Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017-03-29 - Wednesday - New pots

Wednesday I took some photos of my latest pots. You can see the rest of them here. Thanks to Kimberly Tyrrell at Clayworks for a good firing.

Garlic Woo


One-finger mugs



Hip pot

Spinning tumbler

My setup.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017-03-25 - Saturday - Pots and ferns

Saturday I went to Clayworks where I made some mug bodies and stretched out the handsquatch pot a bit further.

When I came home I cut the grass and inspected the flower beds. I found the fiddle heads unfolding on the Christmas ferns. I love seeing the fiddle heads come up.


Monday, April 3, 2017

2017-03-23 - Thursday - Ramen and pots

Thursday I met Herb and Ju-Ian at Futobuta for some ramen. The food is good there and the bonus is that the ramen bowls are made by William Baker.

In the evening I went to Clayworks where I slipped the snorkel pot and made a new handsquatch pot.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017-03-16 - Thursday - Clay

Thursday was all about clay.

A bunch of us from Clayworks went to lunch and afterwards went to Herb Cohen's house to see his art collection. It was quite a collection to tour.

This is one of Herb's pieces.

Later that evening at Clayworks Ju-Ian showed me the clay portrait of me that she's been working on. I think she's captured me pretty well.

Look at the second photo, not the first. I included the first one to show how flat the piece looks lying down. As soon as you stand it up and the light creates the natural shadows of a face it looks much more realistic.

Lying down --flat.

Upright, much more natural.

Ju-Ian poking me in the eyes.

Later still, I carved the base of the snorkel pot and finished the abstract piece I was working on.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017-03-13 - Monday - Pirates and crystals

Monday I stopped by Carolina Clay Connection to pick up some glaze materials and noticed this skull and crossbones flag on the other street. I asked inside, but nobody knew why it was there. I never did find out what it was about.

Going through some old buckets of glaze in the co-op I found this small bucket of Malcolm's Shino and was delighted to find salt crystals growing around the rim. Amazing stuff, there. To think they just grow there with no prodding is so cool.

It's the little things. It always is, if you're paying attention.


Friday, March 31, 2017

2017-03-11 - Saturday - Feathers

I took the sticky bands we use to stop canker worms off our trees on Saturday. I saw the images of canker worm moths on the bands, but no insects. I assumed the birds picked them off and I guess I was correct. I found three feathers stuck to the band in one place.

I feel bad for the bird since it was stuck there until it pulled out it's feathers to get away.

I guess there truly is no such thing as a free lunch.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017-03-10 - Friday - Empty Bowls and raku

Friday was a busy day for Clayworks.

South Charlotte Middle School was here for a raku firing class.

The mud daubers were making pots in the courtyard.

Adrienne, Kimberly, and I went to the Empty Bowls event at the convention center. It was larger than ever and I forgot to take photos inside the ballroom, but I got some of the line outside.

People picking out their bowls.

It was quite a long line.

Really long line.

I was demoing.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017-03-09 - Thursday - Refrigerator

Thursday our refrigerator arrived. We really like it but are a bit concerned that the right door is unable to open or close without the ice maker hitting the other door. I've tried adjusting it with no luck. It might just be bent. I think we need a replacement.

That is not a combination lock on the refrigerator, just a magnetic timer, but I think it looks pretty cool.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017-03-08 - Wednesday - Assembly

Wednesday night I started assembling the two-piece pot, which had two more pieces added as a rim. I'm not finished with it yet. We'll see where it goes from here.


Monday, March 27, 2017

2017-03-07 - Tuesday - Pots

Tuesday night I went to Clayworks and made some new pots.

The two pieces on the left will go together, middle is a snorkel pot, and a textured pot on the right.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017-03-06 - Monday - Mint Museum Tour

Monday Brian Gallagher gave the Delhom Service League a tour of the Delhom Collection's American Ceramics. Brian gave a great tour, as usual; full of interesting information about all the factories, materials, artists, subjects, and circumstances of the creations.

There were many interesting pieces, but my favorite by far were these two "egg" vases. Amazing.

Ott and Brewer, Trenton, New Jersey; Isaac Broome (designer, modeler), American (born in Canada), 1835-1922. Pair of Vases, 1877, Parian porcelain. Museum Purchase: Exchange Funds from the Gift of Harry and Mary Dalton. 2003.97.3.1-2

On the way out I really enjoyed this David Leach "cylinder". I would like to try making a similar top on some of my pots.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017-03-05 - Sunday - Looking around

Sunday I was looking around in the yard. It's good to look around occasionally; it allows you to notice and appreciate things.

The hostas are making their annual emergence, fragile, and new.

These fir trees are another yard away
but I am often struck by their height and girth.
They are mighty.


Friday, March 24, 2017

2017-03-04 - Saturday - Busy, busy, busy

Saturday was Muddy Fun day at Clayworks. As usual we had a nice group of students and volunteers.

At the mid point of the class I usually sit down, finish something on the wheel and tell everyone, "This is our next project...". It always gets a laugh.

Saturday I threw a bottle and we laughed.

I left the room for a while to handle some other things and when I returned several people had copied my bottle! Most of these students had never thrown before and they managed to make bottles with narrow necks. We were amazed.

My bottle.

Student bottle.

Later Karen and I went to the Southern Spring Show and after that to Burton's where we sat at the bar and had some hamburgers.

When we got home I pulled the molding off the kitchen doorway and removed the pocket door so we can fit the new refrigerator through it when it gets here. Yee-ha.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017-03-03 - Friday - Refrigerator

We are replacing our ~27 year old refrigerator and because of that I cleaned off the old one. Without all the magnets and photos it looks like we already have a new one, albeit an almond one which rather dates it.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017