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Sep 9 at 9:08 AM
By bobbikemnapottery

Busy as usual.

Good Morning To The Friends I Cannot See,
Where to start??? Well I can tell you that this rain filled period that we are going through is not friendly to my clay work drying. Uggggh—- and the rain & wind does not allow me to spray on the glazes on the table outside the studio door. So that means I either have to dip or pour the glazes or wait for a better day to spray glazes. Of course I prefer to spray so I can control the over spray of different colors which makes my work different than other potters. However, I have willed myself to have some self control over what I cannot control. FYI–that isn’t working very well.
So, lets talk about something else. 140 kindergarten students & 11 teachers came mid April for a field trip here & made pinch pots with lots of texture. That took 2 days & 4 busses but it was a wonderful time had by all. Probably me most of all. The kids made pots, watched me throw on the wheel (lots of ahhhs & big eyes on that one) brought sack lunches which they ate in my back yard, played tag, pulled & pushed the wagon & vowed to come back again. One mother shared her son’s comments with me when he got home from school “Mom, when I grow up I am going to be a potter like Mz Bobbi for my whole life”  That was pretty special I thought.  If he were older I would tell him “don’t quit your day job just yet. (smile)” I bisque fired the pots then returned them to school where the kids painted them.
The kiln has been working overtime the past few weeks to finish up the 4-H projects & my festival dates inventory. I went to Parsons on Sat for their Katy Days celebration. What a great group to work with. They set up big tents for the vendors to show under & provide tables & chairs. Those of you that follow my blog know that I like color. Sat, there was an older couple that visited my space several times with their eye on a large piece that had lots of color (purple, red, black, brown crawl & red gold glazes). Finally they said they wanted to buy it.  They were consolidating  their homes, getting married & building a new home for themselves. Most of what they now owed was dark colors & dull. They wanted color in their lives now.  My piece is to set on the new fireplace & they promised to send me a picture. You also know that after Harry died I tried my hand at painting. They look like my pots, lots of splats, splashed, & unorganized colors. The gentleman said “how much for the painting” I said “make me an offer” He did, I stuck out my hand & said “you got a deal”. So one of my paintings plus one of my colorful pots now has a new home in Denver, Colorado. Yipeeee–When others like what I do it makes doing it so much more worthwhile.
I better get back to work. Oh, and thanks to all of you that “liked” my pottery site on facebook. I was so surprised to get that response (over 500 likes). I guess most do not know that I write these blogs to keep you connected to my pottery life & was gently encouraged by a friend D D to tell people about that. So, feel free to forward this to anyone you want to. Have a great day & until we visit again
STAY CENTERED
bobbi kemna

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Jan 31 at 10:18 AM
By bobbikemnapottery

Good Ending 2014

Good Morning to the friends I cannot see,
We had our first snow last night–a  beautiful sight if you like snow–I got over it years ago. Liking it that is.    A few years ago when Harry had to help me up from making snow angels I decided to gracefully let go of that part of winter. I just finished my walking workout with a DVD with Leslie Sansone.  An amazing workout–I encourage all of you to try it. Start with the power mile, then the power 2 mile, then the power 4 mile (which I do now). Leslie says if you do this workout, it equals losing one meal a day. During this marathon eating month I hope she is right.
Let’s talk about clay. After all, isn’t that what this blog is about. Each day in my life is full of “the clay”. I finished up the last glaze firing (mine & the rest of the workshops work) a couple of weeks ago. Just in time for the annual holiday festival here in ft. scott. Last week as I looked around the rock house I said to myself “bobbi, you have tons of clay here, how about you use it up before restocking” Over 10 years ago I purchased an awesome clay from Minn Clay Co. It has a lot of iron which makes those brown spots that I dearly love when glazed & fired to cone 10. I expected it to be hard & need to be soaked to make it moist & usable. When I poked the plastic bag, to my disbelief, the clay was as moist as the day it was packaged.  I laughed outloud, said a big thank you, opened the bag & began to create . If I do say so myself, there are some great pieces coming out of that clay. I can hardly wait for the finished work. I was going to say masterpiece, but that might be a little over the top. Workshops for the new year are already being booked. Working in the rock house is magical & all of us need magic during the dreary months of winter.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you that read my nonsense. I especially want to thank those of you that like my style of pottery making. The rock house has been busy this week with customers coming to choose that unique gift for that someone special in their life. I even received a picture on my phone yesterday with the message “just wanted to share this with you. I bought this pot in 1994 & it remains one of my favorites” Ahhhh—that started my day off HAPPY. So to all of you THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR INVESTING IN ME—–
And please remember that JESUS is the reason for the season. I wish all of you a blessed Christmas & a happy new year.
Till we visit again
STAY CENTERED

bobbi kemna

By bobbikemnapottery

Busy! Busy! Busy!

