Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July is winding down

 We always wonder what has happened to summer here in the south. I can tell you what has happened to summer, we are busy staying out of the heat. We are hiding in our air conditioned business or houses. We hop quickly from one area to the next before the heat sucks all the moisture out of us.
It was not always this way.
There were times even for us that air conditioning was not an option.
We spent those days lurking in the shadows, only coming out at night to sit and fan ourselves on porches or place ourselves in front of fans blowing lukewarm air.
How quickly we adapt to the new climate. We complain about the winter and then we recreate it in our lives for the summer.
We are an odd bunch.
Mark went and fired the kiln in the summer heat of almost 100 degrees, with a heat index of 108. He was fine because he could come in the work building where it is nice and coolish...

I decided that tiles were a perfect way to spend the day instead of hanging out in the heat.
I just keep piling these up for firing later.

We spent a little time at the local beer joint in Asheboro last weekend, after all we need to support the local businesses around us. We have our own mugs up there to drink out of. In fact, there are many mugs there made by us and other local potters. It is a nice exchange of support.
I also like to see the many mugs being used by different patrons and look at what they choose and possibly why.
We were there the other night with friends, it was packed, loud, noisy, music and food. It is a growing business with a great product I hope that when you are in our area you will go find them for a tasting. We all have our favorites, I have mine, when you go let me know which one you tried.
After all it's hot out there, a perfect excuse to go have a cold one.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Raw clay

 We all have to start somewhere.
Mark has been kindly suggesting that I find my way back to the wheel to make some pots.
I want to think that I am re-invited into a tile "artist".
Just me and the canvas so to speak.
In the Zen with the flat stuff.

He knows if he plants the seed of something it will grown in my brain until it has to come out, sneaky guy.
Folks are asking for your work, he softly says...
They are?
He's so pushy in his Pisces ways.
The brain won, I had to make some pots, I started with Jars.
I enjoy making jars.
It always takes me awhile to find the fun part of why I like them so much.
The blank slate, the thoughts and ideas, and, the glazing.

 On his side of the room, beer mugs are in full swing.
He makes a mean handle.
There are good handles, mediocre handles, but Mark makes a mean, great, handle.
It feels good, it works well.
What is a mug without a good handle?
A tumbler.....

 Coming up: Ms. B is going to be fired next week.
I am working on tiles as well as pots.
And, it's hot....

Friday, July 15, 2016

Did you

 write it down?
I tell the students all the time to write down what they are doing.
Write it down I say as I work with them or pass by them in the glaze room.
Because, you will not remember what you did.
A few weeks back or more Mark sold one of my tiles  with the possibility of doing more for a bathroom. Cool, I said, which one I said?, and he showed me a picture, hummm, okay.

Yes, they wanted  more. I went to my notebook to see my notes.....
I have this one, I have that one, I wrote down that one.
No notes on this tile- none at all.
I went for the picture that Mark took and it looked very blue.
I started testing by the picture and going more blue and more blue and in the wrong direction.
Time to try something else.
I had them send me the tile.
Now, we can get this party started!
Write it down, even if you are just playing with glazes and stains.....