Thursday, October 12, 2017

2017-09-14 - Thursday - Fortune

I was in Lumberton for work on Thursday and got this fortune at supper.

It's very true.





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2017-09-04 - Monday - Beach

Monday I took an early morning walk on the beach. There's something calming about being by the ocean, especially in the morning.

Well-traveled sand.

Broken shells.



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017-09-03 - Sunday - Shoes and shore

Sunday we left for the shore. We're spending Labor Day week in Ocean City, NJ.

Before we left PA I noticed Eva's shoes growing grass.

The moon is hiding between the houses.

There it is.



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2017-09-02 - Saturday - Mom

This month (September) my mom turns 80, and mom and dad will be celebrating their 60th anniversary. To celebrate, she wanted to get the whole family together for dinner. Unfortunately Meredith couldn't get time off work, but the rest of us were there.

Stephanie, Brett, Karen, David, me, dad, and mom.



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017-09-01 - Friday - Yard update

Since we all lead busy lives I can miss what's happening in the yard for weeks or months sometimes. Knowing that, I make a conscious effort to look around periodically and enjoy our space.

We have lots of lichen on our trees.

Here's a closer view.

With the recent rain we had a mushroom bloom.

All kinds of mushrooms.



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2017-08-26 - Sunday - Nikki Mizak workshop

Sunday Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild presented a workshop with Nikki Mizak. Nikki makes functional work decorated with beautiful chicken and other animal designs in underglaze.





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Monday, October 9, 2017

2017-08-24 - Thursday - Porter and tumblers

Thursday I had a nice Infidel Porter from Wicked Weed at Common Market with an Evil Homer sandwich.

Good stuff.



After that I went to Clayworks and made some tumblers. Still working on the correct form for my tumbler commission.




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2017-08-21 - Monday - Total eclipse

Monday was the date of the total eclipse and we went to Franklin, NC to experience it in totality.

We have some good friends named Pam and Chip, and Chip's mother's family home is in Franklin so he invited us up to experience the eclipse there. We had a nice time hanging out with friends and were blown away by the total eclipse.

We had our groovy glasses (thanks to Pam!) and we watched it in safety. During totality we removed our glasses and got a peek at the real thing. Exciting stuff!

Eclipse nerds.

We're ready.

...those nerds...

Karen and I are still working on our selfies...

Timestamp: 2:34:49.

Timestamp: 2:35:23.

Flower from vine on porch.



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Monday, September 25, 2017

2017-08-17 - Thursday - Buildings and fawns

Thursday I was working in Rhodhiss and stopped off in Lincolnton for something to eat. While I was there I thought I would see what was happening at a now-closed company that I worked with for many years.

I was shocked to find the buildings gone when I arrived. There was once a dye house and a large warehouse on the spot where there is now just a slab of concrete. I sat for a moment and thought about all the lives that passed through those buildings and it gave me pause.



Later I noticed some fawns in the back yard. As much as I hate the damage the deer do to our yard, I loved watching the fawns. They are just so beautiful.

From the kitchen window.

Settling down.

From the dining room window I noticed that there were two of them.

Here's a short video of them waiting for sunset. I dare you not to "Awww...".




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Friday, September 15, 2017

2017-08-16 - Wednesday - Bisque kiln

Wednesday I loaded a bisque kiln. I had quite a bit of work going all the way back to my first set of fish for the totem.

I also bisque fired the three-face pot. I've decided the bottom guy looks a bit stoned and it was even more pronounced when he was reclining in the kiln. Well he is made out of stoneware...





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2017-08-12 - Saturday - New pot

I made a very round pot on Saturday.

This summer has been slow in the studio for me. I've been away from the studio for a lot of it and my inspiration has been intermittent. I'm looking forward to fall.




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Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017-08-07 - Monday - South Carolina

Stephanie got her new South Carolina license plate and asked me to put it on her car. While doing so I noticed the strange slogan at the top of it.

What?

Stephanie said her her choice was "In God We Trust" or "the basic" plate.

I don't get it.




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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017-08-06 - Sunday - Handsquatch pot

I collected some pots from the latest firing and one of them was a "handsquatch" pot. It features my hand print that gets stretched out during the process so it looks huge. It's so stretched that a lot of people don't even recognize it as a hand print until I point it out to them.




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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017-08-05 - Saturday - Muddy Fun and more mugs

Saturday was Muddy Fun day at Clayworks and we had a good group of participants.



Later, I finished another nose mug to go with the other mouth.




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Monday, September 11, 2017

2017-08-04 - Friday - Goodyear Arts closing opening

Friday I took the light rail downtown to attend the opening marking the closing of the current Goodyear Arts building. The artists will be moving to Camp North End soon since they are losing access to the current building.

My friend Grace Stott is one of the artists and since I have missed several openings I thought I at least needed to attend the last show. Grace did her largest project to date and her first mural so I had to go see it.

While I was way out of my comfort zone, I'm glad I went.

There were many installations inside and some great murals on the exterior. It was crowded and hot and interesting.

Grace's mural.

Inside, it was crowded and hot.


"Things to do in the belly of the whale".





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2017-08-03 - Thursday - Mug on mugs

On Thursday I finished the second half of the mug set.

I like it.





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Monday, August 28, 2017

2017-08-01 - Tuesday - Face mugs (mouths)

Tuesday I put lips on some of those blank mugs. It's a starting point.

Stay tuned.




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2017-07-30 - Sunday - Face mugs

Sunday I made some mug "blanks" for putting faces on later. I hope to enter some face mugs in the Cups in Common show at Clayworks, but only if I can get them fired before the deadline.




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Sunday, August 27, 2017

2017-07-26 - Wednesday - Mugs

Wednesday I started some new mugs. I need to make more and some tea bowls too.

I also need to get those tumblers done.




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2017-07-24 - Monday - Raku class

Clayworks is offering a raku class on Monday nights this summer.

Monday I was there for a firing. Raku firing is always a fun dance and very dramatic images: red-hot pots, open flames, clouds of smoke... you get the idea.








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Saturday, August 26, 2017

2017-07-23 - Sunday - Tumblers and face pot

I am working on a commission for tumblers and they will be made to precise measurements. I made six (that weren't quite to spec) and after that exacting work, had to break out with a little fun.






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