Friday, June 9, 2017

2017-05-25 - Thursday - New pots

Thursday I got some of my pots back from the kiln. Kimberly fires it beautifully with lots of reduction in our shino-centric firing schedule.

I'll get better photos taken soon. Until then, here are some snaps.

A cart full.

One side of the snorkel pot...

...and the other.

This guy.


Tea bowls.


Detail of the bottom of the snorkel pot.

Different detail of the snorkel pot.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017-05-24 - Wednesday - Sculpture clay

My friend Dave sent me some Black Mountain sculpture clay from Aardvark Clays in CA. He told me how he swirls it with Coleman Porcelain and I couldn't wait to get my hands on some. It arrived and I threw one pot with it and then decided to try swirling it with Phoenix from Highwater.

Very interesting stuff. It's very gritty. After all, it is sculpture clay.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017-05-23 - Tuesday - More fish

Tuesday I made another fish and used some of the leftover parts for a cylindrical container.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

2017-05-20 - Saturday - Fish

Saturday I decided to try to make some fish for a totem and use some of the ideas Lana Wilson shared with us.

So far so good. Let's see where these go.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017-05-18 - Thursday - Moving sale and fish

Thursday night I went to the Moving Sale at Free Range Brewing. For the Moving Sale Rebecca and Grace rent a box truck, hang art on the walls and allow people to browse and buy. Everything is $40 or less. Clever.

Rebecca and Grace, the movers.

After checking out the Moving Sale, I went to Clayworks and made some more fish.


2017-05-14 - Sunday - Meredith's new home

On Sunday we dropped Meredith's belongings off in Maryland at her new apartment and job. She is the barn manager at Destination Farm. She starts work on Monday after graduating on Saturday. No rest.

View from her back porch.

Full view.

The stalls.

More stalls.

The ring.

After leaving the barn we went to the Silver Diner for supper. They cater to all kinds of special diets by having a "Flexitarian" menu. Everything was very good.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2017-05-13 - Saturday - Meredith's graduation

Saturday was Meredith's graduation day. It was marred by a steady rain and a really horrible lack of planning on the school's part.

Since the graduation takes place in a tent on the lawn a lot of the area surrounding the tent was under almost a foot of water. There wasn't anywhere near enough room in the tent for a majority of the families so we were herded into the cafeteria and others were sent to various buildings to watch the proceedings on projector screens.

Since we were watching the ceremonies on the YouTube feed instead of the direct one we lost audio shortly after the start. It was only by counting the names in the program that we even knew Meredith was coming up, since we couldn't hear her name announced.

We had to park about 1/4 mile from the cafeteria and most of the "shuttles" were open, 6-passenger golf carts with a roof. Now we know how the Gorton's fisherman feels.

This was a completely unacceptable way to treat the graduates and their families especially after paying an exorbitant amount of tuition for four years in anticipation of this moment. Due to a horrendous lack of planning we missed one of our family's biggest moments.

Now that I got all that out, let me say that we are immensely proud of our daughter for graduating cum laude with a 3.5 GPA and being on the dean's list for all of her semesters. I know she gets her beauty from her mother and apparently her intelligence too.

The day got better. We went for a nice lunch and then back to the house for cake. It's always nice to have the whole family around for these important moments.

After cake and celebrations we went to pack up Meredith's belongings from her apartment.

Tomorrow it's on to the next phase of her life.

Justin, Stephanie, and Ryan in the cafeteria.

Meredith on the big screen.

The big screen.

At the restaurant.

At the house.

At the apartment.

Goodbye to the apartment.