Measuring 10″ tall 10 1/2″ wide, this piece has neutral colors on the outside and turquoise inside. 2. This pot measures 8″ wide and 9 1/2″ across. 3. Notice the mismatched round handles to create interest. Measures 20 1/2″tall and … Continue reading →
Located 90 miles south of Kansas City on 69 highway sits a stone house built in 1865. It was first used as an office to load fresh fruit which was then hauled to town. Later it was used to house workers at the colonial motel. For awhile it was used for junk storage. Now it is a magical place for me to create & show my clay work. The first time I touched the clay I immediately saw a big pantry filled with pots made by me. So I named my space The Pot Pantry. Each time I enter the stone house, I feel the presence of those that built it. I thank them for building this rock house strong enough to withstand the test of time. I have a wheel & can throw pots. Perfectly round pots bore me & I prefer to hand build my pieces. That makes each piece one of a kind & totally my design. I created mugs for our local cancer group personalized with names of loved ones either fighting the cancer battle or in memory of a loved one that has died. I work with 4-H kids on their fair projects, many of whom have taken their clay masterpiece to the state level. Workshops are offered, art fairs are attended, competitions are entered & won, the clay is my world. Please visit my photo gallery for more of my work. All work shown is for sale. That changes daily & some pieces might not be available.
As I ponder over todays blog I am thinking, do I tell it as it is or do I put a spin on it to make it more appealing. Guess this is one of my more thinking days. Well as you all know I hardly ever think it over too much, no matter what the task at hand is at the moment. I didn’t really have a completely full load of glaze work to fire this week end. But enough that I wanted to get it done. A couple of pieces promised to others that I wanted to finish and give. So I spent a day and a half glazing (which is my utmost unpleasant thing to do) and loaded the kiln. Note: my kiln is having minor issues, only will fire to a strong cone 5 then reads FTH. I looked that up in the manual, it says the kiln is not heating to the programed setting. OK, well perhaps if I do a 15 minute hold.? That might give me a cone 6. Didn’t happen, however most glazes say fire to cone 4-6. So 5 works right? Makes sense to me!!!!! Cut to the chase here Bobbi, the top shelf of pots looked pretty good. Meaning they were pretty and good. I was smiling. The second shelf was one of those uh huh moments when I said “dang” no high five on this. The bottom shelf was a strong “dang it” which was stronger language than the second shelf. The worst part of this whole firing was I knew better and did it anyway. Like copper wire that melted off the piece and now is firmly stuck to the shelf. This is the whole lesson of todays blog. I did give the pieces to those waiting for them. In my mind they were horrible and I should have buried them in the flower garden. In the eyes of those that received them, they were beautiful. Who of us is to say what is beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I definitely will remake those two pieces and make them beautiful to me. Will they be received with gratefulness or will they say “what’s bobbi’s problem. I liked the first one better” But I must make arrangements with someone smarter than me that can read a manual and reprogram my kiln before I fire another load.
My Dad said that time would go faster as I got older. I was 16 and thought he did not possibly know as much as I did. Guess what—he was a wise man. I woke up this morning and realized that Sept isn’t that far off. Art in the Yard is looming on the horizon and I had better start getting ready for the event. My mind has now turned back on from being in hibernation for 3 months and I am so excited to find new artists to fill my 4 acres of green space. Actually have several ideas to make this event one to remember. No craft stuff, only hand crafted art. And music, food, but most of all FUN. Dance in the driveway, smile with BBQ sauce on your face, listen to the water fountain as you stroll around, oh yes and the bagpipes are returning, seriously, please put Sept 14th on you calendar so you don’t miss it.
St Martin Acadamy young men spent time in the magical rock house this fall and created masterpieces. Of course, I invited them to eat and boy, they do know how to eat. Cooking for 20 hungry boys made me happy. They are so considerate, funny, and have manners. So thank you St Martin’s for sharing them with me.
Thrusday is a special day—yes it’s valentine day. HK always brought me balloons and hid them all over the house just watching to see which one I found first. One year the balloon was tied to a huge basket and covered over half of the room. I wanted to climb in that basket and take a trip to the skies. So friends I cannot see—Embrace those that you love and that love you. Give an extra long hug, say I LOVE YOU, watch the sun set, have a picnic in the back yard. Buy your special person a balloon. It always made me so happy.
