Dear friends and family,
Tom Gray and Jane Muse
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Regards to all-Tom
A customer sent this image my way today, a teabowl of mine she bought yesterday afternoon. It looks like it found a good home :-)
The second firing of 2018 was highly successful; many glaze tests were included, most of which determined some new glazes not to incorporate into my repertoire. Knowing what NOT to do is obviously just as important as knowing what to do. That said, there were some successes that I hope to put to good use in the coming months.
The 2nd image is of a stack of oversize pasta/salad/soup bowls in TuSk, a glaze pattern I came up with last Spring. There were some new Cordoba glazed pieces as well as the shino, matte black, aqua, and copper reds I have been using for a while now.
The little guy on the far right is Oliver Muse, AKA Ollie, Jane's most recent Pekingese rescue, and a most welcome addition to our home. He is definitely Jane's dog, but has squirmed his way into my heart as well.
More to come-Tom
I am trying some new shapes for some of my old standards this year. My brie bakers have all been made for 8 oz. wheels and these will have the same volume, but are a little more compact, maybe sturdier. I am looking forward to firing some of these with Cordoba, my latest glaze pattern!
Everything tastes better when eaten from handmade pots.
View from the kiln shed smack dab in the middle of the Old North State. 5 in. of snow so far. Mixing glaze tests and glazing pots for the first kiln load of 2018.
Lots of pots! Lots of clay tests, primarily NC clays! Lots of glaze tests!
I am heading toward firing number 16 for this year. I had a slow start back in January, but will have caught up by year's end. Here are some images of my latest foray-into much larger pots. It's been a great year for Tom Gray Pottery, thanks to all who are now gifting and/or enjoying my pots.
Many of my fondest memories were made at the table with friends and family. That is why I make pots; for those times when we gather around the table and celebrate - life.
Happy Thanksgiving from Tom Gray Pottery.
Handmade stoneware mortar and pestle sets need very little care, and can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. I suggest grinding a little bit of cheap, white rice to make sure the interior surface of the mortar, and the blunt end of the pestle are smooth. Grind all over the un-glazed interior surface, then rinse away any residue, then do it again. Cooks Illustrated Magazine suggests this technique.
I was invited to speak to the NC Pottery Collectors Guild at their September meeting. I had no idea PowerPoint presentations could be so much fun! My traveling companion was my friend Anne Partna, owner of Blue Hen Pottery here in Seagrove. We popped in to Pho Vietnamese on Hillsborough St. for supper. If I'm ever in Raleigh again, and nearby, I will go back.
Tom Gray Pottery is open 10-5 Mon-Sat. We have a great selection on hand for Christmas gift giving. Come and see us!