15 kilns in 15 days
This was a unique project with a unique donation to build 18 kilns in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua in just a few weeks. They put out this open call (advertisement as seen on the left) requesting volunteers, and I ceased the opportunity and went.
Images below are pictures from constructing one of the two kiln designs. Same design from multiple building sites.
1. Base Levels:
Leveled block base, first brick layer, first level of walls, the flue, stoking holes, and opening to body of kiln.
2. Floor of kiln, continuation of walls, flues to chimney and start of chimney's base.
4. Arch of kiln
The cut barrel is permanently left inside of kiln. The trickiest part of the kiln build is getting arch to come up at consistent level and even to attempt to have a consistent key brick.
5. Completed Kiln
It is a wood burning double cross draft wood to be fired to bisque temperatures.
A few of the families that were receiving the kilns and some of the volunteers.
Potters for Peace, is a non-profit that partners with local people in the developing world. They help rural potters become self-sustaining through access to local resources. This sustaining model builds skills and empowerment for future success of the villages. Potters for Peace also promotes simple, affordable ceramic water filter technology that brings life-saving clean drinking water to communities in developing parts of the world.
Ceramics Monthly, Nov 2018
Attached below is Ceramics Monthly's "Exposure" section from there November 2018 magazine.
My yellow pitcher as featured for my exhibition "Eccentricity" at the James May Gallery. The exhibit will be up November through December.
Originally published in November 2018 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 14. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
Here are additional ceramics that will be included in the exhibit, and by no means all of the pieces.
NCECA 2018: Pittsburgh, PA!
As I finalize preparations to attend the conference, I wanted to share some of my tips about getting the most out of the conference. This information is especially valuable for those of you attending NCECA for the first time.
My Group Exhibition:
I have been co-organizing the exhibition Ash and Flash with Denise Joyal. I have to say a huge thank you to Denise who took on the brunt of the work as I have been busy moving and making this transition to Savanna, IL. Hope to see you at our opening reception Friday, March 16 at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts.
It's hard to believe it's officially fall as I finally edit images from the summer.
I really enjoyed creating these berry bowls and colanders. Exploring a variety of cut out designs, and pairings of fresh berries and fruits in the completed forms.
The addiction or rather labor of love for these cut out designs is now morphing into new forms. I have been making jars with cut outs lately to hold potatoes, avocados, and garlic. Vases with cut outs in the top third. Once I have fired and photographed some of these I will start sharing some of the photos in a new blogpost.
This spring I finally learned how to use the time lapse feature on my phone. Yea, a little behind in understanding technology.
Now I have process videos that I am making and sharing on instagram on a regular basis. Here is an example of my time lapse of creating a berry bowls.
Click on image on the left to see the video.