enjoy this moment

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This thin and tall hanaire (a tea ceremony flower vase) is elegant and reminds me of koi swimming in a line. It’s very nice to arrange in—even a simple branch resting within looks very nice indeed. You can see it at the Ancient Earth Pottery show at the Dan Finch Open House this weekend! http://www.danfinch.com/openhseA.htm


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Bamboo sprig plates – all sizes

Bamboo sprig plates - all sizes

I’ve been really enjoying some plate making this year, and have not had opportunity to make as many as I’d like. These “bamboo sprig” plates are headed for my show at the Dan Finch Open House. Beautiful subtle shino and ash texture on these. Come and see them! (and get them for a song before they go to galleries!) http://www.danfinch.com/openhseA.htm


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Iga-style hanaire (tea ceremony flower vase)

Iga-style hanaire (tea ceremony flower vase)

This vase is an amazing textural beauty, from a recent anagama firing. Come and enjoy it during the Dan Finch Open House – you’ll find Ancient Earth Pottery – along with a great many other fantastic potters, awaiting you there. http://www.danfinch.com


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You want that?

You want that?

It’s sort of a zen question, given the fierce and ugly nature of the fish, isn’t it? You’ll find this great platter free of argument at the upcoming show at Dan Finch’s Open House – not to mention lots more: Sunday, November 10 from 10 to 5. More info and directions at http://www.danfinch.com


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Ancient Earth Pottery @InkStone Gallery

Ancient Earth Pottery @InkStone Gallery

Ancient Earth Pottery has a grand mini-show at InkStone Gallery through the end of the year 2012! Fun big platters have a variety of surfaces, from subtle and elegant to whimsical animals in brushwork.

(Ed note: Unfortunately, InkStone Gallery is no more, having closed in April 2014.)


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“Petrified Wood” bowl

This bowl incorporates a new interior surface, using a number of slips and a special glaze, which approximates the appearance of petrified wood.


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Bend, don’t break!

Bend, don't break!

Actually, big platters do break when one bends them, but the wisdom of bamboo is that bamboo generally bends instead of breaking. This large platter celebrates this gift – and offers it to special friends.


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Large Turquoise Platter with underpainting

Large Turquoise Platter with underpainting


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Carolina Birds Yunomi: Barred Owl

Barred Owl Yunomi

one of the Carolina Birds yunomi series – gas fired in reduction, mishima, engobes


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Carolina Marsh Platter

Carolina Marsh Platter

just imagine this big platter (21″) filled with beautiful soft-shell crabs, ready for eating


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Triangular Mizusashi

Triangular Mizusashi

a Mizusashi is a water container used in the tea ceremony • this rough box is now in a private collection, but I miss seeing the warmth and variation of the shino surface on this piece • fired not in wood, but in gas reduction


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Carolina Birds Yunomi: Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee Yunomi

Yunomi? Japanese for everyday cup. Think coffee, tea, wine, juice, or your favorite beverage, hot or cold.


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a moment of focus

a moment of focus

sometimes all you need is one bloom (and a great little wall to support and water it).


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Three Tornadic Vases

Three Tornadic Vases

One evening in spring of 2011, after several days of travel and work through tornado-torn East Carolina, I sat down at the wheel and just let my hands process the week. This produced these three vase meditations upon the astonishingly damaging forces whose results I had witnessed. Clockwise from lower right: Expulsion, Collapse, Shredded. Heavy, heavy bases in a classic reduction teadust glaze made extra dusty (lots of fine yellow crystals) for the occasion.


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Don’t you love platters?

Don't you love platters?


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Shino Sweet Little Bags fresh from the kiln

Shino Sweet Little Bags fresh from the kiln


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Flowers dance in a Shino Sweet Little Bag Vase

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