Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This is what January looks like

 January in the south can be capricious in nature, cold one day and 65 the next. Between yesterday and then today it was hard to walk over and go in the studio to work.
I hate to go throw when it is 30 degrees and I hate to go throw when it is 65 and the sun is shinning.
Do I detect a pattern here....?

I really do enjoy what I do it's just that sunshine can all my name so easily.

Instead I had lids to trim and here is my easy set up for some quick trimming.
I use a piece of plastic pipe that I bought at the local hardware.
This works just great to drop the lid in and trim it up.
 We also have a large collection of lids that we drop inside the lids to steady them as we are trimming.

 Sugar Jars in waiting.
 This was part of my walk today. The sun was so bright and inviting that I left work early before lunch to walk up to the mailbox.
The shadows were great company and decided that they would come along with me.

On the way back with the mail, no bills today (yeah) , I cut around the pond and walked through the area of the farm where the original house stood.
As I looked up I saw the side of the old grainery and it made me think of all the people who would have walked through that area of the farm when it was part of the yard for the house.
It is one of the few buildings left from those days. The barn that was just past this building is long gone. We had it removed after a tornado came through one year and knock it off its foundation.  

I still enjoy having this building here even though we don't use it as we once did.

So January is shaping up.
Pots are being made.
Walks are happening.
Bread is being baked.

Life and sunshine.



Gary's third pottery blog said...

utterly beautiful :) I see now, i think, how you throw lids: throw the whole form, then trim out the underside, yes?

Tracey Broome said...

Life on the farm is looking pretty good from here:)

cookingwithgas said...

Gary, for many of our lids the answer is yes- they are thrown right side up- quick and easy.
Seems I will need a post of the lids...

cookingwithgas said...

TB- life on the "farm" is great most days!

Laurie said...

It has been lovely, and the weekend will be even warmer. I guess when you've been making pots as long as you have, you have lots of tricks up your sleeve! Looking forward to visiting the farm.

Shortstuff said...

Love seeing pix of the farm. Wish I lived in your front pasture...for many reasons.

Linda Starr said...

We are having a heat wave, that sunshine is calling me too, going to take advantage this week, cause you never know what next week will bring. love the patina of those old buildings.

Linda Starr said...

A post on the lids would be great, something I would love to know more about, I need to start practicing in that area

Julia said...

I would love to see how you do your lids, too. I do mine upside down then turn them over and throw the knob or handle on the top of the leather hard piece. I'd love to see a different way! :)

Michèle Hastings said...

I think I will give your lid method a try. I dislike attaching the knobs after trimming. One piece would be so less time consuming.

Lori Buff said...

My studio is pretty sunny but it's still hard to resist playing hookie when it's warm and sunny and January. I tell myself that it may be cold for a long time so I need to soak up some vitamin D.

Anna M. Branner said...

Good lid trimming tip! EVERY new year I vow to make more lidded pots...and somehow it never happens. Maybe this year???

cookingwithgas said...

Yes- Anna this is the year of lids, didn't you get the memo??

Okay a post on lids will be coming in the next week. Seems I have been talked into it.

Unknown said...

Brilliant trimming trick! Thanks for sharing it... Looks like a lovely day :)

Becky Brown said...

I think sunshine is a completely valid reason to be drawn away from your work. Glad to hear that your January is shaping up nicely!