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    Steven Showalter
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Back to work and loading a kiln tonight! I’ll be in Stockholm, WI Saturday for a one day show! It was a great weekend in Madison and it was fun to meet so many people that follow me on social media. Have a great week! #yunomi #cup #pottery #ceramics #art #craft #craftsmanship #stoneware #handmade #madeinaskutt #madewithabailey #instapottery #wheelthrown #stamped #texture
I know most people notice my glazes first, but behind every glaze is a form. When I make my form I’m already envisioning how I’ll glaze it and how I’ll tie the glaze to the shape. This isn’t a typical vase I’ve made in the past, but I’m having lots of fun this year exploring the endless possibilities of clay! 10-5 today in Madison! #pottery #ceramics #clay #stoneware #madison #glaze #form #shape #lagunaclay #madewithabailey #madeinaskutt #cone6 #art #artfair #craft #craftsmanship #wheelthrown #instapottery #handmade
I know most people notice my glazes first, but behind every glaze is a form. When I make my form I’m already envisioning how I’ll glaze it and how I’ll tie the glaze to the shape. This isn’t a typical vase I’ve made in the past, but I’m having lots of fun this year exploring the endless possibilities of clay! 10-5 today in Madison! #pottery  #ceramics  #clay  #stoneware  #madison  #glaze  #form  #shape  #lagunaclay  #madewithabailey  #madeinaskutt  #cone6  #art  #artfair  #craft  #craftsmanship  #wheelthrown  #instapottery  #handmade 
Art Fair on the Square 9-6 today! Booth 320. I love this new glaze combination! After setting up in the middle of a storm last night things have cleared considerably... sometimes you just have laugh at the situation. #artfaironthesquare #art #pottery #ceramics #stoneware #instapottery #clay #lagunaclay #madeinaskutt #handmade #wheelthrown #altered #cone6 #glaze
Final kiln load ready to unload and pack for Madison’s Art Fair on the Square this weekend! Look for me in booth 320. #artfaironthesquare #madison #art #artfair #pottery #ceramics #stoneware #clay #lagunaclay #madeinaskutt #instapottery #glaze #cone6 #craft #craftsmanship #handmade #wheelthrown #altered #slip
Just add fire/heat and this glaze will be my Matte Blue! I make all my glazes from raw chemicals and they get sieved twice in this Talisman Sieve. Making glazes isn’t my favorite part of the process, but obviously it’s necessary. I think every potter gravitates towards some aspect of pottery. If you’re a potter, what is your favorite part of the process? #glaze #process #sieve #pottery #ceramics #cone6 #instapottery #handmade #craft #craftsmanship
Just add fire/heat and this glaze will be my Matte Blue! I make all my glazes from raw chemicals and they get sieved twice in this Talisman Sieve. Making glazes isn’t my favorite part of the process, but obviously it’s necessary. I think every potter gravitates towards some aspect of pottery. If you’re a potter, what is your favorite part of the process? #glaze  #process  #sieve  #pottery  #ceramics  #cone6  #instapottery  #handmade  #craft  #craftsmanship 
Thanks for all the encouragement and sharing of your own stories on my previous post! I said I would put it behind me and I did. My next firing turned out great! If you’re keeping track... yes, I fire both kilns constantly right now! Creating my last work for Art Fair on the Square in Madison this weekend. (Booth 320) #mugshotmonday #mug #artfaironthesquare #madison #art #artfair #craft #craftsmanship #handmade #clay #lagunaclay #madeinaskutt #madewithabailey #instapottery #stoneware #pottery #ceramics #wheelthrown #glaze #cone6
Thanks for all the encouragement and sharing of your own stories on my previous post! I said I would put it behind me and I did. My next firing turned out great! If you’re keeping track... yes, I fire both kilns constantly right now! Creating my last work for Art Fair on the Square in Madison this weekend. (Booth 320) #mugshotmonday  #mug  #artfaironthesquare  #madison  #art  #artfair  #craft  #craftsmanship  #handmade  #clay  #lagunaclay  #madeinaskutt  #madewithabailey  #instapottery  #stoneware  #pottery  #ceramics  #wheelthrown  #glaze  #cone6 
FAIL... at least that’s what the blinking light of the kiln told me! I’ve had a bunch of issues with firings lately mixed in with some great firings. These jars exploded because I simply rushed them. I’ve also had a kiln shut off because the computer components got too hot and had a bad thermocouple on another firing. When these sorts of things happen I regroup and refocus rather than dwelling on the mistake. Social media is great but I think it’s important to occasionally show a little failure too. The next day, firing, pot is always a new chance just like life... make of it what you will... and will it into what you want! #fail #explosion #pottery #ceramics #clay #stoneware
FAIL... at least that’s what the blinking light of the kiln told me! I’ve had a bunch of issues with firings lately mixed in with some great firings. These jars exploded because I simply rushed them. I’ve also had a kiln shut off because the computer components got too hot and had a bad thermocouple on another firing. When these sorts of things happen I regroup and refocus rather than dwelling on the mistake. Social media is great but I think it’s important to occasionally show a little failure too. The next day, firing, pot is always a new chance just like life... make of it what you will... and will it into what you want! #fail  #explosion  #pottery  #ceramics  #clay  #stoneware 
