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Posted 17 Jun 2013After looking around for months I finally found it . It was here all along-not sure if it still exists.These where my two signatures that cover 98% of 40 years of production work. It was a collection of potters bottom signatures in the US-not sure about other countries?
Maybe someone can answer if its still going on?As it was started here at the potters council .
Its was by Jennifer Harnetty 2009
Its a potters marks data base.
Posted 14 Jun 2013Looks like we have Pres as our new moderator.
Wonder if hes on the council board now?
Maybe he knocked off the last guy on a foggy night with his clay bat?
Or maybe its a payola deal and hes sending in hats fulls of money.
Maybe he likes to read our dribble fighting about what wax works best
The mystery deepens
fess up Preston what's the deal
Posted 6 Jun 2013Last weekend I finally gathered up a 45-box gallery order for my outlet in the tourist town of Mendocino on the ocean in northern California.
It's about a three and a half hour drive one-way.
I make a huge deposit of work there every late spring.
This year I decided to add some fun to the trip and asked a friend to go abalone diving as well. I took a few kayaks and after dropping off the pots we hit the water for some free-diving for snails.
The ocean was great with about 25-foot visibility and we quickly got our limit of three abs each.
Besides being done for a year with pots for this gallery I got to be in the ocean and bring home dinner.
Now all the work has been done and I just have to wait for the checks each month as it is a consignment outlet, which I have had for many years and requires much trust.
Posted 25 May 2013There has been a lot of talk about high value ceramics. There is another direction.
There is /was a movement in this country that started long ago with potters like Warren Macenziie and others that brings quility functional pottery to the common man at reasonable prices.
I have spent most of my clay life embracing this concept and promoting it.
(From Bernard Leach also came an emphasis on production volume, a way of sustaining a pottery house. This nearly 'wabi-sabi', or without thought, approach coupled with standardization allows for inexpensive, daily use goods. Warren took this to a new level. Volume yes, but not at the expense of expression. )
It works like this-
I make pottery for everyman/women. My precieved value is that one can afford and use my pots everyday as they are made to use everday and priced so folks can buy them everyday. They are priced where I can make a living and the end user can afford to buy them and use them all the time.. Its important that this two way deal works for both parties other wise sales fall flat and users stop using them as they turn into overpriced art pieces and thats NOT the idea. They are made as functional works to be used and loved but not placed on a mantel.
These concepts came for apretencices working with Leach and trace back to the Hamada /Leach colaboration times and is carried down thru potters like me.
It works well especially for the long run. Its not for everone working in clay or all clay work. I'm not trying to do this with say one of a kind salt pieces or sculptures. Its a life style and one I have chosen.
Posted 23 May 2013Heres the glaze load going in on Monday
and what it looks like coming out on a Thursday
This ones heading to my Mendocino Gallery after its packed up-I'm taking it so packing will be light.
I need another load to fill the order.
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