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Montana’s Continental Divide, Clay, and Culture

Super busy the last several days. Scheduling is working out well and no complaints. My Mom receives dialysis three times a week and this trip was set up well in advance because clinics were involved. It turns out she likes … Continue reading

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National Etruscan Museum’s terra cotta masterpiece

“Tydeus and Capaneus at the Siege of Thebes” is a temple pediment plaque that was sculpted by a genius: an unknown Etruscan artist. The tale he told through sculpted clay is able to be seen by viewers today, thanks to … Continue reading

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A closer look at ceramic Penjing figurines

When I reported on bonsai or penjing figurines, I was very curious about the production end. Were they all slipcast? Is anyone creating handmade ones, as they were surely made in early days? Most of these figures today are mass-made … Continue reading

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Old and new amphoras

My dear nurse – pour out for me into amphoras some of that agreeable wine. — Homer, The Odyssey Few things are as graceful as an amphora. The narrow base, gently swelling sides and tapered neck, the arching handles. When … Continue reading

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Open Studio Report

Today was my first day back in the studio since April 28th. It was heavenly: being able to work with clay, sitting around the table with friends, and seeing what they’ve been working on. Jumping right in, I made three … Continue reading

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Spring, Easter, and Osterhasen!

The Easter Bunny custom dates back to prehistoric times and is tied to the Vernal Equinox.  The Germanic Osterhase may predate any other custom associated with Easter, religious or secular. The rabbit was chosen for this archetypal spring symbol because it … Continue reading

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The History of Bricks: The Indus Valley

From Mesopotamia, brick-making spread to Egypt, Persia and to the Indus Valley, in what is now part of India and Pakistan. The Indus Valley is traversed by the Indus and Saraswati Rivers, covering 1.6 million square kilometers. As with many … Continue reading

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