July 29, 2011
All week I've been adding new cups and mugs from my lasted wood firing to my online Etsy pottery shop, www.joytanner.etsy.com. I have some nice new ones there and I'll be posting 2 more each morning for the next few mornings, so bring your coffee and come hunt for a new mug!
July 23, 2011
I have been eating what feels like numerous pounds of kale and fresh salads lately. And of course, I've learned 101 ways to cook zucchini! But this is a great problem as I'm always craving fresh greens and veggies! My garden has exploded with fresh goodies this summer and I've happily been concocting yummy delights in the kitchen each day.
It seems almost every potter I meet has a serious love for food. Living here in this rural area among so many artists and farmers, you can't help but find the connection. Eating locally grown, seasonal food on handmade pottery...well, you just can't get much better than that!
Although I love following recipes, sometimes my most interesting dishes come from a pure sense of intuition, creativity and freedom I find in my kitchen. Similar to being in my studio making pots, the kitchen becomes such a creative outlet for me, where knowing your tools and ingredients allows you to open up, explore and invent! Somehow even after a day of being on my feet in the studio, I still don't mind coming home and coming up with what to eat. And with the bounty that's in my garden these days, I have lots of choices!
Here's one of my favorite cool summer foods:
Kale Slaw with Peanut Dressing
2 large bunches kale
2 red bell peppers, cleaned and cut into fine strips
2 large carrots, grated
4 radishes, grated3/4 cup unsalted peanuts, divided
1/3 cup peanut oil
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
pinch red pepper flakes
Fold each leaf of kale in half lengthwise and slice out the center rib, discard ribs. Roll a stack of the leaves up and slice in half lengthwise, then crosswise into very fine ribbons. Wash and rinse thoroughly in a salad spinner.
Toss the kale with the sliced bell peppers, carrots, radishes and 1/2 cup of the peanuts.
In a chopper or small food processor, briefly puree the remaining 1/4 cup peanuts, oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper flakes. Pulse it just a few times; the peanuts should be partially pureed, with nuts still left in the dressing.
Toss the dressing with the slaw and let it sit for at least a few minutes before serving.
(optional- you can even hide a few cups of grated fresh zucchini in this slaw and no one will know!)
July 12, 2011
These tall bottles of Will's were side fired on the bottom shelf and it was great to see some flame action on the surfaces, as well as some wood ash runs.
I love these 2 porcelain oval vases of his that were also side fired and have some interesting effects. I had mostly lots and lots of carved square bowls, mugs and cups in this firing, all of which I was pretty happy about! I'm loving the new carving patterns that come out these days, now I would like to do some more glaze testing for other colors to use over these carvings. Although the amber glaze sure does work well here.
This round of squared cups with the waist details are fantastic! I've learned just the right spots to put them in the kiln when we load. Every one came out great! Can't wait to put some of these online in my Etsy shop soon!
July 11, 2011
We had a nice firing overall, good color and soda and wood ash. Some of the pots right in the front turned out pretty cool. I had to quickly sand, price and pack up a good bit of the pots for Claymakers for them to head out today and now I'll go back and sort through the rest of them and take more detailed photos. Will had some interesting large pots on the top shelf and some side fired pots on the bottom shelf that have some great markings from the firing. More soon....
July 9, 2011
New work hot from my wood firing will be opening at Claymakers, July 15, 6-9 pm, Durham, NC!
I'm getting ready to send a large selection of the new pots (still cooling in the kiln). It's a group show, centering on the ideas of 'exchange', in terms of ideas, collaboration, and synthesis of a ceramic vocabulary. I am showing with Teresa Pietsch, a clay resident artist from the Energy XChange, along with three Durham potters who are bringing unique ideas and exchanges to this exhibit. Don't miss this great lineup of interesting work!
The opening night reception is next Friday, July 15, -6-9 pm, and the exhibit is up until September 10.
For more information, visit www.claymakers.com
July 7, 2011
Our firing carried out pretty well, had the most even firing yet from the looks of the cones. Yet the best part about firing a wood kiln in the mountains in July are the summer rainstorms that cool things off, lots of iced coffee, watermelon, and.....one of the Energy XChange glass residents' great idea to set up a swimming pool right next to the kiln! In between stoking, it definitely helped us keep cool and refreshed amidst all the hard work! Thanks Aaron! Now the kiln will cool for the next two days, and I'm back to all those other things that get pushed aside when I get so busy during the making and firing cycle.
July 5, 2011
What a whirlwind time has been lately and I haven't let you in on it, either! Will and I have been making pots left and right the past two weeks to get ready to fire the wood kiln. And today we loaded it up and will fire it tomorrow! I have a show opening up in Durham at Claymakers in less than a couple of weeks, which I'll tell you about more soon, so this firing had to fit in fast! Stay tuned for the unloading....