As many of you know, Ray spends most of his time guest speaking as a retreat facilitator these days, taking himself and his wheel out on the road, blending spirituality and creativity. One type of retreat that Ray does is a blessing cup retreat for kids preparing to make their First Communion and their parents. Each child participating at the retreat draws a design on a bisqued chalice or blessing cup. This video shows what happens to all those chalices after the kids at the blessing cup retreats draw on them.
Many thanks to Laura Smith for putting this video together! 🙂
For more info about Ray’s retreats visit www.potteryretreat.com
Warm up these late-winter days with a satisfying chicken soup beautifully presented in an eye catching handcrafted bowl made by my son Andrew Boswell! (Chicken soup made by me!)
This is one of my son’s fantastic soup bowls filled with the chicken soup I made last night. The bowl is high fired grolleg porcelain glazed with Andrew’s celedon and black glaze. You may not be able to duplicate the bowl yourself, but perhaps the soup. If you would like to give it a try… I made it approximately as follows. I say approximately because I don’t always measure when I cook! 🙂
The soup ingredients include (approximately)…
6 chicken legs
6 chicken thighs
The following vegetables cut into bite size pieces…
4 – 5 sweet onions
8 – 12 carrots
8 – 10 potatoes
3 – 4 tbls. Better Than Bouillion Organic Chicken Base
2 tbls. dulse flakes
2 tbls. parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. tumeric
2 tbls. olive oil
salt and pepper
I boiled the chicken in water until the meat began to come off the bone and then set it aside to cool. Once cooled, I skimmed off the fat, picked the meat from the bones and set the meat aside. I returned the skimmed broth to an 8 quart pot, added the onions, added water and turned the burner to a medium flame. Then I cut the carrots and added them. Next, I cut and added the potatoes and the Better Than Bouillion. I made sure I had more than enough water to cover everything but not quite filling the pot. I added the meat back in when the potatoes were just about cooked, and a bit of salt and pepper. Once the potatoes were cooked, I added the olive oil and it was ready to serve!
That’s my “approximate” soup recipe. Tweak it as needed! You’ll have to visit the gallery or send me an email to purchase one of Andy’s gorgeous bowls.:-)
Bostree Studio is proud to present a one day workshop focusing on the fine art of glazing with imagery. For the past year, Andrew Boswell has been developing non-toxic slips, glazes and simple techniques with specific brushes to get the most effective look possible. Despite the beautiful and intricate detail, the process is easier than you would think, and Andrew is willing to share his knowledge in this workshop.
Participants will be invited to bring 3 of their own bisque pots. Andrew will demonstrate the process and walk you through glazing your own pieces with his methods. The workshop will have an intimate atmosphere to make sure every question is heard and everyone receives individual attention. Practicing the simple and efficient techniques will give you the skills to glaze beautiful works of art. Andrew will fire your 3 pieces and have them available to be picked up at the studio the following week.
The workshop will run on Sunday, July 22nd, from 1 – 4:30pm and Sunday, August 12th from 1:00-4:30pm. You may sign up for either day. Your 3 pieces must each fit in
a 5x5x5 inch cube and already be bisque fired. Plates, cups or bowls in either a white
stoneware or porcelain are preferred. Work must be rated for a cone 9 reduction firing.
The cost is $85 per person and there are only 8 spots per day. Please email Ray Boswell at [email protected] if you are interested in this amazing workshop.
In addition, Ray is offering a workshop on July 21st, and August 11th. Although
these two workshops are independent, they compliment each other. The Saturday
workshop with Ray concentrates on creating the form and the Sunday workshop with
Andrew concentrates on designing the surface. Ray’s workshop is $95, but you may
sign up for them both Ray and Andrew’s workshop (Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd, or Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th) at the discounted price of $165. Please email Ray Boswell at [email protected] if you are interested in this amazing workshop.
