I shut down the kiln this afternoon about 2:45, about six hours after lighting it at nine this morning. This time the bottom pyro probe was running about 20 degrees hotter than the top one. That's about 180 degrees opposite what I expected, since there was a much tighter and taller pack in the bottom than in the top. Maybe that means that once the pots and furniture got hot down below, they just radiated that much more heat than the empty top several inches. This thing's always a mystery of one kind or another ... So it's still hot in the studio, with the glow coming from inside around the plugs in the peeps. I'll open tomorrow morning around 10. As always, we'll see what we've got. I never know. This time, there are several tests of new glazes in there. That will be interesting. Meanwhile, outside, the heavy, wet snow continues to fall. We're predicted to get another eight inches overnight, but also to get winds upwards of 50 or 60 miles per hour. So there could be power outages here. This shot shows the back yard here, with the shed gallery closed up tight and still decorated with a wreath from two months ago. That bird house in the left foreground was made by my father years ago. It decorated my parents' house on Martha's Vineyard and is now slowly and with dignity deteriorating in the Cape Cod weather.
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