Sunday, November 27, 2016


I rarely have a piece come out of a wood firing that I am completely pleased with. It does occur, but not often, and certainly not in high numbers. What I am looking for out of a firing is depth and variation of surface, or "landscape", as a piece is rotated 360 degrees. Refiring provides the opportunity for a piece to obtain this. The first image below is an example of a sake cup that was initally fired on the side wall of the anagama firebox. It achieved superior ash melt, but I find it to be lackluster in surface variation. Thus, a prime candidate for refiring! The second image is after a second firing, and exemplifies the aesthetics I am seeking.

First firing

Second firing

Monday, November 7, 2016

Out of the Ashes

These wood fired pieces were selected for inclusion in "Out of the Ashes", a national exhibition showcasing contemporary wood fired ceramics. It is being held at Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL. From approximately 200 entries, 55 works were chosen. The show opens on December 10th, 2016 and runs through January 30th, 2017.

Chawan (w/ wooden box)

Firebox Guinomi

Bud Vase

Thursday, October 27, 2016

IWFE poster

This is the poster for Schaller Gallery's current "International Wood Fired Exhibition", curated by Phil Rogers (Wales, UK). It is an honor to have been chosen to participate.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cassville, WI Firing

Ken Bichall, of Dubuque, Iowa, was kind enough to ask me this summer if I would like to have some work fired in the inaugural firing of a new wood kiln he was constructing in Cassville, Wisconsin. In September he fired for seven and one half days, achieving c/11+. Here are five sake cups that I had in the kiln...


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Taiwan Chawan Expo

The International Chawan Expo Exhibition is being held in Maioli,Taiwan this year, and there are two venues. The first is at the Northern Maioli Art Center, from November 1st - 10th, 2016. The second exhibition is being held at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, also located in Maioli, from November 15th, 2016 - February 1st, 2017. These are the three wood fired kurinuki chawan I will have on display...

Friday, September 23, 2016

International Wood Fired Ceramics

These eight wood fired pieces will be part of "International Wood Fired Ceramics 2016", curated by Phil Rogers. The show's venue is Schaller Gallery, 210 State Street, St. Joseph, MI, and runs from October 11th - early November, 2016. This exhibition can be viewed online by clicking: HERE

Tea Caddy

Sake Cup

Sake Cup

Tea Bowl

Bud Vase




Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Clay Cup

These three wood fired kurinuki cups were recently selected for "The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas". Juried by Dan Anderson, 74 cups were chosen out of a field of 206 entered. This exhibition is being held from October 24th - November 17th, 2016 in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri,  Columbia, MO. You can view this show online by clicking: HERE


Sake Cup

Sake Cup