Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018-02-13 - Tuesday - Small batch

On Tuesday I did some slip transfers on a very small batch of Empty Bowls. One of them was my first attempt at a cut rim bowl. I need to explore that further.


2018-02-10 - Saturday - Bisque kiln

Saturday I loaded some cone 5 tea bowls into my kiln for a bisque firing. I loaded another level on top of this one, but didn't take a photo.


2018-02-07 - Wednesday - Empty Bowls process

Wednesday I got the first batch of Empty Bowls back from the kiln. I thought they came out pretty well. Now to get the rest of them done.

I also did some slip transfer work on another batch.


2018-02-06 - Tuesday - Slip transfer painting

Tuesday I did some more painting of slip transfer designs in underglaze. I will use slip to transfer the design to my Empty Bowls.


2018-02-04 - Sunday - Tomato

Stephanie and Brett came for a visit and brought their dog, Tomato with them. Tomato's bed is the size of  a small couch and he gets lost in it, but he loves it.


2018-02-03 - Saturday - I love Saturdays

Saturday was another Muddy Fun day. We had a good group of students and helpful volunteers.

It was a sunny day and Dusty took advantage of it.

At lunch I went to the Common Market where I had a Deschutes Black Butte Porter and a modified Evil Homer sandwich (using Vince's recommendation).

I really like Saturdays.


Monday, March 19, 2018

2018-02-02 - Friday - SBJ

Friday I purchased some Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. It was very good as a dessert beer.


2018-02-01 - Thursday - Slip transfer

Thursday I used some of the new designs on the Empty Bowls. I really like the way the designs pop when I pull the paper off the bowl.


2018-01-31 - Wednesday - Slip transfer

Wednesday I worked on some more slip transfer designs for Empty Bowls using underglazes. I am really enjoying the slip transfer process.


2018-01-30 - Tuesday - Empty Bowls and crazy

Still working on Empty Bowls, I trimmed some more feet.

Someone said, "You have to be crazy enough." I liked it so much I wrote it on the white board in the members area. Someone else added the response. True enough.


2018-01-29 - Monday - New chair

In my office I have been sitting in an old conference room chair from the 1970s for many years. It was way past it's prime and I was going to end up on the floor someday (soon). I found a new one at BJ's Wholesale Club and the price was right. It's mesh and the arms fold up. I really like it. Yay.


Friday, February 16, 2018

2018-01-28 - Sunday - My Other Self and the Empty Bowls

I noticed that the other me that Ju-Ian made was contemplating the Empty Bowls I had on my shelf. He's really interested in them. What can I say? He's obviously got good taste.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018-01-27 - Saturday - More Muddy Fun

Saturday we continued on with the ASC sponsored Muddy Fun classes. It was great fun and I the honor to teach a group of Americorps volunteers who were working on Habitat for Humanity houses in Charlotte after repairing hurricane damage in Houston. Good kids.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018-01-26 - Friday - Muddy Fun with the ASC

Every year the Arts and Science Council holds a Connect With Culture event on Saturday. This year we had the first ever Muddy Fun with the ASC on the Friday night before the main events. Adrienne asked if I would teach it and I didn't have to think twice about it. I love helping out with Muddy Fun and teaching it if nobody else is available.

This was a first; participants were given a coupon for a beer at Common Market and many used them. Robert Bush, the president of the ASC said a few words to start off the session by welcoming everyone to the first-ever Friday night culture event. Several people took selfies with Mr. Bush before we started getting muddy.

We had a good group of students who picked it right up. It's always so much fun to see people learn something new. Vince and Dorothy were great helpers. I couldn't have done it without them.

We have four more sessions tomorrow. Angela is teaching the first one, Greg is teaching the second two, and I'm teaching the last one. It's going to be a good day.


