Monday, February 20, 2017

Dugout Canoes - exhibit here in Asheville

A lake near Gainesville, Florida...Newnans Lake, was the site of a hundred and one dugout canoes being found in the drought of 2000, by a high school class, no less. I found it interesting that the town of Gainesville was not mentioned anywhere in the exhibit.

Here's the short video introduction:

Chasing Speckled Perch on Newnans Lake - My Old Florida
 Newnans Lake was known for boating and fishing, when I attended U Florida in the 80s (it's about 12 miles east of Gainesville.)  I never visited it.

Installation depicting excavation of the canoes at Newnans Lake.
Installation showing the discovery of dugout canoe



This was at the entrance to the exhibit which I toured at the Arboretum.


This magnificent centuries-old dugout, carved from a single pine tree ...



Centuries old dugout from a single pine (I think it was 16 feet long)
 The ages of these dugouts varied from 500 years old to 5000 years old.  Being wood, they could be carbon dated, but the were also very fragile, so many had to be kept in place until they could have polymer infused into the pores where water had sat for centuries.

Dugout Canoes" Exhibit | Visit St. Augustine
Various paddles were also found.


The exhibit also shows other artifacts associated with trade in the early Americas (pre-Columbian) and some northwestern modern dugouts.  I'll share them later.

This exhibit is on display at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC until May 2, 2017.

Today's quote:


Becoming a better person is your choice and is a natural progression in your journey of self-awareness. Madisyn Taylor


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Some yellows and greens, and glaze combinations

Sometimes a computer monitor has a setting whereby yellows and greens can get confusing, not to mention what a camera is able to convert into pixels.  So I'll start off with nature.
Crocus flowers in natural sunlight.
Even the camera is blown from capturing the paler yellow shades in sunlight, and they just blur into white petals.  This is an intense yellow going toward orange.


A couple more yellows in nature, which cameras just seem to hate.  The leaves in the bottom photo are a pale yellow green, and I think of them as chartreuse. I don't have a glaze that matches that color exactly.

This vase has two colors of leaves, 1) a light grass green, and the other 2) a yellow-green, which is close to a chartreuse, indoor and natural lighting. Note, the pinkish glaze for the flowers did all the fading in the kiln, it was supposed to be a bright purple-pink.

3) Butter Yellow glaze outside, with blue glaze inside, on white clay, indoor and natural lighting.

4) Celadon glaze on white clay, with natural lighting.

4) Celadon on white clay with indoor lighting.

5) Blue flower on white clay, indoor lighting. Yellow on bee and flower are Dandelion yellow.


6) Celadon glaze on Speckled Brownstone clay, natural lighting.

 4) Celadon on white clay, indoor lighting, with drips of plum glaze.

7) Matt Bronze Green on speckled brownstone, with turquoise leaves.  MBG glaze is not recommended for food.

 8) Turquoise glaze on speckled brownstone clay, indoor lighting

9) Glossy green glaze on bottom half, dipped again in white for the two mugs on left, dipped again in plum for the mug on the right, all on white clay, indoor lighting.

10) Matt bronze green on bottom, celadon in middle and interior,  then edge dipped in plum glazes, on white clay, indoor lighting.

9) Glossy green with white glaze over it. Leaves in turquoise. White clay.
9) exterior of same 4 inch small bowl, natural and indoor lighting.

OK, so when we talk about greens, there are so many variations, and yellows as well.  Please don't ask me to match a color.  I'd go crazy (except when I do some simple glaze like the Butter Yellow, which comes pre-mixed, and isn't a combination like a lot of my glazed pieces.) When painting flowers, bees, and lady bugs, most of the glaze requires three coats to be a clear color, which is why these take so much work.

Today's Quote:


"I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction."  Saul Bellow

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Small bowls

Any cook knows you need big and medium bowls, especially to mix things like batter and salads.

But anyone who eats knows you need small and medium bowls to serve food in.


I'm enjoying the fun of these huge flowers and bees, compared to the size of the bowls.


Wrap a few petals from outside to inside, and it gives continuity.

Today's Quote:


It’s not about what you know, it’s about what you do consistently. — Tony Robbins, Author / entrepreneur/ philanthropist.