Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lady bug, lady bug...

I have no idea what the rest of that rhyme you?

But I was inspired by something to paint a couple of lady bugs on slabs of clay the other day...and on the side of a bowl.  The slabs were fired, and one went to a vendor at the Tailgate Market early Saturday morning.  She needed a birthday gift, and the Mud Buddies are always happy to help her with her gift giving  needs.

These are meant as wall hangings, as many of my recent pieces have been.

I'm still waiting for the market to discover wall hangings...especially these with little pockets for something personal to be added.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Clay club fun at John Britt's Studio

First, a big apology for such blurry photos...I must have been shakey from...? (no alcohol!)

Amy and Susan discuss something...

A gazillion potters came for delicious pot luck, then mainly to see the glaze test tiles which are the basis for John's book on cone 6 glazes that is due out in a couple of months.

We got to see the format of the book, with complete chemical analysis of the glaze tests.

I left kind of early, walking around in an old body, driving around the mountains in an old car...and got home before dark.  Ahhh.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The clay we walked upon

A tour of one of the new breweries here in the Asheville area gave us also an added respect for the clay tiles that are used around their flooring, and even parking.

This floor is beautiful, made with some kind of volcanic rock...polished, and certainly impermmiable.  There is no grout between these stones, and they were a bit loose on some steps...the brewery is still under construction, though it is actively producing beer.

(More on the beer production will be in another post, over on my Living in Black Mountain blog in a few days.)

Earlier while waiting for the tour to begin, we noticed the pavers in the parking lot also had no grout between them. 

The tilted awning seen on end, above my head, is one of the solar panel constructions in the parking area (not the green canopy). 

The pavers were designed to capture water through an underground drainage system, where it goes into cisterns and will eventually be somewhat filtered and used for the water to flush toilets etc.  (They think once they have their restaurant in full swing there might be a higher demand for such, with all the beer drinking going on.)  Yes, we did get free samples.

Throughout the entire brewing area, (more than a few football fields worth in size) there are ceramic tiles, imported from Germany. And a crew of German specialists installed the floors.  Our guide said they are also working on another brewery (the competition of course) that is being built in Asheville.

We folks in the Asheville area do love our beers...with several good small breweries already living here.  The larger outfits should be interesting to watch, (er, and taste.)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Plate painting

I've run out of blank plates...this week I went back to throwing more, trimming more, taking to the BMCA studio, then waiting for bisque firing...and sometime this next week I can start painting some more designs.  No two alike, as you may have noticed.  I love doing trees and Celtic type designs of my own.  (No copying other designs out there!)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What else hangs on a wall?

Not ice cream cones, but weed pocket cones...for indoor or outdoor use.

I got six of these made with different colors...and shapes.  Fun to make, can't wait till they are used!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

More wall hangings

... these pillow shapes have their own little pockets in which something might be stuck by the ingenious decorator.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Updated blog

I tried last month to update my blog tabs so newer pottery would appear up at the top of this page (just below the header.)  And yesterday I did a revision of that, posting some newer things again.

Now I'm wanting to have the slide show effect that others have on their sites.  I don't know how to do that however. 

If you know how, and can point me in the right direction, I'd be so happy to learn about it.  I'd like to have about 7-8 slides of my work at the top of the page, and skip the header picture.

Just saying...if I could wish for a change, maybe I can make it happen.

I do have power point, never used it, but perhaps that's the way folks make slide shows...???