29 Apr 2013

Subscriptions and mailing lists

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Subscriptions and mailing lists

The kiln is cooling. By tomorrow afternoon the temperature inside the kiln will be within the optimum range. I will be waiting – primed and ready to open the kiln and see what survived. This is the initial, bisque firing. The mugs shrink a little during this firing, a whole bunch in the next, glaze […]

26 Apr 2013

Spring clean up and throw out

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Spring clean up and throw out

  Weatherman says 70 degrees today. Perfect to open the studio’s windows and doors to give the place a good clean out. I know the top of the work table is there… someplace. It’s been a good five months of working here and there, not doing a good job of cleaning up. My studio doesn’t […]

25 Apr 2013

Recap.

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Recap.

Poor blog. It ranks low on the prioritized “to do” list. The blog is one of my favorite things to do, yet the ease of sharing on Facebook leaves the blog bare. Darn it. Must work on this. Here is a recap of images of what has been going on since that last blog post […]

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 ┬áchin-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. […]

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 […]

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.┬áNot 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 […]

11 Oct 2012

It takes time.

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It takes time.

Last week, the snow fell. Where did the summer go? I don’t think I have a single memory from the month of August. Time flies. I’m not liking this, but I feel no boredom either. Still working on learning to throw a pot. Here’s my first 8 inch cylinder – or half of my first […]