Entries by johnsnyder

Gay Smith workshop at Truro Center for the Arts

A lovely workshop with Gay Smith at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill (TCA), on Cape Cod, ended today. The 5-day workshop, called Fresh Approaches to Functional Pots, was a hands-on affair, and while I attended Gay’s morning demonstrations, I spent the afternoons working on work from home that couldn’t wait. I […]

Partially successful Florida firing

As a result of a couple of rookie mistakes — too stupid to mention — my first firing in two years — at the Morean Center for Clay, in St Pete —  was less than splendid. (The kiln itself fired superbly, as always.) But, the combination of just getting back in the kiln saddle again […]

Florida, kiln-firing vacation

According to this blog, I last fired my work a little less than two years ago — June 2015 — if you discount work that was fired for me at the Alfred University workshop in July 2015. Next week, I’ll be firing again, at the Morean Center for Clay, in St Petersburg, Fl. The firing […]

Silver Spring studio up and running

Eighteen months after throwing for the last time, and 15 months after moving to Silver Spring, Md, I’m on the wheel again. In my new home studio. The studio is in a 22′ x 11′ converted sun-room, with spectacular, natural light. The features I’m most proud of are a long, narrow work/wedging table, which I […]

Throwing larger workshop

I will be conducting a 4-hour, demonstration-only workshop covering how to increase the size of pots you can throw, on Saturday, October 24th; 10 am to 2 pm; at Art Alley studio, 716 N Main St, Gainesville. The workshop will cover cylindrical forms — including jars, vases and pitchers — and plates and platters. In […]

Mugs accepted for 2015, Cup: The Intimate Object XI

Five of my recently fired mugs will be in the 2015 edition of the Charlie Cummings Gallery’s annual Cup: The Intimate Object show. The show, which includes on-line sales of all entries, will include over 1000 cups and mugs from over 200 artists. A reception will be held on Friday, October 2nd, 6-9 pm. The […]

July workshops at Alfred (NY) University

Feeling the need to at least temporarily remedy my state of relative creative isolation, I’ll be attending two July pottery workshops at Alfred University in Western New York. Situated about an hour west of Ithaca, Alfred features arguably the country’s top academic clay program. I’ll be combining a two-week workshop — led by Linda Sikora […]

“Hot” summer 2015 firing

Rick Rowland and I unbricked a lovely kiln this morning, our second very nice firing this year. In addition to several of Rick’s vases of various shapes and sizes, the firing brought me, among other things, three Summerhaven jars: one the usual size (about 11″ high), but two of my first attempts at larger versions […]

Dinnerware

A set of dinnerware is the most labor and materials intensive project I can take on. For instance, it takes seven to eight pounds of clay to make just one 12 inch dinner plate. By contrast, I can make seven mugs from that clay. The same plate also eats up a lot of kiln space. […]