2018-01-24 - Wednesday - Fortune

Fortune time at Taipei South. I know I easily talk with people, but I'm not sure we always communicate. It is fun trying, though.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

2018-01-23 - Tuesday - Eeeww

Tuesday evening I was in Lumberton, heading back to my hotel room after supper when I noticed this T-Mobile store. I couldn't help but notice it when I drove through the shopping center. The photo doesn't do it justice, as the pink glow actually spread out for a ways into the parking lot.

This lighting design definitely makes a statement, and to me it's, "Run away!". What demographic are they shooting for with this? I would never willingly walk into that store; the color just pushes me away like same-pole magnets.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018-01-21 - Sunday - Slip transfers

Sunday I went in to work on more Empty Bowls and start playing with slip transfers. I've watched Greg Scott work with the process for quite a while and decided to try out what I'd learned from him.

There was a whole lot of glazing going on when I got there.

Students glazing their work.

I settled into the third classroom to try out some slip transfers with underglaze designs I made. I was immediately taken with the process as the designs really popped when I applied them to the bowls.

Let me back up and give you a bit of the process.

First I paint designs on newsprint paper. I start with the black as an outline and apply color afterwards. Since the images will be reversed, the black is on top when applied to the bowl.

Next I cut the designs into strips and apply slip to the bowl and the strip of paper. I then place the paper, slip-side-down on the slip that's on the bowl, and burnish it with a soft rib.

 Finally, I peel the paper off the bowl and the underglaze design is transferred with the slip. As you can see, I played with applying the design to raw clay, to a fully-slipped bowl, and to a half-slipped bowl, using the transferred design to delineate the sections.

I see more experimentation in my future...

Speaking of Empty Bowls, tickets are on sale NOW. If you'd like to attend this wonderful event, please hurry to the website and get your tickets before they are sold out. I'll be there, and you should, too.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

2018-01-20 - Saturday - Empty bowls gather no moss

I was out in the yard on Saturday and was struck once again by the beauty of the moss on our driveway. You can still see a little bit of snow on the part of the driveway that stays in the shade.

Later, I went to Clayworks and threw some more Empty Bowls.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

2018-01-19 - Friday - Not much snow

There wasn't much snow left on Friday. It goes away pretty quickly here.

I am always struck by the amount of lichen we have around the house and it really popped against the snow. Beautiful stuff, that nature.


Friday, February 2, 2018

2018-01-18 - Thursday - Trimming

Thursday I trimmed some of the Empty Bowls. After a conversation with Kira a while back, I am putting a more substantial, architectural foot on my bowls. I think they look much better.

Thanks Kira.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018-01-17 - Wednesday - Snow

Wednesday we had some snow. Charlotte snows are nice because we get all the good things like the hush during the storm, the beauty of the whitewashed landscape, and a day off. We also go back to normal a day or two later, unlike living up north where the snow hangs around for weeks sometimes.


Monday, January 29, 2018

2018-01-16 - Tuesday - Empty bowls again

Tuesday I started my annual Empty Bowls ritual. I'm not sure how many I'll make or how I'll decorate them, but it will be fun and a learning experience as usual. Stay tuned.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

2018-01-13 - Saturday - Fast trip

Saturday we drove to Maryland to move Meredith to her new job. It was a quick trip and a long drive. 927 miles and two moves in two days.

I don't want to say that Meredith has been spending a lot of time outside in the cold, but when we came out of the hotel in the morning, she said that the weather app stated it was 4 degrees outside. Meredith said it felt more like 12. When I started the van, the thermometer said 11 degrees. That girl knows cold.

When we were taking the elevator I noticed there was no certificate of inspection in the holder. I can't imagine why they wouldn't put it in the elevator.


2018-01-11 - Thursday - Clay and climbing worms

Thursday night I went to Clayworks and trimmed some more tea bowls (I've been making a lot of tea bowls). More to come.

When I got home I saw something on the garage door --earthworms climbing the door! I was amazed and thought I had found something crazy. When I got in the house I googled it and apparently it happens quite often. Who knew?