The Find

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I have been working for over a year on a project called “The Find”.  The job is now done and is parked on my website home page.    Free.   Enjoy.  Share.   As you read this, Maureen and I are recalling that some of the work in “The Find” was being packed 50 years ago to this day. We bought our rural Ontario home in the …

Oh boy, Spam tonight!

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Almost 40 years ago I started to use junk food as subject matter for oil paintings. Even the enlightened in the ‘art community’ raised their eyebrows and generally took a pass. I was, and still am, amazed at what people will eat: industrial food-like substances that our grandmothers would never recognize, let alone feed to friends. I have noticed that …

Summer High

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I had a high summer.   17 years ago, I shingled the south side of Paddy Doyle’s Hotel and added to the windowsills and trim.  They got a couple coats of paint, and I moved back into the studio to work on exhibitions. 17 years later, the windows needed a lot of love.  They are just over 180 years old.  This …

Stifle!

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Hello again! I hope this finds you well.  It has been a while since you heard from me, so I am reporting.  Maureen and I are just fine.  Being in lockdown in Lonsdale is almost normal.  I stopped making ceramics a couple of years ago but have been extremely busy on other projects.  More later. We have been a couple …

Blacksmith and Carpenter Shop

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Hi Kids, I wish you could hold this axe handle.  It is perfect!  OK, it is old and broken, but it is perfect. For most of my life I have railed against the concept of ‘good enough’ or ‘OK’; our watered-down version of ‘perfect’.  The old guys who worked in my 1860’s blacksmith and carpenter’s shop would not settle for …

wood fired vase

Rekindled

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Building the kiln shed took two summers. Hand planed beams, mortice and tendon joinery and no nails until you get to the roof…it’s a nice place to be in. Building my wood fired kiln took a third summer. Taking it down took one day. The first firing was on August 23, 1982. We only reached bisque temperature, so got exactly …

No More Deadlines

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Over the past few weeks, I have been asked many times about the dates of our Lonsdale Studio Exhibition. Usually, it is in May, but this year is special. Our last Studio Exhibition is going to be in October. I just fired the kiln, and will be working on the pieces over the summer…you will see. If you are in …

Lonsdale Fall 2016

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Hi again, Thank you for your interest in the retrospective work we shared with you last week. As promised, here are some new pieces – so new they are still warm! I hope you will enjoy seeing them at our Lonsdale Studio Exhibition this coming weekend. We will be open from 11 to 4 on Saturday November 5 and Sunday …