Today my pottery group, well most of us anyway, two were missing, had our first field trip to visit Noah Riedel at Biloya Pottery. Noah makes beautiful pieces with wonderful surface treatments and an architectural feel and he was kind enough to let us come out and bombard him with questions. He is digging his own clay on his property for terra sig, and guess who is going to be out by the creek this afternoon with a shovel and a bucket? I never even thought about making sig from the clay I have here. I know I don't want to be processing clay for construction purposes, but sig I can do! Our main purpose in visiting Noah was to see his efficient use of a very small space for his studio. It's great, well thought out and quite workable for such a small building.
Here are some of his cups, these are beautiful finished, Kristen bought one at the sale he had with Ronan Peterson, and it's just lovely.
Kristen and Noah chatting about frits and electric firing. He is getting some amazing results with an electric kiln.
Charlotte, Kristen and I have sort of formed this support group(artist guild like thing) with two other girls, Amy and Ronnie. We have decided to meet on the first Wednesday of the month, take field trips, have coffee, discuss pottery, and try to have a show at least once a year. So far, it's working out great, but we need a name......
Here's Noah with a board full of other great cups, behind him is Lake Ellen, very pretty spot for a studio, and below we got a little demo of the kickwheel he designed for standing up. You just can't believe how much he has in this small space and yet there is still lots of room to work. has me thinking of where I am going to come up with the $$ to get a small building :)
Thanks a bunch to Noah for having us over and sharing so much information. I just love how giving potters are with their knowledge, don't you? It's like, hey I know something, let me tell you all about it, see how it works for you! I just love that! Check out Noah's website, I think you will like it!