New Web Site

We’re moving on up folks.  I now own  So I’ll be doing my blogging there.  Come and check it out!

Trying out some new forms

 I continue to experiment with new forms and build on the forms I’ve been making.  I’m also returning to an idea I tried back in Asheville, using a thick slip to create texture and movement on my pieces.  Click on an image to see larger versions.  What do you think?

Fall Anagama Firing

Well its been a busy 2 months since I got here at Cub Creek. We just completed our second wood-firing in the kiln we built this summer.
The first firing was a mild disaster. The issue with the first firing was that we went way too fast and never got good reduction. We had no problem gaining temperature though!

This most recent firing went much smoother, as we had a planned schedule for how we wanted to fire the kiln. Our main difficulty with the firing was that there was only 3 people to take shifts, John, Mitch, and myself. Mandi helped out quite a bit getting wood, bringing food, and handing wood to the stoker. During one of the night shifts a torrential rain storm rolled in and gave us a minor setback but within an hour of the storm subsiding we were back up to temp and doing fine.
We closed up the kiln at about 80 hours and ended with a giant stoke that sent flames shooting out the cracks in the kiln for an hour after the last stoke.



We waited 4 days for the kiln to cool. Overall the results were pretty good. The native red clay came out black/brown/purple/metallic and is so refractory it doesn’t catch ash even at cone 12 (really freakin hot for you non-potters). Any clay body with less than 50% native clay did really well. I was particularly happy with the woodfire porcelain and the woodfire porcelain/ native mixed 70/30. The next firing we do in this kiln will most likely be in January, but already we have plans for how to tweak the firing.Right now I am cranking pots for a firing in Randy Edumndson’s Anagama coming up in the beginning of November.

Soda Kilns Falling Down and a New Etsy Shop!

I’ve created a new blog post about the demolition of the Cub Creek Soda kiln on the cub creek blog:



supporting the key block of the arch

Also I’m excited to announce the opening of my Etsy shop.  There isn’t much up there now, but I’m looking forward to posting many more pieces after our upcoming wood and gas firings.  Check it out and let me know what you think.


Since my last post, I applied for and was accepted for a residency at Cub Creek.  My residency here has begun and is going well, despite our recent earthquake. My goal for this residency is to build a cohesive body of work and do some experimentation.  My plans for the first part of the year include renovating a small soda kiln by adding a firebox effectively turning it into a bourry box style wood/soda kiln and making additions to one of the kilns to be able to fire with reused vegetable oil. I’m excited to get to work here and I will post again soon with pictures of the studio and of new work so keep checking back.

Update: Cub Creek Kiln Building

Well, this post is overdue.  I had a great time at Cub Creek in Virgina the first week of June.  It was an extremely hot week, over ninety most of the days. Despite the heat we build 1 and half kilns during the week long workshop.  We built a wood-kiln and started on the small soda test kiln.  I learned a lot from John Jessiman as we worked on the kiln.  He has a lifetime of experience and knowledge to share.  We built the kiln from the foundation up with John guiding us through each step.  And I’ll be going back later this month for the first firing of the kiln.  Here are a few photos from the week.

The beginning.

Laying the floor

Walls start to go up.

Arch support being constructed.

Here you can see the two layers of castable. The inner layer is refractory and the outer layer is for insulation.

With the castable arch set the arch form was removed.

Interior wall used to deflect flame evenly as the flame leaves the firing chamber and into the chimney.

Cub Creek Kiln Building

Just got a great opportunity to help out at Cub Creek in VA building a wood kiln.  John Jessiman, who has built over 30 kilns in his career, will be leading the workshop.  I can’t wait to learn from his experience.  I’ll be there for 1 week the beginning of June.  Pictures and an update will follow.