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Saturday, July 30, 2016

so that was an incredibly great day….

Like I said, I was over at the Ithaca Artist Market at the Farmer's Market yesterday evening….

The farmer's market in Ithaca is on the lakefront and is a large and wonderful permanent structure.  It runs Saturdays and Sundays with the usual food, produce, and a bit of art.  The last Friday in July is ALL art…and music and a lot of other things too, and the weather was magnificent, and I had the chance to see EVERYBODY. Keep in mind it snows here 11 months out of the year, and this gives us all a chance to take off the parkas and stroll about and see each other…. And oh goodness, the crowds were huge…one acquaintance told me she and her not too quick husband had parked in some distant spot and walked for nearly an hour to get in, NO JOKE.

This is totally the best event of the year.

Usually you think organizers place different artists together, but probably because we had all unknowingly asked for certain spots there was a pottery row…my old pals Owen Mann and Jill Ackerman were next to me, which, and this is my HIGHEST praise, was exceedingly congenial…Owen makes the big beautiful flowers, Jill the pots….both of them, as you see, have those turquoise-ish greenish glazes there that I would probably KILL to get for myself ;)

Friday, July 29, 2016

OK. last pestering post about Artist Market...

YES, today.  Come see me at the Ithaca Artist market at the Farmer's Market, 2-8 pm! An unusual show time, people come for music and food and drinks and ART, art, ART.  Like mine.  Booth ten, in the middle, near the bathrooms!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Artist market tomorrow!

Friday 2-8 pm, come see 88 artists at the Ithaca Artist Market at the Farmer's Market, yeah!
I am in a new spot, number ten, by the bathrooms, come see me! And pots like this….

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

change of pace...

My work is all about throwing pots on the wheel, like bowls, mugs, etc, but sometimes I do some sculpting--I just LOVE sitting there with the music and the quiet meditation of making a piggy or cow, etc….and you can see right away what it is going to look like! In progress below….

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

one frog or another...

I wasn't the first or the last person to put a frog on a pot, but they are ALWAYS a good idea.  Like I said, I am readying entries to a show of exquisite little pots, and these 2 might be candidates...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

didn't realize beagles loved zucchini…..gluten-free pizza and zucchini bread

Like I said the other day, we were over at Amy's farmlet the other day and she loads us down with things like zucchini and broccoli.  I buy and eat so much broccoli all year long, do you have any idea how tasty fresh picked, local broccoli tastes??? YUM.  Anyway, the fridge was full but being quickly emptied out as we eat this lovely stuff….yesterday, 2 loaves GF zucchini bread (made with walnuts not choco chips) and GF broccoli pizza, mmmmmm….
and whoa! Who knew, little beagles love zucchini…well, she eats nearly everything, I guess….

Saturday, July 23, 2016

small, but maybe a big deal...

As I mentioned yesterday, I am entering a cup competition now and a competition in a show this fall for very small and exquisite items.  I can definitely try to do that! This was my first idea for an entry.  I will be making more….

Friday, July 22, 2016

putting on your A game

I have entered a few competitions in my career. I am entering 2 this late summer, including a cup competition today.  These are my 5 entries.  The fun thing about these, whether you win a spot in the exhibit or further, win a prize, is that you rise to the challenge, making a bunch of awesome work, maybe with new ideas along the way.  In the case of this show, the above mug was a new idea, the dragons below too…SO, win or lose in the show, I have already won big time, frankly :)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dilll and Daisy...

Amy has this awesome little farmlet and we went over there yesterday and she gave us a mountain of lettuce, hot peppers, broccoli and squash she had grown…well, as you can imagine, I spent NO TIME amongst the crops because of Daisy and Dill who love me…..

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

some new mugs and ideas for them...

YES, I have been monkeying around with mugs…above you see the waves that I started carving into pieces going HORIZONTAL.  I had been making them vertical, as below, and wanted to know if I could do horizontal, which is, DUH, easier than vertical…and using that dark teal, yeOW! That glaze combo is looking GOOD….plus other work, and thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

he brought flowers

I was gonna post earlier about the clown show in Cleveland, but it makes my blood boil and probably yours too, so I waited to post until I dug FRESH and NEW pots and sculpture out of the kiln.

Like this cute bunny wall piece, holding flowers!

Monday, July 18, 2016

me and the (little) Mets….

It is our great fortune that the NY Mets have a minor league team near us in this tidy little stadium in Binghamton which has  great seats and great prices….how could my dad and I resist a game, especially since it was grandfather's day and he got a FREE ticket?  Weather was perfect, game was perfect (well, back and forth with the Mets losing 7-6…it was SO close and exciting) and there were mascots all over the place and TRAINS, yes, TRAINS go through the outfield….
Huge freight trains all day, BONUS!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

baking pizza with cats...

The wife was out with a friend and returned as I began to bake a pizza…she had all kinds of garden bounty from the friend's farmlet, like fresh broccoli, radishes and garlic!  Which went right into dinner….GOSH summer is awesome :)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

baking with beagles….

Friday was not AS HOT as it has been lately, and the larder needed a refresh…so I baked Bob's one to one GF flour choco chip cookies (recipe on the bag!) which a re a favorite of the wife's and GF on a shoestring's banana bread….I have said before that if I was on death row, my last meal would be banana bread and peanut butter, mmmmm….

Friday, July 15, 2016

the tale of the elephant in the PJs….

This rather cool sugar bowl has been kicking around the studio for 2 years…some things I don't exactly rush out the door, but let sit around to keep me company, you know?  A woman bought a recent elephant teapot
saying "I really want a creamer with a spout and lid, like this small teapot, perfect! How about a sugar bowl?" and this sugar bowl is a size and glaze color match, so we had a deal….. LUCKY HER!

In other news, doodling away…...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

this is working out pretty well….

So, you know, wanting to make wavy-groovy patterns on pots, like waves, is working out pretty well as an idea….

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

back into it...

Yes.  Me and my plum purple finger got back into work Tuesday, making mugs like this, actually, with the wavy groovy thing going on…I am trying, as you see, a different color inside and around the top in addition to the all celadon approach, cool, eh?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Yogi and Kiko...

I was babysitting Yogi yesterday…which was good, as I was so tired I could do little else, plus I managed to crunch my fingers, one of which turned into a purple plum…and we went over to see Kiko.  Kiko's family has an extraordinary garden….
today my plum and I will resume making pots, hopefully….

Monday, July 11, 2016

really good and really glad it is over….

OH MY a great 3 day fair weekend.  You have heard enough about it, thanks to you that visited!
I had so much fun.  The weather was really good, the crowd was really good, sales were really good, it was sooooo much fun.  Saturday was especially picture perfect and the music lineup was superb.

You love these events, but good golly you're tired at the end :)

This blog is always all about me, right?  Me and my little self-centered self.  But we bought art this weekend.  The wife knows this painter we met last year…he does these extraordinary little things.  Last we got a pear painting, loving it from the hundreds on offer, it was so striking.  It happened again, but the color scheme is a little different…who knew pears could be magic? :)

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