We discovered some vintage wood from Oregon and the Florida Keys in Brooke's dad's collection. I gave the pieces to Master Toolmaker Troy Bungart, who crafted a series of limited edition tools. They're beautiful:
Mugs for Support
We've wanted to find a way to honor the creativity and hope of these cultural icons, Amanda Gorman and Dolly Parton and to honor our own responsibility to build a more just society. Brooke drew the portraits and Justin made the drawings into decals for these mugs.
We're launching a run of 100 mugs (50 of each) for $100 each. 100% of the sales price from these mugs will be donated to support causes we're passionate about. If we can sell all 100 mugs we'll donate $10,000 split evenly between the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Fair Fight Action, POT_LA Community Pottery Studio, and Vital Voices. We're passionate about arts and culture, justice and diversity, and we hope you are too.
Justin's Atmospheric Firing Book
After years of experimenting with earthenware in wood, soda, and salt kilns, Justin Rothshank has compiled all his know-how into this helpful guide. Low-Fire Soda is a start-to- finish resource that outlines everything from the different types of clay bodies to use, to decorating and glazing techniques, wadding and loading strategies, firing tips, post-firing ideas, atmospheric decals, and much more.
Whether you’re interested in learning about faster, more economical atmospheric firings, or you’re intrigued by the expanded color palette of low-fire clay materials, Low-Fire Soda has the information you need to start exploring low-temperature atmospheric rings. Justin also covers health and safety, recipes, and kiln firing strategies.
Five articles contributed by guest authors, along with helpful insights from practicing artists round out the book. Low-Fire Soda has a wealth of information for ceramic artists interested in learning more about the potential of soda at low temperatures. This book is published by Ceramic Arts Network.