Pots+Prints: The Art of Amy & Amy

I have a sale coming up this weekend where I will be offering my handmade pottery alongside linoleum woodblock prints by Amy Riley. It will be located at a residence at 2230 Dallas Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006. June 4th hours are 12-8 with a reception beginning at 5 PM. June 5th hours are 12-4. Both savory and sweet treats, including homemade baked goods, will be available during the reception with beer, wine, and soda pop. We will be set up to accept cash, check, and credit card via Square. Hope to see you there!

I have been hard at work to make a new batch of work just in time for the show, which is currently in the kiln  for a glaze firing. Some of my other quite recent pots which will be available this weekend include these underglaze and decal decorated pieces:


Check out the Facebook invite here

You can look at Amy Riley’s recent work here


Craft Guild of Dallas Show & Sale

This past weekend one of my regular twice annual events with the Graft Guild of Dallas elapsed. I got some valuable feedback and an opportunity to see a selection of the new work in a display setting. The slightly warm white and surface texture of the glazed ware pleases me. I’m plunging ahead towards cake stands, more lidded vessels, and place settings galore, etc.


Here is an assortment of what I have made already for the show in early December.

Here is an assortment of what I have made already for the show in early December.

Poetry in Ceramic: a Joint Ceramic Show & Sale from Amy Henson and Allee Etheridge

This December from the 5th through the 7th a fellow Dallas area functional potter and I are hosting a 2-person show in Allee’s beautiful home in Carrollton, TX. The Friday night reception will feature tasty bites and beverages along with a little bonus: free cups to the first 50 attendees!

Front and back of our show postcard. Please send me your physical address to receive a mailed copy!

Front and back of our show postcard. Send us your physical address at poetryinceramic@gmail.com to receive a mailed copy! Photos by S.K. Plagens and design work by Haus of Murray, plus the drawing was freehand by me, so no copyright infringement please. 🙂

I am also bringing a huge presentation of my new work, all slab built white earthenware oxidation fired to cone 04 with underglaze drawings. I have been working in low-fire for a number of reasons: slab building has so much more formal flexibility than what I was able to get from throwing, attempting to bring cost of production and sale price to equivalency, and it’s just making me one happy potter lady! The image iconography is similar to the porcelain pots but executed in underglaze line drawings instead of sprigs or slip trailing. For the time being, anyway. Check out the new work or at least a sample of what will be available come December.

Four piece place setting.

Four piece place setting.



Cream & Sugar.

Cream & Sugar.

Butter Dish, large enough for a cheese log too.

Butter Dish, large enough for a cheese log too.

Urban Acres Holiday Market, 2013 Version

I’ve been welcomed to set up some pottery for sale yet again at the always awesome Urban Acres Holiday Market near the Bishop Arts District. Along with my myriad porcelain pots, Amy Riley will be presenting her lovely linocut prints and Amberly Hejny will have perfectly festive kitsch goodies in felt and the like, probably along with some other local artists and businesses. The event runs from 11 AM until 3 PM this Saturday, 12/14/2013, and is located on the patio so dress warmly to peruse the wares and possibly pick up some locally grown, organic, and/or grass-fed food items.

Address and business hours:  1605 N. Beckley Avenue, Dallas TX 75203, full Saturday hours from 8 AM to 6 PM

For more details on our smashing venue: Urban Acres website

Or check out their blog for the latest: Urban Acres blog

You can even see some teaser photos from last year’s event: 2012 Urban Acres Holiday Market

Also: Amy Riley’s Etsy shop

Hope to see y’all there! 🙂

I do have a ton of pots listed on Etsy if you can’t make it, to see them you can click the link under my Where to Buy tab. Which will of course be temporarily unavailable but only for the duration of the sale.

Harbor Artisan Market, etc.

