Sunday, August 4, 2013

In Progress and.....

To do a post you actually have to post it!

I've done a late addition or edit down at the foot of the post.

I've been working on these woven fruit bowls lately.  Originally I built it on the outside of a bowl.  As soon as it was slightly firm I inverted it into a larger bowl and started adding the rim.  I use a thin jersey fabric to separate the bowl from the form.  Unlike paper it is easily used as a sling when I want to shift or move the piece.



Here I have turned the bowl upside down again.


It's not strong enough to support itself while I start the feet so I have put a much smaller bowl inside.  This one is wrapped in tissue paper.  I've also begun to work on the rim.

I did all this last night so I should be able to do more work on it this morning.  We've had many humid to rainy days so things are drying slooooooowly, which is good for handbuilding, but......



We've been talking about making tools lately.  In the foreground you can see the little tool I made from a popsicle stick to get into the nooks and crannies.  I find popsicle sticks so handy for making small tools.  They are easily cut with a strong utility knife and sanded to and edge and point with fine sandpaper.  Plus they're smooth so no worry for splinters. 

No, I do not eat an inordinate amount of popsicles; I buy them by the box full at A.C. Moore.

There's a warm, sunny and busy day ahead of me.  I'm off to New Hampshire tomorrow to see my brothers and to visit League of N.H. Craftsmens Fair.  I'l stop in to see Michele and Jeff in Tent 5, Booth 518 and many others.  This show is always a treat.

Late addition @ 12:19 PM.

I went out this morning and found this day lily has started to bloom.  I bought it from Larry the Pond Guy before he closed last fall.  I had forgotten how pretty this one is......ruffled and doubled in a peachy, apricot color.  This one is a late bloomer so it will extend our season by a few more weeks.  Again I wish Larry had not closed; he had such wonderful plants and was always willing to give advice.  I suppose even the best want to retire at some point.  He is still missed by a number of customers.



If I had remembered to post this last night I would have this up on Mud Colony.   Go take a look anyway.  Good things are going on there.

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

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful weaving of clay. Love the footed look...What will you use it for fruit? xox

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    1. Hi Corrine....Thanks. I came up with this in a smaller simpler version when I was teaching my special needs class. I found the prototype a few weeks ago and have been using it for tomatoes. The open basket weave allows air to circulate and seems to keep stuff from rotting at the bottom of the bowl. The feet, in fact the whole thing still need finishing. This one's been fun.

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  2. What a beautiful fruit bowl, me like.

    Hugs from a very hot Sweden

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    1. Hi Elna.....Thanks; it's cooler than usual today.

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  3. Wow, your basket is busy up and down! : ) Are you going to fire it upside down?

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    1. Hi Midori.....Thanks. I'll fire right it side up.

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    1. Hi Gary.....Thanks; we'll see. grasshopper....we'll see.

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  5. Dearest Suzi,
    Love your woven basket and you manage to do this very cleverly.
    And your frilly, double peachy, apricot color day lily is a GEM! Good luck with your travels and visits; family and others.
    Hugs to you,
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette....Thanks. I had forgotten how pretty this day lily is.

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  6. Have a great time at the show, say "hi" to Michèle and Jeff for me.

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    1. hi Lori..... It's supposed to be a perfect, sunny day. I'll sure to say "hi".

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  7. Hello Smart Cat - thank you for visiting my blog.

    Wow, you are so talented. I took a basket-weaving workshop a few years (ok, more than a few) ago, but mine looked nothing like yours. It was fun, but I wasn't very good at it.

    I love that day lily, too! It looks like a little lace flower. It's been so hot here lately that the flowers have stopped blooming for a bit. Crossing my fingers that they will reappear soon! <3

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    1. Hi Stacy....I think the only basket I ever made was when I was still in Girl Scouts. I won't even try to say how many years ago.

      Hot weather will certainly do in flowers....unless they're meant for a desert. Hope things cool off a bit for you.

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  8. Oooh! I have never even tried this before but am getting ideas now I've seen yours! Let's face it - I have bowls enough in all shapes and sizes! When if stop potting, I may open soup kitchen with all these bowls everywhere! Opposite problem here - so dry and hot, things drying in seconds! xCathy

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  9. Hi Cathy...I think this you could do dynamite work with this. I'm wanting to see what you do. Hey, can anyone ever have too many bowls or mugs?

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