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Rounded and straight canisters

Dec 2,2015

So, I’ve fired those rounded and straight canisters from my last post and I plan on making more.  The rounded canisters work great with my glazes.  The straight canisters are working good too but, right now, I prefer the rounded ones.  The lids on these canisters fit on the insides rather than sitting on top.

rounded canisters   canister set   straight canisters   rounded canisters


May 29, 2015

Glazing a few pots today.  The first image shows bisqued pots and the second is with glaze on them.  The white one in the first image has a white slip over my usual brown stoneware clay body.


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workhorse – old Walker pugmill

September 2012

It may not look like much but this old Walker pugmill is a workhorse.   It can handle 100lbs of clay at a time.  I mix all of my clay using dry ingredients and add water.  I also throw in my slops which kind of acts like a starter for aging the newer clay.  Anyway, this machine does a great job just keep those digits away from the blades.


walker pugmill     walker pugmill


auger in pugmill                clay



pics of mugs for mug clug

Feb, 2012

About half of the second order of 50 mugs are finished for the mug club at Cooper’s restaurant.  Here’s a few of them.


face mugs      mugs      mugs

face mugs                  face mug                 face mug





more mugs

Jan, 2012

Cooper’s Restaurant wants 50 more mugs for their mug club.  That will be 100 total.  It’s been a challenge because they want them all unique…very unique.  So I’ve been playing around with designs, textures and glazes.  I’ve even embedded small stones and copper wire in some.  They are all numbered on the bottom.  Here’s a few waiting to be fired.






Cauble Creek Vineyard – covered muscadine jar

Nov, 2011

Cauble Creek Vineyard will be having an Artist Invitational with around 20 local artists.  It will be held on November 4th through November 20th with a reception on the 6th.  Their website is caublecreekvineyard.com.  I dug up about 100lbs of yellow clay from around their pond, crushed it, slaked it, pugged it, wedged it, threw it, trimmed it, carved it(for 3 days) and then fired it.  That’s it below.


pottery muscadine jar

Covered jar, 17″ h x 16″ w,  for Cauble Creek Vineyard Artist Invitational November 4 – 20 with reception on Sunday the 6th from 3-6 pm.



This was also made using mostly clay from Cauble Creek.

Bottle, 21″h x 7″w, for Cauble Creek Vineyard Artist Invitational.


Cooper’s mug club

Oct, 2011

Cooper’s restaurant here in Salisbury recently asked me to make 50 different mugs for their mug club.

I made a few face mugs, flower mugs, textured mugs, bumpy mugs, striped mugs, glazed mugs and a fish mug and an egret mug.