Every potter loves a successful firing! I get a little anticipatory rush when it’s time to open my kiln and see whether or not the kiln gods have smiled upon me. This time, they smiled. 🙂🙂🙂🙂
Starting with the lower left pot, here are the glazes I used: Copper Red, the pot above it is wearing June Bug, the middle pot is glazed with Blue Stone and its neighbor wears Blue Spark. The upper left, black pot’s glaze is Vintage Gold.
Not what you expected – am I right? Here’s an up close and personal look at each one….
All glazes are from the Amaco Potter’s Choice line. I’ll be adding these to my rapidly expanding glaze collection without a doubt!
All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, observation is also invention. Rudolf Arnheim
My Five Roses Shawl is finally finished and I think it turned out really well. There were a few moments when I seriously considered frogging and starting over but I’m glad I didn’t. My project notes are here.
Christmas knitting continues. With My Five Roses completed, some of my self imposed pressure has eased and I plan to focus on my Christmas projects for the next few weeks. No new projects until 2021 is my mantra for the time being. 🧘♀️
I have high hopes for these little bowls. I got a sample pack of brand new Amaco glazes and can’t wait to see how they turn out.🤞
We see things not as they are, but as we are. Our perception is shaped by our previous experiences. Dennis Kimbro
I’ve working hard these past two weeks getting my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery, updated. This is a multistep process and pretty tedious. Way tedious really, but I’m taking part in this year’s Arkansas Art Center Museum Sale, a once a year sale when the Art Center students get to show off all they’ve learned and hopefully make enough money to support their various art/craft habits – at least until the next visit to the art store. This year, it’s going to be different. This year, instead of an in-person sale, it’s gone virtual. SURPRISE!!!!! AM I RIGHT???? Here’s the progression of my emotions since, oh, I don’t know, like 2020 happened and everything changed.🤞🙏😟☹️😭😤😠😡🤬😡😠☹️😕😮🙂😀
I’m not the only one on this rollercoaster, making the best of a bad situation. My mama used to tell me that it’s just as easy to smile as to frown. She was right. I must have gotten my optimistic mindset from her. ❤️ But I digress.
Here’s what came off the wheel today –
In a week or so they will be ready for their first firing
Stay tuned, I hope to follow these guys until their final, most exciting, nailbiting firing. Every potter I know, though, keeps their fingers crossed throughout. 🤞 I sure miss my pottery peeps!
To practice art, no matter how well or badly is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. Kurt Vonnegut
My sweet son in law has been requesting a pitcher for I don’t know how long. Being a pastor, he wanted something he could use for baptisms and communion. After many unsuccessful attempts, I finally came up with one that passed muster.
Inside glazed with Spectrum Cinnamon Ripple
Outside glazed with Amaco Seaweed
Outside glaze Amaco Seaweed PC-51
Inside glazed with Mayco Stoneware Glaze
Here’s a better look at the inside –
TODAY’S PROACTIVE CHANGE
This one is turning out to be the most difficult – putting all my devices aside 30 minutes before bedtime. Yep, this one is by far the most difficult. There’s always just one more thing I want to check on, which leads to another page, then one more site and then just one more peek at Facebook. Putting it all aside 30 minutes before bedtime gives my brain enough time to calm down and I fall asleep faster and stay asleep. 🥱😴
Without going into detail, I’ve been dealing with some health issues over the past few months, mainly insomnia and restless leg syndrome. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve had more than just a few hours of uninterrupted sleep a night, but I’m working on some positive lifestyle changes that seem to be helping. Just being proactive makes me feel better mentally and physically and I intend to keep it up.
One of the things I’m doing is making a bullet journal to record things like sleep time, diet, exercise, etc. because all these things tie into my physical and mental wellbeing.
Another positive change I’m working on is intermittent fasting, trying as hard as I can to go low carb, high protein, cutting out sugar and caffeine. Do I always succeed? Nope, but it’s getting easier. 🙂
I’ll keep you posted.
One faces the future with ones past. Pearl Buck
PS – I put a couple of new pots in the kiln this morning with some new glazes. Hopefully, I’ll have something to Show and Tell in my next post. 🤞
You’d think that with the quarantine/social distancing/mask wearing and sheltering in place I’d be throwing pots and knitting like a maniac, but my orthopedic adventures brought these things to a screeching halt. The backstory is here if you missed it the first time around.
Anyhow, besides just the couple of weeks being bored out of my mind because I couldn’t do much of anything – when you break your dominant arm you’re pretty much out of luck for a while – being housebound hasn’t been too bad. You can bet, though, as soon as I got my cast off I was knitting, even if it was a super slow process. I got my hands back into the clay, finally able to finish what I’d started before I broke my arm and every day is a little bit better than the day before. Here’s three very patient pots that waited for me to heal.
Word on the street is that life is starting to normalize. Mr. iknead said there was toilet paper on the grocery shelves, no hand sanitizer or gloves, but at least it’s a move in the right direction.