And yes, I have 2 kiln loads of pots to fire and glaze. And some broken tree limbs from the ice storm last week to pick up. Guess I better get busy. So until we meet again—————-
Bad news–good news. Today I had tickets to the dinner theater in KC. Horrid weather so I can’t go. Bad news. That gives me a chance to catch you up on events at the rock house. Good news. What a year this has been. Lots of activity in my life. The Art in the Yard event was a huge success. Hundreds of people filled my yard. Those that could not come are now personally letting me know that they will not miss it next year. Wait–I thought this was a one time event. NOT I guess. Larry, our tourism director, has already put it on his calendar for Sept 14, 2019. So I agreed to do the event one more time and then pass the baton to someone else. I will/am on the look out for more talented people to join us in Sept. Remember the group of boys from St Martins Academy that performed with the bagpipes? They are coming to the rock house this week to try their hand in clay. My way of saying thank you to them for sharing in my event. Everyone loved the bagpipes, the orchestra, and all the other stuff they saw here.
Also remember I mentioned I had no more shows to do until next April. Well that didn’t hold water either, I was asked to put together a pop up art event at our local brewery this week. I did—-both the home craft beer and the art was well received . Then I was asked to participate in an event in Pittsburg next Sat. and could I find more artists for that. Of course, I said. So off I go next week to show my pottery to a whole new group of people.
Staying at the brewery all day Fri. and Sat. gave me an opportunity to meet a whole lot of people I did not know. Visiting with BE has opened a window for sharing my clay with another new group of people. I love life. It is exciting to me to see what each new day brings.
So I guess the message today is—get off of the sofa, get out of your box, embrace new adventures, be happy.
I absolutely LOVE the summertime. I love the hot weather, the sun on my skin, the long daylight days, the chance to work till 10pm outside before coming in the house, the meals sitting on the porch, I love the whole thing about summer. Having said that, you need to know that I have been busy staying in the magical rock house working on new work until dark. The kiln is firing as I write this—-2nd firing in 3 days. I met a lady from KC (thanks to Laura) that shared with me how to patina copper. I tried it yesterday (well the process took 2 days) and was amazed when the copper/tin actually started to turn blueish. I made some clay crosses and attached them to the tin. I am so excited about these. I did post some pics on facebook (again thanks to my children who try to keep me tech savy somewhat) and it appears that many of you saw these pic and commented on them. Thanks for that. More good news—I am hosting a meeting today for the vendors that have agreed to join me for “the best art festival in the world” (that title was suggested by chef Tim last night) which will take place on Sept 15th. My vision when buying this property was to fill the whole 4 acres of green space (well probably 3 acres since bldgs take up some of that space) with artists. People coming together to have a good time &sharing their vision of art.
So if you are an artist and want to be a part of this, contact me for details. Please save this date in your phone notes, calendar, or little black book and join us Sept 15th. There will be music on my orange porch, BBQ from a guy in KC (friend of Ruth and Larry) dancing in the driveway if that floats your boat, and FUN. I was up at 7 baking chocolate chip cookies for my guests coming in a little while. I will come back to visit soon. In the meantime—please plan to come to ft. scott, ks on sept 15th. Oh, maybe smores after dark?????? So excited about this event. I even agreed to paint my toenails bright yellow with bright neon dots. I giggle each time I look down and see bright yellow.
