Friday, August 20, 2010

Recent pots out of the kiln

small Ikebana vase

O.K., these are lousy pictures, and I know it. I am trying to improve them and if anyone would like to put some pointers in the comment section, please feel free to do so. I need to buy some proper lights and background stuff but I don't have an endless supply of money and don't know what and where to buy. I live in the "great white north" and there is not a photo supply store on every grid road here !

small shallow bowl, split lip, 6" diameter

Heres a couple of decorative  shallow plates. They look quite flat but they actually have a nice shallow curve to them.

they are each aprox. 11 to 12" in diameter

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bowls, Bakers and Decorative dishes

It seems that my time has been burned away by the more mundane tasks of life on a farm lately but I have had some time in the studio and here is proof !

Flower ring in action. 
If you look closely, the round channel of the vessel can just be seen below the petals. These little items are fun to throw and have to be displayed in use or the customer usually can't imagine what they are for or how simple they are to arrange. Add candle in the center space.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Parting Shots

just a few architectural detail shots I thought were interesting and may, someday, leap out of my subconscious and throw themselves onto a pot in some form or another. Funny how that happens, eh ?

the craftsperson who did the above column had maaad skills !! I wish I knew more about it.

above and below - panels from the same set of doors each design measuring aprox. 8" x 14"

Monday, August 02, 2010

Supporting other potters

I don't know of any other potters who do not buy other peoples pots. 
I treasure my small pottery collection and pots by other potters far out number my own in my cupboard by a large percentage. There are some good reasons for that... the main one being that I am unusually severe in critiquing my own pots.  I have a hard time overlooking perceived flaws and certainly "see the next one" and how I would improve on certain aspects. I often have to put some time and space between what I have made in order to appreciate what is right about a certain pot.
With other peoples pots I am much less critical - don't have the baggage of intent and expectation that builds during the lengthy making process. They come into my hand standing on their own merit. They are usually put to use and remind me of the potter, circumstance and other details of how they came into my possession. I learn alot from other peoples pots while I use and admire them - technically and aesthetically... sometimes I will buy a pot or a friend will give me a pot and over time various qualities will become more apparent and that influences my own work in one way or another.

These are the pots  bought on our trip to Quebec:

platter by Jacques Marsot - Mystic, QC.
small bowl by Yukari Hazama Iverson, Montreal, QC.

ovaled, wood fired dish by Peter Hamilton, QC.

altered, salt glazed bowl by Robert Compton, Briston, Vermont, U.S.A.

yunomi by Catherine Auriol, Montreal, QC.
something I didn't know before... There are special pairs of yunomi called meoto yunomi (meoto means ‘married couple’). Meoto yunomi usually consist of two cups with the same pattern (sometimes in different colours) but different sizes and often slightly different shapes (the larger cup being the ‘husband’ and the smaller being the ‘wife’ cup).
and Japanese for Yunomi : 湯のみ

large colander, by Luc Archambault, Quebec City, QC.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

All Aboard ! next stop Quebec City

Quebec City viewed from across the St. Lawrence river at Levi
(photo credit to A. Nonomouse)

We traveled by train to Quebec City and met up with brothers Guillaume (far left) and Jocelyn Pare. They grew up on a dairy farm about 30 miles up river from Quebec City. Gill came west in 2008 and helped us on our farm through harvest. Joe was with us for several months in 2009. I can't say enough good things about these young men; hard working, honest, polite, smart, funny, good looking...

If you look down this street in lower town, you will see a sign for the funicular and the tracks which carry an observation car up the very steep cliff to arrive at the upper town near the Chateau Frontenac. Well, we were walking along, chatting away and heading in this direction to where I figured we would be gliding up the cliff -  

the next thing I knew we were pounding up the stairs and I was still chatting away... and the stairs went up, and up and up. Pretty soon I had to stop chatting and just concentrate on the stairs. I guess I'm in better shape than I thought I was 'cause I made it up "break-neck stairs", talking almost all the way up !  Not bad considering I've got 30 years on the next oldest one in the group !

view of the St. Lawrence from upper town - kinda gave me goose bumps, standing there, thinking about the beginnings of this wonderful Canada and how I am soooo very lucky to live here and raise my children in such a vast and revered country.

excavations along the banks of upper town.

Chateau Frontenac

up and down through the maze of old town

cool, full of movement sculpture, possibly something to do with Cirque de Soile (?)
 - this lady, obviously, wanted to make a quest appearance on my blog but I failed to get her name

colorful streets and beautifully kept,  historic buildings. 

fields seen from the train

lots of farms in the fertile valley - so much closer together than in the west.

riding the train across the bridge coming back to Montreal as the sun was setting