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?
Not Bobbi’s fault this post is late but the sentiment is the same. Susan
Good morning to the friends I cannot see,
The last load of pots have been fired, the kiln has been unplugged, & it is time to get on with another phase of life. At this moment that next phase is the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus. Young children are perhaps focused on the gifts they will receive. The older ones of us are just grateful for the chance to live this long. I am looking forward to spending time with all 5 of my children & some of the grandchildren. Again, at this age in life I am not the one to do the cooking, cleaning, wrapping, planning & everything else involved with a celebration. I just have to show up, eat, sit by the fire & enjoy the scene unfolding before me. Life is good.
A big THANK YOU to those that have bought my pottery. I appreciate your support more than words can say. To those that have received my work from your friend I say “enjoy it–may it bring a ray of sunshine & happiness to your life”. And to all of you that follow my pottery life on the blog I say “please keep on doing that & perhaps encourage others to also read it”.
So as this year of 2016 fades away & a new year begins I want to wish each & everyone of you a BLESSED CHRISTMAS & a fantastic new year. I will keep potting until I can not—in fact maybe today I will play in the mud & start a new masterpiece for the new year.
Yesterday was a great kiln unloading day. I have worked hard to finish up pots for the upcoming festivals & for the special orders. Since I haven’t mastered the way to put pictures on this blog, please go to my facebook page to see some of what came out of the kiln. I have always had lots of color in my space but as I grow older, the desire for color seems to get stronger. Thus the look of this last load. So I have covered the kiln & am finished with firings until after the holidays. (well I say this but who knows–it might not stay that way!!!) Yesterday while trying to put the studio back in some kind of order, I started wedging clay, & said to myself “don’t sit down–don’t sit down–don’t sit down” knowing that if I turned the slab roller handle or started to make coils I would be lost in that world for the rest of the day. Some of the comments on the look of this last load regarding the glazes==this is what happened. I get bored doing the same thing more than one time so at one point I found a straw, sucked up some glaze & just blew it on the pot that already had 4 glazes on it. It did turn out awesome (in my opinion). So don’t tell everyone how I glaze OK–they will just think I am smart or not. It has been a good year. I am looking forward to next year. Who knows, it might be over the moon. But whatever comes, I will be ready. Thanks to all of you that read my silliness, put up with my ramblings, & perhaps have been motivated to put your hands in the mud. It has altered my life & kept me centered. My work is like life—never perfect & always changing.
I wish for all of you Blessing from our God & a happy holiday season.
Good Evening to the friends I cannot see,
It’s been my experience that most people don’t care to hear about other peoples daily happenings. Well, this has been a great day & I am going to share it with you—like it or not. Normally I only blog about the clay world, students in my workshops & their great creations, glazes that worked or didn’t work & ran all over the shelf & off of the pot they were on, upcoming art festivals, ect ect ect. This is a little bit about that cause I finally played in the mud long enough to fill the kiln for a bisque load last week, glazed all day mon, loaded the kiln on Tues & hit the start button on Wed (yesterday). Got up early this morning simply because it is just too hard to wait to open the kiln to see what is there. Still 250 degrees at 8 this morning so I just barely opened the lid to peek. Looked good what I could see. So put on my walking shoes & headed for the trail to put in my daily 2 miles of quietness.
Back up to yesterday–friend SP & I made a trip to the city for various things–at the top of the list was our usual thrift store visits. OMG–I found this amazing old wooden swimming pool chaise lounge with wheels on one end to move it around. I was so excited but the price was $129.99. Too much I said, but then I saw in big numbers 50% off. Oh that’s doable I thought. Then I read the sign that said Senior Day 25 per cent off on Wed. Well, let me tell you being old doesn’t have many advantages but it sure worked in my favor yesterday. It is now taking its Royal place in my living room. And yes, I do have to get rid of a chair but who else will have a swimming pool chaise in their living room but me. I was/am so excited over this. Then I found this amazing wood desk, quickly sent a pic to friend ME (did she want it–Yes she said) so it too was loaded in my car.
Back to this morning–after my walk I delivered the desk to ME–stopped in at daughters hair salon–sit down she said & I will put some color on your hair. I did–she did–then said “I think you need a trim” Hummm–I thought my hair was just right. Guess not——did the post office, paid the city water bill, It was time to go home & check the kiln. For the first time in a long time I was happy with the whole load. Usually at least one piece doesn’t make me happy. But today everything looked great (in my opinion) which doesn’t always count for much–my opinion I mean. I did post a couple of pictures on facebook, have gotten many positive responses & that, of course, makes the day even better. My sister gave me some meat cause she was cleaning her freezer out so I even had steak for dinner tonight. And I heard from a dear friend that I had not heard from for a few months. And I managed to make another pot this afternoon. Wow—What a day—–
This is the day the Lord has made
Let us rejoice & be glad.
Now if the royals could just win their ball game the day would end perfectly.
