Sunday, June 28, 2009

'Lil things

Can you see it? That little caterpillar on my flat-leaf/Italian parsley? I'm assuming it's a swallowtail because that's what they like along with dill and fennel and monarch caterpillars look like they have a set of antennae on the front and the back.

Here's another monarch caterpillar on a milkweed that's not quite a half of an inch. I used my macro lens on these.

The glaze didn't come out as planned on either of these. In fact, the blue taller one I glazed and fired twice, but the glaze didn't stick or hold well. I was disappointed with it already and, yes, that's a chip on the rim. The bottom half of the smaller one is supposed to be copper. As there wasn't much left in the glaze jar, I'm assuming all the copper floated to the top, even after I thoroughly stirred it. I still like it. Just don't ask me about the chalice I made to match the other pieces I glazed when the jar was full!

It was fun to try some small things. I will have to remember to make some more small vases to hold my mini-daffodils next spring. Stay cool!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Here are the pictures of the Monarchs from Friday morning. Since I took over 100 pictures, it was hard for me to decide which ones to post and took a little awhile to go through them.

In the morning before I started working, I noticed that the outer shell part of the chrysalises was clear. I got my tripod set up and started my workday. I took them outside, took some pictures and went back inside to work.

Unfortunately, when I came back out for a break there was one less butterfly. I'm pretty sure a bird ate it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Water fun and monarch preview

Our friends invited me out for some fun with their family on Tuesday evening. Here are some pictures. Click on the picture if you want them larger.

Here's a preview of monarch pictures. I had two that "hatched" this morning, and one should be on its way tomorrow.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Teapot #2 and the turning

Finally got my second teapot glazed. The name of the glaze is Canyons.

And here's what happened to the little caterpillars:

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Bugs in my yard

Is that enough pollen?

I found out this is a red-banded leafhopper. Remember the treehopper I found last July?
Am loving my macro lens!

Thursday, June 04, 2009