Hey pottery fans, sorry about the long hiatus! I am officially back on the show circuit, and my next event was just added for this coming Saturday, Sept. 21st. I will be displaying primarily pottery with some jewelry for sale at the inaugural Harbor Artisan Market and Art Festival at the Harbor in Rockwall, TX. The hours extend from 10 am – 6 pm and this event is running in conjunction with a regatta. In addition to up to 50 artists there is plenty of free on-site parking, eateries, shops, a Cinemark movie theater, and a lovely view of Lake Ray Hubbard. The event will likely be bustling (they had ~3,500 attendees last year) so plan accordingly. Hope to see you there!

For more details: Events & News at The Harbor Rockwall

Also, save the date for my next established event, Nov. 1 – 3 for the Fall Sale & Show at The Craft Guild of Dallas in Addison TX. Link here: Craft Guild events and homepage

P.S. The reason my production has temporarily slowed down is to allow me to focus on building my gas-combusting kiln. Here’s a photo of the 8′ x 10′ concrete pad I will be building it on, shortly after completion!


Next on the agenda? Pickup the remainder of the necessary firebrick from the Houston area in Oct-Nov.

Photos from The Spring Show & Sale at The Craft Guild of Dallas

Firing back up to temperature after salting.

Firing back up to temperature after salting.

A solution of roughly 6.5 lbs of salt dissolved in nearly boiling water was sprayed into the kiln in increments, primarily through the rear ports located above the burner ports shown.

Just after opening the door, before unloading.

Just after opening the door, before unloading.

Almost all of the large pieces warped and/or cracked, and the higher than usual quantity of salt combined with a better volatilization from the water solution resulted in some both gorgeous and repugnant glaze effects. Yet another mixed bag. Thanks a lot lot, porcelain! (said with both sarcasm and appreciation)

TCG table setup after the Friday night reception.

TCG table setup after the Friday night reception.

I wore a Sugarhill Boutique horse batik dress from ModCloth with a Cynthia Rowley blazer from TJ Maxx, mint tights from Anthropologie, and All Black eel/fish skin kitten heels to work the Friday night reception.

A close-up of the pots on display, minus back-stock and what's chilling in the Gallery.

A close-up of the pots on display, minus back-stock and what’s chilling in the Gallery.

I also have some things in the Gallery space at the front of the building and about 1/2 again as many pots holed up for re-stock and/or future events. I’ll be on hand again Sunday 5/5/2013 from 2-5 pm if you want to see something that’s not on display.

A close-up of some of the pots.

A close-up of some of the pots.

A final close-up featuring a dragon jewelry dish, necklaces, and assorted functional pots.

A final close-up featuring a dragon jewelry dish, necklaces, and assorted functional pots.

My work will remain on display through Sunday, so make plans to attend if you’re able! Hours tomorrow run from 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5. TTFN!


Spring Show & Sale at The Craft Guild of Dallas

I am proud to announce my continued involvement in the Spring Show and Sale and the Craft Guild of Dallas in Addison, TX next weekend, May 3rd through 5th. Which is to say, I will have a whole slew of pots for sale fresh from the salt kiln being fired tomorrow! All works available are handmade by members and instructors of the Guild and should include functional pottery, sculpture, jewelry, painting, textiles, books, paper art, etc. The reception and silent auction this Friday night runs from 6-9 pm with complimentary food and beverages. Additional regular hours proceed on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. Parking is free and the venue is located near the intersection of Monfort and Beltline, with the nearest parking adjacent to the Guild off of Montfort.

For more details, go to their website: The Craft Guild of Dallas

I hope to see you there! Watch the blog for fresh pottery teaser photos when we open the kiln on Thursday.

Salt Fired Pots in September

I got my most recent batch pushed through a cone 10 reduction salt firing at the Guild. It’s primarily more ambitious pieces and prototypes, but the nice high temperature at shut-off and good quantity of salting gave me pretty successful results overall. I think the Some Bright Green did a bit too much running, but otherwise warping and cracking didn’t plague the pots. This is an ideal situation considering I use grolleg porcelain which tends to take any opportunity to warp and/or crack.

A successful teapot, with a well-fitting lid fresh from the kiln.

