Friday we had a party to wish Julie well with her new home studio. Unfortunately she had to resign as studio manager to pursue her new endeavor, but she will have more time to explore her work now. The party was quite the gathering and while I arrived late, there were still many people there. We all signed a poster for Julie and there was food and hula-hoops. Good times.
After the party some of us headed over to Shelley's 360 gallery for the gallery crawl. She had a good turnout and sold several pieces, including a painting to Becky. Afterward some of us hung out on the front porch and visited for a while. Kim and I helped Shelley put away the food and drinks and remembered that Greg was going to unload the kiln so we rushed back to Clayworks at 12:30 am.
There was a lot of trouble firing the kiln so the results were a mixed bag, with some of the pots oxidizing and some reducing. The kiln is going to take a bit of maintenance to get back within operating parameters, but should be running again soon.
Everyone was catching up.
Let the hula-hoops twirl!
At the gallery with Amy and Becky.
Becky admiring the aprons.
More artwork upstairs.
Conducting business in the bathroom.
(That was where the painting was hung.)
Becky, Shelley, and Kim.
The artwork (right) changes hands.
Mary, Dean, Shelley, and Michael.
Kim's taking it easy on the floor.
Some of my pots from the kiln unload.
A casserole that is half oxidized and half reduced.
(The white part is oxidized and the brown is reduced.)
When I got home there were some creatures hanging around the back porch light and I had to stop and snap a few photos.
This beetle was about 1 1/2 inches long
and had the prettiest golden "fur" on his belly.
This spider was about 1 1/4 inches long (leg-wise)
and was kind enough to sit still for a portrait.