In the Studio

A couple weeks ago I started a new journal for documenting the pieces that are working for me and all the small details that go into them. Anyone will agree that once you figure out exactly how you want to make something then you just commit it to memory. For me, getting back on the bike, sometimes requires a training wheel to be put back on. So, now I decided to document everything from the amount of clay I use, to glazes, to other troubleshooting notes. It just seems that when I take a break from making a certain object I have to get revved up again before I am making the pieces the same as before. So the latest in the studio are some porcelain herb jars made from 8 to 10 ounces of porcelain each. Using a #14 cork to size up the opening. Will update when I glaze them.

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Anon 85

Anon 85
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Paths in Clay cover

Paths in Clay, a novel

Paths in Clay is a coming-of-age story about Jack, Allan, and Miller; three friends who return to the “palace”, a place where they studied Koh Loh ceramics, an ancient clay tradition passed on from an extinct culture.

When finished with studies, one must depart from the palace and venture out, not returning until they have established a direction or "path" as a clay artist.

Ten years have passed since they left their great Koh Loh Master Potter. Reminiscing about their days as students, Jack, Allan, and Miller embark on their anticipated return to the palace, during a ceremonial kiln firing and celebration - a time when the Master Potter’s former students, their students, friends, and friends of friends all come together to fire their pottery in several wood-fire kilns.

The journey takes them far from their humid tropical region home of the lower peninsula and delivers them to the bitter season of the snowy highlands. When the three men arrive, Jack is face-to-face with his palace-time girlfriend, Kirsten. She informs the three men that their master has grown ill. Amidst a celebration, among old friends, Jack, Allan, and Miller will discover the true nature of their friendships and complete one cycle of their lives and enter the passageway to another. The choices they make will forge ahead a renewed purpose as their roles in clay traditions confirm their paths; passing on Koh Loh clay to the next generations of potters.

family reunion







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