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Posted By: mahanpots, 05-20-2020, 05:23 AM

I'm working on a series of pitchers, drawing tree limbs on the outside using these different sized tools, etching through a slip (liquid clay) to reveal the darker clay underneath.

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05-20-2020, 11:48 AM   #2
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You are the first 'other potter' I've encountered in here. I guessed you might be southern-based, judging by the style of the pottery, and the log cabin (?) you are working in.

Does the name Charles Counts ring any bells?
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When I saw this I immediately thought of Seagrove. Then I checked out your profile, and voila! I live on the opposite side of NC, but my wife and I would like to visit your area again. I bought a lens from a PF member in your neck of the woods, and it would be nice to meet you both if we get over that way. It's too far for a day trip, so maybe we'd stay in a B&B.
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When I saw this I immediately thought of Seagrove. Then I checked out your profile, and voila! I live on the opposite side of NC, but my wife and I would like to visit your area again. I bought a lens from a PF member in your neck of the woods, and it would be nice to meet you both if we get over that way. It's too far for a day trip, so maybe we'd stay in a B&B.
We are currently open for business, practicing social distancing, etc. There are two B&Bs in Seagrove, The Duck Smith and Seagrove Stoneware Inn. Not sure if they're open yet. Thanks for the comment, and we'll see you later hopefully.

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You are the first 'other potter' I've encountered in here. I guessed you might be southern-based, judging by the style of the pottery, and the log cabin (?) you are working in.

Does the name Charles Counts ring any bells?
Yep, we live in North Carolina. I've not heard of Charles Counts, but we're looking him up now. Thanks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mahanpots Quote
I've not heard of Charles Counts, but we're looking him up now. Thanks.
I cut my teeth on his book, "Common Clay."
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I'm impressed that you built a wood kiln. My mom and I started a pottery in Maine back in the 70's, and we built our propane fired kilns, first one a small catenary arch out of hard firebrick, then a larger, barrel arch out of soft firebrick. We started out firing to cone 10, but decided to cut our losses and went down to 9.

Your pottery looks really top quality.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mahanpots Quote
etching through a slip (liquid clay) to reveal the darker clay underneath.
Completely unknown black art to me is pottery, tried a the potters wheel thing once... an absolute disaster.

Is this cutting back process done, while it's all still soft or once fired?
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I cut my teeth on his book, "Common Clay."
So, do you make pots now? Ever heard of Tony Clennell? He's from Ontario.

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Completely unknown black art to me is pottery, tried a the potters wheel thing once... an absolute disaster.

Is this cutting back process done, while it's all still soft or once fired?
Working on the wheel is magical. It's a very efficient way of making pots though. It took me over a year just to learn to center the clay properly. The etching I did in the photo is done when the pot is still drying, stiff enough to handle.

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nice shot with a good composition
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So, do you make pots now? Ever heard of Tony Clennell? He's from Ontario.
I made pots in Maine and Scotland (where I attended the Edinburgh College of Art for a couple of years) from ~1970 - 1980, and then from 1986-1990 at Clayworks Pottery in Halifax. I got out of it for health reasons, because of the clay dust and sulphur fumes from the firing, and went into graphic design and IT. After my wife and I relocated to Toronto I did some part-time potting for one summer at Cedar Ridge. When I retire from my day job in another year or two I might take it up again at a nearby pottery that opened up last year and rents studio access, or go back to Cedar Ridge.


I'd not heard of Tony Clennell. I might try to look him up next time I visit my brother in London, post-lockdown.
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Terrific image and really beautiful work!
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nice shot with a good composition
Thank you.

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Terrific image and really beautiful work!
Thanks a lot.
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The etching I did in the photo is done when the pot is still drying, stiff enough to handle.
Thanks for the additional insight.
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Pottery is not something I know but this photo is nicely done .
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