Friday, August 18, 2017

Red Sunflower inspiration

Honey pots.  I'd made a couple before I got sick, and they've patiently been waiting around for me to feel like glazing.

So the other day I did one just in plain yellow...it's still waiting to be fired.  Since it's speckled brownstone clay, it will be speckled yellow.

And then I tried my hand at Designer Liner and Stroke & Coat glazes (both by Mayco).  And then added some of the yellow base glaze as well.  Clay body is Little Loafers, cone 5-6 from Highwater.

This came out very pleasing for me.





Thursday, August 17, 2017

Side twist for yoga cat

Back view (if possible, but there's the tail) of side twist





Front view of side twist



Bisque, and now to glaze..

Clear glaze, because after all, it's the shape of this gal doing this twist!

and the final look is...


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy birthday son, Russ!

It's only once in a lifetime you get to turn 50.

So I hope you enjoy yourself with your family, and have many many more happy birthdays!
Wish I could be there to give you a big slobbery mom-kiss.  What, that's a bit of ketchup on your chin? Well lick my hankie and I'll clean it off!


Here you were in 1972, around 5 years old.  I don't know the location though, but it had dirty floors (just look at those socks!) and you felt totally at home enough to wear your undies while looking at some comic or a coloring book (I'm guessing).

And this is a family looking out the windows of the Hancock Building in Boston, (Sept. 1973) except my sons couldn't have cared less about the view.  Grandmother Rogers has her back to the camera (held by Grandpa probably) then Peter McRae (my fiance' at the time) and your very own blond mom.  Marty is framing one side of the view, while Russ is on the other end, literally!


In case you don't remember family history (well, you were pretty young!) Pete and your mom got engaged during this trip to Massachusetts from Florida. But things didn't work out as planned, and we never married.  But this is about you!

School days, Tallahassee FL 75-77

The Georgia Tech and DelSol years!

As you encouraged your 3 daughters to come downstairs on Chrismas morning...
You on the right at the Heym family reunion, wearing same shirt as your dad!

you and your lovely daughters


You and your lovely wife, Michelle
And a more recent selfie of you and Michelle!
Recent shot of Russ on vacation...a big thanks to Michelle for posting pics for me to see!

I am so proud of you, dear son.  And I love you till the end of time.  May your life continue to be  filled with laughter, hugs, challenges, adventures, trips, new things to do, and good health.

Mom! Sniff, sniff.




Monday, August 14, 2017

Tree pose...cat style

Lazy? No. But a feline knows where a balance is possible, and where it is not!

See how a cat would do the tree pose, sitting of course!




 Yay, out of the bisque kiln, now to be glazed!


What color shall a "sitting tree pose" be?


The choice is black!  And now to see how it comes out!



A free library and more gardening

Little Free Library







 I was amazed at this plant, going to seed now. Does anyone know what it is?


One of the abundant milkweeds

Queen Ann's Lace


Sunday, August 13, 2017

...cats do it better!



Downward facing cat




After bisque firing, the tail is still on her!

Nutmeg glaze has been applied and now into the hotter kiln next week!

Friday, August 11, 2017

1976 - 2 friends who influenced me

After spending a summer camping out west in our van, I moved with my two oldest sons from Tampa to Tallahassee, FL in 1975.  Before that, I'd been working in Tampa at an architectural firm as an architectural interior designer on commercial projects, where I met several young architects.

We would meet with other friends and have a pot luck dinner once a week in one of our homes in Tampa, FL.  That's how I met Ken Baxter (on left.)  He and his wife, Joanne, made the macrame that is on display (photo below) at the Winter Park Art Festival.  Yes, macrame was considered an art!  Anyway, after moving to Tallahassee, I met Charlie DeFilippo, (on right in photo) and we drove down to the Winter Park Art Festival and ran into Ken and Joanne.  (Winter Park is near Orlando, FL)
Fast forward to this week in 2017, and I just discovered Charlie now has a facebook site.  Haven't found anything recent on Ken however.

Anyway, Charlie taught me several things, Tai Chi and pottery making.  We partnered up with another friend in a business venture, "Pottery, Poetry and Person."  I gave about a year to managing this co-op store featuring "pottery, books, and other crafts," while learning more about making pots.  My friend,  Martha Curie was the source of the New Age books portion of the store.  I'm happy to have stayed in touch with her over 40 years.

I think I still have one plate which I made and carved in a Mimbres design at that time.

Ken introduced me to his guru, Amrit Desai, who did Kripalu Yoga, in which you move from one pose to another in a flowing style.  I went to several of his workshops and greatly enjoyed the meditative yoga movement.

After I moved to Tallahassee, Ken asked to to help bring Amrit Desai to speak in Tallahassee the first time.

Charlie and I were partnered in a relationship also for several years until he moved to New Mexico and I didn't see him again.  I think highly of him still, and hope he is well.

I'm adding this photo, and bit of my biography, to Sepia Saturday this week. (There are various bloggers who list their names at the bottom of that page, in case you want to see more!)

My photo of these men who influenced me may have been taken just as they were first meeting. They are actually looking at each other, and if you think about it, how often do you see that in conversational photos?

In full profile, looking to the left is the Danish author Herman Bang, featured in this 1880 Cabinet Card



Walker Community Gardens, part 5

Just one walk through, around these gardens last week, and I stopped frequently to take pictures.  Not to rest of course.  I never got out of breath because I was walking a few yards, then stopping.  Soon I need to do it for exercise.  In the meantime, enjoy the fruits of other's labors.