Wednesday, July 29, 2015

2015-07-19 - Sunday - June beetles and faces

Sunday Stephanie and Karen said there were bees swarming in the back yard. When I looked out, I thought they were too large to be bees so I went out to investigate. They weren't swarming like bees (in a clump), they were flying all around the base of the maple tree. They were June beetles and apparently mating.

I wend to Clayworks and worked on my latest face pot. I thought I needed to add more character to the face so I started adding more "flesh" and lines to it.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

2015-07-18 - Saturday - Garlic and small pots

Saturday I started out making more tiny pots, but my heart just wasn't in it so after a few I changed it up and made a garlic pot instead. Sometimes you just have to roll with it.


2015-07-14 - Tuesday - Bloom County

Berkley Breathed has revived Bloom County after 25 years. He's publishing it on Facebook and you can see it here.

It's good to see the gang again.

My Yuppie Opus.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015-07-13 - Monday - New pots photographed

I finally got around to photographing the new pots I've been making. Thank goodness I make pots better than I take photos.

If you'd like to see the whole group you can check them out here, or you can explore the whole website here if you have about 10 minutes to kill. :8^)


2015-07-12 - Sunday - Tiny pots

Sunday I went to Clayworks and threw a bunch of tiny pots. I like these pots as punctuation for the larger ones I make. They also fill in the kiln nicely amidst the larger pieces.


2015-07-08 - Wednesday - Snorkel pots

Wednesday I made two more snorkel pots and slipped one of them. Snorkels and faces lately.


Friday, July 24, 2015

2015-07-07 - Tuesday - Another face pot

Tuesday I made another face pot. This one was a bit taller and thinner than some of the others. Always trying something different, never satisfied with where I'm at in the process.

In process.


2015-07-05 - Sunday - Face pot

Sunday I made another face pot. It's been a little while and every time I come back to it, it's something a little bit different. It's an exhilarating and annoying pastime since while they seem to be getting better they are still way off from what I envision. I'll keep practicing.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

2015-07-04 - Saturday - Snorkel pot

Saturday I went to Clayworks and made a new snorkel pot. I enjoy making these and I generally try something new with each set. Snorkel on, dude.


2015-06-28 - Sunday - Pots. (Remember pots?) and Father's day

We returned home from Montreal on Sunday morning so I went to Clayworks to get my fired pots. I was very pleased with the results. I love my shinos.

Stephanie and Meredith got me a great Father's Day present. I look forward to using this on the grill to flip hamburgers for everyone. Isn't that a wonderful gift? We have good kids.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015-06-26 - Friday - Montreal

Friday we explored more of Montreal. We went through the convention center and caught the Metro to the old (1976) Olympic grounds which now house a biodome, a botanical garden, and a planetarium.

The Metro is an underground railway that runs on tires instead of steel wheels. It is clean, fast, and efficient. It's also very smooth by design.

Near the botanical gardens we grabbed some snacks and took a much needed rest, then it was back on the Metro and the Jazz festival.

Later we had some more food at an outdoor cafe and bar in the middle of the festival.

It was a great afternoon with a lot of walking.

Colors in the street...

... from these windows in the convention center.

At the Olympic park.

In the biodome.

The botanical gardens.

Interesting tiled wall in the snack bar.

Walking takes its toll.

Back at the Jazz Festival.




Another jazz stage.

More people arriving.

Crowds on the street.

All kinds of entertainment on each street.


Monday, July 20, 2015

2015-06-25 - Thursday - Montreal

Thursday I went on a "Taste of Montreal" tour. It was quite nice and we covered a lot of areas during the course of it. We had food, saw markets, and heard a lot of facts about Montreal. It's a fascinating city with a lot going on. It has a very European feel to it with the sidewalk cafes, the bicycles everywhere, and the mix of old and new architecture. A very nice place to visit.

Schwartz's smoked meat sandwiches.

