I also had to spend sometime on this device to post an assignment for my students. I had just finished telling Joey that I wished I owned some Queen albums because I was in need of a little "Under Pressure" turned up high. Instead of got on Utube and found some good clips while I typed. Who can go wrong with alittle David Bowie live singing "Hero's". He's got the coolest band backing him up...love the chic with the bass guitar in the back.
These photo's below are actually ones that Joey took with his work camera that came home one night last week. I'm now getting around to posting them. See the crispness in the photo's? This is good camera....
This is a "bird boat", today I'm going to put some handles on these. I've made these in different sizes. I'm not sure about the handles yet so I'm going to get some paper, play around with fake handles and than make a decision on what looks good.
One night last week I just started making these lidded casseroles again. I think making one with my class last week sparked this idea.
Below is the start of some butter dishes.
Yah...this kind of photograph should look familiar...its with my camera.
I did have a nice quiet birthday yesterday. Lots of well wishes. This is what was left of my birthday cake when the camera was finally found. My sweet husband found a cake with poka-dots on it and I was treated like a queen for the day. Boy..once my cake trays are done I'm going to be baking some good cakes for some fun photo's!
My parents called in hospice for my grandmother on Tuesday and my grandmother is being cared for by a Palliative Care medical specialist now. I said my final goodbye's to her on Wednesday. Its sort of a funny thing staying in limbo while something is going on in your life. You try to keep up your normal activities but you do things like put the butter in the refrigerate, forget to buy cat-food for two days and my thought process for working has been set in a sort of one day at time mode instead of planning ahead.
Next weekend is Larkspur, my most favorite show of the year. A month ago I had all the items I was going to make for that planned out in my head. Now I'm just sort of making whatever because I'm in limbo, trying to get to the other side of things. Life lessons are all good and slowing down to think is a requirement in times like this. I've reconnected with relatives, reflected on my own family and been there to help instead of running away from a difficult situation. Maybe I have really reached my 40's! I like to joke that in my mind I'm still 26. Now I think I'll just sway from 42 to 26 when needed.
I enjoy the birds on this one.
I've been able to work pretty steadily this holiday weekend between trips up to sit with my grandmother. Keeping busy this week and having everyone home has been a good deterrent for my thoughts. Having my senses experience the ending of a life and listening to my kids laugh and enjoy each other and their Dad had been so sobering and thought provoking.
"OH Brother Lets Go Down"
I hope to have some photo's up late this evening of some things I'm working on.
In the time being I'm excited to announce that I have a mug on the "American Mug" game on Facebook. If anyone has a facebook account and plays this silly day go check out my mug. Send it to a friend!
( Little trills are great some days!)
The end result was making tests in a short amount of time and Joey even put up a new shelf for me where all my new accent glaze colors can rest.
Its always a bad thing when I demo something I like because then my mind starts drifting around asking itself if I can use this new technique in my pots. Like I need one more element to work with! AHHHHHH...(the voices need to go away.)
Hey...who is this guy posing for a shot! ( This is the Clayworks studio and that is my trusty fellow instructor Mr. Ron Philbeck. )
I'm finishing up a burial urn for a member at Clay works and also starting on an order for a bunch of pillow tiles and some deep dish bakers for Carolina Creations located in New Bern NC. Please check on the website information for some very nice images of the space and items that they carry. Joey and I moved from New Bern back in 2001; Quaid was only 5 months old and we hated to leave our cute little house and wonderful town. If your planning a trip to the Outer Banks for NC, you should try to swing by and visit the town of New Bern. Lots of great history.
So..happy mothers day. I hope everyone had a great day!
Most day when I'm in the car with our kids I have on NPR or a light listening station but on days when I'm alone I like to check out the top40 stations. A few weeks ago this song came on the radio and I felt like I was back in high school because it had such a catchy tune with less the nice lyrics I sort of felt like a rebellious teenager singing it at the top of my lungs and dancing in my car. ( What a sight this must of been!)
Today I was listening to an interview with the two guys who invented Twitter, Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone. As I was listening I started to wonder if all of us who blog and facebook are soon going to jump on this bandwagon to keep up with our ceramic hero's and questions.
Raise your hand if you already "twitter"!?
I have to admit that I have gotten on the website to see what it is all about, but than I thought since I don't even use my cell phone on a regular basis, what was the point. I have enjoyed Facebook these last few months. Its nice to see what is going on with my friends and family on a day to day basis. I enjoy "snooping" on my niece and nephew and ribbing my husband about stuff but if I can't keep up with my blog, why start something else? While I was listening to these guys talk about how most people tweeter to keep up with the on going events or trends that shape each individuals lives I really did think " Oh no, will the ceramic community that I blog with start doing this also and I'll have to tag along to keep up"?
So, if you are twitting, please let me know..I'm curious to know what all my "techno" clay geeks friends are up so I don't fall behind. ( Which is where I feel like I am most day in the technology world. Texting...what is that????)
Its Wednesday.... I'm happy to be home. Only one sick kid with me today. I'm grading extra credit papers and throwing. Its a pretty good day here in the Mecca-Lawler house-hold.
I have a few images from my weekend in Raleigh. Here is my little travel companion helping me bring packed up pots out to the truck. She had a great time visiting with her cousins, grandmother and aunt. We try to do separate things with our twins but still whenever one is away from the other, we always hear how they are missed. McKenna brought back lots of treasures for her sister from our trip, which was sweet.
This week I am hoping finally to get some glaze tests made. Today I unpacked and cleaned a bit. A good friend of mine came by with a painting that I had traded with her..that was a nice treat!
On the family front...I can't believe I'm saying this again but we are on yet another round of germs here. Mckenna and Quaid now have whatever there sister had last week. I fear since I'm run down it may come my way again so I'm downing lots of vitamins and organic herbs to ward it all off.