So...what's the problem your wondering? Well, that old green eyed monster is back at it with me and I'm itching to get in the game and make some really cool pieces. Guilty as charged..I admit it...I like being in those shows you have to pay for and also cushion my resume'. The last thing I entered was the 500 vase book and after that I think I have been laying low - not really having the drive to really work for something awesome. I work to pay the bills and although this is not a bad thing and actually its a must in our house hold...its not why I make pots. I make pots for the challenge. At the moment I'm get bored and I need a change. I also need a little fire to get me going and nothing does that more than good old fashion competition. Once again...I admit it! I get out on a tennis court and enjoy the game, but I also want to look like I'm a worthy opponent. At the moment in my studio and pottery "life", I'm feeling sort of like the ref. who's on the side lines observing what all the other players are doing.
So, I guess this weekend, if my pug mill is home and working, I guess I'll turn the tunes up, ask Joey for a little time away from motherhood and than try to step up my game. We all need a little push at times. I'm so exciting we have a long weekend to do just this!
Back to the train of thought about surfing the web for cool pots............
Well, after doing my blog and playing on facebook a bit, I think I'll just go to bed. To tired to surf this evening!
I have lots of folks ask me for toothbrush holders. Now this is something I don't think I ever thought of making when I was dreaming up crazy serving dishes and anything that would make other potters go "cool idea"! But, everyone needs a place to keep their toothbrush and I needed some small items to fit around some big bowls that are going in the kiln. We'll see how they go over! The new clay I've been trying seems to take the black stain really well. I haven't attempted handles with this clay yet just because I'm afraid of lots of popping and I don't have time to spare for those sort of set backs.
Here's just one board of pots from last night. A little lightning bug decided to come in a sit on one of those mugs below. In the summer time I have all sorts of interesting bugs that visit me and thank goodness all the rotten floor boards in my shop got fixed about four years ago so the raccoons finally went away! The bugs don't bother me and the cats, for the most part keep themselves entertained with the bugs between naps and meowing to go in while my wheel spins around and around. The bags of recycled clay are mounding up. Here are just a few I haven't taken back to my shed yet. I have about 8 more out there! Today I'm hauling the pugmill to Rock Hill to see if a machine shop there can help me out. Fingers crossed!
At any rate, I am up and going with a few pots listed. In time we'll get the hang of it.
The pug mill is still not going....such a bummer. I called around town, no luck on finding someone who can help me out. Today I'll search around the phone book in the next town. So sad being without my pug mill!
You all have a good Tuesday!
Happy fathers day to all the Dad's out there. We are planning on a little bit of shopping and some lunch today. I hope to get back in the studio tonight because Blowing Rock is right around the corner!
Below is a photo Joey found of a sea of eager parents at the new Charter school we are hoping to get back into. You can play " Find Waldo" and see if you can spot Joey and I. I'll give you a hint..we are the two with extremely concerned faces in the crowd!
Yesterday I took a bunch of photo's and my goal today was to post them here on the blog. I'm actually sort of enjoying taking images these days. Its sort of challenge and I'm ready for a bigger and more complicated camera with more bells and whistles so I can really get this photo thing down to a science! ( Of course all with a manual.....)
My pug mill is in a million pieces this evening. The ball barrings needed replacing and if you've ever done that before..well, you know you have to take the entire thing apart. Little did Joey and I know that after about 2 hours of taking off bolts, getting clay out of it and trying to pry it loose that we still could not figure out what was holding it together. Once again...I think I may have to beg my Fix-it man in Shelby to help me out. ( I'm in the process of sweet talking him with some dinner via Facebook!) I guess until I can get my pug-mill back up and working, I'll have buy a few boxes of clay because I have lots to make for the month of July. The pots in these latest photo's where from pots I held back from my last kiln before the Larkspur show. Most of these images are being entered in various shows. There are other images that I'm saving for my etsy page. Yes, yes....its coming. Between my Tech man working more than 60 hours a week and myself consumed in mother hood and my children's education, the new website has taken a back set to even the blog these days. I do enjoy Facebook I have to admit and I keep up with my fan page. Some days that is all I can manage!I'm finding myself slowly falling into that pottery category of women who make pots but don't get as overly excited about new trends and famous potters anymore. I remember these same sort of "Part-time-Mother-Potters" that I use to meet at workshops when I was in grad school. You'd mention some great up and coming potter and they would just say "oh, yeah", like it was no big deal. In my mind I'd think "how could they be so calm about such awesome work". I know now that they where most likely thinking about how they were going to pay for dance lessons for their daughter or maybe the fact they couldn't apply for two shows in one month because they just wouldn't be able to find that amount of time to make enough pots for two shows. Yes, these are the things that now consume my life. Dance lessons, play dates, manners and school.
Joey and I skimped and saved to send our three to a wonderful private school for four years. It was great! Our only worry was the money aspect of it. Every year we'd wonder how we could keep it up. This year we got an opportunity, as I've said before, to send out kids to a new charter school in our area. They all three got picked in the lottery back in February. We weathered the storm of telling them they would change schools which caused lots of drama that was consuming for a few weeks. This weekend we learned that the charter school we were all set to send the kids too had to cut back from 1200 students to 600. Quaid made the cut but our twins are waited listed again......
Once again, my mind is consumed with what to do now that is best for our kids. Hard to think about pots in times like this. When your a female, I think you want to talk and gather as much information as you can on any tuff situation....I've been on the phone, checking website, emailing and just being a general stress ball about the whole thing. Night and day its all I think about.This saga will continue and in the mean time I need to tell myself that I have obligations to shows and folks waiting for work so I have to get back to work.
Maybe picking up some clay and turning on the tunes in my studio is just what this Pottery Mom needs!
I'm also dividing pots up for photo's, shows and orders.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
Today I'm ordering a part for my pug mill and taking some photo. This evening Joey and I are going to see the play Wicked. I can not wait for another fun outing with my hubby!
My little helper that came with me ended up not wanting to tag along with Mommy for once. One evening of waiting around while Mommy put up the tent and hauled boxes back and forth from the truck was about all she could take. She ended up swimming, visiting with Grandma and some cousins and having all the attention one 6 year old twin could possibly want.
If your wondering what the little dish in the middle is for..well, everyone needs a tooth-pick.
Nice set a tumblers here. Someone asked for some smaller ones for their bathroom so I scaled these down a bit.
Last but not least is a teapot that I've grown found of. Well the shape is really what I like. Its hard to find a teapot shape that you like and works well. I think this one might be it for a while. I'll have to make some more next month.