C McDonough Designs Studio will be holding an Open Studio event as part of National Clay Week. Saturday October 12 from 11 am to 5 pm. The studio will be open for people to walk through, all pottery is for sale and a Raku firing demonstration will be going on outside. We’ll be firing pieces made by several local students plus some of Carol’s Raku ware.
Raku fired vase
Take a ride in the country during peak leaf peeping time and checkout some of the amazing art being made in your area. Shop local and get a jump on your holiday gift list. Click on store in the upper left corner to see what’s available.
As a member of the Parkersburg Art Center I entered their annual member show “BowWowMeow”. I took in one of my cat food dishes and surprise surprise! I got a prize!!
The Stakeout, who will get the drop?
it’s porcelain and perfectly fine for people too
This dish is a little larger than my usual 4-5″ diameter. It was made as part of a special order from a cat owner who’s cat Stewie’s whiskers were bothered by the rim of a regular dish. I made three larger, shallower dishes for Stewie (I always make extras) and he got two. A portrait dish and a “Hittin the Sushi Bar”.
Stewie’s special order
I have a line of cat dishes with 14 hilarious drawings of cats. I have been hosting cats for most of my life and find them very aMUSEing . Click on store at the top of this page to see more…
I was accepted into Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s annual juried show this year. My sculpture “Blue Wave” will be on display at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio from May 5, through July 28, 2019. The show then travels to Springfield, Ohio from September 20 through December 15, 2019. Pictures below. This piece is made of slumped glass and clay with some resin embellishments. I have made some ceramic molds to create the glass shapes.
It’s time again for the Women of Appalachia Project, a special show that is run by and for women in the Appalachian region. It brings together visual artists and poets in a traveling art show and poetry readings. Here are pictures of my entries.
Flower/Vase slumped glass
Untitled glass and clay
BROKEN WATER clay,glass,stone,shell
Go to womenofappalachia.com for a full listing of events.
The Riverside Artists Gallery is putting on a show! The opening is August 25 from 6-9pm. Poets will read their poems and then a visual artist will talk about the artwork created to bring that poem alive.
The poem that inspired me is “Myself” by Debby Mullins
“I hear a noise in the distant night of a hound that seems to cry. ‘What’s wrong ole dog?’ I asked myself, but myself didn’t say why.
Myself is far in the future and always has somewhere to go. But as for me, I know nothing, my mind is just ‘to and fro’.
So like the ole dog I hear howling in the dark and distant night. My mind is not at ease and myself just isn’t right.”
Here are pictures of the sculpture I made, the scary trees represent the dark and distant night or the past. The white piece in front with tiny barefoot footprints the future and new hope/ideas. As myself and ole dog make their way down the path.
After a wicked hot May, we’ve had a few perfect days this June. I took the opportunity to fire up the Raku kiln and finish off some pottery that’s been waiting far too long!
the Raku kiln is sitting on top of some soft brick to protect the grass
Assisted by my faithful puppy Kato we settled in for an afternoon in the shade.
Since it’s early June there is lots of birdie action to watch. I got pics of a Redbelly woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker hitting the suet cake. Judging by the wad of suet they were carrying away I’d say they were feeding babies.
There was a pair of Bluebirds checking out one of my ceramic houses.
And this little ceramic owl seems a bit nervous about jumping into the fire!
I taught a Raku class recently and as usual I learned a lot. But first I had to refurbish my Raku kiln. I’ve had this kiln since the mid 80’s? and the last time I used it I burned too much gas. So I ordered a new kiln blanket, and relined the original kiln right on top of the old liner. The blanket is made of spun kaolin fibers and create a fabulous heat barrier in a tiny space.
the blanket can be cut to size with scissors
After piecing together some scraps on the bottom of the kiln and using high temperature wire to secure the seam it was time to apply heat!
It was a beautiful morning when I set up the kiln. I used some soft brick stacked two high to hold the kiln shelf. In Raku firing the pieces are usually fired one at a time so the shelf is pretty small. A round shaped kiln is also a plus as it directs the flame around the piece keeping the temperature more even. A small gas tank is attached and we are ready to fire!
As students arrive and glaze their pieces we get a rhythm going, preheating the next pot on top of the kiln helps to move things along as the piece is already hot when I restart the kiln. Each firing takes 15- 30 min.
I recently donated a Green Man to an auction for my favorite local art center. The Dairy Barn in Athens OH.
Paw Paw Green Man Sun
I also decided that I was done doing craft fairs. Even though I enjoy meeting my customers in person and talking peoples ears off, the time to pack, haul, set up, and tear down a decent display is a youngsters game. I’ve been called many things but “spring chicken” hasn’t been heard in a month of Sundays.
Not to mention the breakage.
It feels good, almost as good as actually losing weight ;-D