31 January 2010

Contest Results-Snow, (again!)-and a Cool Coiled Pot

Having a contest is a rather shameless way to generate comments, but I've been known to be shameless more often than is fair to tell.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter! Even if you didn't mean to. I've learned a couple of things about holding a contest :
*Two weeks is w-a-a-a-y too long to wait in the blogosphere. 
*Lots of folks will enter a contest even if they don't know the rules (all that you needed to do was make a comment! = 53 'entries').
*If you make up the contest, you get to add addenda to your rules (don't you?). In which case, I propose and accept the following tweak to my original thesis: I will pull two names, not one, from a hand made bowl (Ray Finch) and send a mug to each. This doubles your chances of winning... or dashes your hopes twice.

So, if Fetishghost from Stockton, California and Jeff Martin Ceramics from Boone, North Carolina will send along their addresses, I'll put a mug in the post suitable for Napa Valley wine or moonshine from the hills! Stay tuned for a new and exciting contest in February...

I have lots to tell about my week on the farm and yet another winter wonderland of snow. Hiking through a foot or more of new fallen snow from the studio to Paul and Emily's house and back again was serious work and absolute joy. I'm sure it's pushing all the buttons that were played when I was a child, but it doesn't matter what the cause, I find it thrilling.
I also brought to an end a month of handbuilding by making this coiled pot. I've been meaning to make  another big pot with these bands for some time and I'm really pleased with this one.



I was tempted to put a series of glass beads in the bands, but decided to leave this one be and try to throw a few more to play with. It's such a good, classic, robust form I don't want to mess with it.

12 comments:

Michael Kline said...

Dang, I'll just have to keep trying. Congrats to Jeff and Fetish!

The storm was a kinder one for us here. No power outage and some awesome tubing!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Dan, your coiled pot is just beautiful! Will you be throwing this week? If so congrats, and I hope it goes easily.

I bought a piece of Jeff Martin's work while I was in Boone taking the workshop this summer. It's great that he won your contest so I could find his blog!

Eric said...

Does the Bag Balm work well? I've only tried a version that Maria's father makes. Here's his recipe:

1 canister of Bag Balm (original formula)
A generous amount of gasoline

Please advise.

A beautiful pot, and fine work!

Anna said...

Can you believe all this snow?? Really nice coiled pot Dan. But of course would expect nothing different. :) So, so glad to know that you are trudging thru snow and playing with clay. Life is good isnt it???

Dan Finnegan said...

Yes, life IS good, Anna

www.jeffmartinceramics.blogspot.com said...

the contest was rigged! no, wait i won...it was fair!..look forward to the spoils, victory is mine! muahahhaha. akhem. yes, a little excited, i never win nuthin'.

Hannah said...

I like the contest, I think I'll plan one. . .
That coil pot is a beauty! I kow what you mean about snow, sends me into hyper crazy child like mode. Love it!

Hollis Engley said...

Love the coiled pot. There seems to be a lot of that going on in the blogosphere. And congrats to the Ghost and Jeff Martin. Now that the contest is over, can you tell us the rules? Or were there really any?

paul jessop said...

a quote but I'm not sure where from.
" any man can make things complicated but it takes a genius to keep it simple".

I'll go with that.

jimgottuso said...

hi dan, nice big bellied coiled pot. congrats to joel and jeff

scarlettsuhypons said...

Dan, I didn't realize you did so much hand-building! The pot looks great. It's so interesting to see how you built it. I would of done it a little different, no surprise right? BTW You made your first pot the year I was born. Scarlett

Trish said...

Dan..a beautiful coil pot. I do like the simple coils over the decorated area. Keep warm.
Trish from Alberta