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Still adding to the chaos...

I've been trying to put more work on the shelves in anticipation of the new kiln! (like the 4-500 pieces I have waiting now aren't enough!) I added some photos of a couple of pieces I finished this morning.

Added by Robert Young on November 21, 2012 at 4:33am — No Comments

Almost time!

     Here it is only 3 days till school starts, and I have been in teacher mode all summer.  This year I agreed to teach their first ever ceramics class for summer school, so I tried to come up with something new for the shortened classes.  I had three weeks to take the students through pinch, coil, and slab, with a project in each method. The first group did a pinch bowl, a coil mug with a face on it, and a slab plate on a hump mold. The second group did a pinch bowl, a coil mug and saucer,…

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Added by Robert Young on August 16, 2012 at 2:19am — 2 Comments

Opening night

Friday night was opening night for the first real show I have been in. I entered a stone carving, and seven ceramic pieces, including several you have not seen. There were about 30 local artists participating, covering the 3D spectrum of art. There are hand-carved storyboards, fancy shell jewelry and combs, ceramics, stone carving, wood paintings, and a number of other things. I noticed that the judges were paying special attention to, and writing a paragraph about, one of my pieces -… Continue

Added by Robert Young on October 3, 2009 at 9:09am — 3 Comments

Attention Please...

Hello all of you,

Some of you I have talked with, some not, but I have a notice I would like to put out to all.



I just started my student teaching - to show I know how to teach - and have been assigned to a ceramics class for 11th and 12th grade students. Their one big paper for this quarter is to find a potter whose work they like and do a short (250 words) report on that artist and their work. Then they have to do a piece of ceramic work in the same, or similar, style. Then… Continue

Added by Robert Young on September 11, 2009 at 12:55am — 2 Comments

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