Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Catching Up

Sometimes it takes me a while.  The bottom picture is the unfired sippers I did last December.  I sold a few of them so in the top photo I only have four of the finished ones to show.  The photo isn't great but it gives a pretty good idea of what the finished sippers look like.

Winter is still the doldrums.  I have been dealing with fighting off the edge of a cold.  Yes it's a cold and not the flu.  I haven't had a cold in years so I have forgotten what it is like.  Mostly I just want to lie around like a sloth.

Toes crossed everyone is enjoying good health.

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

Sunday, February 4, 2018

To Market, To Market

To market, to market to buy a fat pig:
Home again, home again jiggetty jig.

Only I altered the rhyme at bit.
To market, to market to court a fine pig.
Home again, home again jiggetty jig.

This is how I paint my pots.  I am using Spectrum #799 Majolica white.  It will be fired about ^05-04.
I am once firing this as it's a test of a new design.  Working on unfired clay for this length of time is risky at best.  The challenge is not destroying the mug by adding too much wet glaze, and stains at once.  However 799 once fires beautifully so I am not expecting any problems there.  (HAH!  Those may be famous last words.)

This is a new design so I have laid it out in detail.  If I am using a design that is an old friend I simply put in a few marks as a guide.  This is drawn with a soft drawing pencil.

 The base colors are laid out.  I will go back and add a bit more color where I think it is needed.  I want a Clear Line style do I am not adding a lot of shading.

 I wax all my designs before adding my background colors.  Tedious but worth it.

The grass and sky are added.  The sky is a pale blue I mixed, thinned to almost a wash.  I rub and blend with a finger if I want to get rid of brush marks'

These were taken in a different light so the wax doesn't show up as much.  This batch was tinted with green food coloring so I could see where I brushed it.

Ready to fire, which may be a while as I am taking my time.

We are having a gray, chilly day.  I am planning to spend it inside making small whistles.  I want to try firing them in the top of our Jotul wood burner.  We'll see about this one, Grasshopper..........

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

Saturday, February 3, 2018


They have taken their own sweet time but finally my amaryllis are blooming.  At least a few are, but  with nothing like the profusion of blooms I had last year.

I think they probably need repotting next fall.

I am forcing Angelique tulips..I used to do this very successfully years ago.  I don't know why I stopped, but it's worth a try.

The flowers that bloom in the spring tra-la!

As always thanks for stoppiing by.........*s*

Monday, January 1, 2018


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

Happy New Year , one and all! 

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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!

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

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*