The colors and textures evident in the glazes are a bit different than the palette I am accustomed to. A few re-fired bowls got some unbelievable color and crystal variation, for example. The halo and richness of hue in the teapot shown above represent the overall results well. I am happy with the blue slip decoration, both inlaid and trailed, including the few pots with sufficient glaze fluxing to make the slip bleed and run.

Part of the newest batch.

The next event I know of that I’m bringing pots to will be the Fall Sale & Show at the Craft Guild of Dallas, which arrives in early November. I plan to get some more pieces completed by then. The finished pots in my studio are beginning to overflow, however, so we’ll see.

Art of the Pot studio tour, part 3

The shelves at destination #3 on the Austin, TX pottery studio tour, Keith Kreeger’s house, displayed the work of 4 potters: the host, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Michael Kline, and Peter Karner. I am already familiar with Deb’s, Keith’s, and Michael’s pots. I got a crash course on Peter’s work, although I have heard my university ceramics professor Peter Beasecker speak highly of his pots.

Keith Kreeger’s monochrome pottery.

Mr. Kreeger’s simply elegant forms marry well with the linear decoration and un-fussy glaze. The quality of craftsmanship gets emphasized by features like the crisp handles. The addition of summery Tito’s vodka cocktails, complimentary Chilantro korean bbq tacos straight off the food truck, and Byrd Collective flower arrangements created a wonderfully pampered and enjoyable atmosphere to discuss, peruse, and acquire gorgeous hand-made pottery.

More of Keith Kreeger’s pots, including some brand new work decorated with colored slip banding.

I like the new work with colored slip decoration; it has a nice aesthetic relationship to the monochrome pieces.

Part of Deborah Schwartzkopf’s display of work.

The liquor cups are a recent development in Deborah Schwartzkopf’s studio, and I’m loving the more saturated and richer-hued glazes. I already have a well-developed appreciation of and familiarity with Deborah’s pots, and I had the opportunity to add one of her sauce boats and juicers to my collection in April 2011 at the Dallas Pottery Invitational. The first time I encountered Deb’s work was actually a cup I bought at the NCECA cup sale of 2006. The cup captured my attention, and a visit to the nearby galleries during the conference confirmed my interest. One of the galleries presented her work with pots and sculptures by other woman potters working with porcelain; Ladies in White, I believe the show was called. That first cup I found represented one of her paler, more primarily colored pots, and I still frequently reach for it in my cabinet.

Deb Schwartzkopf pitcher.

This red-orange satin glaze looks so luscious. The assembly of a pitcher like this requires numerous thrown and handbuilt parts. The handle is definitely an ergonomic success, feeling comfortable to grip with a snug fit for the fingers.

Michael Kline pots.

Wax-resist vine patterns twined across the stoneware pottery of Michael Kline. Mr. Kline’s work has an ambitious, solid quality with nicely resolved formal decisions. I loved the cut rim on the plate, and the generous swell of the bellies, especially on some of the larger pieces.

A large Michael Kline jar.

Aaron’s favorite of Michael’s work was a green-glazed vase with vine patterning and finger combed slip, which I agree looked beautiful. I picked this large jar, which has a gorgeous form, faintly Persian sensibility, and a stellar decorative relationship to the size of the pot and the curvature of the walls.

Peter Karner’s primary display table.

I did not have much familiarity with Peter Karner’s work before the tour, beyond the occasional positive reference when we discussed the current pottery world of artists during my time as a University student under Peter Beasecker’s tutelage. The layered glazes, ambitious forms, well-resolved aesthetic decisions, and excellent craftsmanship evident in Mr. Karner’s pots all appealed to me immensely.

My new Peter Karner teapot.

I found myself returning to this particular teapot repeatedly, despite my effort to strictly enforce a purchasing budget. For pottery only, I attempt to listen for that undercurrent of attraction, because invariably a piece I can’t walk away from will feed back into my own studio practice as a positive influence. Peter told me the story of this particular form; a friend’s daughter had a plastic Aladdin tea-set, probably sometime soon after the Disney version premiered, which he did not pay much mind to. Sometime afterward this teapot form evolved. Over a decade later upon returning to visit this friend, Peter saw the Aladdin tea set in the garage, and the plastic teapot was the same form as the teapot he’d been making! I guess that’s what you call an embedded memory.

