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Summer Newsletter

Announcing a very special
OPEN STUDIO
July 8 and 9
10 am to 4 pm each day
10% of weekend profits will go to the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts building fund

In conjunction with Watershed’s Salad Days event, the New England Craft Tour, and my continued campaign to keep things fresh and lively, I’ll be hosting three marvelous guest artists at my next Open Studio.

Mark Bell is a master potter extraordinaire, known for his refined forms and amazing glazes. His work is collected around the world. He and I have been working on a collaborative project for nearly four years.
Tim Christensen’s black and white pots display Tim’s remarkable skill and his deep commitment to the natural world. He writes, “Above all, I draw to illustrate the wonder and mystery of living in the world we share.” Tim and Mark work together to fire our work in Watershed’s salt kiln.
Ben Breda combines elegant, highly considered handles and blade forms with the utmost attention to the intricate demands of this traditional craft. It is clear why this young knife maker is rapidly gaining the attention of both makers and collectors around the country.  Also, Ben was a former student of mine. He makes me so proud.

Regarding the struggle to keep my work vital and dynamic, I once wrote, “Inspiration pulls, influence pushes.” These three outstanding artists certainly keep me moving. Call or write for an appointment to visit the studio, or join me July 8 and 9 for conversation, cookies, and a chance to see our work work together.

Last thing: the spring wood-fire at Jody Johnstone’s kiln went spectacularly well. I just added many of my new pieces to the website and e-store. Take a look!

It’s Working Out

A couple years ago, I pulled my work out of galleries and pretty much stopped accepting invitations to show. I wanted to bring as much focus back into the studio as I could. I wanted to bring some percolating themes to a full boil, work with more challenging scale, and a broader array of materials — basically move my studio practice forward.  Yes, all great intentions, but, of course, without the follow-through of making the time and space to work and actually doing the work, these wants would have gone the way of most intentions. There’s more to it than that, though. I don’t think I would have focused my intentions without having been shook up.  That happened, initially, over four years ago during my residency at Anderson Ranch. Thank you Doug, Sam, Ralph, and Steve for rattling my cage(s) and to Yuri and Dave for picking me up off the floor.  I recall thinking, “What’s begun here, is going to take years.” I sometimes joke (wonder) that I’m a quick study and a wicked slow learner, but as I look at the work I’m doing now, I see the changes I needed were profound and take practice to bring forth.

At the beginning of the summer, I did a two week residency at Haystack Mountain School of Craft. The Ranch was ten. This was a very different but no less marvelous experience. Haystack is a place of soul-feeding beauty with a staff I can’t speak highly enough of.  And the other residents were awesome (I mean that in the grown-up sense of the word). Still, as I reflect on those two weeks, I’m not done being shook up.