Archive for September, 2008

Utilitarian Clay V — Day 1

September 11, 2008 1 comment

Today started out with the participants’ cup trade, and I was really happy to receive a cup by Jennifer Mecca, whose blog I have read regularly over the past few months.  It’s quite lovely with an amber to green glaze that has a lot of variation, and  is also decorated with several leaf-shaped sprigs:


Next up was the first round of presenter demonstrations.  I spent most of the morning with Kari Radasch, who demo’d her process for sort of a hybrid handbuilding/throwing with slabs & coils on the banding wheel.

I also dropped in on presentations by Linda Christianson and Ayumi Horie.   After a wonderful lunch, I spent all afternoon at the session led by Daphne Hatcher.   Here is a quick image of her platters in the presenter’s exhibition:

One of the demonstrations she did was how she forms these platters by placing a slab in a “sling” made from cardboard barrel sections and cloth.  When leatherhard, she attaches a partially thrown ring of clay and then finishes the foot on the wheel.


I have 4 square plates made by Daphne Hatcher that I bought out of a gallery exhibition at Agnes Scott College back in the early 80s when I was an art student there.  I still have those plates, and use them often!  I was great to hear her talk about her life as a potter and to see her making work.




At the Knoxville Airport

September 10, 2008 Leave a comment


I’m sitting at the Knoxville Airport, waiting for the 2pm shuttle to Gatlinburg and Arrowmont.  Since I missed the 11am one by a mere 15 minutes….that’s almost 3 hours of time to be logged here.  Sigh.  People-watching is interesting for only so long.    This happened to me the last time too.  Guess the timing from Gainesville just happens that way.

Why am I in Knoxville?  I’m attending the Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrating the Object National Symposium.  I attended the last one, 4 years ago, and it was fabulous.  Really looking forward to it…if I can ever get out of the airport!


September 2, 2008 2 comments

OK…I got the camera situation resolved.  Here’s a photo of freshly thrown cups, and another after the handles were applied…   I just love seeing them all lined up.

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