New works for sale

I’ve been pretty busy over the last several months and the blog has been rather quiet. After a five week trip this summer exploring the Rockies, I’ve returned with many photographs, drawings, and much inspiration. In 2017 my focus was on the Texas Wildflower series in which bud vases and plates figured prominently. This year I’ve had more opportunities to explore back roads around Texas and embrace the roadrunner muse who visited our place last winter.

The back roads will always draw me and each time we take a drive a new one brings excitement. We’ve also been out in the back country with two trips to Big Bend, earlier in the year to the Ranch (now known as a state park) and just returned last week from backpacking in the Mule Ears area as well as a nice hike on the Window Trail in Big Bend National Park. Some of you (you know who you are) are saying that there will be more plates and platters coming from these photos. Yes, that’s true but there are some other ideas besides plates I’m working through and you will just have to be patient for them.

The Mule Ears at sunset, Big Bend National Park
The Mule Ears at sunset, Big Bend National Park

It’s the ninth of December and I’m up to my own “ears” in work in the studio with many new projects in progress. I’m back to work on lots of functional ware but I’m also working on my sculptures. I might post a photo your way as these progress. The Raku kiln will finally be up and running, hopefully before end of December, a perfect time to be firing.  It’s getting cold! Also, I’m looking for another larger used electric kiln to convert into a high fire gas kiln, so that hunt has begun.

Last year I almost completely sold out all items in the Texas Wildflower series but there are still a few left. There are also new plates for the ongoing series, Texas Back Roads, and more bird plates. By the way, if you’re scratching your head wondering what the word “scgrafito” means it relates to the technique of carving through layers of glaze so that the surface color of the clay is revealed. A very interesting and challenging process!

Please note prices shown do not include shipping. If you’re out of state, there’s no sales tax. I ship all over the US but may take a little time for an international shipment. If you wish to visit the studio to purchase, email me for an appointment. Purchases of my work are not done through the site. In future I may open an Etsy shop to allow for a secure payment online but I’m just not there yet. I can take a credit card over the phone using square. For further details, make a comment as to interest in what item on the blog in the comments section. First come first served!

Happy Holidays to you all!


Globe Mallow, Texas Wildflower series, thrown, carved stoneware charger plate, 9″ diam


Downy Paintbrush, Texas Wildflower series, thrown, carved charger plate, 9″ diam, SOLD
Roadrunner decorative plate, 8″ x 14″, earthenware
Roadrunner with lizard, decorative plate, 11″ diam, with scgrafito, SOLD
Twisted Oaks, Texas Backroads series, slab built decorative plate with scgrafito, 8″ x 13.5″, SOLD
Flat Creek Road, Texas Back Roads series, slab built stoneware tray with scgrafito,  10" w x 12.5" l x 2" h, $150
Flat Creek Road, Texas Back Roads series, slab built stoneware tray with scgrafito
Hugo Road, Texas Back Roads series, slab built decorative plate, 11″ w x 17″ l, earthenware
Spring Branch, Texas Back Roads series, slab built decorative plate 8″ w x 14″ l, earthenware
John Knox Road, Texas Back Roads series, slab built decorative plate, 8″ w x 14″ l, earthenware 
Mail Route Road, slab built stoneware platter, 12.5″ x 16″, with scgrafito
Beavertail Cactus, Texas Wildflower series, thrown and carved bud vase,  stoneware, 3.5" w x 6" h, $45
Beavertail Cactus, Texas Wildflower series, thrown and carved bud vase,
stoneware, 3.5″ w x 6″ h
Larkspur, Texas Wildflower series, bud vase, 3.5″ x 6″, thrown and carved stoneware
Indian Paintbrush, Texas Wildflower series, bud vase, thrown and carved stoneware, SOLD
Bluebonnets chuan, Texas Wildflower series, thrown and carved stoneware tea bowl with scgrafito, 3.5"" w x 4", $50
Bluebonnets, Texas Wildflower series, thrown and carved stoneware tea bowl, with scgrafito, 3.5″” w x 4″




Texas Wildflower series – Bud Vases

I recently completed a very successful firing of twenty five bud vases and several decorative plates (chargers) based on Texas wildflowers.  You will also see another series I’ve started called Power Animals.  Check on the Pottery page for closer look and pricing. Questions? Post at the bottom of the page.  These usually take a day or so for me to review and answer.  Thanks to all of you for interest and support!

Texas Wildflowers - Lotus  $75
Texas Wildflowers – Lotus SOLD

And the work continues

Here are some recently finished works.  All works dishwasher and microwave safe.

painted bunting, stoneware 9 in dia
Painted Bunting, stoneware charger, 9 in diameter
Downy Paintbrush, carved stoneware charger, 9 in dia $75
Downy Paintbrush, carved stoneware charger, 9 in SOLD
Hawthorn charger, carved stoneware, 9 in dia, $75
Hawthorn, carved stoneware charger, 9 in SOLD
Globe Mallow, carved stoneware 9 in dia, $75
Globe Mallow, carved stoneware charger, 9 in 

For Josh Rosenthal

Many of you have already seen our posts on Facebook about the loss of our son Josh Rosenthal.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep on  January 21, 2016.  He was only 31. Far too soon for him to leave us.  His loss was unexpected and I still can’t believe I will never see him again, at least not in this world.  He would have been proud of how many friends and family honored him  by coming to his funeral in Houston.  I think also he would have been genuinely surprised as he didn’t believe he had that many people who cared about him.  My first wife Ardis, my wife Mary, and I each wrote eulogies we read at his funeral.  I won’t add them here but I can only say they touched upon the story of who he was and what he had always dreamed of, but sadly could not have:  a normal life.  I find solace in knowing that he isn’t hurting anymore and is probably having a great time wherever he is now.  I will  remember the camping trips, the movies we loved, the jokes we shared, and the pleasure of his company.

The recently installed sculpture, “Standing Figure”, is a tribute to Elie Joshua Rosenthal.

Standing Figure front 1wb
Standing Figure, raku fired ceramic, ht 64″ x w 29″ x d 12″, 2016
Standing Figure back wb
Standing Figure, the view to the northwest
Standing Figure sunset wb
Standing Figure at sunset


Moving forward

Hello again friends,

With most of  the holidays behind me I’m continuing rapid progress on new works  in my studio.  My “Walking Man” series is in full swing as I explore figurative subjects with an abstract approach.  Sculptures I sketched out as early as 1988 are now on my radar and I am very excited to bring these into my new body of work.

Defiance detail b wb

While my mind continues to move along like a racing engine with multiple stations that lead to many paths in many directions, I remain focused on the inventory that must be made.

If you are interested in purchasing work in time for the holidays there are a still a number of artworks available through the Pottery, Drawings & Prints, and Paintings pages. Painting sizes are approximate unless noted otherwise.  All prices include shipping USA. For questions about any of the works please leave a comment on the appropriate page or email me at:

All the best to each of you in the year ahead,