making pottery, pottery tech, OPA

new tech for clay sprig decoration

photo of print, mold, and cup

Since custom "logoware" is a significant part of my pottery business, I'm quite used to making custom "sprigs" so that I can stick people's logos, names, or other designs on thrown pottery. For a long time I've done this one of two ways: either I order a custom rubber stamp…

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pottery, shows

meet me at the OPA Holiday Sale

holiday sale advertising collage

Wanna see what I've been up to in the studio for the last 6 months, and what I'm firing now that I have access to a cone 10 kiln again? Then join us at the 2019 Oregon Potters Assocation Holiday Sale. It'll be "Small Business Saturday" (and Sunday) right after…

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pottery, festivals

selling at Fremont Fest 2019

picture of blue syrup bird

I'll have this syrup bird, and several other items, for sale at this Saturdays's Fremont Fest. Come find me; I'll be in front of Grand Central bakery, between NE 44th and 45th, sharing a booth with Mirabri Ceramics. …

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pizza, grill, italian food

ooni koda hacking, part 1

pizza with hand-pulled mozarrella, tomatoes and fresh oregano

I really like my Ooni Koda pizza oven, but as I said in the last post I wasn't quite getting the perfect pizza I wanted. Particularly: The top and bottom of the pizza weren't getting done at quite the same rate; The 300F temperature drop between the back and front…

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pizza, grill, equipment

Ooni Koda: first trial

pizza baking inside pizza oven

I've messed around with various ways of making pizza on the grill for the last couple of years with unsatisfactory results. So when kickstartered pizza maker Ooni announced the Koda, their new super-simple gas-only portable outdoor pizza oven, I preordered one. Here's my first report on its performance. First, they're…

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DIY, gardening

build a raised bed garden in just 31 easy steps

raised bed frames under construction

It's spring and time for planting here in the Pacific Northwest. Which also means time for preparing the garden beds. Last spring, I built two new 4ft by 6ft raised beds from around $140 worth of cedar and way too many screws. You can do this too. Our backyard in…

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