April’s Raid

After a rather long gap, due mainly to my having a lingering viral throat something-or-other, we finally had three ‘Raiders’ here on Thursday. It was so good to spend the day catching up with artist friends. Mina Totino had three square plates to work on, Philippe Raphanel requested some large platters and new guest, Mina’s friend Michelle Normoyle chose to paint some oval plates and a couple of little triangular dishes.            Here are two photos to ...

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Glaze results

My recent glaze firing was small because I wanted to have sample tiles of some underglazes ready for the next ‘Raid’ of painters who were here the other day. But for those folks who said they would like to see some of my recent plates after glaze firing, here you are!     I painted a square plate with geometric shapes based on those I’d applied to the yunomi bought by Juliane Shibata. Bold it is! The underside is coated with satiny Redart terra sigillata which is a ...

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My April

Here we are almost at the end of April so it’s time to do a catch-up blog. I’ve just been poddling along, painting the odd plate and some jugbirds and more importantly researching glaze recipes for cone 04 white clays. It’s been a record-setting rainy month so we grab the chance to do some gardening or I load a kiln when the sun comes out. Happily Easter Day was dry so I’m happy to include a photo of most of the important people in my life. They joined Al and me for a ...

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Panel: Another China

After all the excitement of the Clay Symposium at Shadbolt Centre last month I’ve found that things have been quiet in the ceramics community lately. I’ll post photos of what I’ve been up to later. But I did go to the BC Potters Guild AGM on Monday March 20th at the Gallery of BC Ceramics and was happy to meet Ying-Yueh’s friend Juliane Shibata who teaches at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Juliane seemed to enjoy my new earthenware yunomis and purchased one ...

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Ceramics Instructors honoured

For the final hour of the Clay Symposium we gathered in the James Cowan theatre to honour and thank five retired Ceramics Instructors and to hear the day’s Keynote Speech. Carol Mayer explained that this year the Clay Collective decided to honour five long-time leaders in our field. They were invited to Ken Mayer’s photography studio for formal photos to mark the occasion but I’ve chosen to show the more light-hearted photos of each. All five have now retired from teaching but ...

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