New Beginnings

Welcome friends and colleagues,

The past year has been one of new beginnings for me. It started nearly a year ago with the happy blessing of Tiffany’s pregnancy and Isa’s birth on November 2 . She is now 3 and half months old and it seems a bit early for me to join you in Baltimore for the show this year. I’ll miss seeing you.

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The second development of 2008 was my transition into working with earthenware. I’m very excited about the new work for several reasons:

  • Using green CVPS Cow Power – My electricity is generated by burning methane collected from cow poo. By lowering my firing temperature to cone 04 from cone 10, I’m using less energy as well as clean energy.
  • Color – I feel like the color is stronger, although my palette is staying relatively similar. The iron red of the terra cotta clay has a warmth and richness that gives a visceral response. The color of the glazes are clean and vibrant in a way that is difficult to achieve at higher temperatures.
  • Terra Sigillata – A very fine particle slip that gives a soft sheen without being glazed. It is my low temperature answer to shino glaze. I can use it as a matte surface juxtaposed to glaze, and to keep accent dots and lines from being blurred into the glaze.

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