Crook's Corner show is up and ready

Yesterday our show was installed at Crook's Corner. It was so nice having someone else do it! I think they did a great job. If my memory is right this will be my 30 year anniversary of my first show at Crook's.

Cathy Kiffney and Mark Brown September show at Crook's Corner, Chapel Hill, NC
Crook's Corner is a nationally recognized amazing restaurant. It's won numerous awards including the James Beard America's Classic Award for "Timeless appeal, beloved for quality of food that reflects the character of their community."  Located at the vortex of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, look for the beautiful garden on the street, you can't miss it.

Texture impressions in clay

Using textures to press into clay is one of the extremely fun things to do with clay and a technique I return to over and over. I use my own hand-made stamps, antique wood-block stamps and found objects and you can even purchase texture mats and rollers just for this--the possibilities are endless.  The effects are instant and addictive, the challenge is do something with it to make it your own.

I came across a huge sale of doilies and could not resist.

old doilies to use for clay texture. www.cathykiffney.com

Cathy Kiffney
 Pressed the doilies into the clay and painted colored slips on top.
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
 I took the slip soaked doily and flipped it over onto the next slab of clay to press that color into the clay. Then painted it with a contrasting colored slip.
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
I  jumped in to the process and did the most obvious-- not the most original treatment but oh, so much fun!-- And I needed a brake from challenges.

But then I was at a loss as to what to do with the beautiful textures. I decided to get back to basics and began carving into the texture my old friends, the owls.

Process, Cathy Kiffney


For variety sake I used an addition technique by adding a sculpted rabbit and flowers. For the Fox piece I used a combination of carving and sculpted additions.

Jumping rabbit and tulips
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
Mr. Fox and falling leaves
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
 ...and of course, the birds....

ceramic wall hanging birds, Cathy Kiffney

ceramic wall hanging birds, Cathy Kiffney

wall birds, Cathy Kiffney

Introducing Pottery: The Complete Guide

I just got the word from Dan Rhode that his new book is on its way to the UK (he lives there now), and will be available November, 2010. He is  not sure when it will be available in the US, hopefully soon.The book is titled Introducing Pottery: The Complete Guide.

It's really funny because the pottery book in every clay persons library is by Daniel Roades, Clay and Glazes for the Potter.  This is considered the potters bible, first published in 1957 and still the go-to-book for all thing clay.

Dan Rhode and Dan Roades, sounds the same but diffident spellings and generations--who knows maybe the new book will become the next go to book for all things clay. I hope so!

My section in the book will be on my process for making large carved and molded wall platters. I can't wait to see it, I'm really excited and honored to be in his book!  Thanks Dan!

Here is a cute picture of Dan with his new book.