Juggling pots and family!

The last few days illustrate how my life is a blend of pottery-related activities, household stuff and days when family is top priority. Last Thursday I finished applying terra sigillata to the undersides of all my pots, fast-dried some still slightly damp plates in my convection oven (on ‘warm’), loaded the kiln for the bisque firing and turned it on. We’d set aside Friday for grandson Caleb so Steve dropped him off with us on his way to BCIT. The day wasn’t promising but ...

Continue Reading →

June visitors

I finally decided that I had enough new plates prepared for another Raid and I sent the first photo to organizer Mina Totino. So she and her friends Cindy Richmond and Michelle Normoyle came out from Vancouver today. My own work seems to have taken forever to finish but with some new mugs, yunomis and plates now painted, and some more test pieces for the new glaze and two new slips, I am happy to have visitors’ plates to fill the kiln. I need results!   As usual my guests brought yummy ...

Continue Reading →

The Shape of Things: Renée Van Halm

Last night Al and I braved horrid rain to drive over to West Vancouver. We grabbed an early supper at Park Royal South’s Trattoria Restaurant before heading on to the West Vancouver Museum. Renée Van Halm’s solo show ‘The Shape of Things’ was opening. The walls of the two galleries were filled with her large impressive paintings and some smaller works and aha! there were three of her painted plates displayed domestic-fashion on a plain dark-grey-painted kitchen table.   The ...

Continue Reading →

Spoils from ‘Raids’

  A reader of my blogs had wondered if the ‘Raids’ are workshops. No, they aren’t. I trained as a teacher oh-so-many years ago, in London, but actually only taught in elementary schools for four years and then some time substitute teaching, but I have supplemented my pottery income by teaching wheel-throwing for decades. Then, when I became enamoured of painting with brightly coloured slips on red earthenware people began to ask for workshops on that. I’ve lost count ...

Continue Reading →

My week!

One week ago four Raiders were here for the day and, unbelievably, I emptied the kiln this afternoon to see all the finished plates. I had work by Philippe and Mina left from an earlier ‘Raid’ so I decided to just fill the kiln for the bisque and glaze firings and not make them wait for any of my work to be finished.             Marlene just had room for three others, Eric, Elizabeth and Philippe, in her little car last Wednesday. As usual it was a productive ...

Continue Reading →