Wednesday, April 12, 2017

a prelude to Easter 2017...

Hi there!

Isn't this the cutest pic?  While I was sitting here trying to think of something to write about, I was going through pics and came across this one. With Easter just a few days away, I decided it would be appropriate.

Here's a few others that I took over on campus. As I was leaving the pottery studio yesterday, I saw this little family out on the water... enjoying the beautiful weather.

a closer look shows 8 little goslings!

I thought they might swim off when I got closer, but they were actually turning towards me. Guess they are used to students on the campus... maybe hoped to get some bread?

When I left the studio, the finished pieces on my shelf were as follows:

a strange looking pitcher

a few bowls and cups  

                       ... and more of my little critters

And on the greenware cart, I left a few mugs and items that I was playing around with.

These pieces need to be fired for me to see what I plan to do with them next. The mugs are made with a clay called Spectacular... which comes out spotted. the other items are made with paper clay.

And lastly, here's my darling Tux... making himself comfortable in the middle of my messy computer room floor.

Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Still playing with clay...

It's Wednesday and DH and I are home. And for various reasons we can't walk at the mall nor do our neighborhood crime patrol. But we did make a run to the grocery earlier where I picked up 2 lovely red bell pepper plants to start a veggie area on the south side of our house. We've never been able to grow much in the back (...except feral cats and kittens) due to all the trees and shade, but I decided that perhaps I would do a "potted" garden on the south side by our driveway. It's fenced in and it would give me a chance to see if things would grow there.

And of course since I'm stuck at home (and it's too soon to do any heavy Easter cleaning), I'm playing around with clay a bit. 

clay nesting chicken

clay chicks

roughed out clay duck

Sometimes I *rough out* a critter and then decide to leave him that way...  I may do that with this duck.

While I was playing with the clay in the front room (which still has the remnants of my quilting recently), Julie and Tux made themselves comfortable on the big chair by the fireplace. They looked so comfy that I took a picture to share with you. 

Julie and Tux

And I have to show you this because I love it so...  a very good friend of mine that has pushed me for years to have some things published actually used Word Publisher and made me a copy of one of my stories. 

my book!!

I've had manuscripts around here for years of stories I've written, but never wanted to go to the trouble of marketing. But I have to admit it is an amazing feeling to see your work in *book form*... with your name (Sheri Hart is my pen name) on it.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

3 day pottery workshop...

This past week we had a visiting Artist give a 3 day workshop on crystal glazes. Since I've only been into pottery for a few years, most of what he said was 'beyond' me, but his lectures and demos were very entertaining and interesting. Here are a few photos of some of the test tiles and pieces done with our experimental glazes.

cooling in kiln

Some of the pieces where the crystal glazes came out well...

A few more pieces that I particularly liked

The next pic is of one of my Raku pieces that was done a few weeks ago ... not anything special, but I was pleased with how it came out. Raku is kind of unpredictable

You can't see it very well, but the cone, beak, and side of the face came out kind of copper colored.

I've only tried Raku one other time about a year ago. Some didn't come out too great, but 2 came out interesting.

And before I sign off for the evening, these 2 young feral cats come to our back kitchen door every morning. Their little faces pop up like clockwork when we walk into the kitchen for our coffee. We have started calling them Cisco and Poncho as they are always hanging out together. Aren't they sweet?

Cisco and Poncho