Pooh could. "We'll go because it's Thursday," he said, "and we'll go to wish everybody a Very Happy Thursday.
Come on, Piglet." I love Winnie the Pooh. I think he could teach us all something. That part above is from The House at Pooh Corner. Chapter 8. In which Piglet does a very grand thing.
Well, I'm having a cup of tea in my new Rat cup as I wait for my oatmeal to cook. I think it's my new favorite cup! I was very happy with that last kiln load and look forward to some of those pots going off to new homes.
That book there by Gregg Levoy is very good. The title is Callings. I'm only 50 pages in but I'm really enjoying it. It's about learning to hear/recognize and follow (or not) callings in our lives. With the hope that this will lead up to living a more authentic life.
I worked on a few rectangular boxes yesterday. They are fairly time consuming pots, each made up of 8 parts total. Then the deco is pretty intensive too.
This first shot shows the three bodies, thrown without bottoms and then gently shaped.
And here they are now after I've shaped them a bit more and attached the tops and bottoms.
They are currently under plastic to allow everything to even out before I cut the lids and attach the feet. That's probably not going to happen until tomorrow as I have a full day of getting ready for the gallery crawl in town tonight. I'm in charge of the reception at the Arts Council and I have pots on display at a local shop. Looks like I'll be in the kitchen most of the after noon.
Here's a paper cut sign that I made for my display at 2 Doors Down.
One thing I learned while making this, be careful when working on paper cuts because if you poke your finger with the scalpel and then bleed all over your paper it pretty much ruins it and you have to start again!
This next part is for Anna but may be helpful to others too.
This is a close up of the tools I use for sgraffito and carving away excess clay.
Okay that's quite a lot of info for today. Breakfast is ready so I'll sign out, have a great Thursday!!
Tomorrow, September 1, is the Gallery Crawl in uptown Shelby. My work is featured at Two Doors Down, 12 Warren Street. I also have work at ETC Gift shop in the Arts Council and at Buffalo Creek Gallery, also on Warren St. I hope the locals will come out and support the arts and our local businesses.
Of course I want to make sure that I'm making good forms right from the start. I take a lot of pride in my mugs. With this last batch I increased the size just a tiny bit and as always gave extra attention to making a comfortable, accessible handle.
I'm getting a nice full load in the bisque kiln. I'll finish up a few more cups today and move on to the bigger serving dishes.
Pretty cool eh?
I first saw Scott Garrett's work on my pal Matt Grimmitt's blog. Scott did an illustration that had one of Matt's jugs included in it.
Later on I found my way to Scott's website and then his blog. Scott is in the first stages of learning to make pots. I love his illustration style and his sense of humor. That mustache is pretty cool too. Scott has an affection for folk pots from the American south. It's pretty cool seeing how someone in England is taken with US pottery much like I am with pots from their country.
Thanks for the prints Scott. I love them and they are going to get framed and put up in the house.
I'm pretty excited about my little self published picture book. It will be a good asset in the studio. I'll probably order one for my mom too. She'd like that.
I'll talk more about the Michael Simon book later on. I've looked through it once and read a bit of it. It really slowed my mind down today, just thinking about Michael, his pots, the way he works etc. I met him several times, saw him make pots, went to his and Ron Meyers' pottery sales and even visited him at his home once. Special memories.
Well, Sarah and I are headed over to Ni Fen for some wine and tapas. It's been a sunny, beautiful day after a long damp week. I hope you all have a great weekend.
The last pot I worked on today was this 12.5 " shallow dish. I got the design penciled in yesterday. I timed how long it took me to do the 'scratching'. Any guesses??
Time for a bit of Tai Chi practice (I started a 6 week course last week) and then homemade pizza for supper!!
Get ready for the Y.O.T. R. sale tomorrow.
Year of the Rabbit pots go up for sale tomorrow at Noon EST in my Online Store!