Imagine pastrami or corned beef,
but marinated for 10 days,
smoked for 8 hours,
and steamed for 4 hours.
Talk about melting in your mouth...

Large, covered market with a lot of local goods.

The first time I had poutine.
It sounds bad, but it's the ultimate comfort food.

In the convention center.

Cirque du Soleil performers.

Pretty building I saw in our travels.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

2015-06-24 - Wednesday - Montreal

Wednesday we went for drinks and dinner with some of the folks Karen works with. We stopped in an absinthe bar, and then on to a restaurant for supper.

We walked almost everywhere and we got to see some of the Montreal downtown area. Beautiful place.

Plates on the wall outside the bar.

I like the way the moon
echoes the flagpole ball.

The bathroom mirror had a lighted border which made my pupils look square.
(It's the little things.)


2015-06-23 - Tuesday - Montreal

Tuesday Karen and I left for Montreal. She attended a conference there and I was her plus-one. We flew through Newark, NJ to get there.

To say Karen is not a good flyer would be an understatement. Her stomach just does not handle air travel well. I'm used to her using the air sickness bag, but this was very different. When we got off the plane in Montreal she was so dizzy she was having trouble standing and she felt very sick. We found a wheelchair in a hallway and I commandeered it to push her down the concourse.

A gate agent stopped us and asked if we needed help. She called for the airport first aid crew and when they arrived they sent for an ambulance. The paramedics convinced her to take a ride to the hospital, so we went. The customs agent said our paperwork was good and the bags would stay there until later when we could retrieve them.

It took quite a while to get to the hospital since it was rush hour and there was a major accident snarling up two of the main highways. So we were on city streets along the St. Lawrence river most of the way to the hospital.

When we got to the hospital there was a paper taped to the wall at the intake desk that stated if you were non-Canadian or a Canadian without insurance it would cost $682.74 up front to see a doctor. They wanted cash, but were willing to take a major credit card.

We sat in the waiting room for almost four hours without seeing a doctor and by then Karen was feeling much better so she suggested we leave. We talked about it and I made her walk around a bit to make sure she was ok. I tried to get the money back at the intake desk and was told that accounting was closed for the day and since tomorrow was a holiday we would have to wait until Thursday. We called an Uber car to take us to the hotel.

On the way we mentioned that our bags were still at the airport and Halil, our driver, said he would take us there now if we wished him to. We did and when we got to the airport I was told that our bags were sent back home. I questioned that and was told that was what happened and they were gone.

On the way to the hotel I called the main United Airlines number and got a foreign country. The man on the other end of the line called the Montreal airport and told me the bags were still there. They would be put on a truck and delivered shortly, usually within a four to six hour window.

We got to the room and ordered room service at midnight. That club sandwich was the best thing we ever tasted since we hadn't eaten since 8:30 that morning.

The next day, Wednesday, was my birthday and also St. Jean Baptiste Day, and Quebec Day.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

2015-06-21 - Sunday - Glazing faces

Sunday I glazed some of the face pots I've been making recently. As I've said before, I used to dread glazing, but now it's one of my favorite parts of the process. It's very liberating to let go and be free with my surface treatments.

Incidentally, I found this post of my first face pot from 2011. Hubert still lives on my shelf in his bisque-fired state.

Waxed and ready for glaze.

Glazed and ready for the kiln.


2015-06-20 - Saturday - Peter Lenzo in Columbia

Saturday Ju-Ian and I went to Columbia, SC to hear a talk by Peter Lenzo and his son Joe at the If Gallery. They were exhibiting a collection of face pots they collaborated on in 2000-2002. Joe had a major influence on the direction Peter took with his work and this exhibit is celebrating that collaboration.

It was a great talk by two men whose work I greatly admire.

You can revisit the 2008 Peter and Joe workshop Ju-Ian and I attended in Rock Hill here.

Peter and Joe discussing their process.

On the way out of town I snapped this photo of the
Oliver Gospel Mission which is coincidentally on
Assembly Street.