Saturday, November 5, 2011

Visitors and Found Stuff

Looked out the window around 4:30 P.M. yesterday afternoon and found mother and babies having dinner.  One of the babies is behind his mother the other is out of frame eating the artemisia.  This is what happens when there is no dog at home.  It doesn't take them long to figure things out.

These guys are not in the least shy.  I took the photo at a distance of 25-35 ft. through the window.  Mom saw me, looked up could almost hear "'s you." and returned to grazing.  They wandered off a few minutes later.

Afternoon visitors

So of course, I had to find a deer I had ready to glaze and do my own riff on a ruminant.

I have been doing a lot of clean-up in the yard.  I found this old bird feeder under a pile of junk.  It must be from the early 80's when I became pretty serious about clay, but before I began working exclusively in low fire. That is a ^6 clay and glaze and it has my old style of signing my name.  I did not use my usual design style until I pots I was able to look in the eye.

I think I may try a few of these.  As I recall they were pretty simple to build.  Originally there was a clay loop for hanging; that needs changing.  It will sit quite nicely on the deck rail this winter.

I made this whistle as a test piece when I did an animal building workshop with Pat Uchill Simons about five years ago.  This is another ^6 clay body that I fired up to temp to see what it would do.

Originally I just thought of him as 'the old man', then I started seeing some images of The Green Man and decided to paint him as such.  If I were making a true green man I would do the leaves in relief.

I should be able to fire the kiln in the next week or so.  I made some platters/bird baths that I am letting dry.

I'm starting to get back into the idea of selling my stuff.


  1. I love your visitors. I would plant what it would take to attract them but my fence keeps them out. Sigh.
    Your version is adorable.

  2. Hi Patti...The trouble with deer in this area is that there are way too many of them. By winter's end we could easily have a dozen of them visiting. I like them to keep their distance because they are so destructive in gardens. (They have destroyed at least five dwarf fruit trees in the past.) Also it isn't good for them to become so used to humans......that way problems lie.

    It was not uncommon to see them in the goat pen many years ago. They could easily clear the electric fence, which the goats could not do.

    Thanks for liking my version. BTW......very pleased that you are feeling better.

  3. Love your painted deer, so snazzy! Lorraine :-}


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