Archive for November, 2010

News from the Studio of Lucien Koonce in Haydenville

The two pieces below were recently juried into the Second Annual Muddy’s Wood Fire Classic:

Natural Ash Glazed Tokkuri (Sake Bottle)

Oni Shino Chawan (Tea Bowl)

This exhibition, showcasing wood fired ceramics, will be shown at The Meyers Gallery, 2610 S. Halladay Street, Santa Ana, CA. The show dates are November 13 – December 21, 2010. There will be an artists’ reception on December 4th. The show can be viewed online at: http://picasaweb.google.com/ginamyers23/2ndAnnualMuddySWoodFIreClassic?feat=directlink

This piece was juried into the Third Annual Cup Show: Form and Fuction:

Wood Fired Tea Cup

The show will be exhibited in the Amelia G. Tapper Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Gulf Coast Community College, 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, FL, from November 12 – December 3, 2010. An opening reception will be held Friday, November 12, 2010 from 5-7 pm.

Check Out This Asparagus!

From Donna McGee…Took a field trip last weekend to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Look what we found in the ceramic collection! ceramic asparagus

Unusual Potter’s Tools

Here are a few photos taken when I rehabbed my ancient elevator electric kiln (aka–Ellie) last month. I have no idea how old she is (maybe 20 years?) or how many times she has been fired…but I put her into retirement this summer when another element went out. I have a newer L&L DaVinci Elevator (aka-Otis) but it recently has been giving me trouble (much to the consternation of the tech support people at both L&L AND at Bartlett Instruments). I decided to rehab Ellie at least one more time (to the tune of about $350 worth of elements and quite a few hours of pin-twisting). My assistant, Dolly, and my husband, Kevin both put in some time twisting pins for me (the pre-made kind are not nearly long enough for this kiln). When removing old elements I wear a special outfit: full respirator, hat, and long sleeved-shirt to keep the fiber at bay. When putting in the pins I downsize to a paper mask. The hat was given to me many years ago by a welding student named Rod (really–I called him “Welding Rod).

It’s nice to have Ellie back, although this could be her swan song season. In spite of the difficulties with the new kiln you just can’t beat those lovely ceramic channels (no pins and hard brick instead of fiber!) when it comes to changing elements!

–Evelyn at Kaleidoscope Pottery