Sulphur Bluff, Texas, USA


Student Work

These are a few of the things my students made last semester:

Z. Breazzeale - Intro to Drawing

C. Neal - 2D Design

Sketchbook assignment for Intro. to Drawing

C. Bateman - Intro to Drawing

A. Stutts - Intro to Drawing

L. Arbogast - 2D Design

C. Bateman - Intro to Drawing


my intro to drawing class in-class exercise with 5 foot drawing poles. (self-poletrait assignment)



It is winterizer time in Johnson City, for the next several weeks I will be bundled up working on some new drawings/paintings/mixed media type work. The clay is just too cold! Just finished a drawing of George Washington (detail photo) and working on a new one called The Conversation.



The fourth time was a charm with my bread making experiment. This steaming loaf of rye came out just right! and just in time for some breakfast(with a little room temp. butter, which I like to call RTB- not so commonly to be confused with RJB) Thanks Michael Kline for the recipe and tips for making a killer loaf. One day I am going to be a real bread maker.


Brick Clay

This is a picture from summer 2010 when Naldo and I were getting brick clay at the now shut down brick factory, General Shale here in Johnson City. It takes a lot of clay to make bricks.



Set up and ready for the market tomorrow in Marshall.
Thanks Michael for the 'peds'.




each working cycle produces new drawings, new forms, new ideas, a lot of new. After a good day at MK's I'm back home and trying to get through all the new work grading it, wet sanding, and pricing for the market this weekend!

From angry dogs to four-wheelin', this batch of pots have been interesting.

More photos later!


The Bear

Well, the firing went off last night about 9pm and I am hoping for good results! The pots from all the effort, concentration, and wanderlust that went into the kiln hinge on the final firing. It seems to me that a lot of people who work with clay like to have complete control of every aspect of what they make. I am no exception. However, when you fire, a kiln unfailingly takes on a personality of its own.

Unloading a kiln is similar to meeting a new and interesting person. There is a sense of familiarity, intrigue, and newness. Best analogy I've got for today.

Most importantly, this weekend is The Marshall Handmade Market! Come, chat, visit, and buy some of my wares, books, drawings, and other things.


First Bisque

Today was a flagship day! I loaded and started my first bisque in the new studio in preparation for the Marshall Handmade Market. My making has stopped for the next glaze firing, except for a few flasks I need to finish up tonight and get dry for the next bisque. Two bisques should be a good load for The Bear.

Wednesday I go to work for Michael as he is gearing up for a Thanksgiving firing with fellow Snow Creek potter, Courtney Martin in her wood kiln.

Then Saturday I fire The Bear.

Love and Peacefrogs,


multi-media experience

I find myself working on new projects and trying new things. Watercolors, acrylics, new collage-type stuff, some paste paper for new pamphlet books. All of these new things are an idea I have to compliment my pottery display at the Marshall Handmade Market on November 20th.



There is a chill in the East Tennessee air, the season is changing and the ground has been wet for several days. The only good thing about the temperature getting colder is that it indicates football season. I am making a lot of pottery and starting some new drawings and paintings for a (flat, 2D) show I have scheduled at the Millennium Center here in Johnson City come January (more to come on that).

I heard back from a couple of juried shows I entered recently. I got a piece in at Cape Fear Gallery in Fayetteville, NC - and I got 4 small bowls in a show in Bemidji, MN. YEAH!

In progress new work:


The Shop of John Simmons

This is an excerpt from an article I found in a Memphis Magazine describing downtown Memphis in the 60's.

First to come was a collection of retailers, moving into storefronts along Madison that just a year before had housed a bicycle shop, insurance agencies, a drug store, and other ma-and-pa businesses. The first — and most memorable — shops in Overton Square were operated by John Simmons, a talented young man with a keen eye for what was new and avant-garde. "He was kind of 'in' with what was happening all over the city," says Saig.

"I had shops in Laurelwood and on Union Avenue," says Simmons, "and Ben Woodson called me and asked if I would move my Union Avenue shop to Overton Square. I said no, but if you will give me five leases on my terms, I will open five shops, and that's what I did."

Simmons brought to the Square such places as Sycamore (antiques and fine gifts), Forty Carrots (kitchen gadgets and a cooking school run by Frances Averitt), The Potting Shed (hand-crafted pottery), Little John's (cards and candles and "trendy things"), and Swings (contemporary furnishings, described by a reporter as a place "where you can outmod Joe Namath").

Other merchants jumped aboard. "Right after it came out in the paper that we had signed five leases," says Simmons, "every other space was leased." Eventually, almost 40 different businesses would cram into Overton Square.

"John Simmons was one of the first people in town to have art shows," says Arthur. "He was the first to have shows for Mary Sims and Sophie Coors. And everybody would go crazy going to those, because back then young people had never really thought about buying art."

That John Simmons seems like an alright fella.



I just received word that I will be participating in the Marshall Handmade Market this November. This is my first craft show and I'm pretty pumped about it.

More on this later, I need to go put some handles on pitchers.


First Fruits

Today I got the electricity turned on in my new studio. I have been making pots on the kickwheel for a couple of weeks, but have had to stop making everyday at about 8:40 when it gets dark.

