After taking what felt like the Grand Tour of Dallas and the surrounding area, I’m FINALLY home, safe and sound. This trip had a little something for everyone, lost luggage, missed connections, airport closings, stormy weather and about a thousand unhappy passengers, hoping against hope that their connecting flight was still on the ground, just waiting to be reboarded to take their passengers to their final destinations. Unfortunately, I was not part of this happy group, having missed my connecting flight home, giving me the privilege of spending the night at DFW and catching the first plane that was pointed in Little Rock’s direction. The stars aligned, I boarded the first plane out and was home within the hour.
After my spouse and my dog, I was most happy to see my pottery wheel and studio. After some breakfast and a nap, I spent some QT getting my hands back into clay and starting on a small project that had been percolating in the back of my mind for a while — a set of small bottles, all different, but glazed in a similar way. I haven’t even given much thought to how many I should throw or how many bottles will make a set.
Here’s a look at my project progress so far –
Last, but most certainly not least, I scored a couple of tickets to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg lecture/interview last evening and was so happy to have Cindy to go with. RBG was amazing and was sharp as a whole truckload of tacks. Don’t let the librarian bun and her super petite frame fool you, I don’t doubt that she can go toe to toe with any of the big, well fed (her words, not mine) male Justices that occupy the bench with her, leaving them in the dust and wondering what just happened.
I want her to stay on the bench forever!
They had a big firing at the pottery studio last week and two of my pots made it into the kiln. Both turned out really well, but one is amazing. Funny thing, working with clay. Sometimes mistakes turn out to be the best pieces.
I’m not sure what happened to this pot, I think I bumped it when I was taking it off the wheel and having a really thin spot didn’t help, so it sort of collapsed. I really liked the shape, though, and decided to keep it. The shape reminds me of a calla lily.
For the glaze, I did a total dip of Rhodes Turquoise with a rim dip of Tin Purple.
I can’t remember what glaze I used for this pot and I left my notes at the studio. I have to run something back to the art center, so I’ll duck in and grab my notebook while I’m there. This pot isn’t as “catchy” as the other one, but I love its simple lines and that it has just enough texture to make the glaze interesting.
FUN WITH MIXED MEDIA
These are a couple of backgrounds I’m working on, incorporating modeling paste and spray inks.
As usual, I’ve been a busy bee and have a new knitting project on the needles to share tomorrow, stay tuned!
I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting. Marc Jacobs
Hurray! It’s back into the pottery studio after a two week break. I have some new ideas and several things I want to try, like this
and maybe this
So ready to get in there and sling some mud!
Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. Henri-Frederic Amiel
I had a touch of bad attitude Sunday, just feeling tired and overwhelmed – I suppose I finally ran out of adrenaline after running on it all week, so I took a field trip to the pottery studio for a couple of hours. After some enthusiastic wedging, I settled down and began a new coiled pot. Class meets this morning, so I’ll get some feedback on what works and what doesn’t on this particular project. I remembered to bring the fancy camera to take a photo of the acorn I started last week.
It needs a little fine tuning, I think.
Trying to decide, should I glaze true to nature or go for something more whimsical, like blue or purple?
A peek at the pot I started Sunday. I can’t decide if it needs a little fine tuning or not.
Clunks for a windclunk I randomly started
(I call them clunks because they don’t chime like glass, they clunk)
After glazing with Rhodes Turquoise
Excited to see their true color after firing!
ON, THEN OFF THE NEEDLES
I swatched the handspun yesterday, take a look –
I’ll keep practicing.
Very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations