Tuesday, February 24, 2015

For most of us

 we don't really have to worry about winter. We are the people who like to watch winter on the news. Oh, look, we like to say smugly to one another, snow. I am so happy they have it and not me.
 Watch out what you say, make those words sweet, winter is listening.
As soon as they reach the tip of your tongue you need to swallow them back down, DON"T say a word, don't even think about it.

Snow has come our way again this week, with promise of more.
Is this a problem?
I am trying to make it a non-issue by not fretting about not being able to get to school once again. I was up, showered, dressed, lunch packed when the snow started.
So what to do when you plan to go away and then find out you are staying.
First thing is enjoy that cup of coffee.

 Then make a plan.
Or, try to make a plan.
Last week my plan was tiles.
In order to get these made, carved and finished for dying, I need more than one day. It takes one day to roll, one day to start setting up, one day to lay out designs, one day to carve and one day to finish them enough to leave them alone.
That is 5 one days.
If I am going to teach, I have to plan this for when I know I have 5 days, even if that means that Sunday, before I work on Monday, is one of those days.

To your left, a blank
 To your right, a cut out of the tiles.

I like the 6x6, but I like the fun of leaving  some of the tiles with that natural roundness that happens as I am rolling.

I have a number of patterns that I use 8x8,6x6,4x4.

I try to get as much goodness as I can out of the space, but that is not always possible. I use to make many small items from the leftovers, but now that eats into my days, so I don't.

Mark is staying on the wheel as he adds to his pile of production pots.
Oil lamps, bowls, and pitchers are flying off the wheel on the other side of the room.

I love a good pitcher.
There was a discussion the other day asking if any one still needs a pitcher, or if people still use pitchers.
I started thinking about how I use them; water my plants, water my guest, flowers, gravy, maple syrup, melted butter, oil, salad dressing...
 just to name a few.
How about you, do you have a favorite way to use all those pitchers? Tell me, I need to know.

A public service notice from Mark.
Happy 24 days people, 24 days, just hold on.


Michèle Hastings said...

I have a favorite salt glazed pitcher on my kitchen counter that I use every day for all sorts of things... watering plants, filling the steamer on the wood stove, carrying warm water to the studio (no hot water out there), and on a warm summer night you might find it filled with sangria, ice, and sliced fruit.
I enjoy seeing it waiting quietly on the counter and love the way it feels in my hand. Being made by someone I loved very much, makes it extra special.

Dennis Allen said...

I mainly just make them and trade them for money.

cookingwithgas said...

I know, I have some favorites that I use as well. I have been looking at the pottery that my mother used and pitchers are high on the list. A lot made by Mark. She had a good eye for some of his unusual ones. It is fun to revisit those and them pass them on to the next generation.

cookingwithgas said...

Dennis! I love when that happens. Money for pitchers is a good thing.

Suburban Correspondent said...

I absolutely love your creations! The tiles, the tumblers, everything. Someday I will make it down your way and buy things.

cookingwithgas said...

we'd be happy to have you stop in.

Laurie said...

Love Mark's timely public service announcement! Will have to ponder the pitchers. I use bowls with spouts pretty much daily... pitchers not as often.

Tracey Broome said...

those warm days and posting photos of daffodils we were doomed down here in the south.
Pitchers. I love them, don't have one of yours, hmmm.... that must mean I need a trip to Seagrove!
My grandmother collected pitchers and I have a few favorites I use much the same as you. Snow days, love them!
Stay warm!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Oh people just love pitchers, and I do too. Until recently I rarely made vases, just pitchers for people's bouquets, etc. And for us, if spring shows up before May 1 we would be lucky...

Lori Buff said...

I could write an entire blog post about how I use pitchers...I think I will, thanks for the inspiration. I’ll link back to you.
Stay warm.

Peter said...

It looks like you are all having a last cold snap of winter so that Spring can really be enjoyed 24 days from now! We are starting to wobble from summer to autumn (fall) here, with visitors to Dunedin rather bewildered yesterday by the cool and windy weather that we had (one compared the day to an English winter..., but I think he was exaggerating!). Pitchers.... lovely things, I think the world needs lovely! And, if the lovely pitcher will hold water or oil or enough goats milk for the Queen of Sheba to have a bath, then so much the better, especially if it pours well and has a nice handle to hold!

cookingwithgas said...

We are up to our ears in winter. Look as if tonight is going to be a big one.

I'm looking forward to reading about your own handmade pitchers.