I have our tent set up and Jane has finalized the grocery shopping for the weekend. Our craftsman friends are en route. The 2015 SKO starts Saturday, April 18 at 10 AM. C'mon down!!!

Celebration of Spring! April 18-19 2015

I find it interesting that the local newspaper, Asheboro's Courier-Tribune, wanted their readership to know that Tom Gray Pottery chose NOT to participate in a "scavenger hunt" type event during the Celebration of Spring in Seagrove, April 18-19. No mention was made of the fact Tom Gray Pottery will be giving away pots both days through computerized random number generation.

Having people drive in to our event, getting their "scavenger hunt" card stamped, then getting back in their cars and driving away is not how we want to spend our Spring Kiln Opening weekend.

Instead, we want you to arrive ready to be surprised -- meet our invited craftsmen friends, meander through the tents set up on the lawn, and hopefully drive away with something that will enrich your lives, starting with a good memory.

Joining us for the Spring Kiln Opening weekend will be PB & J Knives, Joel Tucker Woodworks, Carolina Crockery Gallery, J. Britt Gardner Pottery, Hatfield Pottery, and Pelletier Pottery.

We will be serving light refreshments. We will be giving away pots. We are looking forward to seeing you here.

completed firing no.10

Kiln firing no.10 for 2014 has been unloaded and all the pot bottoms sanded smooth. This half load will go on my shelves; the other half having already been picked up and heading out for use as golf tournament trophies.

I am very pleased with how my kiln is firing now. Having cleaned out the burner's orifices, installed a new oil filled pressure gauge and a new digital pyrometer has had a huge impact on my firings. Add to that the experimentation and implementation of some new glazes, and I'm a happy potter :-)

Thanks to Takuro over at Starworks Ceramics for making such good clay!

firing no.10 for 2014

I'll light this up before I go to bed, preheat overnight, then take it up to ^10 by around supper time tomorrow night. 10 firings so far this year. That's a lot of pots!

testing. 1, 2, 3. test. test. test.

I'm testing a bunch of new glazes tomorrow, in firing #7 for this year. Glaze mixing is one of my least favorite aspects of this job, and mixing teeny, weeny batches for testing is way down on my list. That said, I do look forward to seeing how they turn out. It would be easier, I would think, to mix one or two tests in every load vs. a bunch at once. Then again, nah.

old dog, new tricks

New PIP's! That is, pitchers in progress. I have only made a few like this in my 38+ years stab at making pottery, but I really like this concept. Beneath the handles are a hollowed out area, and the spouts are like "bird's beaks." Testing some new (to me) glazes in the next kiln load. More to come.