Archive for March, 2010

Getting Ready for Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

One of Molly Cantor’s carved vases peeks out from behind some of my tumbers.  Fired in the soda chamber of a wood kiln, the pots were fired for 40 hours, then cooled for 3 days.  Always exciting to take down the brick door, it was even more so to see the great results.  The white globs on the bottom of the pieces are known as wadding, a mixture of EPK and alumina hydrate used to prevent the pots from sticking to the kiln shelf.  The soda that is sprayed into the kiln at about 2200 degrees volatilizes, coating the pots, shelves and kiln walls with a subtle satin sheen.  Known as a soda firing, the soda enhances the clays, slips and any glazes, beautifully complementing Molly’s fine carvings.  See more on April 24-25.   Details at http://AsparagusValleyPotteryTrail.com.  Posted by Nancy Magnusson

Valley Potters and the Seconds Sale

This past weekend was the locally famous Pottery Seconds Sale, a benefit for the Artspace community art center.  So  many potters in this valley;  about 25 of us attend this sale.  Our AVPG potters that were it this year were:  myself (Lucy Fagella), Steve Earp, Pam Adorno, Tiffany Hilton, Molly Cantor, Meghan Hart, Mike Cohen, Evelyn Synder, and Tom White. 

It is amazing how many people look forward to this sale and wait on line to get in.  The bargains are amazing!  Once again Tom White sold his whole table the last hour of the sale… meaning whatever was left on his table, five pots or twenty, take all for one price.  His idea of a good seconds sale is not taking anything home with him.

My good deal for the weekend was a  trade with Steve Earp… one large lidded jar for one of my large vases!