I am looking forward to seeing the first fruits of my labor come out of the new studio.

My days are filled to the brim and a new challenge is around every corner. Right now I am seeking more organization- this usually means throwing stuff away.

Did I mention I am working for Michael Kline as an adjunct potter/apprentice/helper and loving it!

Back Soon


thesis paper



Newfangled is a curious word. It means attracted to novelty or something of the newest

kind (Webster). I chose it because I like how it looks and sounds, and it is not a word commonly

used in academia. The work I make has a novelty quality to it. I research historical and

contemporary trends in the art, craft, and regular worlds and sift through all of the information in

an effort to create work that is universal. I draw or paint representational imagery onto

functional, wheel-thrown pottery and the finished work takes a narrative or conceptual stance as

an object. Sometimes the subject of my imagery is simple like a landscape, a horse, or a person.

Other times the subject is more complex or cryptic; it can be concealed with abstraction or

changed with metaphor.

This thesis discusses the ideas and techniques I used in the studio to create the body of

work I call Newfangled.


bowl me over

Bowl themed exhibit I sent this bowl to.

Lillstreet International Juried Exhibit
Lillstreet Gallery
Chicago, IL

CLICK HERE to see the rest of the show!


Kiln Build

A lot of long days and the kiln has been built and filled with eager pots from everyone on the crew. Now we fire!


Tiny Times

Tiny Gallery, Soda/Salt National Exhibit in MT, and a Kiln Build.

The tiny gallery is a traveling tiny exhibit that showed a couple of weeks ago up at Penland. The show featured work by Margaret Couch Cogswell, Mark Boyd, Beth Schaible, Amy Tavern, myself and Daniel Marinelli. Very cool!

Other news, I got a teapot into the Soda/Salt National Juried Exhibit in Montana! Juried by Julia Galloway.

Most of my days are filled now with scratching around in the kiln yard building a "new" kiln at ETSU. YEAH!


Master Mugs

In celebration of my recent graduation I decided to do a series of mugs honoring the grandfathers and grandmothers of art. There are about 30 mugs that feature famous paintings, drawings, sculpture, architecture, and photography. I call the series Master Mugs.

Artists in these pictures include: Dorothea Lange, Edouard Manet, Georges Seurat, Jacques-Louis David, and Paul Gauguin. This first collection of high art mugs ranges from the Venus of Willendorf to Jasper Johns. I was not interested in "copying" the images completely, some of them are cropped, edited, combined, and altered. The exciting thing to me about this project is that I can pick and choose how I want to show these masterworks...on a coffee mug.



I like to get to a point in the studio where I don't have to trust my brain; only my eyes and hands.



Canked is set up, I am happy with how everything came together... now getting ready for the opening reception this Friday from 6-8pm, downtown Johnson City. I have exciting news that there will be approx. 1,000 bikers on main street friday night, main st. runs perpendicular to the arts council.  At 5:30 they are doing a "blessing of the bikes" THAT IS CANKED! I can't wait, and hopefully a few leather-wearing folks will mosey into the arts council to see the show.

Other news: I dropped off pots to be on display at the Penland Gallery. This is big news for me, as I am thrilled and feel honored to have work represented in the same building as some of my favorite artists and potters.

Other other news: I received word that I will have work featured in the upcoming 500 Vases book. Look for it at your local booksellers in Fall 2010, then buy it and put it on your coffee table.

I feel very blessed for the good things that are happening and new adventures to come. His banner over me is love.

side project of the day: Kiln tear down/rebuild/excavation


Everybody Wins, Canked is here!

Firing off the kiln today sometime, all new pots for CANKED.
Downtown Johnson City in the King Center, Johnson City Area Arts Council Gallery. Opening Reception is First Friday, May 7th from 6-8pm.
Pottery by myself.
Painting by Charlie Haskins.



Newfangled Till This Wednesday...

Newfangled will be coming down this wednesday, then I will spend Thursday and Friday installing Casual Geometry, new paintings in the work!


wildebeest cup

image above... thinkin' bout wildebeest on cups.

above: in prep for casual geometry my studio is full of half-finished paintings.

Casual Geometry will be on display at the Reece Museum from April 27th - June 17th with an opening reception on Thursday, April 29th from 5-7pm




The exhibit of my pottery called Newfangled will be up at the Reece Museum until April 22nd. Then my paintings will go up. The painting show is called Casual Geometry.

I just got back from NCECA and had a great time!


Children are like Arrows

Me speaking to a group of 5th graders from a local public school in Johnson City at the Reece Museum last week about my pottery.

The other side of this pitcher pictures a quiver full of arrows. This piece is in response to the Scripture- Psalm 127:4-5:

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are the sons born in one's youth.

5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Like a lot of Scripture, this can be interpreted in different ways, but it is powerful to me because it is such a lucid analogy. Also, if you take another step, you could imagine filling your quiver with different sorts of things like being prepared, taking care of business, being on time, having positive words, having initiative, being dependable, etc.

As long as you don't fill your quiver with negative things, then blessed is the man whose quiver is full!

Every Generation Needs a Revolution

Yesterday marked the 235th anniversary of Patrick Henry's famous speech to the Virginia state legislators. "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"