Tagged: ceramics

New socks, more wool, goldenrod blanket, jugs and incense burners

I finished a pair of socks from an order from the Tent Shop and just need to hem stitch the goldenrod blanket before I cut it off the loom. And, what is my last purchase prior to a self-imposed embargo on searches under

Backstrap loom, new pots

My borderline obsessive checking of craigslist for looms and equipment (despite not needing another loom or any other equipment) discovered a gem last week, a handmade backstrap loom. The woman I bought it from had got it directly from a weaver she met while in Central America, all of the parts were made by the weaver

New pots, napkins, blanket warp

I got some nice new pots out of the kiln, these were mostly just experiments with slips and glazing on the red clay I have been using now. I recently watched Madelyn van der Hoogt

I made a few weaving new year’s resolutions this year, mostly inspired by some reading that I’ve done and wanting to find the most efficient and technically gratifying way for me to weave. I hit the ground running last evening with that in mind, even though sometimes I have a glimmer of feeling that it’s patently absurd that I’m always teaching myself when it comes to weaving. That said, once I figure out how to do something once, I don’t forget it as I might do if shown in a workshop. The goal last evening was to warp back to front using Jane Stafford’s method, which after much fumbling with the lease sticks and clamping the raddle to all 4 shafts, I cracked it and it’s a totally brilliant way of putting a warp. I put on a really narrow warp to do some experiments for some new rugs using the ‘meet and separate’ method, however this morning when I was up and happily weaving with some tips from Peter Collingwood in mind, two of the warp threads snapped. I had randomly grabbed some cotton off my shelf last night not thinking about whether it would hold up to the tension need for a rug warp.


Unrelated to weaving post about building and firing a pit kiln

While we were dyeing we were also working on some ceramics that we planned to fire in a pit kiln. We made some basic forms, all from slabs and coils, using a pretty robust clay that we hoped could stand the mostly uncontrollable heat of a pit kiln.

My handsome row of vessels pre-firing.

We dug

Salt Spring

I spent this past weekend on Salt Spring Island, where spring is pretty much struggling to arrive as much as it over here. However, it was nice to see some rhubarb sprouting and the latest developments on the wooden sailboat my brotherĀ is at work restoring and get some beautiful ceramics from Meg Buckley. We visited her studio which was cozy beyond belief, she was getting prepared to put a huge amount of stoneware work into her kiln as well as sitting down to throw in porcelain.