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Pottery entrance-smWelcome to Pig Pen Pottery! On this page you will see the most recent posts about my work,  the farm and other sundry moments of interest. If you would like to see something specific, the navigation bar is sorted by content.

Berry Bowls

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog posts, Functional Stoneware, uncategorized | Comments Off

Berry Bowls

Just right for the season! These berry bowls and more functional stoneware as well as some decorative work can be seen at Scope Gallery in the Torpedo Factory on Union Street in Alexandria, Va. The Kiln Club Show, “Aquatics” will run from July 28 to August 31. I will be there August 4th, 6th and 25th. Please come and visit!

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Spiral Platter

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Blog posts, Functional Stoneware | Comments Off

Spiral Platter

This platter is made from a thrown disc. After it has set up a bit, I stretch it until it becomes an oval. Note that the throw rings become ovoid. These rings give the glaze something to play with.

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Cooking Pots – day 2

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog posts, Cooking Pots | Comments Off

Cooking Pots – day 2

The pots have dried enough that I can stamp them to mark the front. I have thrown the lids, and some of them are set up enough to sit on the pots. I like to get the lid in place on the pot as soon as I possibly can to maintain the circular opening. The newspaper strips keep the lids from sticking as I have to remove them to complete the next step in the process.

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What’s Cooking?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog posts, Cooking Pots | Comments Off

What’s Cooking?

Now that we have the new cookbook with the image of Begoña Morton’s painting on the cover, I have had to get busy making pots to go with them. Here they are on day one, still shiny from throwing. They will sit for a day or until it is time to go to the next step.

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New Cook Book – just released

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Blog posts, Cooking Pots | Comments Off

New Cook Book – just released

This is the seventh edition of the cook book which is written specifically to go with the Pig Pen Pottery Clay Pot. There are a few new recipes and fewer typos. The book sells for $5, but it comes free with the purchase of any Terra Cotta Cooking Pot.

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End of winter surprise!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Blog posts, In and around the Pen | Comments Off

End of winter surprise!

My friend, Eric Zeig, blacksmith at Mount Vernon and also in Strasburg, Va. has made a fireback for the large fireplace in my studio. Its purpose is partly that it is so wonderful to look at, and also, it throws the heat from the fire out into the pottery. It will probably be May before we stop needing a fire!

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Red Pig

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Blog posts, Sculptural Pieces | Comments Off

Red Pig

Hooray! I guessed right on the amount of glass! I think the problem with the chicken (rooster, actually) in “Ooops!” below is that I forgot to take into account that the rooster would displace a good bit of glass! Something to learn from every firing!

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Oooops!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog posts, Sculptural Pieces | Comments Off

Oooops!

I must have been a bit over generous with the glass on this one. I am thinking that this is a bas relief that comes with its own wall! It is permanently attached to its kiln shelf. Maybe an interesting garden piece?

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Mortars and Pestles are back!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog posts, Functional Stoneware | Comments Off

Mortars and Pestles are back!

In recent years, I have been having trouble with cracking because both the mortar and the pestle are a bit hefty. I switched to a more open body clay, and so far, no disasters. Note the toasty color of the clay. As well the clay body is a bit coarse. This will give more bite to the grinding surfaces.

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