From error to error one discovers the entire truth. Sigmund Freud
p.s. Don’t forget to visit my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery. I’m always adding new pots and you don’t want to miss out on the perfect one!
Thank heaven for cooler heads!!! I took ya’lls advice and put Gray Days in timeout for about a week, during which I calmed down a bit, enough for an attitude adjustment. . I picked it up again Monday morning and Gray Days is knitting up well and once again, all is well at Casa Coleman. 🙂 Here’s a look at my new, improved Gray Days Gansey:
Things are also going well in the pottery studio also. I’ve had a couple of kiln unloads that I’m very pleased with and want to share with you all. Both pieces are made of the same clay, Speckled Brownstone.
Thanks to all who sent me good advice when I was ready to relegate Gray Days to my personal limbo — the back of my closet.
Oh, and don’t forget to visit my etsy shop for more pottery love!
And we are put on this earth a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love.
Ever glazed a bowl or knitted/sewn a project that you had such high hopes for that, on completion, was so ugly it was a real challenge to NOT throw it in the trash or banish it to the recesses of
of your darkest closet? Let me tell you about my latest bowl of shame………
There was nothing wrong with the naked bowl, one of my better ones IMO. Sorry guys, I took no photos of the first glazing. Too painful. 😜
The first glaze consisted of Toasted Sage poured into the bowl and swirled to cover, followed by Oatmeal brushed on the rim x3. I laid a band of Textured Turquoise below the Oatmeal rim inside. I then brushed the outside with Spectrum Cinnamon Ripple x3. When the glaze was dry, I fired this bad boy to cone 5. All I can say about the final result was YUCK and double YUCK. I tried to console myself by saying we can’t all be beautiful and made up my mind to keep it around for a little while; sometimes a glaze combination will grow on me. Not this time.
I decided to refire it, using a new glaze I got for Christmas, a Hot Pink by Spectrum. So, I just sort of slapped a few coats of this pink on it all over and fired it again. BTW – all glazes are Amaco Potter’s Choice unless specified otherwise. This glaze was a cone 9/10 and since I like to live dangerously, I fired to cone 10. 🥵
Here’s the surprise:
I’m so glad I gave this pot a second chance! Forrest Gump’s mama was right:
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
After a try out of Kollage Square Circular Knitting Needles I’ve fallen deeply in love with these babies and want one of every size and length. The rub? Kollage has quit making them.😢 My LYS does carry them, but with very limited choices. I spent way too much time last night trying to track some down – a rollercoaster of emotion, let me tell you. I was ultimately successful, finding a nice selection of needle sizes and cord lengths at Paradise Fibers and bought three new circs, sizes 1,1.5 and 2 with 60” cables, my favorite! I’ll start stalking our mailman in the next day or so.
ON MY NEEDLES
I’m back on track with my Gray Day Gansey and am about an inch away from separating for the sleeves.
Hi ya’ll! Here it’s come around Monday again and I have a couple of things to show you. I hope everyone’s weekend was a good one, mine was super busy which is a good thing in my case. When I’m bored, I tend to get into trouble – think shopping, think junk food, think hours of Pinterest or Facebook. Does this sound familiar? OK, enough of that. Here are a few things I played around with over the weekend.
My Gray Day Gansey is STILL on my needles, due to a mistake (dropped stitch) that I was unable to make peace with. So, I put in a lifeline and ripped back a good six inches of cabling and fixed it. Much happier!
I also managed to finally get ClayDreamsPottery, my Etsy shop, updated. Hit the link and see what’s new. I also got a bisque kiln fired, which unfortunately did not go as smoothly as I’d hoped. One of the pots exploded early on but luckily, nothing else in the kiln was damaged. 😨
Monday’s child is fair of face. Anonymous Nursery Rhymes
So, what did you think of the changes in my About Me page? It took me a long time to get the new content from my head to WordPress! As for my 2020 Intentions, one of my main one is to start and stick to a blogging schedule. I haven’t quite gotten that one settled in my mind but just getting started feels like a big step in the right direction! 👟👟
I hope you had a great holiday! Mr. iknead and I went to Bangkok for Christmas with the Bangkok Bunch. So good to see them…..even with Facetime, etc., sometimes I crave being able to hug them in person, hold their hands and hear their voices in person. Unfortunately, I was sick the. whole. time. with bronchitis. I went to the doctor and he gave me antibiotics and cough medicine. They helped a little and at least got me through the long, long flight home.😷🤒👨⚕️💊
Best gift ever? The Bangkok bunch is coming home! 🏠🏠🏠 The excitement and the relief of having them close by again is overwhelming! 🎇🎇🎇🤸♂️😍
I’m still plugging away at Gray Day. I’ve had to rip the entire cable pattern out and start it again twice.🤬but it’s progressing slowly!
I plan to do an update of my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery, in the next day or so, keep an eye on it – you don’t want to miss a thing! Here’s a preview –