Ray’s retreat description and outline
I call it a retreat because it is a time to step back and retreat from what you thought about pottery and yourself. Allow yourself to be centered, open up to new thoughts and ways to look at things and grow into new possibilities of interacting with clay. This is the beginning of a series of ongoing workshops that are different in the following way. Most of the time we go to workshops to meet the potter and go home with a pot we made at the workshop. The problem I see in this model is we often spend too much time making the pot, trying to get it into the bisque on time, and then rushing to glaze it, and so we don’t give ourselves enough time to learn new skills. We rush to experience them but, do we give ourselves time to learn them? I propose workshops or retreats to create a space for learning about pots and ourselves and what is important about both. We will need to create a new language for this because one has not been created yet. We will have to create new ways of doing things because the one size fits all approach doesn’t work. I have limited the group to 10 so I will have time to help individuals with their hands-on experience. Connie Rose will be available to assist you one on one when needed. I designed this day to introduce you to these techniques (for some of you, I’ll be reintroducing you but, with more science and thought) and to give you a chance to see them performed correctly. This retreat is an introduction. The DVD’s available will help you to review each technique and remind you how to use each technique to create bigger, lighter and better pots with less effort and with greater consistency.
In addition Andrew Boswell is offering a glazing workshop on Sunday, July 22nd or Sunday, August 12th. Although these two workshops are independent, they compliment each other. My Saturday workshop concentrates on creating the form and the Sunday workshop with Andrew concentrates on designing the surface. The price for Andrew’s Glazing workshop is $85. Andrew’s workshop can be combined with mine (Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd, or Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th) into a weekend workshop at a discounted price of $165 for the two days, a savings of $15. To register please email me at [email protected] .
Retreat for Potters ~ Outline
10:00 – 10:30
Greet with coffee, Hand out booklets, introductory remarks, short movie, learning a new language, letting your fingers dance. Break into groups of two.
10:30 – 11:15
During this 45 minute session I will guide you through the science of centering, opening, bringing up clay from the bottom of the pot and hand position. You will have the opportunity to practice and problem solve with a partner. These mental and physical gymnastics will then be integrated with a practical hands on experience. In this way each one of you will have an opportunity to use new information to enable you to center and
open a pot (and possibly yourself) with more speed and less work.
We will continue using the groups of two (or more if you wish) in order to work through the science of recentering. (Recentering isn’t a word, yet, we’ll change that after this weekend.) These mental and physical gymnastics will then be integrated with the practical hands on experience. Each one of you will have the chance to use new information to recenter on the wheel. This will help you center, idea generate forms on the wheel and get rid of that awful high side and low side. This also will help you throw faster in general but, specifically faster when collaring and necking.
12:45 – 1:30
Continuing in groups of 2 or more we will go over the science of bowls and lips. These mental and physical gymnastics will then be integrated with the practical hands on experience. Everyone will have a chance on a wheel to use new information to create bowls and lips that don’t flop over or collapse down.
1:30 – 2:15
Continuing in groups of 2 of more we will go over the science of collaring and necking (making bottle necks). These mental and physical gymnastics will then be integrated with the practical hands on experience. Each one of you will be given the opportunity to use this new information to collar flared lips with out folding them or getting a high side and a low side. We will go over old ways of collaring as well as using recentering solely and in coordination with older techniques. Not being able to collar or create tall necks for bottles, spouts or stems is very limiting and no one need limit themselves in this way.
2:30 – 4:00
This is where the parts get put together. In the hour and a half remaining we will dialogue about design principles. How tall is too tall for a foot or a neck and why? What is the relationship between the body and the foot, or neck and lip? What are we trying to say or express through each of these separate elements to give voice to the completed pot? There will be some trimming demonstrated during this time. Most of the discussion will be
integrating the techniques we have been learning on the wheel to accomplish our goal of giving voice to our pots and ourselves.
Here’s a fairly rough video preview, but you’ll get an idea…