Oct 27 at 10:06 AM
 Good morning to the friends I cannot see,
How about we visit about something other than clay today. Well maybe just a little bit about clay since I did finally fire the big draped bowl last week. It turned out awesome if I might say so myself. I had spotted an old glass lamp shade (the kind that fits on the top of a lamp & has an open top) so I put clay on it & turned upside down it  became a bowl. I made a base for it so it would be quite sturdy. I am entering it in the Spivia Gallery show for Nov. Of course the piece flows, dips, & has a lot of spirit & I used some slip trail to make dots all over it–inside & out–quite lovely. Did I take a picture, nope–should have done that. Dang it———–
I hosted our Midwest Clay Artists group yesterday. Who would have thought we could picnic outside the end of Oct. Great day. We cooked on the fire ring, watched the leaves fall from the trees, had a short meeting since that was the purpose of the gathering, & enjoyed just being together sharing our clay stories. Justin & Randy stayed & we took a trip through the pasture. I showed them my “secret place” saw tons of hedgeballs but the big find was pile of cow bones. Justin was so excited as he is an artist of wood sculptures & immediately saw what he could do with the bones. I cannot wait to see what he does. There will be hanging art, bones included into the wood pieces, bones put together in a new way to look like something other than a cow–the final pieces will be amazing. It was a good day.
I have been busy with pears, apples, more tomatoes, & other late fall fruits. Like the squirrels, I am hording up for a long winter. For sure I will not go hungry. People have been generous with their produce this year & I thank them for thinking of me. I cannot stand for anything to go to waste. I drive my kids crazy making soup from the bones scrapes but it sure is good soup.
I do need to get back to the rock house this week & get busy—hope to fill one more kiln load before the holidays. I was invited to put some work in the Bungalow Boutique in Louisburg, Ks (just south of Kc on 69 hwy). Their holiday open house is Nov 7th-8th & 9th. So mark your calendar for that. Kim has so many incredible styles of clothes, bags, jewelry, lots of bling, & vintage furniture items. So much nicer that shopping at the mall where everything looks the same.  So do yourself a favor & join us for her open house.
Guess I better get on with this day. Till we visit again  STAY CENTERED.
bobbi kemna
By bobbikemnapottery

Fall is coming with new happenings!

Good Morning To The Friends I Cannot See,
Yes, it is really me.  I have put off writing a new blog all summer–for lots of reasons, busy with grandchildren, busy with grandchildren, busy with grandchildren—oh wait, I have already said that (3 times it seems) The other reason is/was I said to myself “self, what do you have to say that is fresh & new & you have not said before?” Actually nothing but for some reason today that doesn’t matter. I will keep saying the same thing over & over but perhaps with a new twist. I did get some studio time in this summer, did workshops, fired pots, had glazes run on the shelf ( I hate it when that happens & it seemed to happen with each firing this summer) & got lots of exercise carrying pots from one place to another. I hosted 22 school children in May. They made pinch pots & played tag in the back yard, ate their lunch everywhere, cleaned up after themselves, boarded their bus & left. I just looked on in awe. I hosted a grandparent/grandchildren workshop in August. That was a hoot. After being introduced to the clay via a pinch pot, each person (10 in all) took their turn at the wheel. Wheel throwing is not easy. It looks easy but the clay seems to fly in all directions until the art of centering is learned. That was the favorite thing of the workshop they said even though they got dirty, laughed at each other & made memories that will last a lifetime.  One thing I did not do this summer is clean the studio. The dust bunnies have definitely made their home apparent so that task in on the calendar for next week.
Festival events are coming up for this month:  I will be showing at The Bungalow Boutique  this Sat & Sun Sept 13th & 14th in Louisburg, Ks–just south of KC. Then I was invited to show at the Louisburg Cider Mill on Sept 27th & 28 for their apple fest. I have never attended this event. I thought parents took their kids to find a pumpkin. That does happen, however, I am being told that this is the largest vendor event in our area & tons of people come to start their Christmas shopping, always on the look out for hand crafted, unusual wares to give as that perfect gift. So I am going to be ready for those shoppers. Hope you will be one of them.
My kiln seems to be working right, I finally remembered to put a big cone in this week to make sure it was firing to temp. The cone bended as it was supposed to so I was happy about that.  I even sprayed glazes last week, something I have not done for a long time. I love the look of spraying glazes. It allows for the feathering of multiple colors of glazes which make a totally different look on the work.
O K–enough for now. Please mark your calendars for the upcoming festivals & see my new work. Daughter Jill suggested that I make some star picture frames for the holidays so I have 12. At least 3 will break in the loading so you do the math of how many will be available. They will hang on the tree & you can tape a picture of your children, husband, you or your pet in the middle so that image will smile from the tree this year. Then when Christmas is over, you can hang it on a dresser pull, cabinet pull or where ever you want to keep the smiles always on hand.
Till we visit again
STAY CENTERED
bobbi kemna

By bobbikemnapottery

Bring it on! Spring, that is.