Kiln unloading time! Looks like a great firing! I purchased a second kiln a few years ago and when I hit crunch time like this I’m happy I did. My second kiln is firing another load that I glazed today. I’m now back in the studio attaching handles and making vases tonight. Pottery requires a ton of multitasking and lots of lists! #madeinaskutt #pottery #ceramics #stoneware #art #craft #vases #bowls #craftsmanship #handmade #clay #lagunaclay #instapottery #glaze #cone6 #wheelthrown
Kiln unloading time! Looks like a great firing! I purchased a second kiln a few years ago and when I hit crunch time like this I’m happy I did. My second kiln is firing another load that I glazed today. I’m now back in the studio attaching handles and making vases tonight. Pottery requires a ton of multitasking and lots of lists! #madeinaskutt  #pottery  #ceramics  #stoneware  #art  #craft  #vases  #bowls  #craftsmanship  #handmade  #clay  #lagunaclay  #instapottery  #glaze  #cone6  #wheelthrown 
Back to work! 4 shows in 4 weekends means I really need to hit high gear preparing. My next show is Madison’s Art Fair on the Square July 14-15! I’ve loaded the kiln and will spend the remainder of the day celebrating Independence Day! Check back tomorrow for the kiln opening pic! #pottery #ceramics #stoneware #clay #lagunaclay #madeinaskutt #madewithabailey #instapottery #craft #craftsmanship #art #handmade #glaze #cone6
I haven’t posted for awhile as I’m doing the rarest thing... relaxing. Staying at a cabin in Wisconsin spending my days swimming with my kids, grilling and golfing. I think work/life balance will probably always be an issue for me, but I truly enjoy every break I get! #relaxing #cabin #wisconsin #notpottery #familytime
I haven’t posted for awhile as I’m doing the rarest thing... relaxing. Staying at a cabin in Wisconsin spending my days swimming with my kids, grilling and golfing. I think work/life balance will probably always be an issue for me, but I truly enjoy every break I get! #relaxing  #cabin  #wisconsin  #notpottery  #familytime 
Texture on texture! Last year I was making pentagon trays and this year I switched it to hexagons! Yesterday was a great day at the Eagan Art Festival and I won Honorable Mention/3rd overall. Back here today until 5pm. Booth 102 #eaganartfestival #art #artfair #pottery #ceramics #stoneware #hexagon #texture #clay #lagunaclay #madeinaskutt #madewithabailey #instapottery #pattern #craft #craftsmanship #handmade
My second attempt at repeating my glaze colors from a couple weeks ago! This textured pattern is created by dragging my fingers through wet slip. This piece and many others are available at the Eagan Art Festival today and tomorrow! Booth 102 #eaganartfestival #art #artfair #platter #craft #craftsmanship #handmade #wheelthrown #slip #texture #clay #lagunaclay #madewithabailey #madeinaskutt #instapottery #stoneware #glaze #cone6
My new oval vases in action! They look great alone or in a group. I’ll have these available this weekend at the Eagan Art Festival. #vase #pottery #ceramics #art #artfair #craft #craftsmanship #handmade #instapottery #stoneware #glaze #cone6 #madewithabailey #madeinaskutt #flowers
Texturing rims tonight after a full day of glazing! With the slow drying of the summer months I have to anticipate what will sell as I create work for 1-2 shows from now. #texture #pottery #ceramics #clay #lagunaclay #art #craft #craftsmanship #handmade #wheelthrown #madewithabailey #stoneware #instapottery
One of the misconceptions about glaze is that it acts like a paint. This is my new patina green, but it’s on a darker stoneware clay. Every clay creates a different interaction with the glaze. Darker clays can mute the vibrancy some, but that’s not always the case. It has been fun to add this darker clay into the mix over the past couple years. All of this potential keeps me interested in the process! This weekend I’ll be at the Eagan Art Festival. #darkstoneware #pottery #ceramics #clay #art #craft #craftsmanship #handmade #wheelthrown #instapottery #madeinaskutt #madewithabailey #glaze #cone6 #patina #green
One of the misconceptions about glaze is that it acts like a paint. This is my new patina green, but it’s on a darker stoneware clay. Every clay creates a different interaction with the glaze. Darker clays can mute the vibrancy some, but that’s not always the case. It has been fun to add this darker clay into the mix over the past couple years. All of this potential keeps me interested in the process! This weekend I’ll be at the Eagan Art Festival. #darkstoneware  #pottery  #ceramics  #clay  #art  #craft  #craftsmanship  #handmade  #wheelthrown  #instapottery  #madeinaskutt  #madewithabailey  #glaze  #cone6  #patina  #green 
It was a wonderful Father’s Day surprise that my family showed up right as I won the Festival Favorite Award at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival! Behind any success is support, this is my support! #pottery #ceramics #festivalfavorite #art #artfair #craft #craftsmanship #clay #fathersday #support
The sky is clearing! This is my new patina green glaze with a clear gloss over the top portion. I’ll never be done experimenting and this combo has me excited. I’ll be at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival today and tomorrow (booth 137). #stonearchbridgefestival #art #artfair #pottery #ceramics #stoneware #glaze #green #cone6 #clay #lagunaclay #madeinaskutt #madewithabailey #craft #craftsmanship #handmade #instapottery