Welcome Welcome Summer Weather, and welcome to the June issue of the Trcompton Ceramics Newsletter. I would especially like to welcome my newcomers from my most recent session of classes at the Indianapolis Art Center.
Speaking of classes, I have the first week of ceramics classes starting this week and my very first weekday class this evening. Needless to say, I am excited. Sadly, if you were looking to sign up for this class it is chalked full. The good news is that there is still room in my Sunday class if you are interested in clay, even if you have never done it before, sign up for my intro to wheel throwing class at THE INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER by clicking on that link.
In other fun news, I was invited to participate in a reduction cool wood firing at Ball State a few weeks ago and got amazing results. What does reduction cool wood firing mean you might ask? Well, that’s when we fire the pots in a wood kiln (like a big oven fired only by adding wood, and lots of it) up to about 2000 degrees. We then close everything up tight letting almost no air in and slowly cool it down while adding little bits of wood. The result is deep dark chocolate tones with beautiful flashes of royal purple, burnt toasty oranges, and deep forest greens. To say its beautiful is an understatement.
Lastly to report, I did manage to do some teaching and volunteer work over the class break. My wife and I volunteered at the “spin-a-pot activity” at the Broadripple art fair. We were able to help tons of people work with clay, many for the first time.
As if that wasn’t enough I’ll top of the “feel good” section of this newsletter with my recent activities at Emily’s (my wife) school. For one day I was a visiting artist, demonstrating for over 330 students on the potters wheel. The highlight of the day was my early afternoon performance for 100 second graders, the school principal, assistant principal, and nurse (taking pictures). It was a handful but all seemed to have a great time.
Finally, in late celebration of my birthday (May 26th) I am having a birthday sale through this Thursday. If your interested in snagging a bargain definitely check out my ETSY STORE and look in the BIRTHDAY SALE section. Remember it only lasts till Thursday and ceramics make a great fathers day gift.
Take care, and thanks for your continued support.
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