Archive for May, 2014

Yes. St. Croix
May 30, 2014

Minnesota Pottery Tour. Almost finished posting the ceramics that came home with me. Today, an artist that works with animal and human narrative on both vessel and sculptural forms…

20140530-072653-26813030.jpg enjoy her website at Jenny Mendes

20140530-072906-26946946.jpg She also has a blog Looking at this wee little cup makes me think that she likes the city of New Orleans.

St. Croix, geez…
May 28, 2014

Yes, here is another pottery tour post. I can’t help but love pots and there are so many great ones to be found, and purchased!, on this tour.
Check out the bottom of this bowl…

I purchased this one because it is an excellent example of what a great functional potter and a wood firing can accomplish. If you love wood fired pots, you know of this potter. If you also love the process of wood firing, you have seen his website. Right?
Oh yeah, here is the top of the bowl…

Next up…

20140528-130634-47194862.jpg grrrrrr!

May 27, 2014

A potter should always have a few “cookies” on hand for glaze drip protection. Like this:

A potter should always have a few more cookies on hand. I believe these might be the only thing keeping this sheet of plastic from flying off Mr. Eck’s slabs:


St.Croix, yes…again
May 27, 2014

I am still telling people about the wonderful St. Croix Pottery Tour. Today I am posting my purchase from Ellen Shankin

Ellen makes very handsome vessels. This vase has two openings and I am eager to get some flowers in there.


Learn more about her studio, 16 Hands, here,

Scroll down for more posts of pots and potters on the St. Croix Tour. A few more posts are coming soon…

Slab Roller Tweak
May 25, 2014

Don’t know about you but I was finding myself bending over to get a closer look and spending a longer moment than I wanted to get the measurement set just right.

So I stuck a little wire on the arrow and look where it ended up.

This saves those precious moments of time I can use on a coffee break!

St.Croix Pottery Tour…yet again
May 24, 2014

I have always wanted something made by this ceramic artist…


Do you know? Shoko Teruyama

This year I brought home a lovely bowl. She is very creative and executes her work with much skill. I simply love this bowl…


It is a good size bowl. Too big for ice cream but just right for popcorn.

I still have a few pots to post from the St. Croix Pottery Tour. You can learn more about the potters here.

Next up, a 16 hands potter.

St. Croix cont. yet again
May 20, 2014

I had never looked at this potter’s website before. Oh My Gosh! She is now my favorite ceramics artist. I came home with these two gems…


I’m giving the little tray to a friend. Lucky girl.
The bowl is medium sized. Perfect for popcorn and garlic mashed potatoes and blackberry cobbler and…

St. Croix continued
May 19, 2014

The third potter I am featuring has a studio, wood kiln, and home nestled in a valley surrounded by woods. Perhaps best known for her fabulous cups, Linda Christianson produces a wide variety of pottery to be used for food preparation and serving. My new cruet:

I think it goes well with this little basket that I acquired the last time I went on the tour.

You can see Linda’s website by clicking here.
Click here to read a short article about Linda’s thoughts on beauty.
Next up…do you know this work?:


St. Croix Pottery Tour continued
May 18, 2014

Next up, a very talented functional potter who apprenticed at the Bernard Leach Pottery in England and has extensive teaching experience. If you have an opportunity to attend a Jeff Oestreich workshop, do not hesitate.
Years ago, I came home from Minnesota with this bowl:


(Jeff likes geometric shapes, by the way.)
This year I showed up at his studio first thing on Friday morning. I wasn’t early but he was still in his jammies, I think. Anyway, I quickly snapped up this delightful small pouring vessel:

The crystals in the glaze are extraordinary. You can learn more about Jeff on his website.
If you are new to this blog post, I am posting images of work I acquired at the St. Croix Pottery Tour. Scroll down if you want to start at the beginning.
Tomorrow I will be posting a photo of my acquisition from another favorite potter of mine. (I like her enough to carry chocolate all the way to Minnesota.)
She will be teaching a workshop in July at Santa Fe Clay.

St. Croix Pottery Tour
May 17, 2014

I returned home recently from the St. Croix Pottery Tour in Minnesota. Oh, my. Many of the best functional potters the craft has to offer are represented each year in studio settings that are lovely to behold. During the next week or so, I am going to post photos of the pots that came home with me. If you are a potter or an admirer of ceramics, consider going on the tour yourself. More information at
First, one of my long time favorites, Bob Briscoe. I have wanted one of his covered jars for quite some time and I think I snagged a great one:

A fine addition to the “Briscoes” that already grace my kitchen:


The bowl is similar to the one featured on his website.
After a workshop, years ago, he handed me a bowl he’d just trimmed and told me to glaze it up and keep it. I dipped it in a flashing slip, poured an oxblood glaze in the interior and fired it in a soda kiln. A Briscoe-Dawley collaboration!

I’ll be posting this work next:

Can you guess who?

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