9 Feb 2013

500 cups.

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500 cups.

I have a goal. I’m going to make 500 cups. This isn’t just a numbers game like repetitions of  chin-ups or laps in the pool. I have an idea. The idea started with this video. Pete Pinnell: Thoughts on cups. I listened to what he has to say about cups as an intimate object. Yes. […]

8 Feb 2013

About winter and isolation.

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About winter and isolation.

An artist practice requires a commitment to time in the studio. If that studio is a private studio, like mine is, that time is spent alone and at work. In my case, the greyhounds are my company. Mostly I enjoy it. I’m not afraid to be alone. I enjoy quiet and find human activity distracting and, […]

6 Feb 2013

Moo.

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Moo.

New cards arrived from Moo.com the other day. Super pleased.

4 Feb 2013

More mug making.

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More mug making.

Back to blogging, eh? No apologies, let’s get on with it. Still making mugs. Hovering around 200 made so far. Shooting for deep practice and comfortable handles. Here are some photos of the results of the last glaze firing. Tests. Black rabbit on cream colored clay. Coneflowers – blue on cream colored clay. Two shop […]

20 Nov 2012

Clay and cleanliness.

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Clay and cleanliness.

After watching me throw in the classroom studio, my pottery class instructor encouraged me to be okay with the messiness that comes from throwing a pot. “At home you don’t have to clean up every time!” she said. She’s right. I like a big bucket of clean water, a coffee can of throwing water and […]

19 Nov 2012

Shrinkage.

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Shrinkage.

The saga of mug creation is ongoing. This is the way clay is – one never really arrives – and why would you want to? Problem solved. Boring. I’ll stop writing about mugs and move onto other stuff… really. It’s just that currently mugs are my obsession. The last batch shrunk. A lot. I put […]

29 Oct 2012

More on mugs, handles & headaches.

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More on mugs, handles & headaches.

Repetition is the mother of knowledge, right? I keep practicing the making of mugs. Here are some the results from this past week. In various stages of dryness. They’ve been under plastic. With the boxes the drying out process cannot be too slow and even. I’m assuming this is the same for mugs – the […]

28 Oct 2012

About missing Dewey Beach.

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About missing Dewey Beach.

This year was the first of many that I have not attended the Greyhound Reach the Beach event in Dewey Beach, Delaware. It is one of those “not to miss” Greyhound events. It’s like a  pilgrimage for Greyhound lovers worldwide. The mark on the calendar each October, the weekend before Columbus Day. I think I’ve […]

25 Oct 2012

Hard to be mad.

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Hard to be mad.

No bag of shredded paper is safe around my greyhounds. They will tear open the bags, scattering the shreds everywhere, burying their noses in the paper. Hard to be mad when I’m laughing…

24 Oct 2012

Now on to mugs.

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Now on to mugs.

After spending the last few weeks learning to throw a bowl on the potter’s wheel, my pottery class is tackling mugs. I love handmade mugs. They are the number one thing I wanted to learn to make on the wheel. Didn’t realize they would be so difficult… First I had to remember how to throw […]

16 Oct 2012

Forget yoga pants. Give me worn denim.

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Forget yoga pants. Give me worn denim.

Finally come Friday of last week I could put on my favorite pair of jeans. They are worn in all the right places like good worn out denim is. Soft. Not something I’d want to leave the house/studio in however. Maybe sneak in a trip to the grocery store. That would be toeing the line of […]