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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

RED dragons

You have seen me make a lot of green dragon mugs, but I was thinking of the Welsh flag and its RED dragon and thought I needed to make those too….

Monday, October 24, 2016

driving in a blizzard….

I was dreaming last night that I was in Alaska driving in a blizzard on uncleared roads…often it is the OTHER cars who worry you more than the road or the weather, but it seemed like other drivers were pretty experienced…turns out Alaska blizzards look a lot like our blizzards ;)…then I dreamt we were in our old house and all these distant relatives showed up for a big dinner and I had to wing it, as in, boil some potatoes (which I did until they were a pasty mess) and then get some corn and peppers out of the freezer….it was not gonna be very grand and I was not unhappy to wake up.

In other news, some delightful new pots, out of the kiln…..

Sunday, October 23, 2016

late fall...

Having enjoyed weeks of sun and drought and warmth and then great fall colors…well, it had to end, right?  Many if not most of our leaves came down Saturday in a huge 2 day rain storm….but gosh, the colors have been great!  Here is the river behind our house, which is back to normal levels, having been a trickle for months….kind of a relief, since our water comes from our well, which has gone (temporarily) dry in the past….

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Potters with electric kilns may look at these pictures and wonder how my kiln could work with such a defective and worn out kiln sitter…yes, it was pretty decrepit, but worked OK, although I kept witness cones inside to watch and make sure I was getting where the kiln needed to go…

ANYWAY, it was time.  I am always scared of doing these sorts of repairs, but I have done so many of them successfully and I have the original repair manuals.  This wasn't too bad, just a little messy, and you can see in one of these photos the shiny new replacement tube looks so tidy and fresh, you figure the kiln is good as new, for years to come…. :) Have a great Saturday!

Friday, October 21, 2016

froggy jar….

OK, people have very CLEAR ideas about what they call a cookie jar…wow.  I can still think of a large jar as a cookie jar, in my own little brain, while simply calling it a LIDDED JAR-because a whole lot of anything, really, can go in there--cookies, coffee, jelly beans, peanuts....  This one just came out of the kiln and looks SMASHING don't you agree?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

sky blue or periwinkle...

The last few items out of the last kiln firing, the wife really liked the frog mugs.  This baby blue glaze, or sky blue, or as she calls it periwinkle is a good contrast with frog green…

OK, I am gonna admit something to you here:  this has been a nerve-wracking, nail biting election season, right?  You may have noticed I am not around on the computer as much, reading your posts and all…the computer and all its news gets to feel a little intense these days, and I am avoiding it…but all this will change in 2 and a half weeks…. :)

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