|Cool sign hangs in the workshop room |
(touched up by instagram)
Get this: a Shino workshop with Lou Raye Nichol, Les Richter, Jeff Shapiro and Regis Brodie AND the expertise of Jim Bailey, all in one place in one weekend.
I, however, have a ways to go before I get to Shino Heaven... my high iron stoneware is not compatible with shino that includes redart (!!). I will write a separate post about that debacle.
On to better things~
We started the weekend with a Friday night glaze fest- and oh what a fest it was!! Potters dunking, blowing on pots, waxing, slipping (no falls, thank goodness), and speed drying with fans. We made a good mess, for sure.
|the wax and slip table|
As usual, it's an exciting environment when potters get together. The space at Bailey provides a great atmosphere for fostering that energy. People were sharing information, trading business cards, talking all things shino and other pottery practices. It's just such a great community to be a part of, really I feel blessed to be a part of it in my small way. I mean, I love blogging with you all- but connecting in person is even better :)
|Glaze test samples|
I had wonderful table mates: Carol who flew in from Chicago, Pam from Connecticut, and Kim from upstate NY, like me.
|Carol, Pam and Kim|
A really special part of the weekend was when Jim announced that he had a Malcolm Davis piece sent to him by Malcolm a while back. Jim added this piece to the kiln to give homage to Malcolm and as an offering to the kiln gods.
|Malcolm Davis cup|
At the end of the workshop we toasted Malcolm Davis, his life, and all he contributed to the Shino movement in America. It was pretty special...
|Jim leads the toast|
Another great Bailey workshop. I hear they have one planned for late September on Extruding! I'm signing up....care to join me ?!