Ken Horstman Studios

Dallas Pottery Invitational

After not being an in person event for a couple of years, The Dallas Pottery Invitational is back.  This is not an event that I participate in other than trying to go each year.  You can always find some nice pieces and the artists are always so welcoming a good time is always assured.  

This year the event runs April 8-10 and is being held at 

The Empire Room

1225N Riverfront Blvd

Dallas Tx 75207

As always there is plenty of free parking and Covid-19 protocols are still in place so this year everyone is required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth.   

More information can be found at WWW.DALLASSPOTTERYINVITATIONAL.COM

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When I first started taking ceramic courses many years ago at the University Wisconsin LaCrosse, your choices of wheels that you could use were a Lockerbie Kick Wheel, Randal Electric Wheel or a Couple of Brent Type C Electric Wheels.  Well everybody tended to gravitate to the electric wheels, so I went ahead and learned on the Lockerbie. With practice you could give that heavy cement flywheel  some kicks get that baby up to speed and center your clay and as the wheeled naturally slowed down you could still do one or two pulls.  Then one or two kicks and finish pulling up your walls.  

Later I went to graduate school for my MFA at the University of North Texas.  At that time the graduates were in an old dormitory and each grad had an old dorm room for their studio. The Kiln Gods were shining down on me as a person who was leaving the program was selling her Lockerbie Kick Wheel so I purchased it for one hundred dollars. 

That Lockerbie Wheel was still going strong,  but my legs not so much and they were in need of a break.  So I gave gave the Lockerbie to a middle school teacher, where I’m are it’s going strong.

I purchased a Skutt/Thomas Stuart Wheel Steven Hill Model   from The Ceramic Shop, It’s love at first throw.  It’s amazing and once I get the hang of,  that the wheel doesn’t naturally slow down,  I look forward to another thirty six years of throwing

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Diamond Core Tools

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a big fan of Diamond Core Tools.  I own several of their products including carving, fluting tools,  Diamond sanding and grinding pads.  What’s great on the carving tools is the replaceable tips always gives you a sharp tool without buying a whole new tool each time.  I haven’t tried their extruder tools or their trimming tools yet but I’m sure they are great as well.

But I just got in the mail Their Diamond Sgraffito Stylus   I brought the pack with all six stylus.  They are very nice with exceptional quality.  I’ve never seen anything quite like them.  I can’t wait to try them. Find them here

This is not a compensated endorsement I just like their products.   

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