Thursday, June 9, 2016

Colonel Sanders


Da Funk Is Back. A MILESTONE JUG. Number 200

"Colonel Sanders, Chicken Of The South."

It seems that while his troops were engaged in a pitched battle the Colonel was getting "fried" in the local tavern.
He wasn't alone. There were several other officers present in that tavern. There was Captain Nail, he was getting hammered. General Walls, getting plastered.
Any resemblance between this fictitious character and any Colonel Sanders living, dead, or being played by Norm Macdonald, is purely coincidental and just a little ridiculous.

A MILESTONE JUG. Number 200 and only the second rooster I have ever made.


























Friday, April 22, 2016

Natures Blessing

"Natures Blessing"... On its way to Goddard Center's juried exhibition.
It was hand built, from wild mud, coated with Terra Sigillata, buffed and saggar fired. No glaze is used.
This is from a greater body of work I'm calling, "Oklayhoma". The pieces will all be made from wild mud, hand dug and processed in Oklahoma. My goal is to use native materials, processes and alternative firing methods to produce a contemporary body of sculpture, marrying the ancient and the modern. This first series is under the subheading "Red River Narrative" this series will be comprised of pieces made from materials sourced within 50 miles of the Red River.






Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Silver Tongued Devil

This old "Silver Tongued Devil" can talk anyone into (or out of) just about anything. His guile and cunning are boundless. His sweet demeanor and soothing voice can disarm even the most wary individual.
He used to sell used cars but he is now studying law with plans to go into politics.

#197 of the last 1000 Major Jugs I will make. By a lifetime Potter/Sculptor.

















Thursday, October 22, 2015

Old Blind Jack

"Old Blind Jack", lay face up in the Oklahoma sun all summer. Without any shade to protect his eyes, Jack went blind. When Halloween came around Jack just grabbed the nearest gourd by the vine and commanded it to guide him to the festivities. The gourd complied. You don't refuse a mad, blind pumpkin.





















Thursday, October 1, 2015

Political Animals

The 2016 Presidential Elections.

It ain't a circus.  it's a sideshow.  A circus requires more than clowns. It needs acrobats and skilled performers. All we have are clowns.




Saturday, August 8, 2015

New Jugs Just Out Of The Kiln

"Al Litigator, Attorney, And The Advocates Devil."
#184 of the last 1000 Major Jugs By a lifetime Potter/Sculptor.






















"Another Long Hot Summer, Not A Drop Of Rain"
#186 of the last 1000 Major Jugs By a lifetime Potter/Sculptor.
























"Shifty Old Devil"
This old devil has a shifty mind. The eight-ball shifter knob gives him away as an OLD devil. He's a three speed devil in a six speed world.#187 of the last 1000 Major Jugs By a lifetime Potter/Sculptor.





















"The Remarkably Unremarkable Man."
#185 of the last 1000 Major Jugs By a lifetime Potter/Sculptor.




Friday, July 31, 2015

A Shifty Old Devil

A jug in progress. This old devil has a shifty mind. The eight-ball shifter knob gives him away as an old devil. He's a three speed devil in a six speed world.










Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Remarkably Unremarkable Man.


This is a face jug in progress. This was a difficult piece for me. It is a simple, serene, unremarkable man. There is no social commentary, no demons whispering in his ear, no thoughts or nightmares bursting out of his head. There are no horns, warts, sharp teeth, warty tongues or crazy eyes. There is just this ordinary man with an enigmatic smile and a calm demeanor.

The neighbors described him as quiet man. He was soft spoken and he kept to himself. They saw him as far from threatening. They described him as a easygoing, often carrying  groceries for people. He had an – almost serene – disposition about him. Neighbors are still in shock after.........




Sunday, July 26, 2015

Another Long Hot Summer Without A Drop Of Rain

Work in progress. "Another Long Hot Summer Without A Drop Of Rain". The cruel clouds tease a parched earth. Dedicated to the folks out west that are enduring a monumental drought.























Why does the muse strike me at all the most extreme times of the year? I notice that this is happening to other potters right now as well. My theory takes me back to my childhood. The summers here were brutally hot but we really didn't feel the heat as much as we do today. We were conditioned. We had no air conditioning and no one else did either. We coped by opening the doors and windows and using fans to circulate the air. We slept on a screened back porch or in the back yard. During the day I would play in the cool dirt on the shady side of the house. I guess I still am playing in the dirt on the shady side of the house.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Underglazing "Al Litigator and The Advocates Devil".

Underglazing "Al Litigator and The Advocates Devil".
I layer underglazes when the jug is black hard. After bisque firing, stains will be rubbed into the surface and then wiped off to reveal the textures and muddy the colors. It will then be glazed with a clear glaze and fired to about 2200f. I'm wearing my lighted hat. It helps me see all the details. It is great for sculpting as well.