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Friday, July 26, 2013


I slept like the dead and, well, got up early for a lot of reasons....I always get up EARLY, so for me, getting up early is maybe, for some people, unspeakably early, like 3 something....but there are GOOD REASONS!  Like, a little coffee cake and coffee and the company of my cat Spike, but :

This is a huge outdoor event held near my house at Ithaca farmer's market on the lakefront in their permanent outdoor pavilion.  Music, food, booze, art!  YES, I am ready, you will recall I was at a fair a couple of weeks ago and, well, never really unloaded the vehicle, so I toss in a couple more things and HUZZAH!  Drive down the street a bit and sell sh!t to all my friends....LIKE THE 2nd reason I got up extra early!
Remember a couple of days ago, I was showing you a hippo bowl I made??? I put it into the kiln still a bit damp, fired it for about 36 hours real sloooow for the first firing so it wouldn't BLOW UP then glaze fired Thursday...and here tis! Oh my....I am VERY pleased...better shots of it and other nice bowls another time (btw, it took so long to make, as I was constructing it I was like "this is small but its gonna cost a MINT" and I was thinking, like, 50 or 60 bucks, probably settling on 55 which is a lot for a small bowl, but it IS cute!)

FINALLY the last reason I got up early?  WELL, (in my dream) I was in the Oval Office chatting with the president.  We were gazing out the window, companionably enjoying the view, (I didn't know we were such good friends) and I told him "I am such a hyper and nervous person, how do you stay so CALM?  I really admire your cool demeanor".

(above, before and after firing to 2200 degrees and below, the sketch becomes the reality!)

Have a great weekend and come see me today if you can!


Barbara Rogers said...

Wish I were in your hood. In the meantime, have a great time, good weather and lots of fun (oh, and sales too!)

bartster said...

So, how the the dream end? What did your presidential pal suggest?

Bet he can't cook, make pots, or do the stuff you do!

Lori Buff said...

Looks like it's going to be a great weekend for you. So glad the hippo pot didn't blow up.

smartcat said...

Toes crossed for an excellent day. Looks like sun for you. It's too far for a day trip so I'll be with you virtually.
Did the president ever tell you how he stays so calm?

~ Sil in Corea said...

Good fortune at the Art Market! Have fun and sell lots!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

all the stuff in that firing = PERFECTO, luckily :) loaded them still warm into boxes! Re: Prez--see, that is the thing, he just smiled knowingly and I woke up!

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Wish I could come to the art fair/farmer's market today! That sounds like great fun. I'd bring you a bourbon. And of course, I'd buy lots of pots!

Michèle Hastings said...

All that work is definitely worth $55! Hope you had a great sale.

Emily SIL said...

Looks like Spike has his weekend all planned!

Busy Bee Suz said...

You and the Prez? BFF's!!!
3 is super early. Almost like going to bed late the night before??? I'm not a morning person....I'm not sure if Spike is either.
Best of luck!

Catherine said...

Just tell me... Is that a teapot in the sketch?!!! I love it!
The market looks super fun.

JB said...

I have been trying to explain the importance and value in preconstruction drawings to my TAFE (Technical and further education)sculpture students. I would like to show them a few posts where you refer to your sketch book and how important it is for you as a practising artist. So I guess I am asking for your permission to do so. They are in such a rush all the time and I would like them to slow down and consider what they are trying to achieve, and how they are going to do it.

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