Monday, November 9, 2015

Brrrrr........

I don't know about y'all, but I'm COLD!!!!   Ok, I get no sympathy from everyone, but 55 degrees in Northern California is chilly!!!  Plus, it's been raining (yeah, I know CA needs rain... Whatever....) which makes it even colder,
I have a bunch of bisque ware to glaze, but my "studio" is outside!!!   Guess I'm a bit of a wuss, but it's difficult to glaze in pouring-ass (technical term) rain and 100% humidity.  Ok, I admit it, I'm a pottery-weenie.     'Whine'.....

I PROMISE....  More to come......  Soon!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Goin' like 60!

It's been a really busy September so far.  I am fortunate to get my work in a new gallery, Placerville Art Gallery!  But that also means I need enough pots for them AND my weekly farmer's markets.  So, been workin' my tushy off.  The weather is still warm here, a few days have been in the triple digits this month, but now we're back into the mid-low 90's with a promise of the 80's!!!!!  Hey, that's throwin' weather!!

I did a glaze fire last night, and so anxious to pop the lid!  But I'm usually a good girl, and will wait 'till the temp says so.  So, today is clean up after the whirlwind glazing, and if I have time, maybe even get back to my wheel today.  'Cause you know, as soon as those pots come out, there's picture-taking, inventory, pricing, all the necessary evils.  Throwing will be delayed.

Here are a few recent pieces...

Kitty plate

Another Kitty plate

Happy Bunny
Teapot and yunomis
Mugs
Owl Mugs
Owl box
Blue bowls
Brown bowls

Fun stuff.  Lots more to photograph as soon as, well, that darned kiln cools down!!
Cheers!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Scout

I'm pleased with my recent kiln load, only one small glaze drip that needs to be hammered off (or it'll slice my hand open...again).  I made another dog food bowl for Jim and Lois (Farmers Market organizers, super folks!).  Of ALL the stuff in the kiln, that was the one I was anxious to see.

It looks great, except...

There's a small crack above the right eye.  Goes all the way through!!  So, I gave it to them, no charge.  

I've been getting more cracks than usual lately, a reminder to keep it thin, and consistent.  Clay is pretty forgiving, as long as you play by the rules.  I got my hand slapped, I learned my lesson.

So, back to my wheel.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

crazy......

Sometimes things just get so crazy.  I had a really beautiful bunch of stuff from my last glaze firing, but was SO low on inventory I just packed it up to sell.  No photos!  :(

So, back in the saddle, throwing stuff.  And, as I get enough fun stuff to fill a kiln, here are a few pics of stuff waiting!

Actually, top shelf has already been bisqued, just not glaze-fired.

Batter bowls

Garlic Graters...fun stuff!

So, now I'm headed back outside to throw more bowls for the upcoming Empty Bowls this fall.  I want to donate as many as I can, I'm shooting for 10 bowls this year.

Oh, I took an awesome class this past Saturday at Alpha Fired Arts!  Painting with Amaco Velvet Underglazes.  I didn't know you can water this stuff down a bit and use like watercolor!  Layering colors...very cool stuff.  In fact, in the top pic, you can see a vase with some of my "experimental" layering.  Anxious to see how it turns out!

Keep Calm and Throw Stuff!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

107!??!

I was at the weekly Farmers Market selling my wares.  And, with a forecast of 107 degrees, I'm amazed anyone showed up!  (including me )  But there was a fair crowd, a special order got picked up, and there was a slight breeze.

Here are some pics of my recent firing, no major catastrophe.



Soap dish

Salsa/condiment  holder


Another Condiments bowl, I love the glaze!

Stopperless Salt Shakers

Wave Mug

Tortoise mug - special order  


There's a lot more stuff, but it's dinner time for this 'ol gal.  TTFN!!

(That's "Ta-Ta For Now!")    ;)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Eyes "glazed" over......

I think everyone has their own favorite part of the whole pottery-making process.  And,of course, their least favorite.  The glazing process, picture-taking, inventorying, pricing, and posting to the web is my least favorite.  Just give me a bag of clay, a wheel, and I'm a happy camper.

I did have some fun today.  With the new "Minion" movie out, I decided to make my favorite Minion.      I didn't have any purple glaze, so I had to do some "creative" mixing.  Here he is, waiting to be fired.

We'll see how it goes.

Also did a dog food bowl for a friend.
This is inside the bowl,


And this is around the rim outside.

We'll see how it looks after the glaze firing!!!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Decent day

Farmers Market yesterday,  in South Lake Tahoe.   First market of the season up there, but pretty good.  I did sell out of a few things, so today was throwing.


I did have a really slow day last Wednesday,  so I drew the scene from my booth.