Simply This and That with a hint of Small Things to come

We have started to replant our postage stamp garden.  We had to move some of the sculptures out of the way. Then the real rain came.  Everything put on hold.

The callas on the side of the house are in partial sun so they are little.  Along the Mendocino coast they are HUGE. I will take some of these rhizomes with me up to the house we are building.  

My attention has been split between thinking creatively with this house and what is going on in my studio.  There are so many decisions to make and balance between functionality and visual intention.  There are more photos on my blog 1 Simply Home

In the meanwhile I have kept busy cleaning the studio and finishing up some pieces for a couple of galleries.  I plan on doing some  C6 glaze testing in the month of May and probably some 04/03.  I have thrown some porcelain teacups and small bowls for this.  Just plain.  The outside needs no or nearly no trimming, but I did trim an inside foot on the bowls that have straighter sides.  The yunomi in the back was done with a little bit of porcelain leftover from throwing.  Some of these will become yarn bowls which I am donating to a Waldolf School auction. The rest I will dip into a  C6 chun glaze I need to make up.  I have used this glaze on porcelain before with lovely results.

As much as I love to throw, I still have some sculptures to finish up.  Every time I think I am done with clay it calls me back.  It takes one touch and I am done for.  What's a person to do?

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart...

                     ~ Winnie the Pooh


  1. I like these forms very much..there is always something wonderful about the sheen of freshly thrown clay.

    (by the way, this post didn't show up in my blog list for some reason)

  2. Thank you, Mark, for bringing this to my attention. I'm not sure why this is happening. All sorts of things unexplainable things happens with Blogger mainly within the gadgets.

    Yes, unfired clay is the best! We spend a lot of time figuring how to get back that sheen or keep that sheen or preserve that sheen. That's how clay snags us.

  3. Charlene - you are right about blogger not updating your posts. Your most recent one showed up in my Google reader so maybe it is fixed now.

    I am headed to your blog about your house building! My husband and I went back and forth on the decision to buy land and build or just buy an existing home.

    I love your small garden and these forms.

    1. Judy, I think your new home is just beautiful! Looks like you have some acreage, too. I'm so happy for you. I know how it feels when one finally finds the right place.
      The long process of building a house is a painfully exciting and scary roller-coaster ride. Not the modern metal kind, but the rickety, old-fashioned wooden roller-coaster of the 50-60's amusement park kind......


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