Sunday, June 16, 2013

Drying Out?

In between rain storms we visited a new pond supply place.  It's nice, but in the middle of town so it doesn't have the gorgeous landscaping our local guy had.  It's too far away to make it an easy place to get to, which may be a good thing as we aren't tempted to stop in on our way to the market and buy plants and stuff.

I did buy this iris which is going in next to the pond.  It's a blue flag, which I have been looking for after doing in the ones my sister gave me many years ago.  It was a draught and I didn't have a nice boggy place to put them.  Now I have this beauty to take its place.
                                             
                                                     

Whew!  I got this posted on Mud Colony with minutes to spare.  Now I'm back to edit and add in a few more thoughts about clay etc.

Presence of mind leads to fewer mistakes.

Yes these are the little cruets I posted about a month ago.  In my infinite clumsiness I managed to almost drop the one on the left and in the process managed to destroy the lid.  It's too dry to remake the hinged lid I originally made, so I am doing a simpler one which will be okay.....I guess.  Actually, it's more in keeping with the other cruet.



I've been making bigger bird whistles.  This time they have feet, which can lead to new possibilities.  They don't have to be bird feet after all!


This is the start of a gargoyle.  He's really a grotesque as he is not a downspout.  This one is quite small.  I'm interested to see where this will go.


And last two of the manatees I've been decorating.  The one with stars isn't quite finished, but I am trying to simplify my designs on the smaller whistles.  I am becoming crazed doing way too much detail on such small pieces.  I like working this way...it's more gestural, which I do in drawings but not so much in clay.

We'll see, grasshopper......we'll see.

This is being posted on Mud Colony; take a look at what is going on over there.....or should I say, "Down there."?

The next post down has a picture of my father as a very small boy.  Happy Fathers Day to all those who are or act as fathers.

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

20 comments:

  1. Oh love blue flag iris....you would love the pond place near me, they have EVERYTHING and about 25 demonstration landscapes. If I didn't live on a pond.....I would go there and create one, a big one....Nice tea pots....xox

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    2. Hi Corrine...A good pond place is hard to find. Our local guy was knowledgable and helpful. with beautiful gardens of many types. I suppose you can't blame even an old hippie for wanting to retire.
      I'm going to make more of the little pots.

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  2. we'll see grasssssshopper :) I am also a fan of the boggy iris, mmmm :)

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    2. Hi Gary.....Ah yes, Grasshopper. There's just something about the flags or bog iris.

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  3. Dearest Suzi,
    Lovely blue iris you got yourself for the pond area and I am enchanted by those manatee smiles. You are quite talented!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette....Thanks. I'm looking forward to next summer when the new plants will really get going!

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  4. Your pots look like chatting to each other. I like them having characters and souls.Iris is gorgeous! : )

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    1. Hi Midori...Thanks! That's exactly the reaction I was hoping for.

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  5. I love the idea of the hinged lid. I hope you try to make another one.

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    1. Hi Lori....Yes, I am planning more hinged lids. I'll try to be awake and with it when I work on them!

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  6. What a nice blue iris. You produce so many beautiful things. The little cat has already moved to its very own home.

    Hugs

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    1. Hi Elna....Thank you. I love blue flowers. I'm glad the little kitty has a new home.

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  7. Hi Suzi,

    Your new blue Iris is so pretty.
    Also love seeing all your creative clay work - you have been busy.

    Happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hi Carolyn.....Every garden needs a little blue in it. Thanks for your kind words.

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  8. Hi Suzi, love the Iris. I think I just planted the same one, but until it flowers am not too sure what colour it is! I just picked it up from a road-side stall! The pottery is wonderful - I love the bird's feet - they just clinch the deal for that piece! I always liked your decorative techniques and your manatees are no exception, Grasshopper! xCathy

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    1. Hi Cathy.....I'm a fan of the flags or bog iris in particular. Sometimes you find the best plants in little stands. I'm, having a lot of fun with bird feet.

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  9. wow, I like it how you try new things and you skip to different worlds- from a teapot to a manatee. Hope you post finished pictures of these.

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    1. Hi Amy....I like to have things in various stages of work. I make whistles all the time. They're fun to work on when I need a break from other parts of living.

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