Pierre’s First Raid

On the first day of August Eric Metcalfe, Renée Van Halm and first-time Raider, Pierre Coupey showed up for a day of plate-painting. As I glazed their work today, I realized that was over two weeks ago. In the meantime Al and I spent an eventful nine days over on Vancouver Island.   It was good to have two seasoned plate painters here on Pierre’s first ‘Raid’. Eric, of course, has painted tens of plates and platters over many years, and it was in Renée’s recent show ...

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Summer Flock

On the morning after we returned from an eventful holiday on Vancouver Island I happily unloaded the latest glaze firing. For once the kiln contained only my work!               Now most of these new jugbirds have been delivered to Granville Island, to Circle Craft Co-op where I had NONE left, and to the Gallery of BC Ceramics. I’ll post photos of them all here – partly for my own records but also so that others can make suggestions for other birds ...

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Soda Pots

It’s time to post the results of my part of the recent soda firing at Shadbolt Centre. Just today Al took photos of the latest earthenware, electric-fired jugbirds so those will appear very soon, but I like to keep my notes chronological.                         Since I got to see the new salty-like pots we have been very busy with important things like family birthdays and a much-anticipated holiday on Vancouver Island. I even ...

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Opening Day

  Last Wednesday Al and I went on a long-awaited getaway to Whistler but first there was the soda kiln unloading. He had to wait for me to do the important stuff! When I arrived at the kilns Linda had already unloaded the Blaauw kiln and reloaded it with another batch of cone 10 reduction student work. By 10am most of the soda firing group had arrived. The kiln door was already open but the pots were still lightly warm, even though it was four days since we turned off the kiln.   We formed ...

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Soda Ash & Baking Soda 2

On Friday I dropped Al off at his Port Moody exercise class and he was the one without a car later – so walked home, checking out the Ribfest in Rocky Point Park en route. I arrived back at the soda kiln at 3pm and the group were just preparing to start introducing the soda mixture into peep holes. Cone 10 was already down in the top front and cone 8 was over at the lower back. When we unload it we’ll be able to see how they compare by the end – but certainly we’ll have ‘well-done’ ...

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