If you've been following my blog (THANK YOU LOYAL VIEWERS!), in the past couple of years I've had a new-found interest in insects. This month I finished reading Four Wings and a Prayer that I found at my local used book store. It's a book about how the butterflies migrate back to Mexico over the winter. I just happened to look up the Monarch Watch website and noticed that tonight there is a special on PBS called The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies!
Am planning on going to watch Vehicles play an acoustic show tonight, so will have to either record it with my VHS or watch in at 1 a.m. or midnight in the next few days...hmmm. Or maybe someone could buy me the DVD for my birthday in a couple of months? Oh, just kidding.
Anyway, I haven't been able to use telephoto lens on insects yet since I got it in November, so am looking forward to warmer weather in the next few months. Had my third photography class last night and am finally figuring out the F-stop/aperature and shutter speed stuff and getting more comfortable shooting in the manual mode. BTW, this picture was taken with my old point-and-shoot camera 2-1/2 years ago when I found a coccoon in my front yard. I do have three different types of milkweed (what Monarchs like) in my yard and hope to find one again.
These two pieces were thrown when I was still in my "alter it/not round" mode in November, carried over from when I made the saki set. The first one is triangular, and the second one is flattened on two sides. I am very pleased with how the glaze turned out on the second one, since I used the SB red clay and had no idea how it would look. I am planning on getting a cork for it and putting some type of decadent spirit in it...maybe amaretto, as I have baked with it before and haven't tried saki yet.
I think I am getting out of my little pottery rut I thought I was in and threw my first spout on Wednesday. It was very fun!
Yes, I know they're weird-looking. Was practicing making closed forms and adding feet. These were left over from November and just got out of the kiln last week. I have one more footed decanter and something with a llama on it that should be ready by next Saturday.
My oldest sister and her husband came to visit from North Dakota! They enjoyed the warmer weather (warmer than N.D. at least). Did you know it was -44 degrees F in N.D. last night and snow, snow, snow?
Last night Melanie let me play with her precious metal clay (PMC) and helped me make this heart pendant. We fired it in her kiln for 30 minutes. This is amazing to me, since regular clay takes about 36 hours in the kiln.
While we were waiting, she made this coronation ring for me. I got to watch her solder it together while using her torch.
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Pottery classes will officially start this coming week and have been on break since November. I have gone in a few times to work on my own, but the place has closed early and there has been no regular firing going on.
The first piece is a communion set that is bisque-fired and needs to be glazed. The second is a plate that I forgot to post from November that was practice for the platter of the communion set. The ivy leaves are left over from a project that I have been unmotivated to finish. The plate is a little deep for a regular dinner plate, but the other aspects are fine. Am not too excited about the glazing and forget that when I do abstract-like drippy patterns I'm usually not satisfied with the result. I have a few things on the shelf ready to be fired and will show them when their done.
Visit Yosemite or, oh heck, visit every national park in the U.S.
A really good pot is in the details. --Doug Casebeer at the Ceramics Workshop in Jamaica '10
There's only one way to grow while making art: take risks and allow yourself to make a lot of bad work, then look at it. I consider what is working well, what missed the mark or confused the reading, what needs to be adjusted on the next one. --Linda Arbuckle in The Penland Book of Ceramics
All great actions have been simple, and all great pictures are. --Ralph Waldo Emerson