Rescheduled Mugs for a (Senate) Majority/Turn Georgia Red Clay Blue Fundraiser

The makeup for Saturday’s rained out mug fundraiser for Georgia’s Democratic senate candidates has been partially finalized, as follows.

I will have my mugs available at my house — 560 NE 7th Av — by appointment, between now and next Saturday, at which point I will make my remaining mugs available at an Art Alley event, described below.

If you wish to see my mugs, please call or text me at 202-257-9859. I will be at or near home for the next 10 days. Prior to your arrival, I will have a dozen or so representative mugs — and hand sanitizer — on an outside table.
The $25 suggested donation will still pertain. I will accept cash (exact change), checks, Venmo and credit cards (Square). I will donate 100% of the proceeds to the two candidates, minus Square’s service charges.

Art Alley Studio will hold a combination fundraiser/sale on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the fenced patio behind the studio, at  717 NW 1st St. The event will include a table with fundraising mugs.

As of this writing, Studio TM Ceramics had not said if or how they will continue with their fundraiser participation.

For more information, contact:

Sara Truman (Studio TM Ceramics), @

Allison LeBaron (Art Alley Studio) @

Sara Truman, Studio TM Ceramics


Sara Truman, Studio TM Ceramics

Allison LeBaron, Art Alley Studio

Allison LeBaron, Art Alley Studio

John Snyder

John Snyder



First Seylou bowls delivered

After about a year of work, on an off, working on form and glaze, I finally delivered 8 grain bowls and 16 soup bowls to Seylou & Mill, in DC’s Shaw neighborhood.

I approached Seylou co-owner Jessica Azeez about 11 months ago, to see if she were interested in engaging in the kind of relationship I have with Gainesville, Fl’s Vine Sourdough Bakery: I supply Vine co-owner Teresa Zokovitch with mugs for customer use in their cafe, and Teresa allows me to periodically sell my mugs at Vine.

Although Jessica did not need mugs, she did want small bowls for soup and largish ones for grain bowls, both of which she intended to introduce on her menu in spring of this year.

Of course, the Coronavirus had other ideas about spring menus and much else, but I kept working away on the bowls. After two prototype phases — with Leach White glaze over Laguna Dark Brown clay — and a couple of test firings in the District Clay Center kiln, I finally got two sets that I am very pleased with.

Grain bowls rear, soup bowls fore

Jessica, a very new mother, was also pleased with the bowls, which arrived at a major juncture for both of us: the birth of her first child and the cusp of my move from the DMV back to Florida. Ultimately, though, we agreed that we will adopt a relationship that mirrors what I’ve had with Vine for the last 5 years: I’ll continue to provide Jessica and Seylou with pots, and I’ll do mugs sales at Seylou during periodic visits to my old stomping ground. Baby Nia seems very content with that arrangement!

Jessica and Nia commune with a soup bowl

Five mugs accepted for Cup: The Intimate Object XVI show

Five of my mugs have been accepted for the Cup: The Intimate Object XVI exhibition at Charlie Cummings Gallery, October 2-30, 2020. Five of my mugs were accepted for the same annual show in 2015. The five 2020 mugs are stacked below.

Jar accepted for regional Shino show

A tall covered jar of mine has been accepted for inclusion in the Inspired by Malcolm: A Passion for Shino exhibition, scheduled for June 10 – September 5, 2021, at the Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD.

The exhibition honors the memory of Malcolm Davis, a Washington, DC-based minister-turned-potter who developed and perfected a type of Shino glaze (and glaze firing) that is known for dramatic interplays between cream, orange/red and black effects on mainly porcelain ware.

My entry in the show was thrown and fired during a month-long workshop at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York, in 2015. Given that the workshop presented me with new surroundings, a different wheel, different clay, new glazes, and gas kilns fired in rushed circumstances by graduate assistants, I felt really good about getting this pot out of the workshop.

The show was originally scheduled for this summer, but fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spring 2020 mug sale @ Vine

I’ll be selling mugs at Vine again, from Feb 19 to March 3. Instead of specifying specific days and time periods, I’ll be available to interested customers “on demand”: via phone or text, we’ll agree on a time to meet at Vine to view my mugs.

