Monday, February 8, 2016

Rich man!

In my recent blog post Mr. Prick  ly I excluded my work from the posting. This show was about the mentee's work and not mine  I have had my 15 minutes of glory and I wanted my crew to stand up and take a bow.  Here is a long shot of some of my boats in the show. The boats were a metaphor for the voyage that we had all been on together.
I took a shot of Jen Drysdale's artists statement because I thought in such a few short words it said it all. Why I love wood firing! Wood firing is not for those that need to be in control or be able to predict what something is going to turn out like. It is for those of us that love serendipity and happens chance. I don't want to know what is going to happen in my life and i really don't want to know what is going to happen in the next firing. It is what has kept me in love with this process- serendipity. Here's a picture of me happily unloading our firing. I am a rich man!


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Best failure ever!


Success as an artist should mean recognition and monetary success. If you were to ask me who my favourite contemporary artist is today I’d without hesitation say Banksy. The graffiti artist that nobody knows. He is believed to be British but won’t do interviews and I don’t know how he makes a living.  His reputation alone is said to be worth 20 million US dollars. His art though has always got a real hook to it. It is very well done and has an unforgettable message.  Two London bobbies kissing was a real good one. I have known of several potters that refused to sign their work. The work itself is the signature. Those that come immediately to mind are Shoji Hamada, Richard Batterham, and Harry Davis. Funny thing is they are probably 3 of my favourite potters.

This quote by Ray Charles says a lot about what your goal is with your work. Ray’s was obviously to be a great musician. “I never wanted to be famous. I just wanted to be great!” So I’ve revealed to you my favourite artist and now my favourite politician is Texan Kinky Freidman. That guy is character personified. To quote Kinky “ You have to pretend that your life is a financial pleasure even when your autographs are bouncing.  Kinky never made it to be governor of Texas but he got my attention way up here north of 49. The world needs more characters!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mr. Prick ly


As promised here are some pics of the wood fire show Hours and Ours at the Carnegie Gallery.
Thank you all for coming out and for your support otherwise. The show is open till Feb 28th. The gang presented me with this cactus “Mr. Prick ly” for my Cactus Lounge. Not sure if they were inferring that I am a prick or not. I love Mr. Prick ly. When I got home I hydrated him and me as we were both in need.
Lots of people are afraid of the critical process. I think when it works best is when the table gets turned on you and you become your own  best/worst
Mr. Prick ly
critic. This is especially important when you are part of a group that is going present a show to a full house of potters and collectors. Ya can shit the fans but ya can’t shit the players! Nobody wants to be the weakest link.  Nobody wants to be the turd in the punchbowl. No resting on past laurels. You enter into a mentorship because you want to change up your work so what ya did yesterday ain’t gonna cut it.
So I’d like to introduce you to the first graduating class of Firebox U.
Barb Rose

The photos of Richard Row documenting our voyage.


Annemarie Row

Jen Drysdale
Emma Smith
Duncan Aird
Teresa Dunlop
Chris de Takascy


Thursday, February 4, 2016

For Better or Worse


I’ve seen them draggin’ their tired and sorry arses home to bed after a long shift stoking only be on again in 4 hours. I’ve seen them with tears in their eyes. I’ve seen then giddy with delight. I’ve seen them bundled up surrounded by 4 feet of snow in January and stripped down sweaty and smelly in the scorching 90degree heat of August.  I’ve seen them dead serious and determined. I’ve seen them chilled out at the numerous pot lucks where we have had the good fortune to
share food, drink and friendship.

So if you can possibly come to The Carnegie Gallery in Dundas tomorrow night come and see them at their best. I bet they actually clean up pretty nice. Pressure makes diamonds. Come to our diamond mine.
Also see the narrative of this voyage presented in the photographs of Richard Row. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Easy Peasy

I think most of the population is not very creative. They lost all their creativity somewhere around Grade 3. That's why you get questions like what can I use this for and can I put cookies in this jar? Or if this is a coffee cup can I use if for water too?
If I were smart I probably should include a card telling people what they could use the tray for. Not sure I can find a piece of paper long enough. I think they work perfectly for bacon with a little side of hot sauce. I bet y'all were thinking sushi. They never cook sushi well enough for me.
I figure ya gotta make it simple for the simple. I put the little bowl on the tray with a piece of double sided tape so it doesn't slide around and tie with a piece of raffia. It's good to go as a hostess gift,
This is my first attempt at a title.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lately, I've let things slide!

I've been distracted this week. I've let things slide in the workshop. My focus has been on the man cave and changing my 1950's flowery kitchen into something that relates to the rest of The Cactus Lounge. Cupboards are all painted in distressed chalk paint



as is the wall. I still haven't decided on my tiles yet. I have them propped up thinking about them as a back splash. Now that Jan is over my pottery life starts up again so my days as Suzie Homemaker come to an end today.
I do have the odd woman potter stay over in the Rat's Nest. Just so they know they are safe I offer them the cast iron bra and bullet proof panties. I also hung a moon in the kitchen. And I finally got one of my favourite pieces of art up. This bird house I bought in Asheville, NC and it was by a Georgia fold artist. Last year when I was at Ronnie the Rat's we visited potter Nancy Green who has a superb home and there were birdhouses in her living room by the same dude. She even had a couple mounted on steel rods as sculpture in the living room. Nancy had the cement counter tops and such a spacious place to display art works. I also hung my chainsaw in the kitchen. A man never knows when he might be called upon to carve a turkey or roast of beef.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hottest Year on Record

They say because of global warming this going to be the hottest year on record. We've put together a damn hot May for Pinecroft Centre of the Arts. I took a year hiatus from organizing the courses to get my life on track with my new home and studio.
I'm thrilled with our line up and can't wait to spend the month of May surrounded by these awesome makers and the potters they will attract.
I'm posting them here. They will be up on the Pinecroft website on Monday but I just wanted to get this out to y'all.
There is a big house available to house the participants. This is going to be an awesome year. I can just feel it in my bones.