Strictly Functional!

I submitted two pots to the show “Strictly Functional”, and one was accepted. Hooray! The problem is, they didn’t tell me which one, and I won’t find out until August. Which one do you think made the cut?

New Ikebana

The Ikebana class that Jose’ Juico and I led this summer just finished. Success in vessel making, and so many beautiful arrangements were the result! Below are some images of arrangements, starting with an exquisite one by Jose’

Spring Classes at Milkhouse Studio

The Spring equinox is next week. Hooray! Has there been anything more welcome than Spring 2014?

I’ve planned Spring classes and offer them to you.-  Classes begin March 25th.

I’m looking forward to begin another Ikebana Class with Jose’ , the studio filled with flowers and the quiet beauty of an Ikebana arrangement!

Carol Ikebana
This winter I’ve been experimenting with Nerikomi: flower designs, geometric patterning and easy ways to transform slabs into 3 dimension, hoping to share new techniques with the Spring Nerikomi class.

teapot chrysanthemum cropped

And, finally, after a surprising result from a sawdust firing from last year’s handbuilding class, I want to explore ways with students to create figurative gesture and movement in a slab built pot.   Roz Epstein and I will teach the class, Form and the Figure.


gourd sawdust pot cropped

For imformation about the classes, follow the link to my Classes page.



Flameware Pottery


flameware threesome


For my Black Friday sale  last year, I sold flameware pots for use on stovetops and ovens.  The clay is very foreign for me to use- red-brown, very gritty and gooey- a departure from working with porcelain.  I was glad to clean my studio at the end of my work cycle making these pots.  Nevertheless, I love using them.  I’ve had a few flameware pots for over 3 years, and have used them brutally- frying bacon, steak, fridge to stove, freezer to stove, testing their durability.    They’ve withstood all my abuse, are easy to clean, and have developed a pleasing black flashing from the flame.

Oven to Table

My Black Friday Shows are an opportunity for me to present work that is a departure from my regular tableware.

This year’s show will feature Ovenware–large and small covered forms–made from a rich brown flameware clay; and tiled Lazy Susans, Trivets, and Tables made by my husband, Doug Gunn.

It’s been a challenging experience to work with a gritty porous clay (and brown!) rather than porcelain, and to make precise tiles to complement doug’s fine craftsmanship.

I’m eager to see the studio decked out in warm autumn colors.

black friday postcard 2013 final flatMilkhouse Studio Black Friday Show

November 29th,  10am-6pm

black friday postcard 2013 back flat

The jar

Wallace Stevens

Anecdote of the Jar

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion every where.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

Village Potter

In the “Pottery Basics” class I teach at Chester Springs Studio, a beginning wheel thrower who was getting a lot of help from other students in the class commented, “it takes a village to teach me to throw on the wheel.”

Well, what I feel is that it takes a village to support a potter.  I have an amazing community of friends and patrons who make it possible for me to be a”village potter” in today’s terms.

Friends have opened their house and had sales for me, most recently at the Richey home.  People religiously attend my studio sales. Friends bake cookies,  provide food for my sales;  then even make purchases.  They  send people to my sales, put my work on bridal registries, spread the word,  refer me to galleries,  fill their houses with my pots, and encourage me in numerous ways.   I am surrounded by kindnesses and generosity.  Thank you all.