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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Friday fun...




young black feral in tree 
It's been rainy pretty much this week... so our backyard is muddy and wet.  The young black ferals like to climb the trees... sometimes chasing squirrels, sometimes just playing around.


A few hand-built pieces done at home: more fun with relief carving in clay

candle holder that have "luv U" and a soap dish with a flower on one side


same soap dish with inside carving

closer view of flower carving

I also did a few carved jewelry pieces...





These are just carved in greenware... and have only 2 coats of under-glaze so far, then they'll be fired to bisque, then glaze only on front side and fire again. The unglazed side can be dabbed with essential oils... and used as a necklace, key holder, or whatever.

We had a workshop with a visiting artist today. We're creating a clay mural that when finished will be put up on one of the studio walls. It's about 4-5 foot long by maybe 18 inches tall. We laid out the slabs and worked some on the landscaping part today. Tomorrow we're supposed to complete it. If we do finish it, I'll try to get some pics to post.  Some of the things I learned today was working with Sodium silicate and pouring slip molds.

I also recovered my under-glazed tiles from the kiln and hope to get them glazed with a two translucent glazes I bought - a celadon (green) and a snow (blue). We actually learned a new glazing technique from the workshop. It involves pouring on under-glazes with a spouted bottle, then spraying it off with a spritz bottle, let it dry, then do it again with another color. 



bisqued tiles


On another thought: My daughter called yesterday evening to ask me if DH and I would be interested in watching her *sky dive* one day soon. My first thought was, "WHAT?" "WHY?" "WHEN?"

As it turns out, she is considering joining a bunch of people from work who decided to do this. We never knew that she had ever considered doing this. I had - when I was a lot younger - but now, the interest has flown (no pun intended). I told her that she needed to think this over carefully and if she really wanted to do it or would regret not doing it, then sure, go ahead. But it wasn't a decision to be taken lightly as there is *risk* involved.

As a mom, I would have loved to have said, "Oh God, no! Please don't do this", but I know that it really must be her decision... 



*new post on "Mulberry Days"...* 

17 comments:

  1. you won't catch me sky diving, not then not now, can't wait to see the mural, your carved pieces look great

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I'm having fun with them.

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  2. She's talking about making a skydive with an instructor, a tandem jump. She won't be alone on the dive, and if anything happened to her, it would also happen to her instructor, so it's pretty safe. Not risk free, but close. :-)

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    1. Yes, it would be a tandem jump... but she's still my little girl (even at 45). I did however, go back and read your post about your first jump... and how much it meant to you. I wouldn't want to deny her that as long as she's sure.

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  3. I'll say, "Oh, god, don't do it." LOL. You're right, though, if she'll regret NOT doing it, then she needs to go ahead, with the proper prep and safety precautions, obviously.

    BTW, as usual, I'm impressed with your creativity and abilities.

    And Master Feral sure is cute in that tree!

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    1. Kim, the young ferals go up and down those trees like it was nothing. They do look cute... like little black panthers looking down at you.

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  4. Your latest clay things are really lovely and creative. Be sure to post when they are all glazed, baked and finished.

    Your daughter's skydiving sounds terrifying (to me) and i can imagine how much you'd like to dissuade her. But the thing to remember about it is that you only hear about the ones that go tragically wrong and not the many, many jumps that come off without a hitch. The likelihood of anything bad happening is not that great. Try not to worry----easy to say, hard to do, I know.

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    1. Thanks, Vic. It will be her decision. I won't interfere.

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  5. My son said to me before his first sky dive, "this is the hardest thing I have ever had to do."
    Have had to do?? Who is forcing you?? You don't have to do it.
    "Yes, yes I do."

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    1. That is an interesting observation, Olga.

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  6. You made me think of my daughter buying a motorcycle. I calmly gave her the same speech. (I make sure every time my license comes for renewal they don't overlook my motorcycle endorsement. Not that I could swing my leg over one any more.)

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    1. Joanne, we were talking about riding motorcycles at the studio yesterday. I only rode on the back of one once - in Biloxi, Mississippi (when I was in college). But apparently several women at the studio still ride and love it.

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  7. You are really very creative, making all those lovely objects.
    Do you DJan’s blog? She is a keen skydiver.

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    1. Thanks, Friko. And yes, I follow DJan's blog. And I think sky-diving is a wonderful sport... just had never thought of my daughter doing it.

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  8. What a wonderful activity to use all your senses each time you make even a small soap dish! I envy those of you who keep trying new things.

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  9. It is a joy to do these things, Rosaria. I'm sure there are lots of things you do that give you the same joy.

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  10. I love all the beautiful things you're making there! is that a bee I spy?

    Young kitty looks very happy in the tree. Cats are such great climbers.

    And hope the skydive goes okay. One thing I would NEVER do!! Waaay too chicken.

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