Monday, April 21, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
|Uzziah Kendall jug, second quarter of the 19th-century|
On Facebook the other day, I penned a quick letter to a potter I have been researching:
Dear Early 19th-century Cincinnati Potter,
I apologize for casually talking about and using the name "Uriah" when it seems you prefer to be called "Uzziah." At least the number of times "Uzziah" shows up is comparatively larger than something that looks like "Uriah." So, Uzziah from Maine who might have gotten his clay from Missouri, I hope we're on good terms now.
Yours truly, A Crazy Contemporary Counterpart
|"U. Kendall/Factory, CIN"|
Uzziah (isn't that a great name?) Kendall probably started making pottery in one way or another in the late 1820s in Cincinnati, Ohio. He likely started a pottery factory in the early 1830s, and even ventured toward making yellow ware (a yellow-glazed pottery popular in the 19th-century). His father may have been a ship captain, which is pretty exciting, too.
I'll be speaking in a few weeks at the Midwest Antiques Forum in Lebanon, Ohio, sharing my work as a contemporary potter and researching historic pottery. I'll also be talking about some research on Kentucky and early Ohio River Valley stoneware production. I have some pretty exciting tidbits to share! There's still time to register!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
|Small dishes and flowerpots|
Work on the barn/workshop is going well. We almost have the floor joists done!
|Floor joists almost finished|
Greensboro Farmer's Curb Market this Saturday, April 12th from 7 am-12 pm, so come visit!
Thursday, April 3, 2014
|Arugula coming up in the greenhouse|
Zucchini went into the ground this week and into the greenhouse.
|Small spring lizard spotted at the farm|
|Honeybee on flower|
We went into the hives this evening and saw a lot of activity inside. Mike unfortunately got bopped by one bee, but it looks like things are going well inside of the hives. Now we just have to stay ahead of them to keep them from swarming and leaving our hives!
"Help Raise Our Barn" fundraiser campaign in order to offset some of the costs for building such a large infrastructure for both of our businesses. We are grateful to the responses we have received and look forward to our 100 bottle goal!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The 52 Form Project
What is it?
My 52 Form Project is devised to help me stretch my creative muscles, explore new forms, or finally get to making forms I have been wanting to try for a long time. I am planning to make a new or modified form for every week of this year.
How can you help?
Your input on the forms, their shape, decoration, appeal, and function would be greatly appreciated. Some forms, if they seem like they may do well in the market, may become a part of my regular production.
Delayed Week 11Week 11's form was a bit thrown together, literally and figuratively. It admittedly was not the focus of my week since I was absorbed in getting things finished for the kiln firing. Then I was absorbed in the cleaning, packing, and the show. So it goes.
|Finished piece before the firing|
|Trimmed, low dish|
|Foot thrown off of the slightly-dried base|
|Small cuts into the foot to make it have three sections|
Thanks to the enthusiastic response to our fundraiser we just launched! We're still working our way toward 100 bottles though, so don't miss out on the opportunity!