Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Latest Kiln-Load

I finally fired the kiln and am happy with the results. The load was primarily a mug-blast with various sized and shaped mugs. I had a request for some larger mugs and threw some 20+ oz. mugs. If you'd like to order any of these mugs, they are available on a first-come-first served basis. Send me an email with your first and second choices (indicate mug size and #from the photos). I'll try to update the photos as the mugs sell.  All sizes are +/- 1oz. and all are useable by lefties AND righties!  All mugs are white stoneware or porcelain, fired to cone 6, and are dishwasher-safe, microwaveable, and foodsafe.  Click on photos for larger view.

Prices are $20 each mug + shipping.  Buy 5 get 1 free.
Make your request to

20 oz. Mugs
16 oz. Mugs

16 oz. Mugs

16 oz. Mugs
12 oz. Mugs

12 oz. Mugs
8 oz. Mugs

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Potter, By Spencer Sarson

I sell my wares at Sally Loo's Wholesome Cafe once a year.  While there I met a cool guy named Spencer Sarson, who had done a short film on Jen and Brandon Manuele, our Daughter and Son-in-Law.   He asked if I was interested in being the subject of a short film.   This is the result.  Spencer is a very talented film-maker and I like his style - check out his other work on Vimeo HERE.

The Potter from Spencer Sarson on Vimeo.
Tim O'neill, an airline pilot and potter from Cambria, California, discusses his passion for pottery.

Music by Hanan Townshend. Available here:

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Jan Pots - Glazed

PLEASE NOTE:  I am selling a few 
of my pieces on MY ETSY Site.
Feel free to visit and peruse my wares.  
I am also available by email, if you have questions. 

Queen of the Load
This glaze cycle was a bit of a departure for me. I had purchased 16 pints of Amaco Potters Choice glazes, in various flavors, in the hope that I could get some results that made me smile a bit more broadly than I had in the past. I must admit that some of the pots came out looking better than anything I have produced prior. But I must also admit that many of the pots that came out looking the best, were wearing my shop-mixed glazes. I spent the better part of two days glazing this one load of wear due to the care and precision I wanted to show in the finished results. The "Queen of the Load" was produced using all Amaco PC glazes and it was like Christmas when I got a look at the results.

In a future post I will list the combinations and show the results.  For now, here is a slideshow of my latest kiln load -

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January Pots

Every Winter I find myself in the studio working away. I had an earlier cycle in Nov-Dec that almost sold out at an impromptu sale at the Sally Loo's Natural Cafe in San Luis Obispo, owned by my Daughter and Son-in-Law. It was great to sit in the sprinkling rain while folks perused my work in the light of day. The stuff seemed to show well and I thank all who purchased one of my pieces! Anyway, I've spent a few hours in the studio and here are some pics of the latest cycle as it dries before bisque firing this week.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Seizing the limitations of art

I found this video to be inspiring.  I hope you do too.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

July Pots

I got around to glazing my latest cycle of pots.  All of these are cone 6 "B-Mix" from Laguna Clay.  My next batch will include a number of porcelain 5 pieces, but that's down the road a bit. . .

 I managed to break my favorite tea-pot while glazing it, and my favorite 18" platter was sufficiently cracked to earn a trip to the trash bin - as did a nice thick based vase that had enough moisture to blow its foot off.   But some pieces make me happy.  Evolution can be very slow sometimes.

Here they are -

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A 14" tall lidded vase with RIOX wash and Sapphire Blue glaze
A 14" flower pot with dragonfly motif using shellac resist

My favorite mug of the batch - it's now my daily drinker.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

April Pots

I just finished a cycle and this batch was special to me. . .
My journey through various methods and styles has slowly but surely led to a style that I can confidently state is mine.  I've enjoyed the experience and now am producing pots that have my style and do what I want them to do.  It's just clay . . . mud, if you will, and the effects on the world are minimal.  But if a life needs passion to be a full life, and this medium is a catalyst that allows my passions to emerge, then it's effect is well worth the time and efforts involved.

Here's the latest batch, fresh from the kiln -
The phone-cam photos are a bit rough, but you get an idea - click on the images for more detail.

Great outcome - no glaze runs, no stuck lids, a solid ^5 firing. . .

This teapot is very light

Cookie jar with design relief

Genie Lamp Teapot

Udon Bowl

Experiment with Tenmoku glaze on inside, very nice results

Covered Casserole

A couple of the mugs -

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A 15" Platter