Its so great to go to my blog and see that my Tec Guy has put something new on there. Now I'm like all the rest of you big-wig bloggers out there with photo's attached to other bloggers! Ye-Ha
Mental note -
( Now for all those new blogs I've been meaning to add to my list....hummmmmm....should I just wing it and add those names and risk screwing up what has been nicely added to my blog?? Or should I leave well enough alone?? Some days the Tec Guy is not to keen on me messing around with his recent work, so I think I may just wait awhile longer on that until I can catch him off guard with many technical questions. Any sort of Technical stuff my right brain does not always understand. I still have not figured out how to use our camcorder even though I've been shown a 1,000 times. This troubles that Tec Guy some days to no end but......he still loves me).
Today the kiln is firing another load. I'm feeling pretty good about my up coming show. Now if I can get that mailto:$#%@^% camera to work!
Here is a great little guy who just turned 8 this weekend and Saturday afternoon was spent with Quaid and 6 other very happy boys who took over a Go-Kart and mini-golf birthday complex in Charlotte. Eight years ago Quaid was born the day before Thanksgiving and he and I had a very hard time getting him into the world. This is something a mother never forgets on an important day as yesturday was. He is a great kid and had fun on his special day. Here are his two biggest fans! ( ...well that depends on the day..)
While I worked on staining my pots for a bisque kiln, Johnny Depp visited me in Sweeney Todd Friday night. Diana Krall helped me get through Saturday morning while I assembling teapots. Around lunch time Micheal Feldman showed up with What'ya know.Before it was time to go off to the Go-Kart place, Peter Shagel stopped by with some other very funny folks for Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.By Sunday morning I was back staining more pots and watching Bob Sheiffer talk about the Economy and who Obama was going to be picking for all his cabinet appointments. Garrison Keller strolled in singing a tune somewhere before I took a break for another Birthday celebration at my parents house for both Quaid and my 98 year old grandmother. ( I hate to say I do not have a photo to put up here of her because I'm sure she never thought she'd see the day her face was posted on the Internet!)Ira Glass and David Sedaris brought many chuckles in the afternoon while I was making some little spoon holders with some slump molds......And last but not least this evening I got to watch Beyonce' sing her new single, Single Ladies on the American Music Awards. I have to admit "I like myself a little Beyonce' " to dance to in between putting springs on some cups!Wow...what a jam packed weekend!
Tonight I got to urge to write down a few words about what has been going on here. I just got in from putting together a few teapots and finishing up the butter dishes I started a few days ago. I had a nice kiln come out today which made me super happy. One great platter. I love to throw platters but lately I have had little success with getting them to the glaze stage. I went ahead a changed the foot on it and low and behold its worked pretty well.
Tomorrow is Quaid's 8th birthday so the day will be split between taking 7 boys GO-KART riding and moving forward in the studio. I was thinking yesterday how he was 9 months old when we moved into this house and now he is already 8. The time does go by so quickly. Joey and I only thought we'd be in this house for a few years and then move on to bigger and better places. I think its fair to say that with the way the world is at the moment, I'm pretty thankful for our little house and feel pretty sure we'll just stay put for awhile longer here. If only I could get a heated studio..than all my prayers would be answered!
I leave for Raleigh on Thursday morning for the CDC so I'm still pushing the envelope trying to get as much done as I can. I'll check in again this weekend.
Speaking of technical difficulties, have you noticed that in the last 20 years you never hear this anymore on the air ways?
" We are experiencing technical difficulties, please stay tuned".
I keep noticing these commercials for sending into some place and getting coupon for my TV "converted" or I won't be able to watch it. I have to wonder when all this got so complicated? I hate to admit it but we have four TV's in our house. And two of them....yes this is big confession to get off my chest....belong to me. One in the studio and one in the glaze room. Since I do most of my work at night I have to admit I like to watch "my shows". ( My new favorite one is "The Mentalist", just in case you where wondering). Truth also be told I'm like everyone else out there who just listens to good tunes, NPR and books on tape. I can't limit myself to just one form of entertainment while I work. And my black and white 12" TV's have served me well for many years with a state of the art coat hanger on top of both of them! Secretly I've been looking at all the ads in the Sunday paper to see what a new fangled TV set would cost me because who knows when I can get one of those strange converter boxes out in my shed. Boy do I have a long list of electronics for Santa this year!....... never thought I'd hear myself say that.
Take Care, Jen
My friend Lanier and her husband inherited his "family farm" so she has a great venue for a sale. I can't wait to take photo's of the whole farm and barn all lite up with luminaries the night of the sale. I guess I'm kind of jumping the gun on this sale because I have two others before this one. Joey finished the card last night and wanted to get it up on my blog for all to see. If you live around here, please mark your calendar. There are whole list of other folks we invited to join us along with my fellow Circle pal, Julie Wiggins.
On the studio front today, I'm happy to report to that I'm up and about. The ankle sort of hurts a bit but not as bad as yesterday so I'm going to keep working along on stuff. Today I need to load a bisque kiln. I sold lots of my bottles this weekend and I was able to make a bunch more this weekend after the sale. Today I'll be loading those along with other things that didn't make it into the kiln last week. Thanks to everyone who wished me well with my fall yesterday.
This morning in the "studio" I had a bit of a set back. I took a dive when coming out of my glaze shed and twisted my ankle. I've had ice on it all morning and spent my time instead of in the studio on the computer putting together the final for my Art History students. As I was laying on the grass in pain this morning the first thing that popped into my head of course was " Good grief...I don't have time for this"! The second was " I hope my neighbor doesn't come home from work and find me here".
I did manage to hobble inside, check my ankle out and do a self diagnosis. I'm sure by tomorrow I'll be back in business.
Tonight was my last clay class for the fall session so I hated to call in "sick". The last class is always great because we all bring in food and have either a raku party, some films or a crit. I hate to miss out on that tonight!
On the other hand my kids will be so happy to have Mom home on a Monday night.
I had a great weekend. Yesterday I was at the Carolina Pottery Festival with Ron and we had a good sale and enjoyed keeping each other company. Today I hosted a Circle of Eight meeting here at the house. Joey put together a great lunch for us and we got a lot accomplished for the coming year. Tonight I'm heading out to get some more pots done that are sitting under plastic and yes I'll be glazing again on Wednesday! I'll try to get some photo's up tomorrow.
I hope you have a great weekend in your part of the world!
Real quick , here's what has been going on in the studio. I just got back from voting so I needed to check my email real quick, do a quick post and like Flash run out to the studio. Plus I'm hyped up on coffee because I can't wait to see what HAPPENS TONIGHT...........AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!( Ok..I'm calm..here are some images.)
*On Sunday my friend MaryAnna and I made these stepping stones with all my old pots that where seconds. It was a lot of fun and I'll let you know how they come out
* Here is just one of a few huge bowls I'm working on.
* Tumblers and bottoms to salt and peppers.* * The start of square flower blocks. I think I've worked out the issues I had with the feet on these square ones so I hope they come out.
* Here are some trays for the salt and peppers. Plus some little bud vases.
EVERYONE...GO VOTE TODAY!
Kristen Kieffer has several wonderful cups in the show as well. Check out his site when you get a chance!