Its been a long and busy road, but at last I am finding its end. Well, perhaps the road will not exactly end, but rather send me into new directions. This October marked the 9th Biennial Jack Stoke Pit fire at my family Studio in Walker Lake, NV. We had about thirty people from various circles in the Reno/Tahoe area. We piled pots in our giant pit and created one heck of a fire. The pottery came out great and a good time was had by all.
Following the pit fire, this November break marked my 5th salt firing in Walker Lake, NV. The work was 99% my own, but it was still a communal effort. Cat and I glazed for three straight days. My Father, Larry and Walt were on hand to cut, move, clean or do anything else that was needed in a pinch. And of course, my mother was busy dreaming up new ways to tame our hunger and tantalize our tastebuds. Really I would have a hard time firing this kiln without all of these people, and I am forever grateful for their help.
The work that came out of the last Salt Kiln firing was wonderful and makes up much of the new work that is for sale on this website. I hope you enjoy the results as much as I do. I look forward to sharing the results and happy accidents of many more firings to come.
This February 2018 I will go fire a wood salt kiln with Joe Winter and others in Red Rock, NV and then head out to Hawthorne to fire my Salt kiln for the 6th time. I like to call this a double whammy pottery week, which is sure to produce a bunch of new pots unlike any other. Stay tuned.