Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Memory.......and transformations

Breezy January 1998-September 2011
Our wonderful doggie died quietly at home on Friday evening.  She will be missed.

pufferfish and cat
frog and turtle                                                                   
mouse, pig and penguin

duck and swan
 These are some of the whistles I make from the closed forms I throw.  N., the friend who taught me how to make whistles, always hand built hers.  I threw basic shapes as a way of informing my work without copying hers.  N. told me quite bluntly I was nuts, but I think there is something to be said for my approach.  It has given me a way of approaching my work from a different perspective.  Whistles are also a little homage to N. as she died several years ago.  She always encouraged me to keep going.
teapot survivor
Not for nothing have I labeled this 'teapot survivor'.  I managed to knock the knob off the lid, screw up the spout so it resembled a corkscrew and, to top things off Aloysius (kitty) knocked it off the shelf when I was trying to photograph it.  Fortunately it landed in a pile of plastic and it was leather hard so it was possible to pound it back into shape.  The lid is still a little off, and the other side has echoes of a dent.  After those misadventures I think the poor thing deserves to be fired.
tufted titmouse
This little guy has been hanging our by the fishpond.  I think he is enjoying the benefits of all the plants that are going to seed.

I need to start paying more attention to my photographs.  I have used them only for my own reference up until now, but that is changing.

The sun has come out after another rainy night.  I am going to walk around the garden before going into my studio.  Happy day!


  1. I am so very sorry that you lost Breezy. Dogs give so much and ask so little.

  2. I am so sorry you lost your dog! We just lost ours a couple of weeks ago too. It sure makes the house quiet - I know I've seen Merlin's shadow for the last few weeks. :-(
    Love your whistles and I hope the teapot makes it through the kiln - lol It will have a tail to tell.

  3. Hi Patti....Thank-you for the kind thoughts.

    Hi Judy...thanks for finding me. I'm sorry that you lost Merlin. I think Patti sums it up nicely in her comment.
    As for the teapot, so far so good.

  4. So sorry about Breezy what a beautiful dog Breezy was, got my fingers crossed for the teapot.

  5. Hi Linda....thank-you for the kind words about Breezy. She was know as Princess Pink Ears or when she had been out playing in dirt and mud Princess Dirty Ears or Princess Dirty Paws. We have so many happy memories.

    As for the teapot...we'll see, grasshopper, we'll see....

  6. I aM so sorry about your sweet old dog, sheesh! Thank you so much for the visit and comments, and I adore the fun things you are making here! let me know about the cookies, OK?

  7. Hi Gary....thanks for stopping by. Breezy was a force of nature in our lives.

    Cookies on Sunday!

  8. you are cool, you are nice, let me see if I can favorite this blob :)


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