Saturday, December 1, 2012

Works in progress

I am currently working on new birdhouse designs.  Now I have to decide if I should clear coat or try some new glazes I just purchased.  So many options...........should I go "funky" or stay "earthy"?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Burning the Barrel

It has been quite awhile since my last posting.  Busy, busy.  Who knew retirement would mean more  to do.

I wasn't able to get as much "potting" done as I would have liked, but I did get one barrel firing done and finally uploaded to You Tube.  I must find a faster way to upload!  This one is only about 7 minutes long but seemed to take hours to get uploaded.

 You can see the video at: Barrel firing October 15, 2012 

A friend and fellow potter Colette joined me in this firing and added some of her pots to the mix.  She had not done this type of firing before, but found a lot of information online and was quite knowledgeable about how to wrap the pots etc.  Her pots all turned out great and I am happy with mine as well.  I had a couple crack, but in both cases the pot was being re-fired so maybe they were not strong enough to stand another round of heating and cooling.  While the barrel was burning we threw a few items for the next kiln load.

My next project will be to work with some residents of our local Seniors home.  The activities director has requested some help involving them in clay art.  I am looking forward to spending some time with them and encouraging them to let their inner child out to play in the mud.

 I have many ideas that I want to work on this coming winter including some hand building with slabs.  I am presently trying to covert an old laundry wringer ( remember those??) to a slab roller.  Wish me luck and stay tuned for pictures!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Great weekend!

The Parkland Artisan Tour is over for another year. I met and visited with many nice people, sold a few pieces and had a relaxing time.......well except for the gale force winds on Sunday that threatened to blow my shelter away. Thanks to everyone who came out to see our treasures and to those who took some home with them. Hopefully, you will enjoy your memories of our tour and come back again some day. Now, I am off to the lake for a couple days, then off to Calgary, then home with grand kids for a fun filled month. Then it will be time to get my hands in the mud again and get some pots made for the barrel firing I am planning for July. Life is so good!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May Musings

In spite of being a "retired" person, I am finding I don't have a s much time as I want to play in the mud.  Once seeding time on the farm is finished I should have more opportunity to make mud magic!  I managed one glaze load, but some new glazes didn't turn out well, so I will be doing a "re-fire"

As there was not enough room in the kiln for all the bisque, this works out fine. I will fire some bowls and re-fire some items from the first load.  Here's hoping........

The Parkland Artisan Tour is fast approaching!  It is the 1st weekend in June this year.  I was hoping to have a barrel firing done for that, but it may not happen.

For the birds

Wren House

Friday, May 4, 2012

Retired and ready to fire!

I fired a bisque load yesterday. This kiln load has deep salad bowls, bird houses, owls and many test tiles for some new glaze combos. The Parkland Artisan Tour is the first weekend in June this year and I am participating once again. The big change for me this year is that I Am Retired!!! I hope to have much more time to pursue this hobby and hopefully take it up a notch! I hope to try some new ideas, do more barrel firings, and spend time with other potters exploring new things.