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Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2012’

  • Museum Experience

    When I was fresh out of art school, and travelling alone in Japan, I visited the Mingei Kan, a folkcraft museum in Tokyo to check out their pottery collection. I came across a small display of a variety of handmade functional objects: cups, bowls, and [...]

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  • Functional pottery

    There is a spectrum of different approaches to functional pottery, especially in this country. At one end are objects made purely for expression and at the other end are objects made purely for utility. You could say at the far end of utility is machine [...]

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  • Utsuwa Gallery

    Wherever I take my pots to my wife`s home in Japan they stand out. They stand out in scale, and they stand out in terms of form, but when my pots are here (in the US) they look very Japanese. Yet in Japan, a pot [...]

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  • 3 pots from the Freer Sackler Gallery

    The Freer Sackler Gallery in Washington has an amazing collection. I love to go there and I spend a lot of time studying their bowls from Japan, China and Korea. Here are 3 from their collection that I would like to share with you today. [...]

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  • Marks on pots

    Intuitively, I tend towards simple, monochromatic pots. When a plate is overly embellished it can distract from the food which is on it. It is difficult to get that balance right, to have enough detail to draw the eye but not too much to distract. [...]

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  • Bringing pots home

    I find it difficult to see my pots for what they are when they are in the studio. When I take them home and put them on the kitchen table they start to take on their own life. I get more of a sense of [...]

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  • Wooden Utensils

    We don`t usually use wooden spoons in America, I don`t know why, I much prefer them. They are light, fit well in my hand and they are never too hot or too cold. I always use wooden spoons with hand made pots, as they make [...]

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  • Beaches and Forests

    As a potter it has always been really important to me to use materials that are as raw and unrefined as possible. I grew up on an Island on Northern Lake Huron, close to the Canadian border. We were surrounded by limestone beaches and cedar [...]

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  • Clay bird

    I was in 1st grade when I made this bird.  I remember moving the clay around feeling the density of a plastic material for the first time.  I was looking around at what my class mates were doing; my bird didn’t look like theirs and [...]

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