Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018-02-24 - Saturday - Justin Rothshank workshop

Saturday was the first day of the Justin Rothshank workshop. Justin produces unique work with decals, glazes, and many firings. It was fascinating to hear about his work philosophy and about his part in creating the Union Project in Pittsburgh. Quite an accomplished person for being under 40.

Justin Rothshank demoing.

My friend Sue always brings the best chocolate.

Bumper sticker in the parking lot.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

2018-02-22 - Thursday - Grass and raku class

I mowed the grass for the first time this year --in February. It's going to be a long summer.

Later, I watched the raku class at Clayworks fire the kiln. I'm not in the raku class, but I wanted to see them do a tumble stack glaze firing. It was fun to watch and yielded some amazing results.

February people! February.


2018-02-21 - Wednesday - Spring!

Spring has definitely taken a foothold in our yard.


2018-02-17 - Saturday - Thonotosassa

Saturday we hung out with my parents in Thonotosassa. We went to breakfast, did some shopping, and then sat out on the patio. My dad has been asking me to bring some pottery with me so I set up a four foot table with some work on it. I sold a few pieces to friends in the park and then I packed it up again as it was getting pretty breezy.

Sometimes it's just nice to kick back and just sit for a while.

Mom & Dad's golf cart.

Small display.

Sunset and moon rise.


2018-02-16 - Friday - Florida

Way behind again. Life gets busy. Here we go...

Karen and I took a trip to Florida to see my parents and do some sightseeing.

We visited the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Along with the permanent Dali collection, we saw the Dali/Duchamp exhibit, and yes, we even saw the urinal.

The museum is a very interesting building by itself and I got a lot more appreciation of Dali's work. I had no idea the range of styles he mastered during his career. One of my favorites was "The Ghost of Vermeer van Delft Which Can Be Used As a Table".

Karen in the Enigma.

The spiral staircase.

A view of the "golden circle" from the Enigma.

"The Hallucinogenic Toreador"

Next, we met my friend Rich Meredith at the Morean Center for Clay. Rich lives in St. Petersburg so we don't get to catch up often.

Wood kiln.

Wood kiln door bricks in holder.

Rich in front of wood kiln.

They have quite an impressive kiln yard.

We had a nice lunch with Rich and then it was back to the RV park for a 50's dance with my parents.

Mom and dad can still cut a rug,
just a bit more slowly.


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.