Monday, March 31, 2014

Packing and Shipping a Teapot

double boxing using egg cartons as firm cushions

2 foam sheets cut to size of inner box  one for bottom and one for top

firm but flexible foam sheet cut up and made into a box

checking to see that there is room for bubblewrap

when making this piece kept in mind that the lid would need to fit upside down for shipping

lid fits upside down, but a piece of paper towel was wrapped to keep it from rubbing

the piece is in there movement
in each corner rolled up bubblewrap inserted to make sure
fitted foam top taped down on inner box
two layers of big bubble wrap on top
the inside box is not moving at all
 ready to ship!
Pear Nest Teapot
Terra sigillata and glazes, wood stem
12" x 6" x 6"
This little teapot was accepted into the Big Fish Small Pot: Sixth International Small Teapot Competition and Show. This show is at the American Museum of Ceramic Arts in Pomono, California.  I rarely have a sculptural teapot left to enter into juried shows.  Mainly they go straight to a gallery and gather no moss.  So I purposely set this one aside to enter into this show.  With the kiln problems, computer problems, running up and down the coast, it didn't get done until the very last second.  With my photography equipment at the other house I had to use my little camera and a makeshift backdrop.  I quickly did a photo shoot in my dark walk-in closet with a LED tungsten flashlight.  That was fun.  Thank goodness I had cleared it out just before the New Year.  The photo I sent was worst than the one above.  Yikes.  I was feeling some embarrassment sending that jpeg.  As I confess this my cheeks are heating to a tin chrome red.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In between the Rain and Sun and Clay

Colors shone with exceptional clarity in the rain. The ground was a deep black, the pine branches a brilliant green, the people wrapped in yellow looking like special spirits that were allowed to wander over the earth on rainy mornings only.  ~Haruki Murakami (from Norwegian Wood)

Last week (oh, I think it was two?) I posted a photo of a wheel thrown bowl in black clay.  Glazed with a tenmoku, with a RIO wash lighty sprayed on rim.  Midori (Doo-Goo Contemporary Clay Idols) left a comment asking if I could post a photo that shows off the silvery streaks. I use a Nikon Coolpix S9050 for most photos on this blog.  It is a mid-range pocket camera---several steps down from my DSLR (the Big Camera) and a lot lighter.
I quickly took this shot and rotated it.  Maybe more pewter than silvery, but a lovely satin nonetheless. It does look black in real life until the light hits it. 

It is finally raining again in California.  We tend to get it all at once or none at all.  We are quietly whispering okay, this is good.  Even as the waters rise to our ankles.  Because we know it could stop again in an instant. Even our ice plants know this is their chance. Their pink and yellow blooms sneaking peeks between the breaking sun and rain.

back at the studio with a little bit of sunshine maybe this piece will dry finally

It is really hard to stay in and work.  March is a beautiful month around here.  My calla lilies are blooming and the poppies are golden with sunlight.  My crab apple tree is fragrant with tiny red pink flowers.  And the quinces with their sea coral blossoms--so fresh and vibrant against the gnarled and rain soaked branches.  Mustard grows with peppery wild abandon and free to forage.  The sparrows are back, chattering and quarreling around the bird feeder.  Some salty language exchanged, no doubt, adding gossipy notes to their avian soap opera.  This is the time I love--the in between the seasons time--when you know the darkest part of winter is done.  And the lightness of spring begins to shout.  All there is left to do is breathe, sit back and watch the show........

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