Tag Archives: Techniques and Styles

Smithsonian Oral History Interview: Val Cushing

Oral history interview with Val Cushing This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Val Cushing, 2001 Apr. 16, Archives of American Art, … Continue reading

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The mystery of blue willow pattern china

Ever since I started reading the Lovejoy mysteries, I’ve been entranced by author Jonathan Gash’s knowledge of antique pottery. To the mix, I must now add Robert van Gulik, who authored The Willow Pattern, a book I just finished. I … Continue reading

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Preparing the clay by hand for Acoma pottery

Preparing clay by hand. It starts with prayer. I suppose it must be similarĀ  to the way the traditional First Nations women prepare medicine here. They go to the desert near Kamloops, B.C. They pray over plants, leaves, berries, and … Continue reading

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Raku-U at Port Moody Festival of the Arts

Who: You and your family What: Raku-U at Port Moody’s Art 4 U Day * When: Sunday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Parking lot behind the Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody, BC Why: Decorate … Continue reading

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Open Studio Report

It was the perfect Autumn day…the sun warm on our shoulders, a hint of change on the trees. I left for the studio just before ten. Mark had cut up plasterboard lengths for me and they were stacked in the … Continue reading

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Earth plaster & clay slip for straw bale homes

The material used on the outside of straw bale homes is made of clay, sand, and organic matter. These days it’s called earthen plaster, but this mud mix has been used for about centuries in the form of wattle and … Continue reading

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Heavy clay bookends that won’t budge

The top of my linen chest is the area I’ve designated for my gardening and birding books. I’ve never been too happy with it, though, because the ‘bookends’. On left end, I have two of my grandfather’s glass insulators which … Continue reading

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