I am in the midst of glazing now. Yesterday, before heading to Hyannis for the weekly beer session at Jack's Lounge with my aging softball teammates, I managed to get the bottom shelves of this kiln loaded. That pair of shelves, which holds about 40 pots, is always the highest hurdle for me in preparing for a glaze firing. I dry-stack the kiln to see how things fit, then I pull down the front shelves and begin glazing. You can see that in the photo above. This firing will be interesting, perhaps a bit more than some recent ones. I've got hand-built and hefty teabowls in here, covered in two or three Shino glazes and some with pours of ash glaze on them. There's a batch of pots that will be glazed in a combination of Antarctic mud and New York State wood ash, and another small testing batch glazed in a light blue ash glaze recipe from Brandon Phillips. There will be pots with crackle slip pours under ash glazes, square dug-out vases with Shinos, four dog dishes for our new grand-dog, Hopi, who lives out in Seattle, a four-finger mug for one of Dee's mug-loving cousins, and some other things. It should be an interesting kiln-opening on Saturday morning. But now ... back to glazing.
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