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Fine Mess Pottery · 2W ago

Pots by the Pound and Other News

Fall has brought a flurry of activity with it! We got a last blast of summer weather last week, including one day in the upper 80s. This was fabulous for the tomato garden, and I am daily pr...
Fine Mess Pottery · 3W ago

Thrown & Assembled Birdbath

This one has been on the list in my head for a looooooong time; although to be fair, it is a long list. It finally came to be as part of a class project.I have many, many repeat students at ...
Fine Mess Pottery · 4W ago

Art on the Hill

A few weeks ago, after a long break from art fairs due to lack of an appropriate vehicle, I did a sidewalk show - the Portland Fine Craft Show.  I worked like a mad bastard to get ready for ...
Fine Mess Pottery · 1M ago

What I found on my Vacation; or Welcome Home, Fish-Boy!

One thing I hope I have learned from many years of self-employment is that even if you love your work, you gotta take a break. With that in mind, this past week has been my vacation! Other p...
Fine Mess Pottery · 1M ago

Tonight, We Ride

Saddle up the Nopetopus and nope on outta there.I am always telling my students that saying no is a very useful skill as a potter. People hear you are taking pottery lessons, and they start ...
Fine Mess Pottery · 1M ago

The Smell of the Crowd

The crowd actually smelled pretty good yesterday at the Portland Fine Craft Show. It was a hell of a long day - I had to get up around 4 in order to be in Portland in time to set up for the ...
Fine Mess Pottery · 1M ago

FAB Raku Results, & Recipe

These pieces are all wearing the same glaze: the aptly named FAB Raku, a copper luster variation (Thanks, Captain Obvious.) It can also do some brilliant turquoise crackle results, and some ...
Fine Mess Pottery · 2M ago

We Interrupt This Blog...

...to bring you a special bulletin:I, Lori Keenan Watts, potter, teacher, wife, sister, daughter and Mother of Cats, denounce Nazis, Nazism, and all forms of racism and white supremacy. At t...
Fine Mess Pottery · 2M ago

The August Messy Minute, and the new Pottery Puzzler!

The August edition of the Messy minute is out! You can check out a half-assed version* of it at this link, or, if you'd like to get The Messy Minute (the real one, without all the blank spac...
Fine Mess Pottery · 2M ago

Garden Inspired Slip Inlay

This time of year inspiration is right outside my door. Blooming now: purple coneflowers! Their simple and easily recognizable shape makes them naturals for slip decoration.To do this slip i...