Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gerry has been photographing the drama John Edwards creates since 2005, and finally today, the jury ended the nonsense trial that has been dragging Gerry out of the house at 5am for too many mornings. Also over, at least for a couple of weeks of vacation, are basketball games, hockey, football, golf, Nascar, storms.....when did sports and celebrities become such a focus for news organizations I wonder? I remember when Gerry used to shoot real photojournalism stories and now all he shoots is sports. Why is this such an important thing in our world? Surely there are important and interesting stories my husband, who is one of the most talented photographers I know, could be shooting......
Anyway, here is a little clip from one of the slow days when the news media could find nothing else to report on but themselves and Ger got interviewed. He's in the green shirt, black glasses, the really hot guy:)
We were married in Myrtle Beach 27 years ago on June 1, met five years before that in college, and we have been best friends for all that time (well most of it anyway, haha. Here's to at least 27 more years!!!! We have some friends we have known since college coming to the Lark and Key show tomorrow night, so if you are there and we are loud, I'll go ahead and say, sorry, but we like to have fun, ok?!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
There won't be any more made until late June or early July, I'm taking a break! Not from blogging, just from house building!
Friday, May 25, 2012
" Uh no, it's actually an assault rifle", replied Laura. Wes and I snorted, and the poor nice lady left the table probably somewhat confused by all of us, haha! We're an odd bunch, but fun to be with! Somebody has to make edgy art! and Laura does it very well....
His wife, Vicki had some very beautiful fiber art also, although very difficult to photograph. It was wonderful to look at though.
Thanks Bob and Laura for a great dinner and a fun time!!!!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
LARK AND KEY GALLERY
And I have a lot more work there now!
Tomorrow I have to take work to Raleigh for another show I am in and then I am done with all this work stuff and plan to have some play time for a few weeks, YAY! I'll still be around for a little while though.....
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The set of chairs finally made it out in one piece and they are one their way to Charlotte tomorrow for the Lark and Key show.
It is so fun when people come by my studio and I get to show them how I make the things they are buying from me. We had a very nice visit and it's nice to know that one more of my pieces will have a happy home!! I'm sure I probably talked way too much to them! I have been very alone in my studio these past weeks. Wesley comes out to cheer me on every now and then, and that is most appreciated. It's nice to have someone to ask their opinion when I am working on something. But she is about it, so it was fun for me to get some reaction on my pieces for Lark and Key from people I don't really know.
Those pieces are now packed up and ready to go. I'll be driving them down to Charlotte tomorrow and that is the last of my clay making until after our vacation!
Enjoy your new home, sweet little girl :)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
"Styx" for this one, so Styx it is!
I had a taller finial on this one at first, but it made it look so tall and off balance that I changed it to this door knob that Meredith gave me, and it looks much more balanced. I really like this piece. It was a bitch to get all the nails lined up and even. I did a test firing with some of the nails but they turned blue and lost the rust, so if I use the nails, I will have to add them after firing. They did hold up to the temp though, so that's good to know....
I made a few tiles for the ^6 and used the carbon trap shino. Not much carbon trapping going on, but they are nice and subtle
This one has moose hair from Denali that Cindy Shake sent me, wrapped in wool from Virginia that Anna Branner sent. This is a fun tile!
Yesterday I finished up these vase houses for the V is for Vase show in July. I bought a bunch of test tubes and little bottles at the scrap exchange some time ago and they are perfect for these, since they won't hold water. I just made holes in the tops of the vestibules for the test tubes and the chimney on the middle one holds the little bottle. Thanks to all of you for suggestions a while back when I first posted about this show and what to do. You all gave me some great ideas to build on!!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I am loving this little barn on the right, the surface is wonderful, lots of depth, if only my poor old camera would focus on what I wanted it to and not what it wants to! The piece below with the key is a new cobalt terra sig that turned out really great too. BTW, thanks for all the suggestions for names for the door knob piece, but I was listening to some Led Zeppelin when I was polishing it and decided to name it Bustle in a Hedgerow, sort of a nod to Stairway to Heaven. This piece seems so british and medieval to me for some reason.....
Have a good week everyone, I'll be in the studio all week!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Copper Salt, shino inside, raku clay
Pete's Weathered Blue/Temmoku, raku clay
Spodumene, brownstone clay
Spodumene, raku clay
Shino inside, soda ash wash outside which gave the cup a nice wood fired look, raku clay
This was one of the few of my cups that wasn't white, love this cup!
Malcolms Red shino, Starwhite clay
Pete's Weathered Bronze,temmoku inside, raku clay, thick application
Heywood shino, raku clay
See? Everything is white, but I like it, just touches of rust here and there, nice...
This was a test tile. It had white terra sig and the pear was avocado terra sig. It mostly burned off and left this toasty color.
If you want any of the recipes, you can easily google them, they are all pretty common studio glazes and easy to find. If you can't find them, I will be happy to send them but it will be a while before I get back to you, I have a crazy few weeks coming up. I can't share the Heywood shino and the Biscayne, because they are Barbara's personal glazes and I would have to ask her.
Hope this has some interest for you, a big change of pace from what I have been doing, but the learning process never ends for me and this was a great exercise.
Thanks to the cat and me, the last two chairs I made fell apart, so I made three more. There is a reason things fall apart, it's like natural selection. These are much better versions although it took me the better part of the day to make them. I also made molds of the arms and legs so I can have more if I choose to torture myself with making more of them!
The one on the right is all glued back together, it's a mess, so I will just keep it for myself. Have you ever tried gluing legs on something? What a pain in the A#%!
I'll be back later with some photos and ^6 redux info for you, stay tuned.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I have been trying to come up with a name for this piece, and there you have it, Lundy Jane.
It is so hard trying to come up with names for pieces for gallery shows, some just come naturally but sometimes I get stuck and then just call it house #1 or something equally not creative. Thanks to you bloggers for all the inspiration you send my way!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Wool nest from blogger Anna Branner
still have a few more to finish.... more later