Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Three Pots from Chris Baskin

Chris Baskin was a grad student at Alfred while I was there as a "special student". Chris had apprenticed with Byron Temple, which in my mind, enabled him to walk on water. Having used only a few of Byron's pots, the sensibilities shared are immense.

Whenever I asked Chris if I could sit and watch him pull handles, he always made it seem like "no big deal, handles are easy, no problem"... and I struggled for another five years before I began to find my own handles. Looking back now, I see so many things in Chris' pots that I borrowed or stole outright. I doubt he has any idea of what an inspiration he was to me during that seminal period at Alfred.

Chris Baskin's website has his current work available as well as his thoughts on various firing methods, etc.
Definitely worth a read! http://chrisbaskin.com

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sake Set from Shigaraki, Japan

I just figured I would share a few more images from pots in our collection that we re-discovered a few weeks ago.

This sake set was given to me as a gift (and no, they are not looking for a new home). They were made in Shigaraki, Japan. I have always wanted to go to Shigaraki. I love the roughness of the clay; the woodfire marks, the ash drips... it was what I hoped to create in my own woodfired work.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

More Pottery Looking for a New Home

This carved dinner plate and tumbler are up for grabs  going to a new home. You can either pick it up here at the studio, or arrange for packing and shipping. Yay for local pickup!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

You Slow, Slow Bastards

No, I am not being humorous here.

I posted all these cool pots here on my blog, and no one has really said much of anything.

I posted them 2 min ago on FB and they are FLYING off our shelves.

You know what? That'll teach me.

Blogs suck.