No visit to Richard's studio is complete without tea and treats at the beautiful Japanese-style tea table that is the centerpiece of the studio. We outlined plans for the new show around the table, then went down to the kiln where Richard told us about all aspects of the firing process, as well as the extensive cleaning and maintenance work that goes on in between firings. The Johanna kiln is the largest wood-fired kiln in North America - at 84 ft. long, it consists of four separate firing chambers. The next firing of the kiln is planned for the Fall of 2011, just prior to the opening of the new show at The Grand Hand in early October.
I will have more info on our visit, and more photos of the studio and the Johanna kiln in a separate post. I see that while I have been away, colleague Rachel Nusbaum had already gotten photos of the new work that we brought back from Richard's up in a blog post below! How's that for teamwork?!
That's all for now, from Ann in Las Vegas - still one more day of trade shows to go. Have found some wonderful new artists, and new work for existing gallery artists for the Fall.