Wednesday, September 3, 2014


I'm here, really I am, as the trolls have taken notice of my absents and splattered spam inside my comments.
The one thing I did not count on when I started this blog was that the trolls that would come as soon as they think you are gone.
I came in yesterday and did some cleaning up and changed my password.
Maybe that will slow things down.
That WWW can be a torturous place.
We love and hate it.

I have been teaching.
I had a call the first week I went back that my co-teacher needed surgery and could I fill in for her? Of, course I could. I did two weeks taking all 5 days, with Friday running a 10 1/2 hour day. When I finished last week I felt run over by a low flying plane.
Maybe I should have started this 10 years ago!

I'm learning the ropes along with the students, clay mixing, ordering supplies, shuffling through the right paper work. It is an endless stream of something. And yet, I go back.
It is fun watching the wheels turn as a student gets it. The light goes on, the brain and hands work together. The clay comes off the wheel as something worth exploring.

I have students who are working on the multiplies of 30's. Mugs, bowls, candlesticks, pitchers, are starting to grow like mushrooms around the room. Taking shape and voice. I ask the students not only for shape but ask them to explore what they want to say as they shape the clay.
Who are you?

I can't say I have hit a wall yet as I watch things unfold.
I can say I wake up bleary eyed and wondering what I have done to myself.....
Then I just pick it up and go.
I still love the morning drive as that time to just think as I travel the back-roads from here to there.
Reflections on them, me and who and what and where...
This clay is a crazy ride.

 I'm looking forward to being in our studio tomorrow to get the cobwebs out of the building.
Spiders also know when you are not around.


Dennis Allen said...

This commute has to be a lot longer than you are used to.As much as I loved teaching, it never seemed to start at a convenient time of day.

Linda Starr said...

I rarely get spam but in light of all the computer hacking lately I may change my passwords just in case. I used to use just one but now I have a different one for everything and it's getting hard to remember which is which.

What a schedule, that would wear me out.

Laurie said...

Happy you'll have some days in the studio. I think our spiders must be related to yours!

Tracey Broome said...

I've got the spiders too. Glad to see a new post from you, I was about to send a posse! Still need to buy you and Mark a beer one of these days.
Again, those students are very lucky to have you teaching, if that school were closer, I would be signing up!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

When I taught it was the same, exciting but tiring...

cookingwithgas said...

YES! We are still here- the same but different- time to go after the spiders... TB soon! We need a day soon!

Lori Buff said...

This post inspired me to write something before the spammers attacked my blog. Thanks.

I love the guy on the step ladder.

cookingwithgas said...

me too Lori, me too...:)

Sandy miller said...

Oh Meredith seems there are couple of us going through summer challenges...... and they now turning into fall challenges. Oh what we do to keep the lights on and tinder in the firebox.....

have missed coming here....... nice to read.

and boy do we have the spiders this year!!