I’ve Moved

•March 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hello Friends,

Thanks for checking in…just a reminder that I’ve moved the blog to a new location. It’s easy, you can find it here.

Thanks to those of you who update your links and follow along. I’m still here and making pots… getting ready to fire the kiln just a few days from now in fact.


•January 12, 2009 • 1 Comment


Here’s to a happy and fulfilling new year for all. I’ve been out of the studio for a few weeks now, after a much needed vacation around the holidays. Back at home, it feels like it will be a bit longer before I can get back into the studio and get moving on the next firing.

In the meantime, there are always a hundred things to do to stay busy. I had to get up and moving down the mountain early today, which meant I caught this snapshot of the neighborhood in the  morning light. This week I have the opportunity to take a glaze chemistry workshop down at the local glaze guru’s studio. In this neck of the woods our local glaze guru happens to be noted author and all around good guy Mr. John Britt. Folks have come from far and wide, from Alaska to right down the road in some cases, to pick his brain, to fill tons and tons of little plastic cups with tiny little portions of glazes, and to fire kilns and examine the results. There’s even a brand new “experimental” soda kiln to play with.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about glazes, you can’t find a better experience than a week with Mr. John Britt.

Online Adventures

•December 12, 2008 • 3 Comments


I’m slowing backing away from the computer…

The new website is up, still a few more changes to make here and there.

I just added several new pots to my Etsy shop, some of the nice ones from the recent firing, including the last two little plates .

I’ll be adding a few more in the next day or two.



•December 10, 2008 • Leave a Comment


It’s been a busy few weeks here on Roan Mountain, what with the firing and the Studio Tour and all. The last firing was very successful with nice pots coming out all around. My plates turned out well and are almost all gone already. More on the firing to come…

I’ve gotten lost in the world of changing my website around, hopefully I’ll be able to reemerge before too long with a snappy new website and blog all in one. You can check in on the progress here.

I’ve added a few pots to my online Etsy Shop, and I’ll be adding a bunch more in just a few days.

Stay tuned for more details!

MudFire Holiday Sale

•November 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment


If you’ve never met the good folks who run MudFire Studio and Gallery down in Atlanta, GA then now’s the time. I recently sent some of my pottery down for the big Holiday Sale which kicks off today, November 28 and runs through December 23. Over 100 ceramic artists will be represented, so you’re sure to find something you can’t live without.

The kiln is cooling down, we’ll have to wait a few more days before we get to see in there. The firing seemed to go well, lots of heat at the bottom, cone 11 flat in some areas, cone 10 in others, and cone 9 in others still. This is in line with previous firings so there is hope for some good ones. Some of those warm pots will make the trip down to Terry Gess‘ studio for the Toe River Studio Tour on December 6th and 7th.

Cold Out There

•November 22, 2008 • 1 Comment


All potteries in Mitchell County, NC are reporting snow today. We’ve been getting some weather lately, as they say, cold snaps and snow showers. Here we have the view from the back porch which over looks the creek, and on the other side we see the woodpile, stacked in the Mitchell County tradition and shielded from the four inches of fresh snow. Behind the wood pile the kiln pokes out, and there you see the patchwork chimney standing tall.

Getting ready for the firing, which means Friday and Saturday are kiln cleaning/prep days. Cold out there. Joy is bringing over pots to share the load, and a few pieces from a class I taught will be going in as well. I led an 8-week wheel throwing class at Arts Centered down the hill in Bakersville, and while most of the students’ work was fired in the reduction kiln there we brought a few pieces from each student up to fire in the wood kiln.

Loading on Sunday, lighting the fire sometime Monday night and then firing all day Tuesday until…..


One Day Only

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Apparently something has been going on recently in a little placed called “Marshall” over in Madison County, NC. So it’s down from the mountain and through the woods, out on an island in the river. Friday I’ll be “taking a break from the studio” and attending a one day only artists’ market at the   Marshall High Studios, an old high school lovingly converted into studio spaces. They’re having a little shindig Friday from 5-9 pm , come on out for food and drink and entertainment and dancing of all sorts, and of course many talented artists and craftsfolk offering their wares. Check here for all the details.