Monday, January 1, 2018


First words to greet the new year?  “Wake up!  The pipes are frozen!”

Happy New Year , one and all! 

As always, thanks for stopping by.......*s*

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Celebrate The Solstice

While we were putting lights on the tree yesterday the dragons arrived en masse and took up positions among the branches.

The days are getting longer, but winter is coming!

Wishing everyone joy and happiness in this season of peace.

As always, thanks for stopping by.........*s*

Sunday, December 10, 2017


We appear to have a new dragon in the house!

I will add more later.  Meanwhile, enjoy the day!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Preparing to Fire

I am so bad about taking and posting photos of my work after I fire it that I am trying to at least get pictures before stuff goes in the kiln.  These are more of the very small cups I call SIPPERS.  They are nice for a bit of whisky or cognac.

I use them for testing out new designs.  They are much smaller than my real mugs but they give me a sense of placement and color.  The odd coloration is due to the wax resist I use. The drawback is that they take almost as long to paint as my regular mugs and bowls. 

I have been truly enjoying the whole process of  painting.  It becomes very meditative when I really get into it.  

I find I have to remember to get up and move around every so often.  Otherwise I feel like I am frozen in one position.  Ah, the joys of growing older! 

And what would an entry be without a picture of at least one kitten.  This is Ringo, lying on Proge's lap last night.  It's hard to believe tha in August we could just barely touch him.  He now jumps up on my bed in thew morning to add his voice to the chorus demanding to be fed.

Grayby is becoming more trusting.  Last night she jumped up on my feet while playing, and she responds with purrs when I stroke her while she is eating.  She is such a neat, delicate little girl, where Ringo plops around looking like an unmade bed, even after brushing.

It's going to take Lucky Peach longer to trust us.  She's getting better, but it will take awhile.  Yet she shows no interest ingoing outside. She and the peach pits were absolutely clean when we brought everyone in.

I still think Aloysius yelling out the window is what brought her to us.


Happy Saint Nicholas Day to one and all.

As always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*

Monday, November 20, 2017

Santa Stages

This a post I never finished.....better late than.....

Various stages of Santa whistles.  Glazed and ready to fire.  Details added, ready to glaze.  Basic thrown forms.

I have been experimenting with various forms.  So far I like the basic cone best.  I just need to make it a little bigger.

Update:  They have all been fired and gone to the Holiday Sale at SCAA (South County Art Association).  Per usual, I forgot to take photos of the finished Santas!

Here's a shot of Ringo explaining to Peach why it's really okay to climb the tree.  No it isn't, you silly kitten.  It's a lime tree, with one inch thorns.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

As always, thanks for stopping by............*s*

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Santas Are Coming!

I've been having fun making a few Santa Whistles.  These are a taller and narrower form than I have made in the past.

I had not made any whistles in a while so it took me a few tries to get the whistle part going.  I think of it as warming up.

I start by throwing cones off the hump.  Once they have dried a bit I make the whistle in the base.  I like to make the whistle before I start adding the Santa parts.

Once the whistle has set up a bit more I add the beard, hat etc.  Now I wait until they are bone dry.  Then I glaze them and do a once fire'

These are terra cotta Santas; I will also make some in tan, and white bodies.  I have mixed success selling the brown and tan, but since to me Santa represent a spirit of giving, I believe that spirit come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.

I find the cone shape whether tall and narrow or short and plump can be made into  many different things, from my plump little beach ladies to pufferfish.

As always, thanks for stopping by...............*s*