Compressing Clay
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8M ago
When I first started throwing pottery on the wheel more than 11 years ago, my teachers repeatedly encouraged me to "compress" the clay. They would usually refer to "compression" when they were working on the rim or the base. Compressing the base meant pressing down lightly on it with your fingers or a sponge or a rib. Compressing the rim meant pressing down lightly on it with your fingers or a chamoe. I was encouraged to do this so I wouldn't get nasty cracks in the base or the rim. But what is actually happening when we compress the clay and how does it help prevent cracking? At first, I figu ..read more
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The Windward Potters Holiday Sale
Jon Rawlings Pottery
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2y ago
I'm a member of the Windward Potters and we'll be having our first sale in two years on Saturday, November 27th, from 8:30am to 3pm at the Daybreak Church lanai, 1230 Kailua Road. Daybreak is right next to the YMCA just before you get to Kailua Town. It used to be Faith Baptist Church, if that name's more familiar. Hundreds of pots will be available, and a free pot can be chosen if you purchase $100 or more. Below are photos of a few of the pots I'll have available. I hope to see you at the sale!  ..read more
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Hickam Pottery Glazes
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2y ago
The Arts and Crafts Center at Hickam has almost 30 glazes available for students. I made cups to test the glazes, some made with a light recycled clay and some with a dark recycled clay. I'm including a few examples of the same glaze on both light and dark clay. Below are the results in alphabetical order.   ..read more
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Pottery Sales in December
Jon Rawlings Pottery
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4y ago
I'll have sales at our house in Kailua on two Saturdays, December 7 and 14, from 9am to 3pm. If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by and take a look. You might find something special for that someone special, or just for yourself! Our new address in Kailua is 641 Manu Oo St. You can park in the driveway, and there's plenty of parking on the street or at the YMCA which is only a few houses away. Below are photos of some of the pots that will be for sale. Hope to see you here ..read more
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Hawaii Craftsmen 2019 Annual Statewide Exhibition
Jon Rawlings Pottery
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4y ago
The Hawaii Craftsmen 2019 Annual Statewide Exhibition is on now at the gallery at the Honolulu Museum of Art School until the end of September. I photographed all of the ceramic pieces. I didn't submit anything to the show this year ..read more
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Spring Sales in May
Jon Rawlings Pottery
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4y ago
I'm having two sales at my studio in Manoa this spring just before Mothers' Day. The first sale will be Saturday, May 4, from 9am to 2pm or so. The second will be the following Saturday, May 11, from 9am to 2pm. I have quite a few new pieces and below are photos of some of them. Our address is 2966 Oahu Ave. in Manoa. We have a few parking spots in the driveway and street parking is available just around the corner on Lowrey. ‚ÄčThe owner is selling the house we've been living in (I almost said "our house") for the past 3 years so we're moving to Kailua at the middle of this month. This will be ..read more
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How to Glaze Your Pots
Jon Rawlings Pottery
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4y ago
Several years ago I took a workshop with Julia Galloway. During one of her presentations about decorating and glazing bisqued pots, one of the students mentioned  she had dozens of bisqued pots in her garage that she'd never glazed because she couldn't decide how to glaze them. Julia laughed and said she knew many potters like that, so many she'd come up with a name for them: bisque potters.  I've met many potters who struggle to decide how to glaze their pots. At HPG we have over 50 glazes, so there are plenty of glazes to choose from, and that might be part of the problem. There are so many ..read more
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Hawai'i Craftsmen 51st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition
Jon Rawlings Pottery
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4y ago
Hawai'i Craftsmen recently held its annual juried exhibition at the gallery at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Linekona. As usual, it included a number of stunning pieces in several categories including clay. Some of the best pieces were purchased by the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Hawai'i State Art Museum. Below are photos of all of the ceramic pieces in the exhibit. Sorry I couldn't include each piece in every medium, but it would have been a little too much. I start the photos with pieces by Jennifer Owen from Maui who was one of three artists who was chosen by Hawai'i Craftsmen to pr ..read more
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Upcoming Pottery Sales at My Studio
Jon Rawlings Pottery
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4y ago
The holiday season is upon us and I'll be having pottery sales at my studio the next three Saturdays, December 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 9am to 2pm. My address is 2966 Oahu Ave. in Manoa. Below is a preview of some of the pots that I'll be offering. Hope to see you soon ..read more
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Exhibition for Raku Ho'olaule'a 2018
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4y ago
In the September blog I wrote about my visit to Raku Ho'olaule'a on the North Shore of O'ahu. I took photos of people decorating and firing pots and generally having a good time. I should mention that although the event is called Raku Ho'olaule'a, many of the potters also pit fire pots. The visiting juror, Scott Young, chose the best pots on the last day and these were included in an exhibit at Jeff Chang's gallery at Windward Mall in Kaneohe ..read more
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