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Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
WHOA BABY! THAT LOOKS KINDA AWESOME!
Monday, June 27, 2016
I have a banner I roll out at shows and it hangs on the studio wall, it is a drawing I did of a piggy making a pot. Outside the studio door is a sculpted pot and pig with my name. Why, Gary, do you love pottery pigs so much? WELL, in the late 80s I saw my first pottery pig and and realized it was a bottle turned on its side and with ears and feet added, etc, you had a piggy! I still have the third piggy I ever made (on a shelf somewhere…). I make a different style or 2, different sizes, but this type, about 5 inches tall, 5 inches wide, has been pretty much the main pig for nearly 30 years…I made so many in the 90s and loved them so much they became my mascot. In the late 90s I began to try sculpting little things on pots and…you guess it, the lucky pig went on there, in that classic pink and green combo…. these are all just out of the kiln yesterday….
Sunday, June 26, 2016
I am entering a cup competition later this summer and am working on some entries, different ideas. I really LOVE this sort of cup and saucer. It is both simple and complicated at the same time. Same with the blue vases, the flowers and vines are very subtle, showing through the glaze. I have found a way to add some green leaves there too …. ANYWAY, the kiln is cooling, more new pots to see later today!
Saturday, June 25, 2016
I think our dog and cat figure if they don't play they won't get fed their lunch. Our guys split a small can of tuna (well, canned cat mystery meat) every midday, but GOSH the ritual play before I can feed them…you see the cat waking up as the dog jumps on him…and jumps and jumps and wrestles…
Friday, June 24, 2016
ANYWAY, hopefully in November the US won't have any such disaster on our hands….I have been hands off with politics and important sh!t for awhile in this blog lately, and maybe it is time to let loose again.
Here is a wicked awesome cup and saucer with a frog to celebrate all that is cute…
Thursday, June 23, 2016
(YES, little boys like me and Calvin grow up one day to be grown men making dinosaur mugs….)
A couple of days ago I showed you a mug I had made with a dinosaur drawn on it…a cute and cheerful dinosaur! I quickly made and fired another, and more will be coming, I am pretty pleased with this. THIS particular dude is for sale now at my easy shoppe, click to get it now!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
I have a little glaze experiment going today, thinking a particular color might look very good with carved pots, as I showed you yesterday with the teal ocean glaze. I am entirely new to carving pieces, but have faceted them for years, or fluted them (basically straight lines with a special tool). I want the same sort of line as fluting but more fluid, so I just grab a loop tool and….wave it along. Not sure what will happen, but I was pleasantly surprised! And think the glaze will look good here…. (this is the rough cut, later cleaned up)
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
I was having along and strange dream just now--the usual, in other words--that 4 friends planned a burglary in an electronics shop…they wanted my help, but I didn't want to join them…they managed to pull it off, until they were caught….and I woke up.
In other news, spotted bowls and teapot!
Sunday, June 19, 2016
So a couple of weeks ago I am in the store and see a papier mache T-rex… and I figure you bring it home and paint it or something like that but I notice, as artists do, I s'pose, that it is basically a bowling pin shape tilted with legs and mouth added…SO I make the bank below by making a bowling pin shape on the wheel, etc….WELL, the same shape holds true for drawing, right?
This mug came out of the kiln yesterday and I was like "MINE, but make more…."
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I have a glaze I hadn't used in awhile but plan to use A LOT now which I call ocean. It has that sort of teal-blue-green dark ocean water look (not tropical aquamarine but cold New England ocean!)
ANYWAY, I was fiddling around with some squiggles on these…..why YES, that does give sort of a wave feel, does it not?
Monday, June 13, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016
I was thinking the other day "what if a dinosaur body and head were basically a bowling pin propped up on feet with mouth, legs and tail added?!" then I was thinking "I can make a bowling pin shaped bottle on the wheel and take it from there" and so I did….
This is a bank, with a slot on one side and a hole and cork underneath, turned out pretty well, hmm?
Saturday, June 11, 2016
We have an extraordinary dog park in Ithaca, on the lakefront. Fenced and quite large, seems like a couple of acres, with water, trees, baggies, trash cans and a lot of nice people. I was babysitting Yogi Friday and we went over…he slept the rest of the day away….
Friday, June 10, 2016
I wouldn't write about this if I lived in Florida: our last 2 days were cold! Wednesday was 40 in the morning (35 at my mom's hilltop farm) and the day got no warmer than 56, with rain and wind, etc…Thursday was in the 60s, but sunny and breezy. You get into summer and you really don't want to be talking about 30s-40s do you?
But anyway, Thursday was gorgeous and I was babysitting Yogi…we hiked down a favorite trail and he went swimming in the creek, AFTER dropping the wife at the airport. She is on the road visiting the cousins. My parents didn't want me to be lonely (I wasn't!) so they stopped by. I think they just wanted to see Yogi and our Penny. Who wouldn't?
In other news, I had a very long dream I was living in a college cooperative house, as I did my sophomore year, amongst friendly housemates and a lot of mismatched dishes and spoons and furniture….except for the midnight fire in the kitchen (overcooking something) it was quite congenial and you can understand why sometimes people like having roommates or co-housing schemes…all of which is NOT something my waking self likes, as I prefer a quiet house with as few people around as possible….anyway, have an awesome weekend :)
- beauty and the beast...
- dragons coming out of my ears….
- carved and turquisey….
- day of the pigs...
- some pretty odds and ends...
- dogs and cats at mealtime...
- here is a cute frog cup and saucer for all of us d...
- speaking of T-Rex...
- carving a pot, the before and after ...
- polka dots and larceny...
- T-rex and bowling pins…..
- where are all the frogs and dogs?
- the roses….
- elephants and tea parties = a natural fit!
- do pigs host tea parties?
- ocean blue….
- dragons AGAIN...
- dinosaur bank
- Yogi at the dog park….
- it is all just a little freaky...
- some tasty odds and ends...
- a rose is a rose by any other name….
- dragon mug and dumping bicycles….
- making curry tacos with cats…vegan, gluten-free, F...
- because making the same dang thing over and over i...
- pitcher: not for baseball, not picture….
- snow boarding in June….
- mac and cheese or little zones of awesomeness
- calzones and yogurt...
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