20 September 2009

A New Display

I sometimes watch Ebay for interesting pots and recently scored a major haul!! These were originally purchased from Winchcombe in the '60's and have the lovely, soft matt glaze called "mw" by those in the know. It was later altered with zircon to please a client (Crank's Restaurants) and was never as nice after that. It got 'waxier' and less 'buttery'. Someone outbid me for the plates. I don't believe that any of it was ever used! Quite a serious purchase, but they would have cost pennies in those days. They were in Chicago when I bought them and now they are in Fredericksburg.
This October I am going to be exhibiting at The Westchester Craft Show just north of NYC. It's not too far from my old helper Andrew in Port Chester and my niece Courtney in Manhattan and my old stomping grounds of Poughkeepsie and Mahopac and Clinton Corners. I haven't ever been a big fan of craft shows and except for my early days when I went to wholesale shows, I really haven't done many. Most of my pots have been sold right here in the 'Burg for almost 30 years. It's been more than 10 years since I've done one and this looks to be a very high quality show and I'm feeling fortunate to be included. But I have to create a brand new display and thats what I've been up to this week. I've stolen ideas liberally from Toff and then modified them to suit myself. Later this week I hope to get back on the wheel and begin making for a November firing.
I started by making a bunch of small pedestals and here are the before and after photos. I like the mitered edges and masking taping them together makes it easy to glue them up. I will paint these black in the next day or so.

The bare bones of this new set up... trestle tables made from luan doors with pine boards on top to create shelves. The back is all open for storage etc. Every thing will be black...a mixture of fabric and paint. Most of my pots being rich oranges and browns should be pretty striking, I hope. If you look back on my business card ideas, it really should work well. I still need to figure out lighting.

Bill Thornton's truck. A national treasure!


FuturePrimitive Soap Co. said...

good luck with the show Dan...soaps coming over to you soon.
love the truck!

Hollis Engley said...

Damn, that's a great collection, Daniel. Lovely mugs, especially. So you're going to throw out all your usual dinnerware and go with this?
And let's see the finished display setup when you've got it done.

Aaron Sober said...

I am also a fan of the all black display with salt/wood. Your work is really going to pop. I have found for myself that the more lights the better, Good luck!