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Welcome to the Potter's shop!
Open by Appointment, or during nursery events.
For directions click here! For an appointment, call 423/348-6570. Thanks!
Here's a shot of the studio, and the view from the back window of the studio onto our pond (if you look closely, you might be able to see splattered clay on the window...)
A sampling of Philip's current work, 2011: All of Philip's pottery is microwavable, dishwasher safe, and lead free. You may bake in it, but it may not be used on the stove top.
Majolica (pronounced may-ole-ick-uh). Philip's interpretation of an old, painterly technique.
Philip's slipware in all it's manifestations. Slipware is created by brushing liquified clays over the surface of the pots as they dry, then firing, then applying a shiny glaze over the pots and re-firing to the final temperature.
New yellow and blue ware.
Here are some of Philip's 2011 pots:
Cup Small bowl
Moonshine mugs for a special order The pottery truly comes to life when it is used- homemade ravioli- yum...
Philip is working in the studio daily again, after nearly three years of getting us moved to our new home in Fall Branch. He's built greenhouses and coldframes, started renovating farm buildings, cleaned up land, built his cabin studio, and tended a flock of sheep and herd of goats. It is great to see him moved into the studio and making beautiful pots again.
Here is a sampling of Philip's work: captions above photos. Scroll down, there's a lot here. Keep in mind that Philip makes all his own glazes, slips, etc, so these pots are the real deal.
Brown slipware. On left is a large, slab built, footless platter, on right are two slab built soap dishes, note the clever little feet...
This is some of Philip's green marbleware. Difficult to capture in a photograph. So beautiful; really shiny and glassy smooth.
The bowl is shown entire and in detail. It is about 12-14 inches across, and relatively shallow. Nice serving bowl or fruit bowl.
This size sells quickly as it makes a beautiful gift, and is a really useful size. In fact, he makes lots of these bowls in a yellow marble pattern, but they are all gone, after only one show and a few drop-in customers. Will be more soon....
Here is an unfired version...
Green slipware. Note the textured edges. This stuff is gorgeous. It somehow manages to look primitive and modern at the same time.
The platter on left is footless, and has dark wavy lines of slip alternating with smaller lines that are the result of scratching through the wet slip and revealing the clay beneath. The one on right has a prominent foot, so it sits up nicely on the table, and its lines are the result of fingers wiping through wet slip.
The same sort of techniques, but with different pigments results in Philip's yellow-ware. Striking, and pairs very nicely with antiques.
On left, an almost flat platter, again with textured edge, just done with a different tool. Finger-wiped design. This one is now mine- I couldn't resist! It is my favorite thing to present with a few slices of artisan cheese, fruit, nuts, and honey. Gorgeous!
The small bow on right has a slip-trailed design. Wheel thrown.
This is similar to the marble ware, but the pattern is much more bold, less blending. I call it Green Tigerware. It, too is difficult
to photograph, due to its shiny surface, but it is entrancing in life. The platter, shown in entirety and in detail is slab built and footless.
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