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Friday, June 05, 2015

Bruce & Bruce

Bortin & Bursten
Good lord did we talk.
Congrats on the Provost position at Wooster Polytechnic Institute, Bruce. Good on yer!

Photo by Bruce B

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tentacular Offering

Saturday, May 09, 2015


Pieced Blue Porcelain Dish for Ramona Foran

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Acorn Squash Bowl for Richard Hurlburt

Mortar and Pestle for Cathy Mosbrucker

Lentils 'n' Such

Slipcast Porcelain Acorn Squash Bowl

Portrait of the Artist as a Grizzled Old Fart, Redux


Tip of the hat to the memory of David Ireland

Ceramics: Bark Texture


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Crochet Hat Pot #2

Detail. Where it all went wrong.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Learning Curve

Collaboration with Fred

This is a collaboration between my cat Fred & me. Distressed leather, a sanding disk & ink on 11 x 16" Bristol Board. Fred did the distressing on the leather. It's a patch that I placed on my comfy chair at home. 

Fred likes to sharpen his claws  on the right arm upright of the chair, so eventually, it started looking like hell, I glued a piece of leather to cover it up. When that patch started looking like hell, I peeled it off and replaced it with another one. I glued the feline-modified leather to the paper above, did some other art-like activities, and voila, interspecies collage!

I brought the collage to ceramics, ran it through the slab-roller, bisque fired it.
White underglaze border, Black Iron Oxide where the leather was, Copper red glaze on the disk.

The cone 10 reduction-fired piece is a certain but as yet undetermined percentage smaller than the page it was made from because of shrinkage during drying & firing.  I like it. Fred is indifferent to the design, but enjoys scent-marking the corners with his face.

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