Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Life is a hurricane!

I just looked at my blog and see I have been absent without leave in the posting department. For those of you that think I haven't been up to much I got news for you. Sheila and I have sold our house and studio and have purchased a nice brick Victorian house with attached studio in downtown Hamilton aka The Hammer or Steel Town. We are two minutes walk from coffee shops, cheese shops, bagels, bars, wine bistros, train station, art gallery etc, etc.
So I've torn down my wood kiln and sold my Geil gas kiln. Bricks are still available if anyone out there wants to buy them- cheap!!!!
Oh yeah, another small detail is that I have accepted The Acting Head of Ceramics at Sheridan College until December so this will help in our transition to being urban potters. I'm very excited about this job! It is the job I had my eye on when I went to get my MFA at Utah State in 2007.
So last week I accepted the position, sold and bought a house, torn down a kiln and headed to Peter's Valley New Jersey to do a workshop. Since my mind was swimming I didn't listen to the radio and arrived to find out about the pending Hurricane Irene.
They say natural disasters bring out the best and the worst in people. Clay people are very special and we continued to make without power. We hauled water from the flooding streams for toilets and fired the gas kiln with it's atmospheric burners. We had a nice carbon trap shino firing.
This has been one big hurricane of a month. I hope it settles down so that I can concentrate on my new job and the move on October 28th. Yep, moving day is the day before I host a workshop at Sheridan for my long time buddy Robin "Grass" Hopper. If you want something done give it to a busy person.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Boat Launching

If you're in Toronto at the end of August you might want to drop into David Kaye Gallery and see the launching of Harlan House's fast food fleet. Harlan gave a workshop at Sheridan in the spring and showed us the process and thinking behind this current show. The large sculptural pieces had their beginnings in the functional scale Chinese junks that he made for candle/flower holders. These current ones are massive and I'm guessing over 4-5 feet in height. What is interesting about the process is that the slabs were cast with slip. He cast these large slabs and then hand built the pieces. The show will have taken Harlan two years to complete. We all wonder if this departure will take Harlan forever away from the shores of the

classical Chinese forms that he was so recognized for. Good on Harlan for continually setting sail in uncharted waters.