Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A rare blogging appearance




I haven't felt like I have much to tell people lately. I'm making pots and trying to sell pots. A show this weekend in Cataumet, then another next week in Chatham. Tomorrow I go down to Truro to help unload the salt kiln, with about 20 of my pots in it. Furthering my exploration of atmospheric firing, and deciding what kind of kiln to build. These photos came from Brian Taylor, the studio manager at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro. If you look carefully, you'll see a couple of my faceted teabowls and a couple of my other pots. Back stack, front stack, kiln in action in the rain.

8 comments:

Peter said...

I was amused to see signs of animal life within the depths of the kiln, and wondered if this was one of the hazards of potting out in the country! Not sure if wild pork would be still succulent after a cone 11 reduction firing, but if the firing were rapid enough, you never know!! The other thing I noticed was the improvised shelter... I live in an area where it rains only occasionally, but it almost always does this when I am firing a kiln!

Dennis Allen said...

I've been a little slow on blogging this summer too.Not a lot of new and different pots and if I start in on politics it doesn't seem to change John Boehner's mind one bit.Maybe I'll think of something nice to say soon.

cookingwithgas said...

Hi Hollis! Oh something will strike you soon and you will be chatting away.
I too looked at the tail end of the pig and thought something different this way comes.
I have always thought we could be roasting up real meat and bread instead of all these pots....
But keep working along and save us some sharing.

Anna said...

I'd love to see how that pig turns out....

John Bauman said...

I don't care how the pig turns out. I'd rather it just turn around.

Nobody's blogging or reading blogs. I'd like to think it's a summer thing, but Wall Street Journal says the blogs are dead, and I'm beginning to believe them.

Hollis Engley said...

I'll post the pig photo later today or tomorrow. The pig looks well-roasted. I picked up pots today at Castle Hill. A number of them will need re-firing, I think. I'll post a few pics in the next post.
I don't know about the blog-reading, John. I didn't see the WSJ article, but I would bet they were talking about political and other such blogs, and perhaps less so about pottery or creative blogs. There are a hell of a lot of good blogs out there, full of writing and stories and good images. I'd hate to think it all just goes unread.

William Baker said...

Hope the atmosphere research is coming along...for me salt is good but I like soda better. Of course one firing in a kiln is hardly ever enough to get a good look at what might be possible.

I'm pretty sure there is at least one soda kiln in the Truro area:)

Hollis Engley said...

I've heard there's a soda kiln down-Cape somewhere, but I apparently don't know the potter. Someone help me on that one. It looks like Mr. Baker has figured out how to get lovely soda pots from his kiln.