North Carolina, USA
August 26
Chief Financial Officer (until they cut my balls off in June)
I am a full-time accountant and part-time potter. I was just invited to leave my job of over 19 years. I carry no bitterness to my old employer and the main feeling I have is relief. In some respects, these guys may have done me a favor.


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SEPTEMBER 5, 2009 9:02PM

Textured Trivets

 I made four tiles and added feet to them for use as trivets.


brown trivet 

An0ther one, supposed to be blue, turned out to be green. A little detail right below it.

tehalit trivet trivet22l

On these I was trying to make them look like green circuit boards. Used green copper wash… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 10:18PM

Working with ePriddy

On July 14th I had the privilege of taking a class in Chinese Brush Painting given by Elizabeth Priddy at her studio.

What a great day and what a delightful and knowledgeable woman!  I felt welcome the minute I walked into her workshop.

I painted salamanders on two bowls. The bowl… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 9:56PM

Two vases, just two.

More work from April/May through mid-August.

I could swear I made more of these this summer but now I realize that I have three in the firing queue.

I spend  a lot of time working on cylindrical objects, trying to play with textures and shapes, using whatever I can find to impress a… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2009 12:18PM

A Lot More Pottery

  I can't believe that I have not posted any work since April. I had another hand operation in June (the left hand) and have been fully recovered since early July. At different points since April I seemed to have lost my pottery Mojo and just made junk that was squashed and… Read full post »

In response to my post last night:e


The first three of the four issues of EROS that were published in 1962 list my mother as chief bookkeeper. When the Government began bringing obscenity charges against the publisher, my mother got herself out of there .


'In 1977 I… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2009 5:36PM

Lattice Pieces - What do you think?

I can go back into the studio next week, per the surgeon but nothing strenous such as wedging clay but  I will around the restriction somehow.

In December I saw a technique in a book that intrigued me and  I ended up making five pieces in what could be called a series… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2009 3:10PM

Platter and Vase


I am slowly getting back the use of my hand and now can use TWO!!! hands on the keyboard.

New work at the studio is out of the question except for glazing and I am out of stuff to glaze.


I did these in late February and glazed the… Read full post »

MARCH 24, 2009 11:46PM

Post Something, Anything, Anything

I haven't done anything here in several weeks.

I had surgery on 3/11 and am just getting back the use of my hand and  I am at the point where I no longer have to type e-mails with just the left hand. Back to work yesterday.

In any case, I have… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 6, 2009 1:23AM

passing out, a brush with death

It's not a very interesting story but it scared the shit out of me and I could have lost my life very easily given a narrow margin of 120 seconds or so.

Let me add that I am a type 2 diabetic with more problems with LOW sugar than high sugar.  … Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2009 1:00PM

A couple of different pieces

  I am posting a few pieces that were completed in January and glaze fired in February. They are different from each other, reflecting my  moods at the time and how one series of pieces is being glazed and fired in fits and starts.

I did a vase for someone in… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2009 11:37PM

New Pieces to Post on Monday

I have three really nice and interesting pieces to post tomorrow,  I took some photos today but I have to edit them and find the best ones of each.

For some reason, I can't seem to do anything right in the studio lately. I went over there to glaze a very… Read full post »

I haven't been into the studio for a while because of the annual financial close at work. I have some pots backed up waiting for firing in the glaze kiln and was kind of dissappointed that only one had been fired when I dropped by on Saturday night.


I was… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2009 11:25PM

Flat Pieces

 I did a series of these flat pieces to play with textures and see what I might come up with.  They are being glazed slowly over January and February since I want to see what happens with each one, ppiece by piece..

Here are two more:

I did these by pressing… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2009 11:23PM

A different impression of Pottery

  My instructors always are stressing texture, texture, texture, whether when handbuilding or throwing on the wheel.

Before Christmas I found myself working with a flat slab of clay and making different kinds of impressions using various implements like a walnut, a child's rolling toy, a to… Read full post »

Two weeks ago, in my first post, I talked about writing what I was feeling as I approached my 60th birthday. I am not a great writer, far from it, but blogging seemed to me to give you the opportunity to talk about what was on your mind and if no/… Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2009 10:03PM

An Abstract Piece and A Big Vase

I haven't been doing much pottery due to the demands of year-end at my job and some work has piled up at the studio, so I thought I would show these as appeared before they went into the kiln, then describe my attempts at glazing them and I will post the… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2009 12:47AM

The wife's Birthday

I am a corporate finance guy by training and vocation and in this particular company the first three weeks of January are pure hell and then the rest of the January and most of February are somewhat less-pure hell.

Naturally I married a woman born on the 13th of January… Read full post »

Broken piece made into something else Long day at work,

Nothing to write about and if there were, I couldn't stay up.

As epriddy suggested to me, when blocked, show a new piece

This was a larger slab made simply using a roller that suddenly showed up one day at the Studio. I like the way the… Read full post »

I made my first post last Monday, my first blog post anywhere , I posted the next two nights and since last night I have been trying to figure out what to write about.

I started three or four different pieces on subjects that I have been thinking about lately, figuring… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2009 11:11PM

Our Nightly Disagreement

My wife of 25 years and I tend to sit together in our family room and watch the local news together almost every weeknight, no matter where we might have spent the hours after work.

I live in a town of just about 100,000 people. There are  two local television stations,… Read full post »

JANUARY 7, 2009 11:52PM

The Frustration of a new avocation

Two nights ago, I didn't think I would post three nights in a row but here goes.

I have always been a "nervous" person, agitated, on the move all the time, self-critical, fidgety, you all know someone like me.

Last April, I had a health scare, word got around some of… Read full post »

Little Brown Vase I made this just before Xmas trying to use different texturesl but I did not glaze the thing properly and ended up with the band in the middle.


This one was made by pressing a section of embossed wallpaper into the clay and then cutting out pieces with cookie cutters..… Read full post »

I have never written a blog post, anywhere, at any time. Sure I leave comments occasionally on a couple of sites that I frequent but I've never written as myself, without a screen name or hiding behind a cover, so what might seem to be second-nature to everyone else is terrifying… Read full post »