New work, summer 2015:

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Prepping for the 2014 holiday sales!

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New glazes and bold handles for Summer 2014:

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Somethings new are brewing in the studio! (Winter 2013):

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Finally! Some newer pots (Late 2012- early/mid 2013):

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Some of my biggest changes (in my mind) was a reassessment of my mug handles. The new handles are much beefier, and the lower attachment is stuck directly on the pot rather than being smeared into the pot and then being backfilled above the join. Compare with the pots below:

Most of these pots are from the first half of 2010. These more recent pots are all fired in my electric kiln to midrange temperatures. I love how some of the glazes mimic characteristics of results from atmospheric kilns. The serendipity of glaze flows and crystals are things I am actively pursuing. The salt glazed jar, vase and juice cups are from around 2008.

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12 Responses to GALLERY

  1. Carter, old friend! Jim Richardson sent me your wonderful blog, and I’m so very happy to see you here! The pots are looking so animated and full of life, and I especially love your new salt and peppers. I’m excited to read what is going on for you and with you, and I’m just thrilled that you’re making pots and writing!!!

    • Staaacey! So nice to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words. There is too much catching up to do here, so I will track you down elsewhere. Just so you know, this blog was motivated by you getting your website up and running way back when. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Paul Ouzts says:

    I am wild about the last “JUICE GLASS2 ” piece. The glaze is some of the best I’ve seen lately. The CUPS & handles are beautifully excuted and I hope to acquire some JUICE pieces soon. You are indeed a talented artist and should be better known.

    • Thanks Paul!

      I am really fond of the surface I got on the juice glasses too. I only wish I still had access to that kiln! Having to adjust to firing in an electric kiln has been an experiment in frustration at times, but I have learned so much in the process. I think I have a clearer idea of what I like in a surface, and I now have the tiniest clue as to how I can get close to those qualities. But its still a work in progress, still something I continue to explore!

      Thanks for the kind words! Hope you get to give one of my pots a home at some point. My pots always need good homes to go to. Thanks again!

  3. sarrah says:

    I just read your “The creative virtues of grogginess” and “The creative upside of brain damage” I have a new philosophical crush, Yup, let’s call it brain love. I look down at the bottom to see what manner of person would hit so closely to my own thought and low and behold, I see you are a potter- oh please! Me too! Please realize your penning, just gave me complete license to justify all my midnight to 7 am wheel sessions. Thanks Hammer time.


    • I’m honored Sarrah!

      Good luck with the potting. It sounds like you are doing well if you can’t help but be dragged into the studio for those overnight sessions! Keep it up, and enjoy!


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  5. Ron Ball says:

    like all your pots, are using a white clay body. Are most of your glazes ones that you have developed yourself. All the conbinations seem to go really well together.

    • Thanks Ron! Its a mixed bag of ones I’ve developed and ones from other potters. I’ve gone through phases of testing and tweaking to get here, but I agree, things seem to be looking pretty good these days! Thanks for the kind words!

  6. Carol says:

    Glad I happened on your blog. Your glazes are beautiful and your pieces look good for the hand. Oh, and your writing has cheered. me.


  7. Angelique says:

    I have shared your blog with our university pottery club group. Your work inspires many first time potters, who are also young stressed out undergraduates trying to find the life path that fits them best, and for that your words and life story mean a great deal to them. Thank you for transmuting your learned impressions into shared expressions that convey both beauty and insight.

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