Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday in Whynot

The air has been cleaned of the heavy, oppressive humidity of yesterday.
Yesterday, it felt like summer.
It was one of those days that you walked through the walls of heat.
Taking a breath was as if you had just stepped into a hot sauna.
Then it rained, and, with the rain, came a clean coolness to the air.
I am sitting here listening to the day wake up as the sounds of the bugs change from the talk of cool to the telling of heat that is coming.
They always have so much to tell us if we listen.

 Mark was making some pots for orders the other day when he switched over to some bottles.
He was making these with a quick hand and an open mind.
Don't over think them....
There are times that so much thought can be placed in a pot that it just tightens all the space around it.
Then there are times when you just make the pot, no thought, just let it go.

The next kiln load will have more lamps in it.
 These are well on their way to being stamped and carved.

We had to laugh at this lovely second from the last kiln.
It really came out very nice.
The iron red with wood ash.
So careful was the glazing and placing in the kiln.
But, what were we thinking when we decided that the pot needed to go from low vase to jar.
 A lid was thrown for it out of a different clay body, we forgot they were different.
And, yes, the clay body of the pot shrank more than the lid clay body.
What.Were.We. Thinking....
The answer: we were not.
It is a lovely doorstop.

 Enjoy your Sunday,


Laurie said...

Love your comments about the insects... so true. That pot would look lovely on a mantle too. The wall of heat... couldn't agree more. I was canning jam from your blueberries :o), but at least was in the A/C.

Dennis Allen said...

Very beautiful doorstop.That's the drawback of making lids that actually fit.

Tracey Broome said...

The cool air felt nice this morning on my walk, and all the bugs were talking to me. I got out before 7am to beat the oppressive heat I knew was on its way, and yep,here it is! I feel fall in the air though.....

Unknown said...

I'm still trying to figure out how to get the lid off w/o destroying it.

Or how to get a hole in the bottom so it could be filled with shot and be an *effective* door stop (c:

Lori Buff said...

The freshness shows when we don't over think or over work a pot. It's like letting the voice of the clay speak.

cookingwithgas said...

Thanks Lori, nice thoughts.

I was thinking about how to take the lid off as well and I just don't think it is possible.
Plus it would make a great doorstop.
Funny how we try to fix those seconds when we need to just let them go.
TB--- fall is coming.

smartcat said...

Those are some beautiful pots. Whynot's pots are terrific to see from beginning to end.

That's a wonderful little are inspiring me to come clean.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

lovely doorstop, OH NO!

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

It is miserably hot here. No hint of fall for us. Maybe I should head for the hills...