Sunday, April 16, 2017

Taking a break

So... I'm taking a pottery break for a while. I've been busy learning web design and web development, which actually isn't all that different from functional ceramics.
I'll be back in the studio in January! Visit my website at if you're curious to see what else I've been up to. Here's a taste of my knitting...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Testing a water etching technique

I decided to try Amy Roberson's water etching technique that was featured in the May/June issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.

I made some tiles, waited until they were leather-hard, and then applied damp circle shapes (made of paper)
I brushed glossy Mod Podge over the tiles and waited for it to dry

Then I carefully removed the paper (using an x-acto blade)

There's bare clay wherever the paper had been. I used a wet sponge to sand it away. I went a little overboard on the tile on the left - you can see I accidentally sanded away the Mod-Podge and wrecked the pattern. Oops. I'm so clumsy.
This tile looks good though! I can't wait to see how it looks glazed.

I'm excited to try this technique on some cups and saucers. Our shino and translucent glazes will show off the relief pattern pretty well, I think.
You can see Amy Roberson's work at

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Photos from "The Potter's Kitchen" show

Setting up

More setting up - there's Moira, Gordon, Ken, and Elisse

Some of our work (prior to set-up):

Mark Lapczenski

Me (Sue Kirchgessner)

Judy Wach

Joe Morris

We set up a large farm-style table with a place setting from each potter.

Sue Peplin

Leah Gary ("The Solar System - In Memory of David Bowie")

Leah Gary ("My Mother's Hutch") with my miniature dining table and rug.

A detail of Leah's miniatures

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Silly Rabbit!

I re-fired this bowl and was able to fix the glaze crawling issue


10-inch plate - looks grreat!

7-inch plate

7-inch plate

Cups and Saucers

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Our busy studio

Just a couple of shots of our busy studio at BayArts. We're all getting ready for "The Potter's Kitchen"