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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

if you're not failing....

Vis a vis my head:  it seems quite normal, now, thanks, no big deal aside from my whining, chewing on ibuprofen, sleeping with wild dreams.....

A quote I heard recently is "If you're not failing you're innovating very much" -Woody Allen.
WOW! Yes!  You have to be ready to charge right in, fly at it, maybe your idea isn't gonna be that good, but maybe it is....

Example:  I had a dream January 1 that I should put flowers on pots and have been fiddling with it ever since....good or bad, it is fun and worth trying, and I like these new pitchers very much.....have a great Tuesday!

(new pitchers by Gary Rith)

Monday, August 31, 2015

hard knocks....

SO, shortly after posting the pic of the table and its feet yesterday I bent to retrieve my napkin from under the table and slammed my head into a sharp candle holder a cartoon, right?  I saw stars and I was pissed.

Some background:  I am no stranger to head injuries:  I remember when I was about 3 the kid who threw a brick that hit me in the head and later lying on the emergency room table later getting stitches; getting punched in the nose by a high schooler when I was 8 which knocked me out; getting hit by a car when I was 14 and bicycling through an intersection in front of 2 cops (I smashed the windshield with my head --the driver had cut me off wasn't as bad as it could have been); in tenth grade I was at the bottom of a pile up in a high school football game, didn't get up,  missed a couple months school.... I mean, it is ordinary, we take our knocks, right? Coincidentally  the wife and I were talking a couple of days ago about that special headache you get with a head injury:  it hurts, you're nauseous, want to puke and or sleep.  of course, you aren't s'posed to sleep, but still....

OK, so to resume my story.  I had grabbed the napkin for no good reason, just that it was down there and I was on my way out the door to run five miles.  I shook me head, felt OK, and ran the five miles feeling pretty good...about 50 minutes later I got home and the wife was up and about and gasps:  my head was covered in blood.  And suddenly I didn't feel too good.  I don't know why there was a delayed reaction or whatever, but I just wanted to go to sleep, and I did.  I got up for lunch, and went back to sleep.  I got up and did the dishes and went back to sleep...I feel pretty normal this morning, I'd say....


Sunday, August 30, 2015

little feet....

I was driving along and began thinking of little scaly feet on a mug....then thought of some eyes staring at you balefully, and hey, make the handle a scaly tail and it is a monster mug!

Speaking of feet like that:  When I was a kid I dearly wanted a table with monster legs...when I was grown up I found them wicked expensive, until one day I came across a big oak table at an antique store with lion's feet at an OK price...I bought it and took it apart and somehow got it home and put together and IT WAS THE WIFE's birthday--lucky HER! She got the table I have always wanted for that birthday ;)
True story!

Happy Sunday all!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

loving people live in a loving world...

"A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror." --Ken Keyes

THEREFORE a cheerful alligator on a bowl! Not hostile at all.....
I like that quote, although it doesn't really explain everything in the world in any circumstance, but it is a good start. FOR example, I went into the wrong eye shop yesterday:

"Do you take this insurance?"
(looks at me like I am a stanky homeless guy) "NO"
"Did this place used to be Empire?"
Optician "No, we can't help you" turns away, looks put out...

Me, totally confused and upset, sets out again, and finds the optician I was looking for, ONE block away.  My insurance company is listed on the door, the place is large with a million choices, the optician at the desk is SO nice and helpful, as is everybody else.  I mean HELPFUL, and nice.  Maybe because they are actually doing business?  Or maybe just because they are friendly and people like going there and so they are thriving....

Basically, being nice is always a good idea, in dealing with others, especially in retail, RIGHT?

Friday, August 28, 2015


You wonder why I bother trying, hope springs eternal! Every spring...for 20+ years I have planted tomatoes and have gotten nothing but heartache.  I am the worst gardener on earth.  This year they got blighted early and late, leaving us with very few tomatoes for many months work....ditto the baby pumpkins I grew on a whim:  one after another, the lovely blossoms fell off....I will have these 4 baby pumpkins, but considering the miles of vines and blossoms, how could I do so badly?

There have been some great successes though:  my basil does well, some plants are now 1 1/2 years old and they will come inside soon.  I always do well with cosmos and sunflowers, and look at our first try for green peppers! SO, I give up on tomatoes.  Peppers and sunflowers will be my specialties from now on....well, that and baking GREAT STUFF--I tried a new recipe for flourless brownies(click here) yesterday, HOT DAMN!  They are gluten-free of course...although, having no flour, do I even have to say that?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

victim of their own success...

There are (at least) 2 kinds of potters.  Production potters make the same items one after another for years.  The fellow I apprenticed to does that--if you bought a plate from him 20 years ago and broke it, he has a stack on his store shelf today that you can choose from for an identical replacement.

Then there are those like me, fahting around everyday, constantly (easily bored or curious) trying new ideas.

These elephant items are super-duper popular.  I am fiddling with the bowl, and like this variation better than ideas I have done in the past.  It is lucky I like them, because the demand is very high, so I try to make a few every week, not just some huge week of a hundred herds of elephants...

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I am a full-time studio potter, sculptor, and dog walker, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.