| The 1970's and my Pottery Career
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|To achieve the texture I wanted, I would build my own clay formula. I would mix, pug and measure it into consistant sizes. (Under Jennifer's watchful eye.)|
|Which, later that night, I would use to make my pottery. The following day (usually 10 to 12 hours later) I would scratch simple line drawings into the semi-soft clay pots.|
|Which were then set aside to dry before glazing, which was done during the greenware stage.|
|Mine was a once-fire process. My kiln could hold from 75 to 90 pots per firing.
To read the book on the kiln Click here.
|When the kiln was unloaded...
It was like Christmas.
|The MOST popular selling pots were the "Cattails" and the "Tree in the field".|
|Custom work was often produced from photographs. Homes, farms and landscapes were hand drawn in the wet clay pots and later glazed for color.|
|The same technique was used on tiles, murals and plates designed for wall hanging.|
|Large 22" X 11" single piece tiles and
Multiple piece, 5" X 5" tile murals.
|This mural of a Southern Minnesota Farm hangs in the First National Bank of Blue Earth.|
|The tile "postcard" (left) is the reverse side of the hiway scene (right). Tile is 21¼" X 10½".|
|This "postcard" (left) was juried into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts display.
The display case (right) was a month long invitational showing in the Twin Cities Federal Atrium Gallery.
|For Five years I was invited to display my wares in a booth in "Heritage Square", the Arts and Crafts area of the Minnesota State Fair.|
|My portable display booth was set up at 'Art Fairs' in parks and shopping malls, where I would sell and take orders for ...|
|hanging planter lamps,|
|planters, vases and shelf sculptures|
|and table lamps.|