Saturday, September 8, 2012

Don't Forget The Fish!

Last week all the baby fish decided to surface.  They aren't easy to photograph due to waterfall and how quickly they move.  There are somewhere between one and a half to two dozen fingerlings.  I never knew that they could come in all colors.  I thought you needed black ones to get black ones etc....not the case.  We have a bunch of all black and many bi-and-tri-colored ones.  It's so enjoyable to go our and feed them and watch them eat.  I never thought a few ten cent fish from a fish store could provide so much pleasure.

Of course I had to do my own little homage to fish and make a bunch of whistles.  I did all these in white low-fire and glazed them with commercial Speedball glazes.  I mostly use commercial glazes when I am experimenting as I can once-fire them successfully.  As a rule I don't like white clay as I think it gives a stark, dead look to work.  It's subtle but terra cotta gives a warmth to white glazes that gives more depth to the work. If I am glazing a big piece on white clay I put a little rutile in it to warm it up a little.

The weather has been strange today....mostly cloudy  and breezy.  It feels almost like hurricane weather, but I don't think there are any hurricanes in the North Atlantic.

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Enjoy Sunday, and as always, thanks for stopping by..................*s*


  1. Dearest Suzi,

    You started off this post great with describing how much joy your 10 cent purchases of little fish brought you.
    It is true, but you need to be a keen observer for finding that joy in the little things; the secrets of life.
    Not only observing them but you manage to reproduce some of that joy in a fun way.
    Hugs to you and enjoy your Sunday.

  2. They are so cute and I love the bright colors.


  3. Your fish have so much personality. didn't know you could get different colors of fish either, amazing they are having babies. There are a couple of hurricanes in the north atlantic but out in the middle you're probably getting wind from that and also a cold front is coming through.

  4. sweet little whistles!

    I know how you feel about your fish. We have lots of hummingbirds that visit our feeders and we think of them as our outside pets. They bring us hours of entertainment and we miss them in winter.

  5. I love the fact that they're whistles! Can't wait to see them finished!

  6. Hi Mariette....Small things can bring great joy.

    Hi Ria...Thanks for finding me. Glad you like them.

    Hi Elna...The'll be even brighter after firing.

    Hi Christ...Thanks

    Hi Linda...It's fun trying to individualize them. Hurricanes seem to be out to sea.....toes crossed!

    Hi Michele...Wild animals each have their own personality; it's no surprise we regard them as pets.

    Hi Brenda...Thanks and many thanks for joining my blog.

  7. Isn't it nice to get so much joy from simple pleasures like 10 cent fish.
    Your whistle fish are beautiful. I tried to make a whistle while I was at Penland, it's not easy.

  8. Hi Lori.....simple things can bring great pleasure. The trick to making whistles is make, make, make! If I haven't made them for a while I usually have to make a few to back into it.


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