Monday, October 25, 2010

It's finished!

This post has nothing really to do with pottery and everything to do with the backyard. And since the backyard plays such a large role in my life I think I'm going to spend some time talking about it. At the beginning of the summer (actually it was still spring and felt a little like winter) we decided to embark on a new project. I have to admit there was a bit of reluctance on the part of the builders but I managed to beg, plead, cry and guilt them into working on this little piece of heaven.
Brian wanted to plant some grapes and grapes need support so naturally we needed to build an arbor with a swing and benches to support those grapes, right? Now when I say we I need to clarify that Brian did not want to be the builder - couldn't someone else do it? Of course and wouldn't the best person to hire be one of my talented brothers? Obviously the answer was yes! Kevin was the MAN! I had an idea of what we wanted and so we got started. The foundation was dug and cement poured in some choice spring weather - I can't remember ever being that wet and muddy. I have to state that I was very helpful digging holes and mixing cement. Then came the shopping (I was helpful there too) and the actual construction (I wasn't so helpful there).
Plans changed because wouldn't it be better if we did this instead of that? Poor Kevin, poor Brian. The redesign added a bit of stress but so worth it! Since we were kind of making it up as we went Brian ended up building more than he initially wanted but he sure looked like he enjoyed doing it so I didn't feel too bad. Kevin, perfectionist that he is, I think liked having someone else to share the stress with. Anyway they worked hard. Kevin put in a lot of hours and yeah! It was built in time for summer parties!
Summer, as you know, is hot and busy. Who wants to stain an arbor in the heat? Not any of us that's for sure. Besides it was time to play too. Finally school started, the weather cooled down and the pressure of fall/winter came. Kevin came again to stain. I finished the staining. Brian finished the last bit of securing the top slats and hallelujah it's finished! It looks beautiful! It's a fabulous addition to the backyard. Nice job Kevin and Brian!

Friday, October 15, 2010


This red crock is one of the few things that I've made specifically for myself. I made a few crocks and glazed them all different colors. When the small red crock came out of the kiln I knew that I would be keeping two, not one like I had planned. The bowl I'm not keeping but I sure do love that color!

Friday, October 8, 2010


There are so many different styles of pottery it's hard for me to figure out what I like looking at and what I like making. I have a few pottery blogs that I look at regularly along with a bunch I stalk occasionally. It's astounding to see how talented so many people are. When I find some work that I especially enjoy I copy it a bit to see how it fits in with what I want to do. The past 2 days I've been working on some bowls & a vase that are my first experiments with another artists' work. I'm pretty excited with how they look so far.

Glazing will be a bit tricky for me since I seem to run out of interest when it's time to glaze. However I'm going to do my best to take my time and enjoy glazing these. I'll post the finished product in a few weeks!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Summer's End

So my good intentions the other day got thrown out the window. My friend called and wanted to go on a bike ride. How could I say no when it was such a beautiful warm sunny day and who knows how many opportunities like that am I going to get over the next 8 months. I must admit one of my big distractions with throwing this summer has been my outdoor activities. There is only so much time in a day and only so many days in the summer. It's best to be out as much as possible. But I have not been a complete pottery slacker. I have been doing a little work. Not much but more than nothing.

Cereal bowls and cups. Now that my warm sunny days are numbered, soon to be replaced by chilly winter days it's time to start stocking up on containers that hold body warming goodies - hot oatmeal, hot soups, hot beverages. Next week will be fallish and rainy. I think I'll start filling my containers with all those hot yummies now.