A great set by Ester Horcher.
Slipcast Favorite Charles Krafft has done gone and out done himself by making a porcelain skate board.
I have heard from a reliable source, that Southern Ice will not longer be supplied in the United States. From what I was told there was a flood at the mine delaying product and that the suppliers decided that the product was not worth importing anymore. Now, my source is one of the largest users of Southern Ice in the U.S. and they told me that they had inquired about importing it themselves and that they found that it was not a viable option. So it looks like this is the end for Southern Ice in the U.S.
Which makes it a perfect time to try Matt and Dave's Clays! Experience the best porcelains you have ever used. Made four throwing and building, there is no other clay like them out there.
And coming in 2011, Snow White, The best working, whitest Porcelain on this side of the Equator. In fact if you can provide me with proof that you are currently a Southern Ice user in the U.S. (Email me pics of Souther Ice in your studio). I will send you a box of Matt and Dave's Snow White to try for just the cost of shipping. $11, to anywhere in the U.S.
Hit the ground running with this transition.
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Well, this is how we start off the year? Paul Soldner died the other day at the age of 90.
Good age, he made a long trip.
Solder is an interesting character, He is one of those one names in ceramics. Like Volkus, Soldner blazed a path on who he was.
I went to Grad School in Colorado, where his shadow looms large. Many of the people I know had worked with him, or for him and he was always talked about kindly.
Of course there are the stories, The Streaking, The Hot Tub and the trailer built clay mixer that would do the work as he drove around town.
And there was the work. I remember that I was visiting the house of a very wealthy collector. I walked into the large bathroom to find a Solder in there and I thought to myself "I bet he likes that".
I can't say I knew him, But I did meet him not too many years ago. I went to a party at his house and he was there. Holding a quiet court. He was older but he was kind enough to sit with me and talk for a good long while. He seemed very kind. At some point that night, I walked by his refrigerator only to large notice a collection of photos of naked women, some of which I know.
So that is how I would like to remember Paul. Fun to the end.