BOON_ROOM at Paris Design Week

I'm excited to announce that my work will now be represented by Paris based Art/Fashion/ Design Agency, BOON. A selection of these works will be exhibited in their new showroom during Paris Design Week, Sept 6th-9th, 2018. For information on other represented artists and brands, and for details on how to RSVP, please visit their website: www.boonparis.com

 

 

 

Wild Clay Workshop at Stone Bowl Farm - West Pawlet, VT

Images from last week's Wild Clay Workshop, taught by Zoë Powell and I at Stone Bowl Farm.

For this workshop, 18 participants gathered in rural, West Pawlet, Vermont for a 4 day intensive course on identifying, gathering, processing and testing natural resources from the immediate area. Participants worked directly with these materials while seeking to identify their geological origins and practical applications in the studio. An emphasis was placed on sharing insight on how to use these resources to develop slips, glazes, and clay bodies.

 Abandoned Marble Quarry in Dorset Vermont - One of several collection points where participants gathered resources

Abandoned Marble Quarry in Dorset Vermont - One of several collection points where participants gathered resources

 Workshop participants collecting silty clay from a creek in Dorset, VT

Workshop participants collecting silty clay from a creek in Dorset, VT

 Slate Quarry Pond in Pawlet, VT - One of several collection points where participants collected resources

Slate Quarry Pond in Pawlet, VT - One of several collection points where participants collected resources

 Grey Slate near Pawlet, VT - formed by the compression and heating of clay rich sediments during the Ordovician period.

Grey Slate near Pawlet, VT - formed by the compression and heating of clay rich sediments during the Ordovician period.

 Various stones collected by participants to be crushed and used as aggregate in clay bodies

Various stones collected by participants to be crushed and used as aggregate in clay bodies

 Pure Bennington kaolin

Pure Bennington kaolin

 Samples of pure materials collected in Vermont and fired to 2250 f. in oxidation

Samples of pure materials collected in Vermont and fired to 2250 f. in oxidation

 Developing triaxial blend glaze tests of three different resources collected during the workshop

Developing triaxial blend glaze tests of three different resources collected during the workshop

 Triaxial blend tests fired to 2250 f. in oxidation. Lower left tile shows promising results for a diverse range of glazes using slate powder, refractory kaolin, and silty clay soil collected in a marble quarry

Triaxial blend tests fired to 2250 f. in oxidation. Lower left tile shows promising results for a diverse range of glazes using slate powder, refractory kaolin, and silty clay soil collected in a marble quarry

 Various tests made by participants during the workshop. Upper tiles: line blend tests of two low-firing clays with refractory Bennington kaolin. Lower left: aggregate tests of crushed stones. lower right: vitreous slip tests made from commercial clay with additions of silty clay soil.

Various tests made by participants during the workshop. Upper tiles: line blend tests of two low-firing clays with refractory Bennington kaolin. Lower left: aggregate tests of crushed stones. lower right: vitreous slip tests made from commercial clay with additions of silty clay soil.

New Work at Entoten -San Diego, CA

Earlier this month I was interviewed by Entoten owner, Ai Kanazawa Cheung about my work and process. I'm delighted to be featured in their most recent blog post, which includes some wonderful images taken in Entoten's new showroom in San Diego, CA. I've also sent a small selection of wood fired vessels, tableware, and sake ware for their online gallery. Please take a moment to read the interview and see the work for sale here.

  Sake Bottle  Minnesota kaolinitic clays wood fired for 4 days photo courtesy of Entoten

Sake Bottle
Minnesota kaolinitic clays
wood fired for 4 days
photo courtesy of Entoten

  'Sandstone + Moraine' Plate   Minnesota clays, sand & stones Electric Fired photo + arrangement courtesy of Entoten

'Sandstone + Moraine' Plate
Minnesota clays, sand & stones
Electric Fired
photo + arrangement courtesy of Entoten

 'Sandstone + Moraine' Tea Cups Minnesota clays, sand & stones Electric Fired photo courtesy of Entoten

'Sandstone + Moraine' Tea Cups
Minnesota clays, sand & stones
Electric Fired
photo courtesy of Entoten

  Reduction Cooled Guinomi  MN kaolinitic clays Wood fired for 4 days   

Reduction Cooled Guinomi
MN kaolinitic clays
Wood fired for 4 days

 

