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Sunday, March 31, 2013
..and then you open the card to see a beagle at the end of her leash going bananas to get at the bunny....
Happy Easter :)
Saturday, March 30, 2013
(pottery by Gary Rith)
Friday, March 29, 2013
So, from my post title, what does Baroque mean? I think: fancy, decorated, full of flourishes and fun, STUFF ADDED ON:
The Baroque (US // or UK //) is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance and music. The style began around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe.
And what do I mean by ZEN then? To me it means integrated, whole, simple, cohesive:
There is a Japanese idea of Wabi-sabi related to Zen and design and wiki tells us:
simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
So, keep that in mind as you follow my thinking here:
I was reading a book this week by Somerset Maugham called UP AT THE VILLA (wonderful: buy it and read it and read it again then plan to get the movie when you can) which has THIS Baroque Italian garden (painted by Maxfield Parrish) on the cover.
(pottery by Gary Rith)
SO, as I explained in my personal description of my own work, I get up in the morning and let my imagination take me where it wants to go. I have a very restless imagination and work style, and have a very hard time with repetition and feel lucky to be able to indulge my different creative moods :)
(looking at the list for today, btw, looks like a dose of Japanese such as these for the morning followed by a helping of Baroque after lunch...I am not kidding: I plan the day, but also constantly feel fresh and very interested in the possibilities clay holds!)
Thursday, March 28, 2013
You are all going to think that this is a blog about....dogs! But on other days you probably think this is a blog about...cooking! Or pots! Such is the diversity of my life, happily shared with YOU.
The last 2 days I have NOT done any pottery at all.... a variety of meetings and taking care of 3 household's dogs kept me busy and holy CATS I slept great! Another 10 + miles Wednesday....anyway, that was just those 2 days, a perfect storm of dogs. You asked yesterday to see pics of me walking the 2 big fluffy golden doodles, Yogi and his visiting older brother Fargo. We worked out our routine and it was SO easy to just walk down the road. You can see they are pretty interested in the neighbor's chickens...although the 2 of them are so good they just look.
My cute little beagle would have wanted to shred the chickens. (she loves people though!)
I just love Fargo and especially Yogi. I have never met such a well behaved and sweet young puppy like Yogi. You would not be surprised to know Yogi's family is probably the nicest and most kindly anywhere, right?
Speaking of my cute little beagle, she is STILL a star when we visit the senior center on Wednesdays...
I am always so proud of her and how outgoing and fun she is! Have an awesome day!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
You know I am a professional potter and...dog walker, right?
You havn't heard much about sweet little Yogi the puppy lately have you?
WELL Yogi is about 7 months old now (and enormous, this is him kissing me here) and his family had his older brother Fargo visiting this month. Fargo is about a year older and HOLY SH!T he is huge and strong and full of energy. They really like each other a lot, and you can see that Yogi is the most immensely calm and well behaved puppy to ever walk the earth. Fargo is a BIG CLOWN.
The family told me they just go outside and wrestle with each other until they are exhausted.
I did not find that was the case.
I found that Fargo wanted me to be his pal and, well, spread the MUD along with the abundant JOY.
I have walked 4 large dogs at once and figured what would be easiest would be to give up on the backyard wrestling and simply get the leashes on them and hike up the road.
I am like, 125 pounds, a scrawny little person. Each of them is like, 125 pounds* and STRONG.
But we had awesome walkies...people HONKED as we went down the road.
I think those 2 are enough though, it would be funny to add my own little beagle and walk the 3 of them but....2 is good enough :)
I have a pedometer on at all times.
Yesterday my own dog got her usual 4 walks. I run at least 2 miles every day. Yogi and Fargo got 3 walks. AND I walked another client dog that you know, Nook, the fuzzy white dog.
I had over 22,000 steps on the pedometer yesterday...which is ten + miles I think....
*I don't know what they weigh, actually. A LOT. Plus they are FUZZY GOLDEN DOODLES and their fur makes them look even bigger....
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
You know Jen runs Time Warp Tuesday, right? A chance to look back at your old photos?
