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Rooster and Fireflies

“Rooster and Fireflies” 2016
Soda fired stoneware
Hallmarked studio collaboration between Zygote and Jessica Fong


Aside from the first and foremost responsibility of the craftsman, (to bring together the skills and materials necessary to create competent and well crafted work), the craftsman can also choose to take it the game further… by adding more of themselves into the work; sharing small personal vignettes of a hidden internal life; snippets of secret parables; hints of poetry, suggestively sublime.

This isn’t merely a decorative exercise… This is an attempt at subjective substance. 


“Rooster and Fireflies” 2016
Soda fired stoneware
Hallmarked studio collaboration between Zygote and Jessica Fong

There’s not much push back against the stance that maintains that the meaning brought to an image by an artist is less relevant than the meaning projected onto the work by the viewers themselves. 

The artist invites others to puzzle out a meaning by creating an open framework that’s suggestive of a narrative without spelling it out; it’s through the act of puzzling out a meaning that’s the experience is created. This is layered onto the tactile sensory experience of the object itself. 

A cliqued stance I know… but it’s a valid one. The engagement with puzzling out meaning is itself an experience. To do so while in the act of relaxing into a drink just adds to all of this… A layered sense of tranquil satisfaction.

“Rooster and Fireflies” 2016
Soda fired stoneware
Hallmarked studio collaboration between Zygote and Jessica Fong

Cut Flowers

Jess and I went back at it this weekend, still working to fill the 4 square feet that we acquired in a salt kiln. It’s not hard filling that space, but filling it on short notice and with intention, especially me, with no material experience with salt firings, that’s a bit more of a jog.

Still, I’m pretty excited about all the greenware that’s been getting made. Lots of experimental works and, of course, we finally got a chance to add a little skull flower. I had been trying hard to restrain myself, but it needed that cherry to complete the design.


The whole load is filled with lots of risk. Not a single sure thing in the bunch, but results should be exciting to play with when they exit the kiln. I’m hoping for one or two racers out of the lot, I really would be quite happy with that. I’m still gladly open to more, but one or two gems and I’d be just fine.

Betting on a Little Cock

It’s time for a bit of show and tell…

I’m a little excited about this one. This is a look at a sample of the bisqueware that’s headed out to the salt kiln at the Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project north of Napa in October.


It’s another round of experiments testing slip and glaze interaction in a salt kiln.

There’s a black stain that’s been applied and wiped off before the entire surface was sanded to knock off any sharp edges. The result was unexpectedly nice to hold and looks pretty nice as is.

There’s a round of 13 of these headed up. About half will get a thin shino dip, the other half will get a Helmer Flashing Wash. 

They might come out of the kiln looking awesome, but there’s always a much better chance they’ll just come out all cocked up. 


 Gotta take the chance though.

For a man that refuses to gamble, I spend a large amount of my resources just “letting it ride”…

Floral Block

Pulling this image from the unpublished archive of work from a few years ago simply because the piece came up in a radon conversation at the gallery with a walk-in customer. Originally, Jess and I made only 5 of these before the design was shelved, partially because it didn’t have any tactical attributes I prefer ( I like to feel the work in my hand), but mostly because the design was too matchy matchy for my taste at the time. Two were set aside, but the other 3 disappeared off into the world. In all honesty, while it was a decent design and Jess’s craftsmanship was impeccable as usual, it wasn’t work that I really wanted to push forward and invest any additional time into. It didn’t challenge our shared aesthetics nor did it broaden any understanding of what was possible once it was done.

Despite that, I’ve had customers inquiring about that particular design. People liked it. The lady visiting the gallery liked it. This random walk-in was asking the gallery director sitting next to me (Jess once again) about the work. “Was the gallery going to get any more in?” Jess of course pointed towards me and said, “Ask him.”

The answer was a flat “No.”

But now that I’ve said it, it is a handsome little design….

In the Shadow of Star Fall

This is a short series of 15 works made in celebration of the November and December Leonid meteor shower.

It’s autobiographical, a personal iconography of a celestial herald for change. A herald for countless stories, as I’m sure it is, has been, and must be for others.

There’s a strength and comfort to be found in illusion made real by a life lived.