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When I bring out the WHISKEY CUPS I'm thinking: let's celebrate something.

Louise Belmont-Skinner

When I bring out the WHISKEY CUPS I'm thinking: let's celebrate something.

What's a Whiskey Cup? Here's the story. From its beginning, the design of this small cup evolved naturally out of Steve's previous work (like his stoneware Wrapped Bowls). He refined the cup's wrapped construction and developed textured exterior finishes to contrast with each cup's rich, smooth interior glaze. When I removed one of the new cups from our kiln at the completion of its first test firing, I enjoyed feeling its weight and texture in my hand. I enjoyed using it to share a toast with Steve after the day's work in the studio. I named it a Whiskey Cup....

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MY FAVORITE BOWL is my favorite bowl

Louise Belmont-Skinner

MY FAVORITE BOWL is my favorite bowl

Inspired by those gourds and squash that I grew, year after year, in my garden, Steve created the FAVORITE BOWL.  The design also grew out of Steve's interest in natural forms which he "documents" by making handmade molds of these forms. A few of the molds, because of their unique shape, are set aside for FAVORITE BOWLS.To make a bowl, Steve begins by pushing clay into one of the designated molds. He determines the bowl's height, texture, and undulating top edge. Steve may apply porcelain inlay on the bowl's exterior (an influence dating back to the potter's printmaking days at...

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One Year Later: Thank You is the Operative Feeling

Louise Belmont-Skinner

One Year Later: Thank You is the Operative Feeling

In February 2020, Steve and I had our last in-person art show at the American Craft Exhibition in Baltimore. Then we went into lockdown, hibernation or isolation call it what you will.

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