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I have not been too productive since the last update. I am still glazing things, though they are oddball pieces as you will see.
The last update with pots for sale was a whirlwind. No sooner had I sent out the email announcements and seven pieces were sold when I hit the "send and receive" the first time. The two people that bought the seven pieces in the first minutes saw the update before I could get the emails sent. That is a matter of 20 minutes or so.
I appreciate everyone looking and buying my pots. It sounds silly, but I need your support.
I have a number of unusual and exciting projects for this year. One thing is I have a friend- a sensai(?) that is going to throw some pots for me. He is a better thrower than I and he has a number of drawings of what I want. However, this fellow Jim Ibur has been telling me for years that I should start manipulating my shapes. I have generally resisted, but this time I told him that he should make any forms for me that he thinks I should be making and I will glaze them. I have found in the past that when I put myself in another's hand, the results can be startling. We will see.
Right here, I was going to list the "things to come," but I think it better that you keep an eye on the website and you will see them as they happen. I have some surprising ideas. One in particular, that "collectors", by their nature, are going to go nuts over. These items will be very timely and I guarantee you will look at them multiple times every day. (Hmmmmmm????)
OK, what have I been up to? Wait, before I do that, just for the heck of it, let me show you a picture of my bathroom.
I love tiles. And I am going to be making some killer tiles in the coming year inspired by the woodblock prints of Gustave Baumann.
I have been spending the last week or more glazing some big tiles. One is a commemorative tile for the Space Shuttle "Columbia."
Another is a self-portrait.
And I am glazing up two more of the big plates. Most "pot" collectors don't like these plates. I have not sold one yet. I pulled the Wisteria plate on the last update and marked it as "MINE!" I decided to keep it. I did the same with the snow and aliums one on the previous update. Why? First, you don't seem to be interested in plates. Second, I am glazing up one of the plates with the "cherry blossom" theme and when it is done, I am going to hang those three very Japanezy plates together and see how they look. You will see it when I do it. (And you will be kicking yourself!)
Here is something else that is "new." Please note, this is not for sale. It is an indicator of things to come and I am keeping it for the time being. (And "yes," I remember those of you that said "dibbs on that one please." I'll keep you in mind.) I am making some special frames for some tiles of mine. This one is silver plated copper. Hammered and rivited copper sheets- 5/16" thick- that are silver plated. Cool, huh? More and better to come.
This is a short update. Finally, I will show you a few of the figures I make. These were in a show here in St. Louis called "Eros Rising." These figures are not really "erotic", but the show organizers said they were close enough. They are all more or less self-portraits about me and my pots. The titles left to right are:
Click the picture if you want to see them actual size.
"Blinded by pots"
"Pots! Pots for sale!"
"I drink in nature and piss out glaze"
"Potters will always have a pot to piss in"
"I love glaze"