way. That’s one thing about ceramics, we often learn things due to making mistakes.

We have been using drape molds and hump molds like this one…

The day before class I threw a plate and did something I “just don’t do”…

I put one big spiral in it. Not like me at all. Today I trimmed on the foot ring then sliced away two sides of the plate.

The day before I had also rolled out a slab. When it had set up some, I rolled it more on top of a piece of chip board to get an interesting texture. And then…

I added slabs to the plate. And then…

I did it again. My favorite part is where the slip oozes out at the seam. And then…

And then…

And then I crunched it up. What can I say, class was over and I was “off the clock”. Time to go back to my studio and…

make teapots and…

and cruets (latex glove spout koozie) and a creamer and sugar bowl. Oddly, I already have trays for them made and bisqued. Ha ha, so there. You’ll have to excuse my grouchiness because it has been rainy so much and my truck has been tucked away in the cave and I miss her…

Marc Digeros and Boys That Get Low
March 8, 2010

The show that opened at the Red Star Gallery last Friday features Marc Digeros, Joseph Pintz, Arthur Halvorsen, Marty Fielding, and Brian Jones. These men, from all over the country, work with low fire clay bodies and glazes. From Halvorsen’s liquidy lusciousness to Pintz’s offerings of opacity and all the variety in between, you will experience contemporary functional ceramics at its earthenware best.

Welcome to Red Star Studios.

Joseph Pintz:

Arthur Halvorsen:

Marty Fielding:

Marc Digeros:

Brian Jones:

I’m still a bit shakey from the flu and wasn’t using a tripod (I stole the last image of Brian’s lidded jar from the Red Star site because mine was so out of focus…shhh, don’t tell on me) so you might want to click on Red Star’s site for other images. Click on “Gallery” and scroll and click to enlarge. (Scientific studies show that people who purchase art on a regular basis lead happier and healthier lives.)

Peace and…
March 6, 2010

I am almost done with the fluuuuuuuu. In a couple of days I will be back in my studio. Until then, I leave you with Peace…

Peace and carrots…

Given to me recently by my good friends Connie Coffey and Tina West, Peace has quickly become a favorite possession. I recommend it highly.
Tina currently has a show of her photography in New York City at the Robin Rice Gallery.
Take a look and remember…You can save the planet through the purchase of art…

I Have The Fluuuuuuuu……….
March 4, 2010

Sorry I have not been posting, you regular readers, you! I had a flu shot but not the H1N1. I don’t know if that is what I have but… I’m sure I will take the weekend off so no peeking until next week. Until then, I will be “working toward a more just and verdant world”. (i.e. I only have energy for NPR)