A staircase full of potters from last nights preview party.
Having our pottery family all together in one place can s always one of my favorite things about the @pottersmarketinvitational
With @ridgelinepottery @bandanapottery @spistudios @sedberrypottery @galensedberry @johnstongentithesstudios @akirasatake @carolinaflowers_
#potterystaircase #apotterslife #pottersmarketinvitational #pottersmarket2018

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All set up and ready for the @pottersmarketinvitational tomorrow. General admission at 10am. If your in the Charlotte area, we hope to see you there.
It’s been a huge honor to have an image of my work as the face of the show’s promotional material. It’s very humbling to see it everywhere, especially on these 7ft tall banners!
Thanks to everyone who works so hard to make this show happen and to all the artists and all the collectors who come out and appreciate what we do.
I love you all.
#pottersmarketinvitational #apotterslife

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Pots in the yard.
We unloaded the kiln on Monday afternoon. It seems really good, at least as far as I can tell after 3 days of looking at it all.
So begins the long process of cold-working everything and trying to ascertain what is a success and what is not.
Looking forward to the @pottersmarketinvitation
#potsintheyard #woodfiredpottery #woodfiredceramics

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Charcoal introduction in the second chamber.
We just finished up a really smooth three day burn.
I’m grateful to have such a spectacular crew. It makes it all worthwhile to do it together.
With @mattwegleitner @micahmakespots @kristeneasters @gillandotypottery @juliecantwellceramics @t.glosby @nicklistoceramics
#woodfiredpottery #woodfiredceramics #woodkiln #woodfiredkiln

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Firing.
I love loading but it’s by far the most stressful part of the woodfiring process for me. It’s a big kiln and we load all 3 chambers at the same time in 2 days. It’s a bit hectic. Lots of problem solving and planning goes into the load and because the loading is so essential to creating the surfaces on the finished work it’s really important that we do it right. You want to take your time But there is always some kind of deadline looming in the distance and we have to start on time or the whole schedule gets thrown off.
It’s all a bit stressful for me.
But once the fire is lit it’s a huge relief. Then it’s just the firing. It has its own schedule. It doesn’t need to go fast. The beginning candle is actually quite relaxing.
This is my view from the captains chair on the first morning. It doesn’t get old.
As we near 50 firings on this kiln it’s still exciting. So much potential.
#firing #woodfiring #pottersmarket2018 #pottersmarketinvitational #woodkiln #woodfiredceramics #woodfiredpottery

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