I’ll be selling various styles of mugs, with an emphasis on my new altered Temodust style.

Pricing will range from $22 to $18 for non-students and $20 to $16 for students. This year, I will be adding a $.50 per-transaction surcharge for credit cards sales.

Altered, Temodust mugs

Fabulous firing!

In mid-September, Jennifer Dinkelmeyer and I pulled back the door on her little Bailey kiln, chock-full of my work, revealing one of the most beautifully fired array of work that I can recall. Jennifer and I were present during the firing, a few days earlier, but it was all Jennifer’s firing. THANKS, Jennifer!

ALL! the work in the Still Kiln Warm portion of the Gallery is from this firing.

Mystery glaze?

In the previous post, the second photo, taken at the 2015 Alfred workshop, includes several pots of mine: a tall jar, a platter and three bowls. Those bowls are also pictured immediately below:

The bowls’ liner glaze is a “teadust” glaze, and if you squint really hard, you can detect subtle hints of green “dust” amidst the otherwise almost black background. A glaze list provided to workshop participants included a “temoku teadust,” which I figured had to be the bowl liner. So, I mixed a batch, glazed several mugs with it, and included them in a late-May glaze-firing in Jennifer Dinklemeyer’s kiln, in Alexandria. I expected, of course, a subtle temoku teadust. Instead: voila!

I’ll have to experiment to figure out if, in fact, the bowl liner glaze and the glaze on the new mugs are one in the same and, if so, how to get the different effects. My hunch is that it is the same and glaze thickness is the key variable. If so, I’ve got a very dynamic, and compelling, new glaze to fire.

Old pots, new pics

Every once in a while, nice pots — like the two below — get lost in the shuffle and only very belatedly make it to celluloid.

This small — 15″ X 15″ — platter with Gold Shino glaze and black slip designs, dates to June 2015 at Alfred, New York, during the month-long workshop I attended at Alfred University. It was one of several of my pots that were chosen for a student show at the end of the workshop.

I only recently shot the platter, because I gave it to friends and only recently borrowed it back to photograph.

Given the foreign working environment, completely new glazes, and kilns fired by Alfred student volunteers, it’s a little amazing that I got the nice stuff out of the workshop that I did. Yet, the fact that several of the workshop pieces ended up being serendipitously wonderful, may speak to the advantages of minimal planning, minimal control and minimal expectations :-)

This teapot dates even further back, to somewhere around 2006 or 2007, a period when I was firing about bi-annually at Baltimore Clayworks, in its wood-fueled kiln. I was also throwing almost exclusively white stoneware and experimenting extensively with Oribe glaze, both of which are featured here.

Somehow, this set got forgotten inside a large, oribe-glazed covered jar. I only recently pulled it out, added a cane handle, shot it, and placed it in a prominent spot in my living room.

Back to white

For the first time in years — 10? 12? — I’ve begun dabbling again with white clay, both stoneware and porcelain. In the 2000s, I worked with the combination of white stoneware and Oribe glaze while wood-firing at Baltimore Clayworks. Two resulting pieces have been inseparable from me ever since.

The inspiration to return to white clay came from some very nice test tiles I got out of a firing done by Joe Hicks as part of his carbon trap shino workshop last summer at the District Clay Center.

A subsequent firing of my own produced similar results, so I figured I’d try to reproduce them on actual pots, about three dozen of which are now bisqued and ready to glaze fire.

I hope to be posting some nice results here in the not distant future.

Vine mug sale set for Friday- Saturday, February 22-23

I’ll be at Vine Bakery and Cafe selling mugs Friday, February 22, 5-9 pm and Saturday, February 23, 10 am – 4 pm. I’ll be offering three mugs styles, pictured below. Prices will be $18 for students, $22 for non-students. For those flying in for the event, Vine is at 627 N Main, Gainesville, Fl. I look forward to seeing you @ Vine :-)

Leach White glaze over Laguna Dark Brown clay; reduction-fired
Blue Black (out), Waxy White (in) glazes; reduction-fired
Shino and Woo Blue over Shino glazes; reduction fired