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
OK, at 63 (!) I’ve been been trying on a few different personas, just one more sign of my decision to never grow up, but here I am once more, an amalgamation of several whos and whats, as reflected in my new title, Mud and String.
As I type this, I’m en route to Bangkok, Thailand again, accompanying Big Mommy and the three grands, the Papoose, the Sprout and the Peach. All growing up so so fast and leaving me in the dust regarding what’s cool and what’s not. Anyhow……..
This trip has been very crazy, beginning with the first leg of the 30 hour trip being delayed an hour in Little Rock due to weather in Dallas, setting off a chain of situations like dominos falling. First, we missed our connecting flight to Hong Kong and so were stranded in Dallas for 24 hours, waiting for the next plane to Hong Kong. An adventure unto itself…More on that later.
So here we are, 32000 feet in the air, five hours into a 16 hour flight, with the outside time showing as -43.6F, wearing clothes that were fresh yesterday – Wednesday morning around 5 a.m. – closing in on 48 hours. The time is 4:49 pm on Thursday, according to my ipad. I pity our seatmates! 🤭🤭🤭🤢🤢🤢
We made it to Hong Kong! Here’s the view from our gate waiting area-
Before I close this out, a few pics of recent projects
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
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