25 Apr 2014

Looking to north.

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Things in the studio are looking up and I’m pretty darn pleased. Deadlines are a blessing. Stressful blessings. First there was the sculpture of the bison with pigeon on his back. Look there, all finished. With finished walnut base and everything! This is where we last saw Hank the Bison on this blog – in […]

2 Apr 2014

The big blizzard.

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As far as blizzards go, this last one was uninspired. Eleven inches of snow, schools and businesses closed, and the threat of one to three more inches of snow today. Eh. I’m thankful the power stayed on, that area ranchers didn’t lose livestock, and that my back muscles got a free workout courtesy of shoveled […]

26 Mar 2014

Social media.

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Social media.

There are phrases I don’t need to hear again. Point in time. Politically correct. Safe haven. Social media. One must be able to find better words in our rich vocabulary of possibilities to describe these things? And – oh no! –¬†Facebook is changing the reach of its pages feature. What will we do without Facebook […]

10 Mar 2014

Yesterday was 61.

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Yesterday was 61.

61 degrees Fahrenheit. Really! And now the time change. Spring must be coming soon. Even to North Dakota. It has been a long winter. Even for North Dakota. The winter malaise seems to have struck everyone around me. Include me in that too. Keep plugging along. My north facing driveway is almost ice free. Work […]

11 Feb 2014

Raw.

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Raw.

I love raw clay. It would be helpful to the blogging process if I could articulate this. I’ll try but with all great love affairs there is that part that is unexplainable. Yes? The first time I remember being aware of the love of clay was in a Sculpture 101 class in college. The assignment […]

5 Feb 2014

About making jars & work

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About making jars & work

There was a kid standing in front of the library desk the other day. She’s a nice kid. Clever. She looks at me like I’m the lamest person in the world if I tell a silly joke, then she’ll roll her eyes. But I can tell she likes it. She asked for a page to […]

28 Jan 2014

From the land of sleet and snow

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From the land of sleet and snow

Had enough of the cold? Yes, me too. It occurred to me as I was clipping the Greyhound’s toenails that I have clipped the hound’s nails many times this winter. And that frequency of dog toenail clipping is directly proportional to how long the winter feels. Poor dogs. Long toenails equal not enough walks and […]

5 Jul 2013

Small jobs.

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Small jobs.

The fourth of July has passed? Already? How can that be? Time zips along… faster than a speeding greyhound. Or something like that. Where are the long summer evenings I remember as a child? Does it feel like time is rolling faster than it used to? Like life is speeding up rather than slowing down? […]

29 May 2013

Perfectionism is a brain eating zombie.

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Perfectionism is a brain eating zombie.

There is an idea eating my brain today. Perfection. It started this morning. I packed an order and I wasn’t too pleased with myself since it contained a tile that I’d forgotten to send with a previous order. Somewhat embarrassed I wrapped the tile in bubble wrap. It was a small tile so required minimal […]

7 May 2013

10 ways my concentration is shot.

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10 ways my concentration is shot.

I know I need to write a blog post about how the mugs in the shop will go “live” and be available for sale at 7PM Central time tonight. That is number one on the “to do” list. Also, I need to finish glazing the tiles for the firing on Wednesday. Then there is the […]

1 May 2013

Watching and waiting.

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Watching and waiting.

Kiln full of mugs is cooling. This is the hardest part. Waiting. These are the best mugs I have made so far. Or they were when I put them into the kiln. Glaze firing is a major factor in the outcome. I want to be pleased. This is a problem. Between now and tomorrow afternoon […]