Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017-11-15 - Wednesday - Kilns and pots

On Wednesday the gas kiln was being loaded, so we should be firing soon.

I bisque fired some pots in my own kiln for the gas kiln firing.

Bottom level.

Top level.

In the evening I trimmed some tea bowls and put handles on some other pots. I've been trying some new cuts on my tea bowls lately and I like where they're going.


2017-11-13 - Monday - Glazing pots

Monday I glazed more pots for another gas kiln firing.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."


Friday, December 8, 2017

2017-11-11 - Saturday - Cups In Common

Saturday was the closing day of Cups In Common and our fall fundraiser at Clayworks. I was stationed in classroom three doing demos (and you know how I hate demoing, being as shy as I am).

I was left an apron to wear for the demo. Since I don't normally wear an apron, I put it on backwards, like a cape. It's all fun.

My friends Edson and LuAnn stopped in and Edson took some great photos, as usual.

Photo by Kira Campbell.

Photo by Edson Scudder.

Photo by Edson Scudder.

Photo by Edson Scudder.

Photo by Edson Scudder.

I made some pots during the demos.


2017-11-03 - Friday - Coyotes

I almost missed this one since it was misfiled in the wrong date.

Friday night when we got to the Mountain Brook Cottages in Sylva we were sitting quietly reading and suddenly the coyotes went crazy somewhere out on the mountain. I ran out on the front porch and only caught the end of the ruckus when they were moving away from us. It was much louder in the beginning of the episode.

Turn your sound up.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017-11-04 - Saturday - Cabins, pottery, and mansions

Friday night we went to the Asheville Ceramics Gallery. One of the reasons we went was to meet Martha Grover and see her work in person. She was in town for the opening because she was going to be teaching the following week at Penland. 

The artists that make up the co-op are all very talented and it was fun to see everyone's style. We hung out with Joey Sheehan for a while and then it was off to Sylva.

In Sylva, we stayed in the Mountain Brook Cottages, as we have several other times.

Then it was off to Dillsboro for the WNC Pottery Festival. We parked in a business parking lot and waited for the shuttle.

Waiting for the shuttle...
 The show was great. There were 40 potters there with a wide range of work.

Ed and Kate Coleman.

Ron Philbeck demoing.

Ron Philbeck.

Joey Sheehan.

We went to the Haywood Smokehouse for lunch.

Matt Hellgeth demoing.

Later, we had dinner reservations at the Stable Cafe at the Biltmore House. After dinner we went on the candlelight holiday tour of the mansion.

The Stable Cafe.

The largest single-family dwelling in the U.S.

Decorations on the front lawn.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

2017-11-02 - Thursday - Monsters and Bob Trotman

Thursday I went to Charlotte Medical Clinic about my sinuses hurting and causing my teeth to hurt. This has been ongoing since before Labor Day, so I thought I would see if there was anything to be done about it. When I got to the front desk I could see these signs on a door behind the counter, which I thought were pretty cute.

Thursday night Ju-Ian and I went to hear Bob Trotman talk and see his exhibit downtown. When we got there we found our friend Vince there also. Selfie time.

Bob gave a good talk and his work is incredible. He works in wood, resin, clay, and fiberglass.


Friday, November 24, 2017

2017-10-31 - Tuesday - Dickerson, MD

Tuesday we spent the day with Meredith, mostly shopping.

She showed us a wingless plane that someone has on their front lawn and told us it was the guy's man cave. Interesting...

While Karen and Meredith were shopping at Kohl's I found this in the men's section. Everyone needs a Pacman suit --with matching tie.

The ride back to Meredith's apartment was beautiful at sunset.

The view off Meredith's second-story back porch.


2017-10-30 - Monday - Mugs and Maryland

Monday I started out drinking tea from a Shane Mickey mug. Not a bad way to start the day.

After that we headed to Frederick, MD to see Meredith since Tuesday is her day off. We stayed at a Courtyard by Marriott motel. I was struck by the retro decor and the odd layout of the room.

That's the door to the hallway in the left distance.

Convertible couch.

Even the hallway colors are retro.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

2017-10-29 - Sunday - Garage

Sunday I started cleaning out the garage so I could start using the back room again and get the front ready for my holiday sale. Things had gotten out of control for a while and I finally made it a point to do something about it. I'm sorry I didn't take any "before" photos.

Looking left to the kiln.

Looking right to the bins of pots.

To make room I had to jettison some things. One of them was a kick wheel my friend Irene gave me 18 years ago when we moved in. I never got around to using it. Now I wear Crocs due to vein problems in my legs/feet so a kick wheel would not work out too well for me.

I sent word out to our guild and 3 people contacted me immediately. It went to a good home.


Now I just have to deal with this stuff...


Monday, November 20, 2017

2017-10-28 - Saturday - Kiln unload

Saturday we unloaded the kiln and decided it was a good firing. Nice reduction, good color, abundant carbon build-up. All we could ask for in an atmospheric firing.

My work.

After the unload, it was back to making new work to prepare for the next firing.