Right around the corner…April 1, 2014April 1, 2014Justin

Ashfest is right around the corner, and it’s shaping up to be an awesome experience.  2 weeks ago I attended the NCECA conference, and returned with the flu.  It’s been a tough bug to kick, but I finally made it back into the studio yesterday.  I’ve made a few changes to my studio practice in an effort to make it physically easier on my body.

I purchased the new Shimpo NVS-07 de-airing pugger/mixer, what an amazing machine!  There are so many good quality commercial clay bodies on the market.  I’ve been “blending” various clay bodies with my custom blend, and they’ve been producing some great results and very workable clay bodies.  It’s truly been a blessing to have in the studio.

I also bought a new Shimpo VL Whisper wheel at NCECA for a great price, and I also picked up the tall legs.  I’ve set this up as a standing wheel to throw the smaller pots, my butt feels much better.  I still have a brent cxc to sit at for trimming, and making larger works, so the combination seems to be working thus far.

The last firing in my kiln was the best yet, and I am bringing some of the best work with me to share with you all at Ashfest.  I’ll be giving a 2 day workshop at the Savannah College of Art and Design just before Ashfest, so it’s a busy couple of weeks getting ready to fire “Mama”.

I spoke with Dan yesterday, and we have a few spaces and accommodations still available. The wood is split, he has a plentiful amount of side stoke wood ready, and everyone is busy making work for the firing.  I always suggest everyone bring extra work, it’s a really big kiln.  Contact me or Dan if you want to signup, or have any questions.  It’s going to be an awesome firing for sure!

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