Donna Sutherland and I emptied the kiln this morning. This was a pretty good firing, given that it was mostly a clean-the-bisque-off-the-shelves load. And given that when I shut down yesterday afternoon, I neglected to close the damper after a last few minutes of oxidation. Three hours later I remembered the damper, but by that time the temperature had dropped from 2300F to about 800F. Crash-cooling at its finest and least intentional. As a consequence - I think - most of the usual carbon-trapping I get with one of my favorite Shino glazes was not there. Fortunately, I'd sprinkled wood ash on a number of those pots, so that the surfaces - though quieter than usual - actually have some nice, subtle things going on. The other concern of having a bunch of Dan Finnegan demonstration pots in there turned out not to be a concern at all. Dan's pots look just fine - temmoku on a number of them, a few glass runs, one or two with copper red, a nice ash celadon on a tall vase, and even some delicate webs of carbon-trapping on a fine mug. All of these pots will help the Cape Cod Potters raise a bit of money for the CCP education fund. Thank you for that, Daniel. I'll attach one photo of some of Dan's pots here and later today or tomorrow put up some of my own.
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