ON MY NEEDLES
So far, the Ariel socks are playing nice, but they’ve been slow going. Things are looking up since I purchased a nice, bright headlamp at Decathlon, a store similar to Academy Sports. I actually was at Decathlon to get a new water bottle, which I did, but apparently the placement of impulse items is universal – right next to the cash register. That bit of extra light has made a big difference, I got through the first pattern repeat last night without problems.
I’m also working on a Leksak sweater, though I find the rows and rows of stockinette boring. It makes for great plane knitting, I’ll give it that.
ON THE WHEEL
Not a thing. While I’m in Bangkok, I have to be satisfied with surfing Pinterest and making endless lists in my head of glazes and techniques to try. That reminds me, I need to order clay. I’m thinking that if I order now, it will arrive in Little Rock about the same time I do.
Here are a few photos of Iconsiam, a new mall here in Bangkok that has a replica of a floating market on the bottom floor, with traditional Thai food and crafts vendors, most wearing traditional Thai clothing. Really, the photos don’t do it justice………..
FYI – This is an escalator!
Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso
Here’s a sneak peek at the newest additions to my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery. I hope you like them!
Details can be found at https://etsy.com/shop/claydreamspottery
To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde
Hey everyone! Remember me? Well, here I am, still an insomniac and getting over a back issue. Actually, I developed back pain about a week ago that kept me from wheel and kiln until yesterday. Anyhow, I’m much better and eager to get back in the studio. 🙂
Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of things I was able to finish before my back turned on me.
First up is a medium sized sized, textured vase –
Next, a sweet little ring bowl –
I especially love the green shades inside this little bowl!
These will be going up in my Etsy shop,ClayDreamsPottery in the next few days, as soon as I can take a breather from playing pottery catch up!
Knowledge is addictive. Keep it up. Teresa Sjoquist
Here’s a look at a couple of projects I’ve been working on this past week………
I’ve added some high fire clay and glazes to my supply of low and mid fire glazes and such and am thoroughly enjoying playing around and experimenting with layering glazes. I think this little vase turned out really well, don’t you?
Miss Dixie got a shiny new bowl this past week, thanks to my glaze experiment. I had marked the new bowl in my head as a new bowl for her, then, when I pulled it out of the kiln, I had second thoughts because of how pretty it was. In the end, though, I stuck to my original plan, and Dixie has a new, pretty bowl.
Meals are serious business in Dixieworld!
The pretty vase will be added to ClayDreamsPottery by the end of this week, along with some other beauties still in progress that I think will be a hit so keep an eye out for these newbies.
Nothing happens unless first a dream. Carl Sandburg
A few weeks ago I was poking around in the glazes at the Art Center pottery studio and came across one that I wasn’t familiar with – Meyer’s Shino. In keeping with my “I’ll try anything once” personality type, I grabbed one of my bowls that was glaze ready and gave it a dip. I had no expectations, I hadn’t used it and neither had anyone else in the studio that day. So, to satisfy my curiosity, I dipped.
B clay no grog
One dip Meyer’s Shino
Fired to cone 10
Looks a lot like a soda firing, doesn’t it? All who saw it in the studio yesterday asked me the same question: Soda? Nope. Just glazed and fired as usual. I love it when the clay gods smile down upon me!
The years teach much which the days never know. Ralph Emerson
I’ve been very neglectful this past week of just about everything while dismantling, cleaning, painting and reassembling this old hoosier cabinet –
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the colors Henrietta on doors and drawers and Emile on the rest. Oh, and see those yucky brownish hinges? Those are the original hinges, I couldn’t find any new ones that fit. Those old hinges? That’s what color the whole thing was before the new paint job. Gross. This is my workspace and storage for my pottery.
After the cabinet was squared away I was able to think about clay again and finally ran a glaze kiln today. Here’s a first look –
Way too hot to get close, but they look like a success so far!
Be sure to look for these in my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery!
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. Thornton Wilder
Last post, I mentioned wanting to do an Etsy shop update last weekend, which obviously did not happen. I grossly underestimated how busy Mother’s Day was going to be and then there was the rain. Nothing dried enough to even think about running the kiln, leaving me champing at the bit, frustrated and more than a little bit impatient. I finally just went ahead and candled most of the still wet pots in my kitchen oven so when the rain finally quit they’d be ready to fire. Guess what…… it’s raining again and it doesn’t look like it’s going let up anytime soon. 😩🌂⛈☔️ But I have bisqued and glazed pots ready for the kiln so I’m good. 🙂 On the bright side, I’ve gotten a lot of knitting done while waiting for the sun to come out. ☀️
Caitlin Hunter, Designer
NEWS FLASH ……
My partial Etsy shop update is live, with the remainder to be listed this evening, as soon as it’s cool enough to handle.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie