Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bee Gone

Our beekeeping neighbor called his beekeeping friend and they rushed over
to see if they could keep some more bees.

They sprayed them with some sugar water and then cut a branch.
Some of the bees fell to the ground, stunned.

They woke up quickly and took to the sky.

A few branches were cut and the bees were put in a box/hive where they
can live in peace (and away from my garage door) and make lots of honey.

I have no idea how many bees live in a hive. I'm guessing thousands.

Now our beekeeping neighbor has two hives and we will enjoy a beautiful yard and plentiful harvest as those hard working honeybees do their pollinating job.
What an extraordinary day for us!

What does this have to do with pottery? Good question. Studio users will be able to walk to the studio door without fear of being stung as they go past the tree in the driveway. How about that?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bees in Trees

These bees have taken up residence in my tree! I don't know how long they will be there before the queen decides to move on. It was a bit nerve wracking to see them all buzzing around the tree but they seem to be totally intent on sticking to the tree area and not interested in stinging anyone. Hopefully we'll be able to find a beekeeper to come get them before they fly away!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

More and more birds

I just had to show you these ducks and quails. I believe the ducks think they are ostriches.

These two guys were having a bit of an argument. The blue head won. The other two were much too smart to join in the fray.

Look at that fat bird! You should see her waddle. The funny thing is that she could fly just as well as the guy. I thought she'd have a tough time leaving the roof. Strong wings on that one.

I should mention that my back door neighbor has chickens that I can only hear. They stay in their own yard so I won't be taking pictures of them. I'm wondering if we should charge admission to visit the Hyer aviary.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Girl Group

A group of 10 year old girls came over for a little handbuilding class. They rolled out clay, textured it and formed it around cylinders. After the bisque firing they came back and brushed on some glaze. I think they did a great job!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Plates - Bird and more

3 of the birds survived the glaze firing. The 4th was a casualty of too much glaze. This past kiln load I glazed almost everything in blue rutile which is why the last I don't know how many posts are filled with blue pots. I'm a bit partial to the blue and white plate. Which one do you like best?