I was talking with Adam last week and he mentions tie clips. "You don't use tie clips much in your business" and I am like
"I used to teach at a prep school. It was jacket and tie ALL THE TIME even for teaching pottery". I taught English skills, coached cross country and track and ran the yearbook, lived in the dorm and tried to keep teens from ____ and yes, taught pottery. This was in the 90s before cell phones or computers everywhere, a good thing to try, but a lot of work even if it was charming like living in DEAD POETS SOCIETY. This is from two different yearbooks, I am the dude in the 'stache:
In other news, we had the Chinese noodle dish I talked about last week AGAIN....3 times in one week! I made it with coconut rice yesterday. Do you know coconut rice? SO easy so awesome!
--Cook 1.5 cups of rice as you normally would, except use a 14-15 oz can or coconut milk + add a 1/4 cup of water instead of just water. That is it!
You can top it with toasted coconut, mix it in, whatever. What I did instead of the toasted coconut was as it boils and simmers I diced and added one cup broccoli and a bell pepper and some curry powder.
It is SO thick and tasty, a great compliment to noodles!
Monday, March 25, 2013
The wife is very careful about details. She is a bookkeeper after all, and if a button is missing on an old sweater? Or a small tear? She will go out to buy a button and sew on a patch before donating it to the Salvation Army. I myself as a guy would never even NOTICE missing buttons or a tear. Plus, of course, Sally's is getting it for free, right? But she is virtuous about it, with an eye for detail.
The other day the wife is like "I cleaned all the crumbs out of the microwave!" with that triumphant wifely tone...which goes hand in hand with that tone of "maybe you should clean crumbs out of the microwave sometimes yerself!". I am no dummy though, so I open the 'wave and to my masculine eyes it looks the SAME as it always does, but I enthuse "WOW! Amazing!". One of those white lies men need to practice...
That is why we have changed her weekly household tasks. The poor woman is a professional bookkeeper...and she is also MY bookkeeper. Obviously people who notice crumbs in the microwave are good with numbers. Her new weekly thing is now labeled SPECIAL PROJECTS. So she does our books and...whatever catches her eye*.... like yesterday? Scrubbing the dials on the stovetop with a q-tip. That one had never occured to me either, and naturally I was like "WOW! Amazing!" *(I suspect special projects will probably include, some weeks, following her husband around and redoing the sh!tty job he did on the dusting and vacuuming)
But today the difference between men and women seemed especially clear. The wife tells me with that triumphant tone "I stirred the peanut butter!", and you will recall that this tone has an element of "how come you never stir the peanut butter?".
I go through 2 jars of Wegman's organic chunky every week. I did NOT know you were supposed to...stir it? I thought you put it on things and ate it.
She continues "you know how its runny on top and thick on the bottom?" and I think to myself "well, it always spreads easily when it is a new jar but at the bottom is like old gorilla glue" and I thought it was just the way life was! Full of surprises!
I fake her out with "How clever! Stirring the peanut butter!" and she is like "it seperates, the oil stays on top and needs to be stirred down" and I am thinking "it does? Do they teach this in school and I was out that day?" but I fake her out again by saying "Wow! Amazing!" and I buy some time with "Hey, your hair sure is curly today!". Just don't get her started on the subject of TP and whether it hangs toward the wall or....gosh, just so long as it is there when you need it does it have to be aerodynamically placed? Anyway....
In other news, speaking of wives and marital cooperation, we made avocado quesadillas last night! GOOD golly that is yummy... basically, take any filling you like, and this time we did salsa, avocado and roasted potato, fold a bit into the middle of a tortilla NOT TOO FULL and fold it like an envelope, adding a bit of cheese (we use vegan cheese) to each fold, so that when you fry it in a pan it will melt and hold together into those cute little packages you see on my plate...about the tastiest thing on earth!
Note the wife's CURLY HAIR....
I also had an aging zuccini....I make so much zuccini bread when they are ripe in summer, but soooo good anytime....
have a great Monday!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Check out some recent frog pots and have a GREAT SUNDAY!
(new pottery by Gary Rith)
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The reporter is covering therapy dogs around Cornell and Ithaca....and PENNY specifically, if you can believe it!
They have a zillion good pictures to use. Here is what I told them:
(new mugs by Gary Rith)
Friday, March 22, 2013
(rolling car cup by Gary Rith)
You will recall I mentioned I had dreamt a mug shape. I made them in black, and the wife is like "make them blue and green!" and I did! Seen here and available at my etsy shoppe! have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The wife and I see the ewer or are they urns? In the paper last week and we are both like OOOOH!
