Monday, March 11, 2019

Let's March, it's March

 Here we go, month 3 is marching forward, week 2 is quickly here.
I am piling up enough tiles to fire soon.
Mark is working on a gas firing for Ms. B.
 Last month he worked over at the college firing the gas kiln we have there. It was full of students work. He was a little nervous firing a kiln load of pots worked on by others. It is hard enough to lose your own work, but the thoughts of messing up other work is a different set of jitters. He did a fantastic job, it was a great firing.
The students were very excited over some excellent results, with almost no glaze on the shelves we were ecstatic. They are ready to fill this again soon.
Now to teach them how to fill the kiln with less bowls and more other items.
If you are interested the college has a facebook page, Montgomery Community College Pottery, they are in Troy NC, not Troy NY or other big cities. Just look them up, I have posted pictures of the firing.


 The trees and flowers tell us that spring is coming, we are excited to see the usual signs of trees budding, flowers in the yard. There is still that chill in the air, but the promise of warm weather is here.
Check with us on your next trip to the area our hours have changed. We are closing some in order to get work finished here, but we are always open to you. Come down, we will have a key ready.
Otherwise you are very likely to find us open Wednesday-Saturday.



Cheers!
M

Monday, February 25, 2019

Rain makes sunshine

 I know that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Then again neither does days of rain. What does make sense is how quickly you can forget the rain and all your troubles when the sun comes out.
We started out our day with no power, we ended our day with plentiful sun and warmth. The gratitude you feel as you walk in sunshine can not be explained, just absorbed.
What I noticed as we walked were small creatures happy that we had some sun.
We saw turtles piled on the banks at the zoo, even turtles need some sun to make them happy. I saw squirrels hanging in the nooks of trees getting their fill of sun. After endless rain we all wanted our fill. The cows were happy, we were happy, sun and power restored all in one day.
 At the zoo the trees were blooming red.
Look below at the turtles sunning.
Then look up -clouds!
Pretty clouds. The clouds were filled with animals, kings, faces, all drifting off for other places. I love a good cloud watch as the weather clears off. You see such things that can never be repeated.



 I am heading out to the studio this morning to finish some work I started weeks ago. I feel as if I an on a short ledge making yet another decision about the pottery, the school and what comes next.

Wish me luck,
M

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Someone is working




 I keep telling you all that I am working on tiles but it is slow going with days spent at the college. The weeks are flying past me as I fill in for them while they are looking for the right person for the job.
 Meanwhile, there are things that need to be worked on here as well.
Taxes, housework, baking, cleaning, you know all those things that make life work.
 That cleaning thing, it has to happen.
I always look at what I can do in 10 or 15 minutes.
That few minutes makes all the difference for some things, just a lick and a promise.

It seems when I get busy elsewhere I am drawn back to the kitchen here.
I am not sure why but if I cannot make pottery I bake.
It also centers me.
I do like decent bread and Mark and I both like good granola that is not filled with a lot of sugar.
I have posted the recipe before but if you like:
preheat oven to 275- I have jumped the temperature up by 25 degrees.
I usually put 4 cups of good oats in a big handmade bowl.
Then I rough chop 2 cups of nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, cashews or pecans, you get to choose.
I then add roasted sunflower seeds salted or unsalted.
I like Cinnamon and a bit of salt depending on the sunflower seeds.
Toss this all.
Wet- I start with oil, 1/4 cup, on top of that I add honey, maple syrup and a bit hit of molasses up to 3/4 cup mark on a measuring cup, plus 1 TBS Vanilla
See- do what you like.
beat all the wet to a smooth mass, pour over the dry and mix well.
Pour this into a large cookie sheet with sides, cook 15, stir, cook 10-12, stir and add dried fruit.
We like a mix of raisins and craisins.
Stir those in, turn down heat to 250, heat 5-6 minutes.
Cool and store.

Meredith's Granola
275 degrees
4 cups good oats
2 cups of nuts
2 tsp cinnamon
a toss of salt
Mix together:
1/4 cup oil
honey, maple,molasses to 3/4 cup, plus 1 TBS vanilla
 1 cup fruit raisins and craisins
Bake 275 for 15, stir, bake 10-12 stir add fruit, bake at 250 for 5-6
Cool and eat.

Cheers folks!
M