Friday, February 20, 2009

Chocolate Fantasy and Art Auction

This year's Chocolate Fantasy and Art Auction will be held February 28th, 2009, from 6:00-10:00pm in The Club Level at Reser Stadium. Chocolate Fantasy will be hosted by OPB Oregon Art Beat's, K.C. Cowan. Chocolate Fantasy is a fund-raiser for The Arts Center, in Corvallis, Oregon and features chocolate desserts for tasting, an art auction, food, bar and music. Over 160 artists, businesses and community supporters of the arts have donated original works and more for this years auction. The art includes ceramics, photography, painting, woodworking, printmaking, fiber arts, jewelry and glass. I have been a member of the procurement committee responsible for procuring quality pottery and clay sculpture pieces to auction for several years now and I think this year's extravaganza will be one of the best! I hope to see you there!

Monday, February 16, 2009

February 2009 Update

Wow! Where has the time gone! I missed posting updates for December AND January. December was busy with sales and shows. In January I have been working on making pots for two upcoming anagama firings. The first is at Stephen Mickey's Soulgama near Brush Prairie, Washington and the second is at Jay Widmer's Digger Mountain Anagama west of Alsea, Oregon.

I will be participating in Ceramics Showcase in Portland, Oregon in April and the Soulbuds Show At Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon in May. See my web page for details.

Monday, December 15, 2008

November 2008 Update

November was a busy month. The Handmade in Oregon V exhibit was still on display in the MU Concourse Gallery at Oregon State University. At the beginning of the month I participated in the Wildfire Pottery Showcase in Bend, Oregon. Wildfire is a great show with a wonderful group of artists to hang out with. Towards the end of the month I participated in the P.E.O. Holiday Faire event in Corvallis, Oregon. This is a very pleasant small one day event in my home town. The class I teach at the Benton Center campus of Linn-Benton Community College was winding down, we were preparing for one last firing in the salt glazing class and, getting pots priced and packed for the December shows. I am looking forward to January when I can just hunker down in the studio for the winter and make new work for the spring anagama firings and get ready for the OPA Ceramics Showcase in Portland, Oregon at the end of April.

Monday, November 10, 2008

October 2008 Digger Mountain Anagama Firing

We fired Jay Widmer's Digger Mountain anagama kiln near Alsea, Oregon, October 24-26, 2008 and opened and unloaded the kiln Octover 31. This was another really nice firing from this kiln. We emphasized side-stoking the kiln with more wood than usual using more maple and wet alder in both the side-stokes and front stokes than in past firings. The result was more ash and color throughout the kiln and much more ash and color behind the stoke alley. There also appeared to be much more irridescence on the pots. Due to the more aggressive side-stoking we stalled the kiln near the end of the firing by blocking the mouse ports for the side-stoke alley. Once we cleared those the kiln took off. As a consequence we fired a little longer than usual to make sure we held the kiln at a high enough temperature at the end of the firing -- it was well worth it when opened the kiln and unloaded one beautiful piece after another! See my website at to see more pictures of the firing. Once I get some pictures taken of the individual pots I'll post them on my website.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wildfire Pottery Showcase in Bend, Oregon

This weekend, November 8th and 9th, I will be participating in the Wildfire Pottery Showcase 2008 show in Bend, Oregon at the Seven Peaks School (19660 Mountaineer Way -- off of Mt. Washington Drive). This is the 4th annual show and sale presented by the Clay Guild of the Cascades. The show and sale features over 25 Oregon clay artists and includes demonstrations and kid's clay area. I will be doing a demnostration on Sunday morning from 10:30-11:30. If you are in the Bend area stop by and say Hi!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October 2008 Update

The past couple of months have been busy. I have recently moved my web page from Google to Google is no longer supporting google pages and their new google sites option didn't look like it would work for me. I also now have my very own domain name: My new web site is therefore, The old web site will remain online for awhile but will no longer be updated. I still plan to keep my blog right here as my pulpit for relating news about shows and anything else I might want to write about!

In September I participated in the Corvallis Fall Festival in Corvallis, Oregon as part of the Willamette Ceramics Guild booth. We had one of our best shows ever as a Guild. I did better than I have in the past also.

Shortly after the Fall Festival I participated in the 10th Annual Clayfest show at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon during the first part of October. I was greatly honored and humbled by having one of my salt-glazed pots be chosen by the other artists in the show for second place for Best of Show. Frank Gosar of Eugene won first place with a wonderful scultural piece and James Tingey of Corvallis won third place for a great teapot and tea cup set. Alyssa Clark won for best booth. This is the second year that I have participated in Clayfest. It was nice to connect once again with the Eugene artists and meet new folks this year. It was really nice to have customes from last stop by and say hi.

Wildfire Pottery Showcase is the next sales event in Bend, Oregon on November 8th and 9th. The event is held at the Seven Peaks School, 19660 Mountaineer Way (off of Washington Dr.). Wildfire features over 25 Oregon clay artists. The hours are Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm. My booth is right next to the demonstration area. In fact I will be doing a demonstration on Sunday at 10:00am.

I will also be having a selection of my wood-fired pottery on display in the OSU Memorial Union Concourse gallery in Corvallis, Oregon as part of the Handmade in Oregon 5 exhibit. The exhibit runs from October 27, 2008 to December 6, 2008.

I will participating as a crew member in an anagama firing at Jay Widmer's Digger Mountain kiln west of Alsea, Oregon on October 24th, 25th, and 26th. This firing comes at a good time for me as it will give me nice new pieces to take to the Wildfire show in Bend in November.

For a complete listing of my shows and exhibits visit my web site:

Friday, July 11, 2008

da Vinci Days -- Corvallis, Oregon -- July 19-20, 2008

I will be at the da Vinci Days celebration in Corvallis, Oregon on July 19th and 20th, 2008. I will be participating in the Willamette Ceramics Guild booth in the Art Village located in front of the Arts Center. The booth will be open from 10:00-6:00 on Saturday and 10:00-5:00 on Sunday. In addition to having many different styles of pottery and sculpture for sale, we will have both hand-building and wheel-throwing demonstrations and clay for kids to create their own masterpieces. This is one of the Ceramics Guilds funnest events of the year. Stop by and say hi!