Monthly Archives: January 2016

Fresh Kiln

Most of the last kiln was orders but I just really love this piece below……

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It is thick and heavy….so unlike Sue’s work and yet it is.  Glazed blue on the rim and inside, the outside is a lichen white glaze that really makes the pot wonderful.

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Back on the January 10th entry I showed this work in progress….here are the finished steins.  Bottoms Up!

Old work of ours from Mom’s house

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“A Soft Blanket of Snow Covers My Woodpile” 1982

My mother had this above her mantle for 32 years.  I probably gave it as a gift, because that was her woodpile that year.  She continued burning wood up until she was 90.

I love the way after a fresh snowfall it just drapes the wood.  All the different cuts of wood add a nice patern to observe.

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This is a small 8×10″ painting of “Dandelions” that were her favorite flowers.  This hung in her home for perhaps twenty years and I probably painted it around 1990 or so.

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A pinch pot with Sue’s flowing water design (1980’s) and a sleeping bear (1990’s).  Gifts to Mom over the years.  The pinch pot is very nicely formed and the flowing water design was something Sue developed on her functionas stoneware as well.  Sue did a series of wonderful bears made from a dark brown red clay, then the clay developed problems with cracking and Sue didn’t feel that the bear series worked well with any other clay and so there were no more bears to be made…..sad, they were always fun to look at and be near.

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Here is a small crayon on birch bark drawing Mom made probably in the 1990’s because its been hanging in my studio for many years.  I’ve always love the free style she used and also the different mediums.  Mom use to quilt us beautiful scenes in fabric that we would sell in our gallery.  I also have many drawings and paintings of her cats over the years that she did in very graphical ways.

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Still life from the 1980’s.  Mom had this in her A Frame for many years as well.  A still life study.  When I lived in the city I did still lifes and continued when I move to the Adirondacks.  I always found it nice to just sit and paint or draw just to hone skill.

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This is another study of pears that she had hanging on her walls.  I think she would pop in the studio and see something, make a remark about it and I would just give it to her.

Moldmaking, Happy New Year

After a short break for the Holidays, we are back at it.
1_9_16_7Sue is making a mold for a family crest that will be attached to a series of beer steins.
1_9_16_2Using plaster of paris, Sue has taken the design sent to her, reversed it so that it looks negative and that had a rubber stamp made of it.  She uses a set of clamps to hold her form together and then pours the plaster into the form and over the stamp.
1_9_16_1Sue will take a proof of the image and then quite often re-work the image in clay and make another mold from the clay image this time.
1_9_16_3Resulting in a wonderful stein with a families logo crest on it.

Years ago Sue use to make steins on a regular basis, mostly for home brewers and one local brewery.  But after the local brewery stiffed us she lost her taste for the steins.  That’s one of the problems of being an honest merchant and skilled craftsperson, we never take deposits on work, believing it’s better to have the finished piece done for the client, just in case it doesn’t come as expected, we won’t have to give back money.

Just for the record, Sue work always comes out great.

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Last summer our friend Erdvidlas showed Sue a singing Sake pot.  When you pour the Sake from the pot it whistles and it has a little clay birdy on top.  The pouring liquid moves the air in the post through a built in whistle.
1_9_16_8Sue has tried to recreate the piece.  Here it is in the bisque kiln.  When it is finished I will show it here along with the original.

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Zane at three months and ten days, fashionably wearing a knitted hat and knitted booties by his Grandmother, Sue.