Friday, December 31, 2010

2010-12-29 Wednesday - End of 2010

I can't believe it's already the end of 2010.  Where does the time go?  There's no new way to couch the question, but it really is astounding to realize another year has slipped by under the tires.

So many things have happened this year, it's hard to remember them all.

My children stopped being "children"
(when exactly did that happen since I caught up to it late?)

One day you realize that you are not talking to someone who looks up to you, but someone who actually pities you since you appear to be so old and frail and deluded about life and did I mention old?  I think it starts about the time they are learning to drive.  Suddenly they see the nest for what it is --small and cozy while there is a big wide world out there that they obviously know everything about and can't wait to get into knee deep.

I tell them to get a job while they still know everything.

My body figured out how old it is

Up until now I think I had my body fooled into thinking it was in it's mid-twenties.  Somewhere in the middle of the night it did the calculations, carried the ones and figured out I'm in my fifties.  Once that was done and verified, many things happened at once.

Much like a large corporation facing a bad economy, a good third of the hair follicles on my head were laid off or transferred to other departments.  My joint and muscle crews were gutted by cutbacks and the remaining workers are pretty whiny.  A major addition was added to the front of the company that spilled out into the parking lot.  Finally, the IT department is falling down on the job and a lot of files are losing their indexes.

My art took a major leap

My pottery moved so far ahead in 2010 that even I noticed it (sometimes we're the last).  Thanks to a discussion with a friend, I re-focused on what brought me joy and it has made all the difference in the world in my art and my attitude.  I am at a point where I can't wait to make all the ideas I have screaming at me in my head.  (Yes, there are voices in my head but they are all talking about clay.)

I can't wait to see what 2011 brings in my new range of work.  Stay tuned here to see it as it happens.

The Road

Final thoughts about the road analogy I started at the top. It's an easy one for me to identify with since I spend a lot of time driving.
  • Sometimes the road is smooth, and sometimes it's pretty bumpy
  • Even with the best planning, the road will take you where it will
  • Some folks slide off the curves way too easily
  • We don't know where or when the road will end, but it will.
Here's hoping your 2011 road will take you where you want it to and it's smooth driving.


    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    2010-12-21 Tuesday - Empty bowls

    Tuesday I made some more empty bowls for the food bank.  These are fun, but I would like to break out of my same old bowl shape once in a while and make some bowls with a different personality.  If I keep making more maybe it will allow me to branch out a bit.

    On the right side...

    ...on the left.

    These pots are shakin!


    Monday, December 20, 2010

    2010-12-19 Sunday - Decorating pots

    I decorated the pots I made on Wednesday with some critters and leaves.  I am currently exploring more surface decoration thanks to influences from Greg and Ju-Ian.  Some of these may be raku fired and the rest will be fired to ^10.

    More decorated pots coming soon.


    2010-12-18 Saturday - Almost Christmas

    Christmas is almost here and nothing is getting done around here.  The lights aren't out, the tree is not up, and the gifts haven't been bought.  Somehow, we just don't have any time to get things done.  Work takes a lot of my time, the girls have been up to their ears in mid-term exams, and Karen always works too many long hours.  I haven't had time to read any blogs lately, let alone post to mine.

    How did things get so crazy?  I haven't been able to set aside time to send Christmas cards in several years.  We haven't even baked any cookies this year.  I've been trying to listen to some Christmas music to put me in the mood, but that hasn't helped much either.

    It's just run, run, run, hurry up and wait, then run, run, run some more.

    It'll get better.  Merry Christmas!

    Sunday, December 19, 2010

    2010-12-15 Wednesday - Making Pots --Finally

    I finally got to throw some clay on Wednesday night.  It seemed like forever since I got my hands dirty and it felt good to get back to it.  Thanks to the clay and Nic's mp3 mix I was able to get outside my own head for a while and simply make.  As always, I was playing with shapes and wall thicknesses.  These pots will probably get some frogs or leaves on them and some of their shapes may change before it's all said and done.  Some of them will be raku fired and the rest will be fired in ^10 reduction. 

    It's good to be back.

    Made pots.

    Left side...

    ...right side.


    Friday, December 10, 2010

    2010-12-09 Thursday - Goneaway Pottery Holiday Sale!

    It's that time of year again!  It's time for the Goneaway Pottery Holiday Sale!  Come on by and see us on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  We'll have lots of great work by several local artists, some snacks, and some warm drinks.  And this year, something new and different --Heat!

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    2010-12-06 Monday - Stephanie's Birthday Cake

    Stephanie asked me for a hamburger birthday cake so off to Google I went to look up ways to do it.  I baked two cakes, one yellow and one devil's food.  I coated the "hamburger patty" with vanilla icing mixed with cocoa powder, then stuck chopped chocolate chips to the icing.  I colored the icing for the "lettuce", the "bun", and the "sesame seeds" and proceeded to assemble it.  I found that I should have put the bun icing on the bottom layer before stacking the patty on it.  Live and learn.  It tastes better than it looks.

    "...on a sesame seed bun."

    Stephanie liked it.

    The cross-section.


    2010-12-04 Saturday - Santa's Helpers

    Stephanie and Meredith help out at Santa's Bag every year.  It's a chance for young children to shop for their relatives with elves leading them through the experience.  It's a lot of fun and I always enjoy getting some pictures of them.

    Meredith and Stephanie.

    Meredith, Dad, and Stephanie.

    Elf with attitude.


    Friday, December 3, 2010

    2010-11-21 Sunday - Guild Meeting

    Sunday we had the November meeting of Carolina Clay Matters at Carolina Clay ConnectionHal Dedmond and Corine Guseman did demos at the meeting.  They make very different styles of pottery and they compliment each other well.  They did the demo in a tandem style by throwing it back and forth as they created their pieces.  It was very effective and it made for a lively and informative demonstration.

    I would like to apologize to Corine that I didn't get a picture of her since I was too busy talking to her and forgot to take a photo.

    After the demo, the customary covered dish was held.

    Hal with his candle holder face jug.

    Supper in progress.

    The line forms here.


    2010-11-20 Saturday - Mark Peters workshop

    On Saturday, November 20, Mark Peters did a workshop at Clayworks.  Mark did a great job and showed us lots of new techniques which I can't wait to try.  Not only is Mark a great potter, but he's also a genuinely nice guy.  He answered all our questions and gave us a few to think about too.

     He told us about his June wood firing workshop and got me thinking about wood firing again.  It's a week long event and sounds like a lot of fun.

    We had a nice lunch and even though it was slightly chilly someone had the great idea to set a couple of tables out in the sun and it was wonderful.  A perfect day.

    Mark starts to make a faceted bowl.  This becomes...


    A beautiful tray.

    A ribbed bowl.

    A squared pitcher.

    A great lunch.

    Talkin' pots.