Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How the weather changes history

This piece was one of 5 larger sculptures I made in my senior year of college. The clay body is a self-glazing white stoneware fired to cone 10 with Lansmen Fake Ash glaze. I broke it last year when we moved and the broken pots go into the garden.

It's been cold and snowy here the past few days. The kids have been out of school all week, Monday for MLK and then 2 snow days. At least I avoided the showdown with Allison's teacher who, as of last Friday, had not yet decided whether or not her class would be watching the Inauguration. Jay rolled his eyes when I told him I would keep her out of school for the day AND take it up with the School Board. I can get a little big for my britches and also get into some trouble when it comes to advocating for my kids.

Anyway, I couldn't see the keyboard for tears of joy yesterday. Those tears have been saved from 2001 when it should have been Al Gore. The kids didn't know what to think. Maybe by the time they are in HS History class they'll get the aha moment and understand why Mom was crying.

I'm dying to get back to work, but this week doesn't look promising. I need 2-3 days in a row to complete one batch of bowls. I run into problems when I am unable to get back to the pieces I have thrown within a day. If they dry too much, altering is out so it merely makes more clay to reclaim. Not my favorite task.

So, I have shelved my plans of firing a cone 6 reduction kiln by the end of January. I do have another Clay Clubber interested in helping me fill the kiln for a cone 6 later this spring. For now, the heart bowls I've made for Etsy for Valentine's will be electric fired. Since that's the case, I have plenty to fill the electric kiln.

So, since I haven't been potting and the kids only want/need me half of the time, I've been spending way too much time on facebook. I have been catching up with folks from high school who I only see at reunions. It really does make the world smaller. Will you be my fb friend?

1 comment:

  1. Your works are beautiful and pottery is one of my favorite art forms.

    I see you're on Etsy. It's such a cool site. So many artists and interesting works.

    Thanks for visiting my site and for following...I'll try to keep you entertained.