Friday, September 21, 2018

2018-03-08 - Thursday - Amazon

In the "you really can get anything on Amazon" department, this order arrived today.

Mold bands for upcoming project.

Sleep mask for bright rooms.



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Thursday, September 20, 2018

2018-03-07 - Wednesday - Goneaway Pottery

I made this graphic using stencils available on my phone. I like it and thought it was worth sharing here.






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2018-03-07 - Wednesday - Mint, yard, Empty Bowls

When I walked out on Wednesday I was struck by how nice the heuchera looked. It seems to be liking its home.



Wednesday night I went to hear Denny Gerwin speak at The Mint Museum. He covered his education and career so far by reading short stories he wrote about the people and events in his life and how they related to his work. It was nice.




To find out more about Denny Gerwin go here, here, here, or here.


Later I went to Clayworks to glaze more Empty Bowls.




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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2018-03-06 - Tuesday - Empty Bowls glazing

Tuesday night I glazed a batch of empty bowls. Onward and upward.


Waxed...

...and glazed.


When I got home I noticed a glow in the sky to the south.

It was intriguing.

Really intriguing.



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2018-03-05 - Monday - Deer and pots

Monday I noticed a perfect cloven hoofprint in the backyard. Deer are everywhere here in the city.



Monday night I added accents to the pots for Hal's kiln.




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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018-03-03 - Saturday - Muddy Fun and then some

Saturday was Muddy Fun day and we had the usual group of enthusiastic students and volunteers.




At lunchtime I went to the Common Market and got a modified Evil Homer sandwich, red pepper gouda bisque, and a Mexicali Stout. Yum.



After lunch I made three pots that are to be fired in my friend Hal's groundhog wood kiln. More refinements to come later.



I thought I'd leave an inspirational message on the white board.



Later that evening Karen and I went out to dinner and I got this fortune.


We are scheduled to go to Amelia Island, FL, and an Alaskan cruise this year, so I guess it's correct.


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2018-03-01 - Thursday - Serious Moonlight

Thursday night there was some serious moonlight in the backyard after the rain cleared out. I just couldn't walk by it without snapping a photo.




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Monday, September 17, 2018

2018-02-28 - Wednesday - Many things

The May Apples are starting to pop up. I'm always pleased to see that they like it in our yard.




Wednesday night I went to Clayworks and did the slip transfer on the cut rim bowls. Not too bad. I may have to do more of this in the future.





On the way out I noticed that tree again. I checked; it is a Bradford Pear. I'm not a fan, but it sure did bloom nicely this year.




I stopped at the store on the way home and was completely grossed out (again) by the latest Oreo flavors. Please make it stop!





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2018-02-27 - Tuesday - Josh Copus workshop, day 2

I wasn't planning on attending the second day of the Josh Copus workshop, but I couldn't resist going back.

Tuesday was more of the same high energy presentation with lots of fun stories thrown in --and pizza!

I want to thank Josh for the workshop, Denny Gerwin for the program at Queens and Molly Bloomer for heading up the art club and inviting me to the workshop.

Josh demonstrating decorating bricks.
(Molly is taking photos, top left.)

Denny manning the pizza oven.

Lots of goodies.

Denny's got the dough.

Josh is going strong with a new group of students.


That evening I went to Clayworks and made some larger Empty Bowls with cut rims. I'm planning on doing some slip transfer on the rims.



When I was leaving I noticed this tree out back. I'm not sure what kind it is; it could be a Bradford Pear volunteer, but it was striking in the artificial light.



I mean, just look at it.




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2018-02-26 - Monday - Josh Copus workshop

This might actually be the furthest behind I've ever been on this blog. Major catch-up. I hope I'm up to date by the holidays...

Monday I attended the Josh Copus workshop at Queens University. I really like Josh's work and his philosophy and his energy. This man has an unending supply. It's great to be around that positive attitude whenever possible. He's also a great story teller and I love good stories.

During the workshop he showed us the brick factory. He made waterstruck bricks and asked people to decorate them for a project he's doing. We all had a chance to make some bricks and decorate some others.

He also brought the wild clay petting zoo. He has samples of ~10 wild clays with a fired bowl made from each. Though he made each bowl from the same amount of clay, they are all different sizes due to the material's properties. One of my favorites is called "butterfat". It's fascinating but not very structural.

He also worked on one of his large sculptural pieces.

Good times.

Josh with his brick mold.

Bricks are waterstruck.

Participants participating.

A sign his nephew(?) made.

Throwing the base for one of his sculpture pieces.

Denny Gerwin working on some bricks.

The decorated bricks.

Mine.



A view of the table.



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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.


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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.








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