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Tuesday, May 31, 2011


It's taken me all this time to get the courage to glaze and fire this piece. 
It's been sitting in a place of honor for a very long time and folks would come in and say:  "I can't wait to see this when it's finished."

But i was afraid that i'd make a mistake and ruin it.

Finally . . .
Here it is.  Glazed and fired.

                                                  It came out fine and i'm tickled pink with it.

Courage, tout le monde, le diable est mort

Two Faced Cup

I thought the glaze on this cup would come out a wee bit differently . . . shoulda known that the white striations would not sit atop the blue, but would rather blend in !
If you like blue -- it's a great cup!
Happy color striations days, foks . . .

Monday, May 30, 2011

Scandinavian Influence

While you're watching TV -- if -- you watch tv, instead of looking at the main characters or action taking place, do you observe the background in the scene?

I think sometimes we get so involved in the story, we ignore the setting . . . .

Anyhooo, in a lot of recent tv shows, the background has contained a lot of Scandinavian pottery ! Surprizing, yes ???

And i do believe this has subconscously influenced this pitcher.

Happy Scandinavian days, folks.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

And It Pours Well !

This was a fun pot to create.
And talk about character !!!

One can almost see bright starlight singing under a full moonlit sky
 and this wondrous light illuminating
all of earth's flowers
whitely and glowing with joy
in this wondrous summer night landscape.  

Or so the tale goes as this unique teapot tells me its story . . . .

Happy summer nights folks, filled with starlight and moonshine!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pitcher With Attitude

What can i say?  It's a pretty pot.

Actually . . . that's about all i am going to say besides the fact that it's 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide.

Have a grand weekend folks

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Like Rabbits?

A perfect pot.  It has character and the glazes worked well
Except for one thing . . .
This is the first time ever that glaze clogged the spout !
Just in case it wasn't totally clogged, i filled the pitcher full of water and attempted to pour it into a cup.
And by golly -- it pours beautifully !  Right into the cup without a spilled drop.

Except for one thing . . .
It pours along the length of the spout -- not thru it.
Ah well . . . it's a perfectly functional pot; good design, nice glazes and it works, just not as you expect it to !
Happy Spouting days, folks

Monday, May 23, 2011

Almost There

Perhaps y'all remember, a couple of years back, when i posted the greenware version of my attempts to create a banjo . . . ?
Couldn't fire it then for it was bigger than my kiln, and tho i've had success firing the gas kiln, i was afraid to fire this in that.
Sooo . . . the new Skutt kiln is large enough and reliable enough to give me the courage to go ahead and fire this creation.

Am sooo close to finishing this real, live Banjo !!!  Just need to purchase the skin and the banjo strings
And then
We'll see
If there's music in it . . . .
Hope your days are full of music, folks

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Can Hardly Wait

Was going to glaze fire at a reasonable time yesterday, but Doug Iverson, the weatherman on NBC, predicted late afternoon thunder and lightening storms.  I just plainly, without a doubt, hate to fire the kiln when lightening bolts surround the house.  And Doug -- well, 80% of the time his predictions are right on target.
However, he didn't hit the target yesterday.  Sure, there was a bit of soft Spring rain. 
No roaring thunder
No lightening strikes
Silly me -- i tuned into the ABC news/weather at 4:45pm.  She said: a low pressure to the west moving our way.  More storms and predictable thunder storms.  Tuned into the NBC weather at 5pm.  Doug said a high pressure to the west and clearing skies today through but evening storms.
Decided to take a chance . . . .

Started the kiln at 11:20pm last night and sat up the whole night thru watching the digital readout do its thing.
6:31 -7am this morning and i could hardly see straight but the load completed.  No thunder, no lightening.
Can hardly wait til tomorrow morning to see these pieces  . . . .
Happy Glaze firing days, folks

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Encouraging Spring

Sometimes art copies nature.  Here I am hoping that nature will copy art and emulate this very Spring inspired teapot with weather appropriate for the season !!!

This is 13 n' 1/2 inches tall by
 xxxxx 11 n' 1/2 inches wide

Happy Spring Days, folks

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Recent Events

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr