Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tom Coleman Video

I have always been a fan of Tom's work. I appreciate how he has been able to continuously innovate and evolve as an artist. Here is a cool video that shows how you can make asymmetrical vase with some decent throwing skills and some altering. I have tried this with some success. While it is not necessarily my "style" I enjoyed making a few. I urge you to give it a try!!! Thank you Tom for all your contributions to ceramics in America!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Getting artsy

It's cool how after teaching throwing and handbuilding I enjoy a little more surface design. The throwing never looses it glory but the designing can be a blast on a decent size piece!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mossy Creek Pottery

A somber day for NW potters. The most wonderful NW gallery Mossy Creek Pottery is about to change owners. I am hopeful that whoever the new owners are that they will be as awesome as Dan and Susan Wheeler have been.

I spent almost 2 years working at mossy creek helping them remodel and doing some production pottery/apprenticing. I am so grateful for that experience. I am hopeful and a little scared about the who will run it as well as the wheelers!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Laguna Pacifica Pottery Wheel Review

Ok, I have been a HUGE pusher for pacifica wheels since I started throwing. I throw 2-60lbs gloriously with no problem or complaints. They are white (much better than 70's yellow...sorry brent) they have more table space, good splash pan assembly, quit, and they HAD smooth great metal foot pedals.

Then they changed the pedals a few years back when Laguna took over. Now they look like this:
These are not so great.....well basically they are crap! RUN AWAY!!!

I am a ceramics teacher so I manage, maintain, and repair 23 pottery wheels. These new pedals have FAILED on 3 of the 6 BRAND NEW wheels. Within ONE YEAR. Here is why:

The old metal die cast pedal used an electromagnetic throttle for speed control.... the NEW so called "magic" pedal uses a crappy STRING on a pulley with a spring....See below:

Soooo..... on 3 of these new wheels I have had to restring them using high grade 80lb leader line. This will be just a temporary fix until it breaks again I am certain. See Below:

The other problematic issue is the wheel does not stop quickly when the pedal is turned off. When you are trimming or working and you want to make an adjustment or spin the wheel to a certain point you must manually direct the wheel. They wheel spins too long after turning off. I am sure there is an adjustment I can figure out and when I do I will post here!

When I called pacifica about the problem they were VERY aware  of this common issue and you'll have to send your pedal in on your dime and wait 1-3 months for a fix.

I would highly suggest buying an older pacifica with the die cast metal pedal over a new one. If you cannot find an older pacifica you should probably steer clear of these wheels unless you don't mind taking it apart once a year. 

Please email, call, or write and inform Laguna why you will not purchase another pacifica wheel. Maybe...just maybe they will switch back..... and pacifica, once again, will make great products!!!

Good Luck and Make Great Pots!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I walked into the kiln room of my classroom and the light was shining through the window illuminating one of my freshly finished bottles. I had to snap a picture! Enjoy!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Love this form

Simple form but such a great surface to decorate!