I'm firing today. Started candling this morning about 8:45 and just came out of heavy reduction after cone 012 went over. This is a different schedule for me; usually I candle overnight, then begin turning up the gas at 5 a.m. and shut down some time before noon. But I had to go into the coffee shop this morning to deliver a check for an upcoming show at Hatch St. Studios in New Bedford, so I thought I'd try this firing schedule. Biggest problem with it - I don't get in to Coffee Obsesssion at noon for my post-firing cup of coffee. This load of pots is left over from the past couple of firings, a bunch of bowls and teabowls, mostly, plus seven or eight Dan Finnegan pots from his recent workshop here on the Cape. It's a heavy responsibility to glaze Finnegan's pots and fire them. Or any other accomplished potter, for that matter. These pots of Dan's will go back to the Cape Cod Potters and will somehow be auctioned off to help the Potters' education fund. If they survive the firing, that is. We'll see. Finnegan looks at this blog, so I'm happy to tell him here that I only used copper red on two of them. I think. One small one and as an accent color on the small creamer, above a deep temmoku. It sure is tempting to do the whole load in copper red and VC Blue ... but I resisted. Tomorrow afternoon we should know how things turned out.
I make and sell functional pottery at Hatchville Pottery in Hatchville, a neighborhood of the town of Falmouth, at the west end of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I'm a former journalist - 20 years as a photographer, writer and editor - who began to make pottery about 20 years ago in Alexandria, VA. My training is in pots for eating, drinking and displaying flowers, often with an Asian or late British influence. Hamada Shoji, Phil Rogers, Dan Finnegan, Nakazato Takashi, Kanzaki Shiho are all influences.
Married 40 years to Dee, a massage therapist in Falmouth, with one child, Marcus.
To see more of my pots, go to my website at http://web.me.com/hatchvillepottery/Site/Home.html
DIRECTIONS TO THE POTTERY: We are at 494 Boxberry Hill Rd. in East Falmouth. Take the Route 151/Mashpee exit off Route 28 in North Falmouth, go east on 151 to the first flashing light, take a right onto Boxberry Hill. We're about a quarter mile down on the right, at the corner of Brady Drive. Call 508-563-1948 for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org