Good morning to the friends I cannot see,
Remember how I have told you that not all kiln openings are like Christmas? Disclaimer–sometimes there are some jewels hiding in the ugliness. Ugliness first–upon opening the lid I said “Dang it”. Even though I had thought ahead & set my largest piece of work on wire stilts–the glaze had moved so far it was on the stilts & on the shelf. And not even the glaze that I had put on the top knowing it sometimes moved, it was the old reliable blue glaze that everyone loves. (thus my thought that piece would sell quickly). It’s OK I said–other pieces were nice. Remove the top shelves & look—“Dang it” came out again. There was a great mug glazed in white & at the last minute (not able to leave just one glaze on anything) I brushed some blue lines plus some green dots on the blue lines. The overall look was stunning—on the mug but not so much as it reached the shelf. I didn’t get mad, or upset & vow to stop making pots, I did continue to unload the kiln & did find some really nice pieces. They will be available at our art walk this Friday downtown. Did I learn a lesson from this–yes & it was Everything does not go as planned so learn to deal with it & continue down the path of life. The shelves were grinded off (thanks to Mark) & I just put new kiln wash on all of them. I have a load almost ready to bisque fire next week–but as I glaze that load I will try to remember what glazes not to use. Oh wait, I never write anything down (as my teacher Sammie taught me) so perhaps I won’t remember this load & it will happen again.
The upside of this story is that all of this work was mine. It’s much harder for the students to lose a piece (especially on me) & that doesn’t happen often. Stress cracks, yes, but when that happened to a young girl she said “That’s OK Mz Bobbi—it is what it is” I will remember her smile & upbeat manner forever.
Until we meet again
To my friends I cannot see,
It’s been awhile since we have visited. You know, winter, yuck, & all that stuff gets in the way of happy vibes. But the sun is shining, the birds are singing, & the kiln has gifted me with some awesome pots. I did just now take a few pictures & with the help of my kids showing how easy it is to post them to facebook, that is what I did. I don’t know how to post them to my blog yet. Still working on that but visit my facebook if you want some happiness in your life today. Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of Harry’s death. Sad day for me. But a friend came to the rescue & we attended a house concert at Tony & Rhonda’s last night. Again awesome music & great food. So today I turned my music to full volume, danced on the rock house porch, & unpacked pots & unloaded my kiln. Both loads gave me joy. The studio is filling up with 4-H work done by the young people, pots made by me & as soon as we get a full kiln load dried, the cycle starts again of creating work from clay (mud), firing the kiln, glazing, & the opening. Just like we humans in our circle of life–conception, birth, life, death & life everlasting.
So until we meet again
Good Morning to the friends I cannot see,
Whew, it has been a whirlwind 2 months. My heart is so heavy with gratitude for all of you that like my pottery & buy my pottery. I fired & unloaded yesterday the last kiln load before Christmas. One workshop & 2 special orders plus a few of my last minute creations. On the spur of the moment I decided to do a random act of kindness & placed some of my pots at Carmen’s hair shop. Those sold almost completely out–made way for me to make more & hopefully gave joy & smiles to those that found them.
Lets talk workshops-I hosted a father/daughter (which they picked up yesterday) & that was so much fun. I expected some trash talk like–I can make a better pot than you or you are so slow Dad or you are going to glaze it what color?. But I heard none of that–they worked together, often in silence, always with a smile on their face & the love between them was so obvious. Each made completely different work. The Dad had done some clay in college so tried his hand on the wheel and actually threw a really good mug. A little heavy but it did not blow up in the kiln & the handle stayed on. Wahooo— OW the daughter also threw a bowl on the wheel. That took several tries & it definitely was a little heavy but again, it stayed in one piece. She chose several bright colors for that piece. Her favorite she said.
If any of you are at a loss for a Christmas gift please consider a gift certificate to do a workshop in the magical rock house. Lasting memories are made there,
I have to go over & put magnets on the pieces with a special name on it–they will be frig magnets. I am hearing that children & adults like to see their name on the frig. These hold that special picture on the frig–maybe their first school paper, their school picture, the dogs picture, their first deer kill picture (I have a grandson that has several of these even though he is now 21) oh & I made 2 for grandmas grandchildren plus a picture frame for that new born grandson.
Anyway, enough chatter. I am looking forward to a new year & all the blessings that will come. I hope to see new faces in the rock house plus all of you that have been a part of my clay world & given me so much encouragement—Thank You.
I wish for all of you a very Blessed & Merry Christmas.
Until we visit again
This is an awesome fall day full of sunshine & very nice pots just out of the kiln. Actually I fired two loads this week, one in the gas kiln & one in the electric kiln. One stuck to the shelf (but not bad) & I know why it did that–the glaze was applied too thick. But it looks really nice with a bronze outside glaze & a soft butter yellow on the inside. A cup actually & it says “I am ready for some beverage”. So I am fully stocked with pots for the festivals that are booked for the next 3 months. This is not a sales pitch but I must tell you that shopping has begun today as my faithful pot lovers stop in to get first choice to fulfill their holiday gift giving. I invite you to do the same—soon.
The great weather has allowed me to spray glaze the pots outside. This technique does use more glaze but I like the end result. I think I have talked about this before. In fact, I bet I have talked about just about everything before, but it all bears repeating. A few workshop bisque pieces are left to glaze. Then its back to working hard to fill another kiln load. My friend SP is coming tomorrow to take pictures of the new pieces so look for them on my website bobbikemnapottery.com.
The Royals are playing so I gotta go cheer them on. Till we visit again—