Archive for October, 2009

fresh pots…

these little fellers just came out of the kiln yesterday.  the images should get cleaned up a bit in the coming weeks – but we’re informal here:

some of these pots will be available at Baltimore Clayworks Winterfest, some will be in the CCC Holiday Show and the rest will come on the road with me as I visit family, teachers and friends.


rocky mnt high

Oct. 2oo9

1st snow in 'Bonedale

a beautiful day to edit and compile images from yesterday’s kiln.

i’ll be getting some fresh pots up today…


@ both ends


long nights in the studio as of late – tromping back and forth from the studio thru the gallery  – making new work and taking in the show @ the SAW gallery each time i need to get to the fridge or the bano.

i like to just let the pots in the gallery effect me when i’m in the middle of the next round.  i try not to think too hard on them or pick them apart too much while i’m in a creative cycle.  thru setting the show – hosting the opening and delivering the gallery talk  – i have a pretty good idea of what i did.  now that i’m moving the ball forward it’s handy to be able to run into the gallery for a quick ‘ what did that look like under that? ‘ issue – but other than the small technical queries-  i mostly just let the show wash over me.

i’ve just got a next glaze kiln loaded –

here’s a couple shots of the process:

Scene SAW

Autumn o9 (10)

Stanley Bell @SAW

I’m a bit short on words these days.  The studio scene has been really active recently and i’ve been having some great time with my SAW colleagues.

I’ve got a bisque in – mixed some fresh glaze – and transitioned the studio into glaze mode.  Big day manana.

I hope everyone likes pictures…

just another week in paradise…

Copy of DSCN2787

An amazing Indian Summer has come around here in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Things are heating up in the studio  – but – alas – images are not forthcoming.  Here’s a bit of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond – shot over this past week:

I’ll shoot in and around the studio tomorrow…

Ron Nagle

My good buddy, Angus Graham, just showed me this video  – it’s a must see.

Coincidentally, we just got three great Nagles into the Harvey/Meadows Gallery.

I haven’t shot them yet – but i’ll post when i do.

early trick or treat?

Anderson Ranch printshop

Anderson Ranch printshop

What a treat!

I got to take a 1 day monotype workshop today.

I’ve always been attracted to the idea of printmaking, but never had the means to explore the process.  I ended up having the best time in recent memory.

Big thanks to Matt Christie for having me.  He really seemed to be in two places at once today and helped us all make some pretty great work.

Matt Christie - master printmaker

Matt Christie - master printer

and thanks to Dick Carter who took these great photos using a ‘stitch’ application on his iphone.

Here are some crappy snapshots of the prints I made today – all from the same plate – in no particular order:

What a great class!

twilight double header:

i wish i made this…

39. octopus Jar 16th c.

i gave my gallery talk this evening – and  – as usual – made great mention of this pot.

dated to about 1600 b.c.e.  – this pot is doing what i wish to do.

i pull the rhetorical – ’tilt your head and squint your eyes’ bit and ask my audience to imagine not a painted octopus on the surface of this pot – but a living, breathing octopus contained within this pot – begging to be let loose.

‘desperate’ is the word an astute observer applied to this octopus.  not dissimilar from the  ‘stuff’ i’m putting in my jars these days.


i also talked a bit about ‘honesty’ and ‘sincerity’ while addressing my body of work – on pedastals – under lights.


i spoke a good deal about my experience as an ex-husband…

here’s the music of my mind

tilt your head and squint your eyes.

big week for stevie

new kilnlook who i just picked up – aint she pretty?

my dear friend is very good at watching Craig’s List for deals and bargains.

he found this little beauty outside Pueblo, CO

it’s never been fired and is in perfect shape and was a screamin deal.

You see that thing to the right of the peepholes?  That’s called a computer and should add dozens of years to my life – or at least improve my mood during crunch times.

I’ve had my heart set on an L&L for awhile and I’ll be stoked to give it a good workout.


tonite is the nite I’ve commited to giving a gallery talk at SAW.  It’s been nice being around the work all week – having it under the lights and lookin good – instead of crammed onto my studio shelves or piled into Rubbermaid bins.  I think I’m starting to figure out a thing or two about the work – but who knows what I’ll say?

come on out to SAW tonite at 7 if you are able.


Colby @ SAW

music of my mind…

Really great SAW opening on Friday evening,

Beautiful Saturday at the Aspen Market,

and I’m taking Sunday to figure out what’s next.

Thanks so much for all the kind words and votes of confidence from all yawl…Sure makes a potter feel good.

Enjoy Elvis.


dianekenney on i saw
October 2009

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