Good Morning to the friends I cannot see,
Winter may just be fading out. I sure hope so. I must admit that I did not brave the ice & snow much this winter to get to the rock house. I looked at it from the window & dreamed of clay turning into something beautiful. However, last week I did get busy since shows are now ready for an entry form.  It was like an old friend giving me a big hug when I sat down in the studio. That is the effect that the clay has on me. I also turned on the kiln for a bisque firing last week. About time since CW is waiting for his work to get finished. He has lots of patience & I thank him for that. So now I am pumped about what the clay will do for me this year. Workshops are being scheduled, art events are calling for me to enter, people are coming to buy that special gift, life is good. And the sunshine is working a miracle on my attitude.  ATTITUDE—must have it. I am planning to spray glaze on Monday. It is supposed to be warm & I hope not too windy. So stay tuned for the results of the first glaze firing of 2014. I also am looking for new glazes for this season. I plan to make more myself instead of buying glazes already made. I have lots of chemicals so it is time to try new things. I am finding that getting older makes it easier to go out on a limb & try new things. So what if it doesn’t work. Just try again. So if any of you are needing an “attitude fix” come to the magical rock house, make a pot, or just sit on the porch swing. You will leave feeling much better. Until we visit again——————–
STAY CENTERED
bobbi kemna

By bobbikemnapottery

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Hello to the friends I cannot see,
Thank you weather man–he is predicting a wonderful week full of sunshine & no storms in sight.
So with that knowledge, I just finished loading the kiln with the final glaze load before Christmas.
Against my better judgment, I did glaze a piece that has a big hunk of copper wire on the front & will fire to a cone 6. I know that wire will melt & run–question is–will it stop before it reaches the shelf. I sure hope so. It is not a pretty sight when glaze or other objects melt & run off the pot. In fact, the sight will haunt you forever & cause you to lose sleep. I keep thinking I should pull the pot out before turning on the kiln. Then I say “go for it–it’s only mud”. I have till morning to see which voice wins.
CW came today for a clay fix. He had two masterpieces in mind when he came this summer. Only time for one then so he came today to create the other vision. In fact, he made 2 kick (you know) pieces that are really good. I can’t wait for them to get finished.
Christmas is almost here. All of my children & families will gather as we do every year. Second Christmas without Harry. It has been a long journey without him. So I take this time to wish all of you that have played such an important part in our lives a VERRY BLESSED HOLIDAY.
I plan to offer workshops again this year–difference will be some trips with the kids—so as the airlines say “blackout days will be in play this year”. Call if you want to spend some time in the magical rock house playing in the mud this year.
Till we visit again————
STAY CENTERED
bobbi

By bobbikemnapottery

Home Again

Good Morning To The Friends I cannot See,
CLAY, CLAY, CLAY—most people go on a trip & buy postcards. I go on a trip & buy clay & glazes. Just returned from my annual trek to Melbourne Florida & Biloxi Miss. As like last year my children shared in the journey. Lots of bonding. A month of walking the beach, feeling the lapping water on my feet, reading several books, & yes, taking the clay to the beach. I had lots of curious lookers but I sensed that they knew that I needed to be in my own mental space & did not engage in meaningless chatter. Later heard the locals say “I saw you making pots”.  A George Orr I am not but was fortunate to place my work in 2 galleries–Bay St Louis & Biloxi. So, if they sell out guess I will have an excuse to make another trip sooner than later next year.
I love the white stoneware clay that I found in Miss. It does not give me the iron brown dots found in Nixa’s clay but does do a great job on making  the glazes pop in a different way.  And I started experimenting with some underglazes before I left. With help from one of my clay friends, actually got a couple of really cool pieces.  Normally underglazes are covered with a clear glaze. Perfect if you want that glossy look. Sometimes I am just in the mood for a matt finish. So I am going to work on underglazes more this winter. 
I have a workshop & a glaze session waiting for me. Guess it is time to get back to work. 
I will set up in the middle school for the homes tour event Dec 7th & 8th. For those of you that follow this blog, I am going to have bowls for $10, Christmas ornaments for $10 (made them on the beach) & other “orphans”. Hope to see you there. Just another way to support our local historical town. 
Till we visit again—-
STAY CENTERED
bobbi kemna

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