So, I set out to make my own version....spent all morning fiddling around, good GOLLY I like them. Would hold soy sauce or oil or vinegar, with a cork on top!
|we are on the board at Longview!|
|You know I love mama-baby sculptures. Dig this PIG! With a piglet. Or as customers always joke when they see me do this: pig in a |
|pottery by Gary Rith|
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
WINTER. Sure. 15 degrees and snowing out there now, and all week. Yesterday midday it stopped long enough for all the snow to melt, sunny and warm, crazy March....not at all unusual, but, well, you do start to wish it would really and truly get warm!
I have a favorite winter hat. It is my only winter baseball cap--because in winter, by its very nature, it is usually too COLD to wear a baseball cap, and I usually have a woolen hat AND hood. But on winter days that are mild, this is my favorite! You will be unsurprised to see that it has a dog playing in snow on it.
That thing goes into the CLOSET TODAY dangit, winter BEGONE! Of course, there are what, 9? 12? baseball caps I wear in warmer weather....
This is the NWS graphic for Ithaca, no joke!
|In other news, Janet asks "I need a shark bowl for Ralphy, and could you make a shiba coffee cone filter and all???" Pottery by Gary Rith.|
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
You know Jen runs time warp Tuesday, right? A chance to share old pics? I have a different take this week. A new pic, but a very verrrrrry old toaster....which caught fire and died yesterday. My fire extinguisher was close to hand, but yanking the plug out of the wall did it. Maybe it was just a VERY BRIGHT shortout that looked like flames? No matter. It was over in less than a second, but never take cooking or appliances or anything for granted, right? Be careful out there!
ANYWAY. I have had this toaster 25 years! It has served me well, and I thought it would be fun to trace its history with me, and it way predates my married life.
I bought it in Marshall Fields in Chicago in 1988 because it had a new innovation, a wide slot so you could toast bagels or bread!
At that time I was a graduate student in special education at University of Illinois, Chicago, and Marshall Fields had just redone the store, with a FINE new kitchen section in the basement. I lived on North Broadway, a couple blocks from Lake Michigan.
It moved with me a couple blocks south, to Carmen St in 1990, then in 1991 we moved to Briar St near Wrigley Field...and me and the wife and toaster and my bachelor cat got together soon thereafter! What a great little family...and there was, usefully, a tremendous bagel joint around the corner that I loved.
The toaster and I...and my cat Sammy....moved down to the wife's apartment in 1992 when we got married. I had graduated with my masters by then and had taught since 1990 at Lighthouse for the Blind, which was quite near the wife's apartment, which was in Little Italy, surrounded by University of Illinois Chicago. We looked out the window and had a million dollar view of the Sears Tower...a good 2 bedroom apartment for 350 a month!
We got into sourdough. There were 2 Boudin sourdough bakeries in Chicago's Loop and we would get these big and beautiful rounds. My toaster turned out ideal, again, because it was not only wide for bagels, but could take really Looooooong slices too. We added Petey the dog to the family.
The toaster and the rest of our little family moved to Massachusetts to teach in 1994.
Our village was so utterly small...but it had a liquor store and....bagel shop! We got the day old bagels and kept that toaster busy, which remained true when we moved to New Hampshire in 1997. By 1999 we had 3 dogs and 2 cats, same wife and SAME TOASTER.
There was a great bagel joint in Concord, NH...and again, we would fill our freezer with day old bagels and keep the toaster busy every day.
Fast forward to 2006....the toaster is dirty and OLD and full of crumbs, but finds a nice place to hang out on the counter here in Ithaca.
We are down to one cat and one dog...same wife, SAME TOASTER.
I do not buy bagels much, instead as you might notice I bake all kinds of things. BUT, for example, with its dying breath, as it were, the toaster was ideal for toasting BIG and THICK slices of Irish soda bread...which I am about to have for breakfast...cold :(
In other news, I had a dream 2 weeks ago, and this black mug was in it. Carved base, wide handle. I woke up and tried to make it. First is on the left, 3rd on the right....got it right the third time! (a friend saw them Saturday and asked how they differed, they look the same, and I said "the third one is a little taller and a little narrower at the base, more like the one I dreamt--potters have a DAMN good eye for sizing things up, like, maybe also carpenters etc) I LOVE this mug...I added to the review I went to yesterday and plan to keep it (after all, it was in my dream!). The first 2 make a nice pair, for sale now with other groovy items at my etsy gallery!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Well, the broccoli and peppers in there were green!
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Me and Missus Tastycakes
ME, the TV interview :)
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