Byrd Collective floral arrangement in a Kreeger pot.

The Byrd Collective produced some nice Mother’s Day-ready floral arrangements for the event.

Another lovely arrangement.

My favorite arrangement.

The 4th and final installment to follow. TTFN!

Art of the Pot studio tour, part 1

Aaron and I rolled in at 1 am last night after a whirlwind overnight trip to Burnet and Austin,Texas. My cousins live in Burnet, and we stayed there Friday night before driving into Austin on Sat morning for the pottery studio tour named Art of the Pot. A giant jackrabbit graced our path down the driveway of my cousin’s rocky, cactus-strewn front acreage as we departed for another Mother’s Day in Austin. In fact, Art of the Pot always falls on Mother’s Day weekend. I have taken my Mom with me for the tour in past years; that mom-on-daughter time can’t be beat. Anyway, we made the 1st studio by 10:30. The tour ran until 5ish on Saturday, and runs from 11-5 today.

We typically do the tour backwards from how the studios are numbered in the mailer, beginning with Ryan McKerley’s studio near downtown on Cesar Chavez. I have known Ryan for several years now; he is an excellent ceramic artist, and a really great person. He shares the studio with Chris Campbell. The other potters who had been invited to display and sell work are Carl Block and Ingrid Bathe.

Part of Ryan McKerley’s inventory on display in his studio.

Ryan’s pots just get more superior with each passing year. To get the dimensional surface texture, each thrown piece receives an application of fixative like lacquer in a hand-painted pattern, which is then sponged heavily to remove clay around the fixed, waterproof pattern. It’s a technique I’ve seen referred to as water carving. He then glazes and soda fires the porcelain pots to cone 9/10 or so, in reduction. I have had the privilege of firing some of my work in his kiln, and the results are generally spectacular. The kiln I’m building this year is based partially on his kiln, since I intend to soda or salt fire.

A close-up of some more of Ryan’s pieces.

Chris Campbell shares the studio with Ryan. His pots this year were dipped in white slip and glazed clear to emphasize the natural imperfection and beauty of the slip coat. His pots have a genuine solidity, due to elements like the simple forms and straightforward design.

Some of the elegantly simple pots by Chris Campbell.

The bowls on the middle tier have a beautifully tall incised foot. I speculate that the feet were thrown, because trimming out that much clay would be a total headache, not to mention wasteful. Also note the finger marks where Chris gripped the pieces as they were dipped in slip: a nice record of the artist’s involvement.

This large jar by Chris Campbell is a beauty.

Ingrid Bathe brought her ultra-thin porcelain pinch pots to the Texas art appreciating public. While some of the work was glazed a subdued, cool color on the interior, most were fired raw, probably to cone 9/10. The texture of her process and the vitrified porcelain is tactilely pleasing.

A part of Ingrid Bathe’s display.

The five-lobed vessel with smaller dishes nested in each nodule was my personal favorite. Such beautiful and interesting work.

Some of Carl Block’s figurative pots.

Carl Block of Waxahachie, TX works in earthenware with colored slips and clear glaze, which of course gets low-fired. To me the influence of South American tribal pottery and Mexican folk art appears evident. Carl stated that a major influence which isn’t necessarily visible is the joy that drives his studio practice. The stirrup vessel shown in the back, with the skull and long-bones sculpted on, made a perfect graduation gift for my friend David who just acquired his PhD in Anthropology, with a personal focus in Mayanism.

More Carl Block head jugs and jars, and a mug.

Mr. Block serenaded the studio visitors on his mandolin, happily engaging folks in conversation when the opportunity arose. He actually gave me an interesting tip for working with porcelain. To stiffen the walls of the pots when I’m throwing, I could make porcelain grog to mix in the clay body by bisqueing ground trimming scraps, then ball-milling the bisque craps down to powder.

Mr. Block with his mandolin and a tall figurative vessel.

Stay tuned for the second of the four studio tour installments.

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