Friday, September 4, 2015

Bad, Bad Blogger

Wow, it seems like forever since we visited with each other. Where have you been? Oh wait it is my fault. I've been the lazy , well make that uninspired one. Hope you are all well. Late summer has kind of taken over here. I'm busy getting ready for some fall shows. I had a very good show in Yellow Springs a few weeks ago. Good weather, good sales, and everything went as planned. For some reason though it really seemed to beat me up. I could barely get out of the van when I got home about 7:30 and the next morning was worse. Next weekend I have a Saturday show in Bellevue Ky and a Sunday show in Loveland Ohio. They are both good shows for me but I am not looking forward to setting up and knocking down twice. I always say an art show is just a day in the park. A day in the park with three hours of hard labor at each end. I have had a few nice pots come out lately.

Very nice dinner plate I did 8 and they all looked like this !





One of my favorites
 
I've been running a 4 for $ special on cereal bowls
Not making a lot of profit but moving product and getting people into my brand.
It should pay off long term.


Heartbreak of the week 15" tall beautiful outside and a blowout inside!


 
In other news I am no longer teaching at The Middletown Art Center. The new director did not want to recognize firing credits that I had earned under my contract. To make it short, I went over her head to the board and prevailed. Later in the summer, I received a new class schedule in the mail and I wasn't on it. I thought that was a very classy way of letting me know. Frankly. I will miss my students but I am enjoying having Thursdays free. I have been going to jam sessions and doing some open Mics too. Here is a recent example. Hope to see you soon.
 











 


17 comments:

  1. Those plates are great. I like plates with a raised rim, they are versatile and much easier to eat out of.
    Sorry about the teaching position. Unfortunately it's a familiar story for too many people when administration changes. It's their loss.

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    1. No worries about the job. If I get an overwhelming urge to teach, I can go to any studio in the area and my reputation will precede me. In the meantime, I'm having fun.

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    2. I like a deep plate too. People who buy them come back and tell me how much they like using them. I didn't set out to make stuff that was just like everyone elses !

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  2. Great glaze on the plate! I don't do many shows for all the reasons you mention. If I worked with a partner it might be a different story. I know a potter who made his living doing shows. He switched to jewelry.

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    1. We had a local guy Greg Neal who was making that transition a few years ago. Pots in the summer jewelry in the winter.

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  3. love that plate and so sorry about the blow out , why would that happen on the inside ? good idea about the bowls, anytime there is bureaucracy things can go wrong; what clay do you use, I like the look of some of the clay showing on your work.

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    1. Thanks Linda always appreciate your comments.

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  4. A big part of me wants to be here everyday.
    Love the pots, very nice.

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  5. Beautiful pots as always.
    I saw a photo the other day of a student I taught about five or six years ago. I thought she would never figure out how to center a pot, and there she was in the photo with probably 12 or 15 lbs. centered and pulled up at least 18 inches, maybe more. I felt a sense of pride knowing I helped her along the way. I'm sure you have helped more than your share of folks learn to make pots and those memories will carry on with you, and them
    Screw new directors, they are usually idiots!

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    1. When I started teaching wheel, I had a 20 something young woman in class.
      Turned out that when she was a teen she had taken a class that was primarily handbuilding. I had subbed a few times for her teacher and did throwing clinics with the kids. Within a few weeks of returning to clay she was making oval casseroles ! That part I will miss.

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  6. Nice color, Dennis! Hope you have some great shows! Come see me next time you're in KY!

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    1. Thanks Pam. Sometime between now and Christmas I need to come see the new Guild setup and all my Ky friends.

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  7. It seems a plague that is going thru the nation. Pour out the vintage wine for the new vinegar. Make pots and sing songs and roll the rock. Best, t

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    1. There is a long story behind the short statement about the job but I really am enjoying having Tuesday and Thursday free. I'm too much of a gentleman to air it all here. I was already taking your advice on the future before you gave it but thanks for the suggestions. So sorry to hear about Robin. I know he has meant an awful lot to you and thousands of others.

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  8. I do appreciate your brevity on the whole job thing. There is always a story with varying degrees of nastiness involved and too often we are told far more than we really want to know. The method of informing you of termination was truly classy.........not!
    Love the plates and the bowls in the kiln sing to me.
    Robin has meant to much to all of us; what more is there to say?

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    1. Thanks. I find when I take the high road I am less likely to get mired in the muck.

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