Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Blizzard 2010!!!!

It actually snowed here yesterday. They said it was going to, and I didn't believe them. Coworkers bailed to run to the store for the essentials (beer, bottled water, bread, milk, and toilet paper) and I laughed. Then at some point Friday evening, I peeked outside my chamber door to find... it was snowing!

I checked again around 3 am to find that we actually had accumulation.

Then I peeked outside on Saturday morning and found actual snow! Here, in coastal North Carolina!

My Jeep was not amused.

Well trained little Northerner that I am, I went out and shoveled the porch steps and the sidewalk. Everyone else's sidewalks were just tromped down, which bothered me quite a bit. When I got to the studio, I muttered about it and got laughed at - no one here shovels. No one here even owns a snow shovel. By the time I left the studio, around 5 pm, the snow had melted from the roads and the sidewalks. *sigh* That was time well spent. I could have spent more time on my snowman.

I do wish I'd thought to take pictures of all of the snowmen around here. Every yard (including, I must confess, my own) had at least one snowman. It was like we'd been invaded. Some of them leaned a bit, and they sported an interesting assortment of headgear and accessories, but they were EVERYWHERE. No matter how different we all are, sometimes you just have to go play in the snow.

But enough of this silliness, it's time for Spring. Bring on the warm weather!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

In The Kiln Now...

My friend P has been doing some neat things with leaves at the studio. She's made some neat coasters that I really liked, but I've been so busy at the wheel that handbuilding just wasn't going to happen. Then a few weeks ago, another coworker let us borrow his kids for an afternoon in the studio. Neither of us were crazy enough to let them loose on the wheel, so we had handbuilding day in the studio. This was my chance!

We have a large new slab roller at the studio, which is quite cool. We rolled out sheets of clay, handed over a bunch of cookie cutters and let the kids come up with whatever they wanted. While they played, I did too. I used a round cookie cutter, and then pressed a variety of leaves into the clay. The leaves burned off in the bisque fire, leaving an impression. Fuzzy leaves are the best. Then I painted them with rust oxide and then rinsed it back off. It stayed in the cracks and crevices, highlighting the leaves. Anywho, these are the car coasters I made.

These are all in the kiln now. The first three should have gone into the kiln before Christmas, but I got distracted and forgot them. The colored ribbons and the tree are now covered in clear glaze. The lily will be blue and will hopefully look kind of watercolor-ish. The red one was also covered in clear glaze. I should pick them up on Friday, along with the several other things now glazed.