Dakota and Grant are getting ready for school so it felt like an appropriate title. Well its been more than a month since the last blog entry and boy, did things not really change since then. It took us until last week to finally get our first cut of hay done. It has been a wet month. But once we got done we borrowed Mom and Dad's trailer and hit the road.
We hit Calaway Park our first day. The boys are braver than I am. Koda grew enough this last year to just squeak on to the roller coaster. Twice! After that busy day it was out to the mountains.
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John Chalke mug
We went in to Banff one afternoon and visited the Willock-Sax gallery where we picked up a couple of souvenirs. I picked out a nice little salt/soda fired mug by John Chalke.

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Barbara Tipton tumbler
And Auvery picked out a nice piece by Barbara Tipton, John's wife.

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Velvet Antler Pottery
Our last day in the mountains we decided to drive out to Field, BC, home of Velvet Antler Pottery and our friend Ryan Cameron. He is one the friendliest people you'll ever meet. We go out to visit every year or two and he and his wife Kathryn are always so helpful and inspiring about pottery.

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Ryan Cameron cup
Ryan was heading out the door for lunch when we got there but showed us some of the new pottery before he left. Telling him about using one of his cups as my favorite for rye, he gives me a new one. A beautiful little carbon trap shino cup with a little bit of chattering around the rim. So nice! Thanks Ryan.

We took the boys over to the school playground while Ryan went for lunch. Then we went back for a little more clay talk and to pick out a couple more souvenirs.

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Ryan Cameron porcelain cup
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Ryan Cameron porcelain cup
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Ryan is throwing and glazing this porcelain so it is actually translucent. It's like far out future space pottery.

Then it was back home for my awesome wife's birthday party. The unicorns were plenty.

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The next day we loaded a long overdue bisque kiln, inspired by our trip. It's now unloaded, with pots ready to glaze. A trip tomorrow to pick up castable for the wood kiln and hopefully a firing or two in the electric kiln before harvest comes to take me away. Summer is coming to an end, but hopefully not for another two months.

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Remember, safety first.
Joe

 


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