Just delivered 1000 pounds of stoneware clay to my basement. Now I’m ready for 2015 to start. I’ve used over 1000 pounds of brown so far this year and 200 of Bmix (white). No wonder my back hurts! I felt sorry for the delivery guy hauling it all down the stairs, but I’m no longer able to carry those 50 pound boxes. But one of the best things about being an artist is that you never have to retire until you want to…..and who would ever want to?!
I spent 2 days cleaning up the basement…the pots were absolutely everywhere! I thought I had it all back under control when yesterday I realized I only have 2 bags of clay left. Now I need to make room for 1000 lbs. of clay! However, this time I am going to break down and pay to have it delivered instead of schlepping (sp.?) it all myself. I need to save the back for making stuff!
I didn’t make any pots this past week because by dear grandson was visiting. He is 5 1/2 years old today and goes to a Canadian school in Brazil so he loves finding maple leaves. We picked 2 especially nice ones that he rolled into the clay and carefully cut around. (Grandma was proud) Then we carefully laid them each in a cereal bowl to dry. He did a wonderful job glazing them but Grandma forgot to take a picture and now he has gone back home to Brazil! He also made a little sculpture of his dad’s head, complete with an arm and finger picking his nose! That was REALLY something to see!
Yipee! I won a ribbon at the David Adler Festival of the Arts in Libertyville last weekend. Sales were great as well, so thank you to all who made positive comments and who helped me earn enough to buy lots more clay! And special thanks to my son-in-law Tom Prince for helping me load and unload my many bins. That show off can carry 2 bins at once! Ahhh, to be young again….
I just added a new page called “Pots at Work and Play”. I will be posting pictures sent to me by my customers so we can see how my “babies” are doing in their adopted homes! Julie bought a rectangular tray last Sunday at the Elmhurst Garden Walk and used it that very night. I’m hoping more people will share their pictures. I’ll be posting some as well, including the occasional recipe that I’ve used. But not tonight…I’ve been potting all day and am too tired to cook!
Just finished sgrafitto designs on these cups and small vase. Tomorrow I’ll do the bowl and baking dish I still have under wraps at the studio. With all the rain we have had, the biggest challenge is getting stuff to dry enough to fire!
I tried a new glaze…at least new for me…called Nutmeg on one of my little dip trays. I really like the way it breaks over the textures. What do you all think? Now I have to try it on some larger, more vertical pieces to see how much it runs, and then do tests of it win combination with my other glazes. The recipe came from the February 2003 issue of Ceramics Montly: Dolomite 23.3%, Spodumene 23.3%, Frit 3134 6.8%, Kentucky Ball Clay (OM4) 23.3%, Flint 23.3%. Then add Red iron oxide 1.07%, Yellow ochre 3.24 %, tin oxide 4.85% and Bentonite 1.94%. I fire to cone 6 oxidation.
The car is all loaded for tomorrow’s show at The Growing Place, but I’m worried: there are 13 bins of pots packed in there….hope that’s not unlucky! I am leaving some really nice pieces at home simply because I ran out of room. You know you married well when your husband chooses his new car large enough to carry all your stuff!
A few days after the website was launched we took off for Alaska for our first cruise and 10 days traveling. We spent 3 days in Homer in a lovely cottage with moose for neighbors. Homer is home to many artists and I enjoyed talking with another potter and seeing all the work. But now it’s back to work for me to get ready for summer shows!