Thursday, January 18, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Working in the cold

It's cold and there is no good way to get the studio completely warm.
We can get it warm enough, just enough.
When we rebuilt the studio we did not plan well enough on the heat for the rooms.
The large room we work mainly in has a wall space heater that has a hard time keeping the room as warm as we like. The best way to help is to layer up.

We don't usually have weather that is this cold for long periods of a time so there are other tricks that we need to use to make sure that pots don't dry too fast. It is not beneficial to have pots that are too dry to trim or handle.
There are always plenty of tasks that need taking care of to set aside January as a month to clean, prep, work on the house, go take a lunch. There are many times that getting away can be hard for us to do. Making January a good time to take some much needed mental health days.
Usually we like a walk in the woods, a road less traveled, but this weather is making those walks not the top on my list.
I had hope that I could walk daily this month, I am off my mark.
I have never been a mall walker but I just might become one if the weather stays around.

These crocks are a customer favorite for the kitchen, they get filled with all those cooking spoons, whisks, and such that you need close at hand for cooking.
I have two in my kitchen, one this size and one smaller one.
They are simple, straight sided, not too fancy, just full of use.
I can't imagine not having one close at hand.

Do you have some favorite items in your kitchen.
( I am trying to distract myself from the cold)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Yes, we are fickle when it comes to

 the weather.
We woke to 6 degrees on Sunday, and then traveled right up to 60 plus yesterday. We decided that we needed to get out and take a walk in the afternoon. The problem was how to dress. After days of freezing we were quickly pulling off layers. It was all I could take not to turn on the a/c as we drove out of the park after our walk.
This is winter in the south.
Mark had made these two jars for the last firing of 2017 in Ms. B.  We are finding our way with this kiln and these jars are 2 of the winners from that load.
I do love a good jar.
All those possibilities of how to use them, what to put in them.
Even who to put in them.
We have made many jars to hold the ashes of loved ones.
It has been one of the more sobering items that we make as we work with the families to make sure we can fulfill their request.
We had a couple that use to come in for jars for family members and she would say to us, " don't put me in an ugly pot!" She was funny, witty and full of life. We enjoyed her so much and her husband as well.
One day we got a call that she had been killed in a car accident. We were heartbroken at the loss and yes, we made her jar.
We have made jars for family members, putting each in jars made for them.
My father sat on the mantel in the family home for over 20 years until my mother passed away.  As we split the house hold up one of the grandchildren asked for that jar.
We laughed," you can't have that one, that's grandpa."
Many people did not know that my father sat on the mantel keeping my mother company, watching over us all as we made our way in and out of the house.
We made a jar for Mom, my sister Lee, my brother Jay. It was and has always been part of what we do.
So I think of not only all the things you can put in a jar, but the love that it can hold as well.

Hold a love one, tell them you love them, smile, be kind, be joyful.