Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017-03-29 - Wednesday - New pots

Wednesday I took some photos of my latest pots. You can see the rest of them here. Thanks to Kimberly Tyrrell at Clayworks for a good firing.

Garlic Woo

Rolf

One-finger mugs

Charles

Herman

Hip pot

Spinning tumbler

My setup.



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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017-03-25 - Saturday - Pots and ferns

Saturday I went to Clayworks where I made some mug bodies and stretched out the handsquatch pot a bit further.



When I came home I cut the grass and inspected the flower beds. I found the fiddle heads unfolding on the Christmas ferns. I love seeing the fiddle heads come up.




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Monday, April 3, 2017

2017-03-23 - Thursday - Ramen and pots

Thursday I met Herb and Ju-Ian at Futobuta for some ramen. The food is good there and the bonus is that the ramen bowls are made by William Baker.





In the evening I went to Clayworks where I slipped the snorkel pot and made a new handsquatch pot.




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Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017-03-16 - Thursday - Clay

Thursday was all about clay.

A bunch of us from Clayworks went to lunch and afterwards went to Herb Cohen's house to see his art collection. It was quite a collection to tour.

This is one of Herb's pieces.


Later that evening at Clayworks Ju-Ian showed me the clay portrait of me that she's been working on. I think she's captured me pretty well.

Look at the second photo, not the first. I included the first one to show how flat the piece looks lying down. As soon as you stand it up and the light creates the natural shadows of a face it looks much more realistic.

Lying down --flat.

Upright, much more natural.

Ju-Ian poking me in the eyes.


Later still, I carved the base of the snorkel pot and finished the abstract piece I was working on.






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Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017-03-13 - Monday - Pirates and crystals

Monday I stopped by Carolina Clay Connection to pick up some glaze materials and noticed this skull and crossbones flag on the other street. I asked inside, but nobody knew why it was there. I never did find out what it was about.



Going through some old buckets of glaze in the co-op I found this small bucket of Malcolm's Shino and was delighted to find salt crystals growing around the rim. Amazing stuff, there. To think they just grow there with no prodding is so cool.

It's the little things. It always is, if you're paying attention.






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Friday, March 31, 2017

2017-03-11 - Saturday - Feathers

I took the sticky bands we use to stop canker worms off our trees on Saturday. I saw the images of canker worm moths on the bands, but no insects. I assumed the birds picked them off and I guess I was correct. I found three feathers stuck to the band in one place.

I feel bad for the bird since it was stuck there until it pulled out it's feathers to get away.

I guess there truly is no such thing as a free lunch.





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Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017-03-10 - Friday - Empty Bowls and raku

Friday was a busy day for Clayworks.

South Charlotte Middle School was here for a raku firing class.



The mud daubers were making pots in the courtyard.



Adrienne, Kimberly, and I went to the Empty Bowls event at the convention center. It was larger than ever and I forgot to take photos inside the ballroom, but I got some of the line outside.

People picking out their bowls.

It was quite a long line.

Really long line.

I was demoing.



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