Sunday, September 23, 2012

September Sunday

Mark and I have a made a vase for the upcoming Celebration of Seagrove Potters that will be held in November, the weekend before Thanksgiving in the old Luck's Bean factory.

 Mark threw the vase and I put a white slip on it and then carved some flowers, vines and a lizard on it.
This will go in the auction with the money going towards our potters group, The Seagrove Area Potters Association or SAPA.
SAPA is an all volunteer Group with a board made up of the local potters and some interested non-potters.
It, of course, takes tons of work to give your time to help an organization work.
The potters who work on this find that making all the pots and giving your time eats away at some studio time. They are to be  thanked for all their hard work.
This vase is going in the firing with Ms. B- fingers crossed that she gives it a good firing.

I am putting some stains in the carved areas, then I dip it all in a cover glaze.
The top I will dip in our wood ash glaze. The ash will run down to meet up, and probably cover some of the design. I did do a test in the last gas firing and found the results pleasing enough to try it again for this vase.
What is life without sticking your neck out for something different.
All the pots are glazed, Mark is going to rebuild the bag wall and we are bringing the floor up another 1 1/2 inches in hopes that the kiln will fire a bit more even.
Yeah, I know....

On the garden front, the eggplant are still producing.
I am, as usual, fighting with pest.
The flea beetles are a pain and the plants are too big to try to cover.
 There has been something chewing on the eggplants and I got to thinking,
Why not cover them up?
So I did with cheesecloth.
This allowed the eggplants to grow without the bugs eating away at them.
I thought it pretty clever.

And, about that Cuban bread!
Here is me and the bread, I love this recipe it is so good and easy!
Thanks Smart Cat.
I am always shocked when I see pictures of myself and then as I look I think, there is my mother's nose, my father's eyes, thanks for the bags dad!
What is one going to do but accept that they are no longer 35 or 45.....

I hope you have a grand Sunday.


smartcat said...

My goodness Meredith, that looks good enough to eat! Nice to see something more of you than your hands.

I never thought I looked like my mother until I had my last driver's id photo taken, when all I could see was my mother looking back at me. Both my brothers said the same thing when I was visiting in August!

That is going to be a wonderful pot. Toes crossed for success in firing and the celebration!

Enjoy the day.

Hollis Engley said...

The pot looks great, Meredith. As does the bread. And I like the sound of the glazing plan. We had no eggplant this summer, from us or anyone else. And our growing season is pretty much done. Fall has come.

Linda Starr said...

I never had any bugs on my eggplants wonder what eats them, although I never did get any this year either but got a ton in California. I may need more compost and a sunnier location, the weather here is either too hot or too rainy a real challenge after Western gardening. Nothing to do but accept our age I guess, I have a few bags myself. Ugh

Shortstuff said...

Very inventive idea on the eggplant.
The bread looks yummy. Make some when I come for the Celebration and I'll cook up something tasty to go with it.
You are beautiful any way you look at it. Love you.

Laurie said...

That bread is not only good looking, it tastes good too! Love the lizard on your new pot!

Linda Starr said...

Meredith I did not see that lizard till Laurie said something, that is so wonderful.

powen liu said...

That is a beautiful vase with beautiful decoration.I love the carving.

Lori Buff said...

Beautiful vase, I'm looking forward to seeing it fired.
Covering the eggplant is a great idea. It's so much better for the world than spraying.

Tracey Broome said...

looks like your garden is influencing your work these days, very pretty. and yes who is that looking back at me in the mirror, some days I have no idea who that is, she doesn't match the one in my head :)'
I saw that recipe and thought, hey, even I could make that, and I did. It was really good!

Julia said...

Beautiful vase - the carving is just lovely.

The cheesecloth idea on the eggplant is sheer genius. I will have to steal this idea for my zucchini.

And that woman in the photo? She's just lovely!

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

That bread looks splendid, as do YOU! I'm terrible about posting photos of me on my blog (there is only one) but I justify that because I'm usually the one behind the camera. The vase looks gorgeous too. Can't wait to see it after firing!

cookingwithgas said...

thanks all- the bread is being nibbled away a bit at a time.
The pots fire soon- had a side line issue come up.
And I am getting use to the new me. My daughter told me yesterday she was in her 30's- how can that be when I am in my ....oh,*#@&!

Maggie said...

Hey, you are beautiful and ...I want an eggplant recipe!!!
Thank you for your writings. I just don't have that talent to describe my world like you do. It is nice to see!

Maggie said...

You are beautiful...
and I want an eggplant recipe!
I love your writings, I am unable to verbalize what my world is like, Nice to see yours! It is inspiring.

cookingwithgas said...

I will post up one or two of my favorite eggplant recipes.
Maggie- just start writing, you would be surprised at what would come out of you. said...

Beautiful piece, hopefully the firing will go well! I've never tried to grow aubergine I'd imagine its quite difficult...?

cookingwithgas said...

Hi wren- not hard to grow, but it would depend on your growing season.

Margaret Thompson Arial said...

I hate pistung photos of myself also as all my camera gets is an old lady and I still feel 30@ 68.

Margaret Thompson Arial said...

Meant posting old crooked fingers on keyboard but in clay they still get ghe job done.