Friday, February 26, 2010


Beautiful bowls by one of my heroes, Michael Cardew (1901-1984).

I love the free, relaxed finger swipes through the slip and the robust, solid, comforting form of these bowls. Plus, he is adorable:

mud houses

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I came across this tree with a chain and padlock in the woods.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mountains and water

I'm working on some custom 'Places' tiles. My first commission from the San Juan Islands, Lopez Island.

Mt. Ranier, in the Cascades, Washington state
I love doing mountains.
Crater Lake, also in the Cascade Range, but in Oregon
I have to fix that little smudge on the 't'. I hate it when that happens. The slip is sprayed on the green tile and consequently has a rather delicate surface. Brushing it on would make a tougher surface, but it would create too much textural activity, competing with the carved images.
I'm supposed to wear a mask when I carve these (manganese is toxic to breathe). Shhh...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cat and mouse

something is on that log
oh, it's a tile fragment with a frolicking cat

But what's that?
Ah, a mouse

*no animals were harmed in the production of this post.