Just a quickie today—-I left for the winter (and a good thing since it was miserable here) so today am having to learn how to use the washing machine again. I had a mound of dirty clothes. Opened the door to an empty frig so have to go food shopping. I did load the kiln yesterday with a bisque load of pots and now I will spend the rest of the week glazing those. I am soooo ready to get back in the rock house. It is a friend to me and I missed it terribly. A clay friend gave me a load of clay to be recycled so I will start on that this week. Also was accepted to show at the Tulip Festival in Belle Plaine, Ks April 14th and 15th. I’m excited about that and if any of you live close please come see me. Ahhh, I’m doing a demo for a group of church ladies first part of April. Must rake the yard of all of the gumm balls (nasty critters) before I sprain my ankle on them. Dust has settled on every inch of my house, guess those dust bunnies thought I was not coming back and made my home their home.. So it seem like I have a ton to keep me busy for a week or two anyway. Oh and our farmers market is having a meeting tomorrow and wants creative ideas—-not sure my brain has switched to the creative side yet but I am going to support the hard working people that grow your fresh veggies. I ask you to support your local farmers market also. Fresh food is so necessary for our health and well being. This blog is wearing me out so I will exit for now. Till we visit again~~~~~~
You know that feeling when things come together better than you expected. That is Today!!! Two kiln loads of pots (one electric–one gas) and both gave me giggles, smiles, and thanksgiving and a loud “Oh Yeah”. I will post pictures tomorrow if I can get ahold of my picture taking gal. Turquoise, soft buttery yellows, one red, and my ultimate fav—a soft white with the brown iron dots showing through. Shapes that only my twisted mind can conceive. I had not worked in the studio much this summer so It is good that now I have new work for the upcoming fall festivals.
I mowed the yard one last (I hope) time yesterday which has nothing to do with clay and pottery. Just threw that in. Weather man just said 35 degrees next week.
JW finally got her last piece of pottery from a summer workshop. She did a great job with color on her picture frame and added a lot of texture. Wonder who’s picture she will put in that frame first.
I appreciate all of you that take time to read my nonsense and give me your opinions. And those of you that purchase my work (that is what keeps me excited to keep playing in the mud) and those of you doing the workshops. I watched a pro potter today making perfect pots and thought “I will never get to that level”. But that is OK cause I am happy doing what I do. For sure no one can copy what I do. (smiley face here)
So—until we visit again or call me if you want first peek of what came out today———
Well, actually it is evening now. I feel like I am on one of those spinning tops that wobble and if you don’t set up straight and hang on tight you fall off. Just opened the kiln and found treasures. Some were mine and one of those stuck to the shelf with glaze running off the piece. I hate it when that happens. Some were pieces that belonged to a workshop mother and daughter. JW had a real “shiner” that’s professional talk for a piece that turned out so beautiful it made the eyes hurt. Her daughter AW did an awesome job on making her pieces come to life with her skill in glazing. After all it is her 2nd workshop. AW had some time before her mother finished so I put her to work glazing some of my knobs for the dresser that I am painting.
Then there were pieces for FH for the prizes for the bike races this week end at Gunn Park. The weatherman said it was going to be sunny and hot. That will be perfect. This is quite an event and if you have not made it out to see what it is all about please make some time Sat or Sun or both to get involved. I will have a table of pots set up for you to see, other vendors will be there with their wares, and Thomas from Az will be offering chair massages to relax those tight muscles. And a concert Sat night will finish off the day.
I am still thinking about that pot that stuck to the shelf. There is definitely some grinding in my future. That’s a lot of work but even the very best professional potters have to grind shelves. And they sometimes have a horrible kiln load of pots. Fortunately I only had one. Sometimes a pot blows up in the kiln and ruins all other pots. So really Bobbi, pull up your big girl pants and just go grind the shelf. And put your hands in the clay and be happy.
Hi Ho–Hi Ho it’s off to work I go———–oh wait I’m old and don’t go to work anymore. That’s why I was able to take a long, long, long time off this winter from real life. Sat on the beach, swam in a huge heated pool,& read a gazillon books. No clay but did do a lot of painting (in my style) in the evenings. I had a marvelous time & enjoyed every minute. Met several interesting people at the pool. But you know, when it was time I was ready to come home. I missed being in charge & making things happen. I missed my friends. At one point I said to myself “self, maybe it’s time to give up the clay & settle in to the golden years”. I just spent 3 hours in my happy place–the rock house. I can tell you I am not ready to give up the clay. This has been the best morning just letting the creative juices flow. I have no one to please but me today & the clay responded in some very interesting ways. So since I am happy I was thinking it might be good to make others happy. What about a play day in a couple of months.\?? Come spend the day just playing in the mud, visiting with your friends, roaming the pasture to find your texturing tools, have a cook out, induldging in your favorite beverage, just get your life centered. More info to come on this but in the meantime feel free to contact me with your thoughts. Would you be interested?