  Reduction Cooled Chawan  MN kaolinitic clays Wood fired for 4 days

Reduction Cooled Chawan
MN kaolinitic clays
Wood fired for 4 days

 Ember Buried 'Kettle Hole' Vessel MN kaolinitic clays Wood fired for 4 days

Ember Buried 'Kettle Hole' Vessel
MN kaolinitic clays
Wood fired for 4 days

Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

I'm thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Jerome Foundation Ceramic Artist Project Grant, provided by Northern Clay Center. I will be using resources from this grant to pursue a new sculptural body of work that aims to challenge conventional ideas and practices related to the use of local materials in the field of contemporary ceramics.

Throughout my career, the creation of ceramic vessels from local clays has been a significant tool for studying the dynamics of place, regional geology, and natural processes. Over time, I've realized that this work's dependency on clay minerals with attributes of plasticity has largely restricted my search to a narrow range of natural resources.

By investigating ways of "forming" and firing stones, minerals, sand, and other non-plastic resources that would otherwise inhibit conventional forming techniques, I hope to achieve new expressions of my environment and its unique geological history that are unbiased by the language of the vessel and its technical requirements.

These works represent a selection of the approaches and forms I anticipate investigating. Aggregates are collected throughout the states and are kiln-cast in custom made crucibles using low-fire glacial clays, limestone, and crushed feldspar as sintering agents.

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Upcoming Summer Workshops

I'm excited to announce that my partner, Zoë Powell and I will be teaching two workshops later this summer.  Both workshops have limited registration, and will be great experiences for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of wild clay locating/processing and wood firing. Registration and additional course information is available at the venue websites.


MID-RANGE WOOD FIRING
July 23–27, 2018

Mendocino Art Center
42500 Little Lake Street
Mendocino, CA 95460

www.mendocinoartcenter.org

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Participants will load and fire the MAC train kiln using non-traditional methods and materials in order to emphasize the soft effects, stone-like textures, and rich iron color palettes of mid-range wood firing. Please note that the kiln will be fired to a cooler temperature range of approximately cone 4 to cone 9. Bisque fired, unglazed, sculptural work is highly recommended.


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Wild Clay Weekend
August 23 - 28, 2018

Stone Bowl Farm
1258 Betts Bridge Road
West Pawlet, VT 05775

www.stonebowlfarm.com

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Participants will work through the stages of harvesting, processing, and testing wild clay materials in both oxidation and reduction atmospheres. Each workshop attendee will make several types of clay and glaze tests and will leave with an understanding of how to apply this knowledge to their own locations and studio practices.

This workshop will involve physical work as we explore the geology of Stone Bowl Farm and the surrounding area, as well as digging and preparing clay.  Participants should plan and dress accordingly. The workshop will include both ^6 oxidation firings and  ^ 10 firing of tests in the fast-fire wood kiln.

 

 

 

Featured Artist - Jouw Store

New 'Mountain Plates,' created for Steinbeisser's experimental gastronomy event in 2017 are now available for online purchase through their online store. In addition, they have featured a recent interview with me regarding thoughts on ceramics, the dining experience, and traditions. See the work and read the interview here.

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 Chef Corey Lee of San Francisco restaurant,  Benu  plating   eggplant, shiitake, and sesame leaf during Steinbeisser's experimental gastronomy event at Montalvo Arts Center, 2017.

Chef Corey Lee of San Francisco restaurant, Benu plating eggplant, shiitake, and sesame leaf during Steinbeisser's experimental gastronomy event at Montalvo Arts Center, 2017.

Recent Wood Fired Vessels

Anagama fired vessels from the end of 2017. These pieces were all made with coil construction methods using Minnesota kaolin and brick clay. They were anagama fired for 4 days at College of Saint Benedict with pine, oak, and mixed hardwoods.

Sage Culture 'The Ancient Oceans'

I'm pleased to be featured in the upcoming debut exhibition 'The Ancient Oceans' at Sage Culture, Los Angeles.

An opening reception will be held Saturday Nov 11th from 6-8 PM.
905 E 2nd Street, Unit 117
Arts District - Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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Learn more about Sage Culture's aesthetic vision through the promo video below: