Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Ceramics and.........

I forgot to take any pictures of last week's teapot.  Fortunately I had a few sketches to give an idea of what I have been up to.  I along with other potters have been thinking a lot about birds lately....little harbingers of spring when they start their mating calls.


Obviously a bird teapot is in order.  This one is completely handbuilt .  I started with about two pounds of clay which I treated like a giant pinch pot.  The wings tail and feet are added when the form has set a bit.  The beak was a bit harder.  Initially I thought it should be small....then I thought about it being the spout and how difficult a small spout can be to make pour properly.  For all the funkiness? weirdness? of these pots I do want them to be able to function as working teapots.

I was not able to add any feathers or cut the lid so I wrapped it very tightly in many layers of plastic and put it in one of my air tight storage boxes.  With any luck it will be just right when I get to work on it again.

By the way I find that lock top plastic boxes make wonderful little damp boxes.

I want to thank every one for all the kind and thoughtful comments on my last post regarding my brother.  Over the years that I have been blogging a circle of friends has formed.  No we don't really know each other, but we all have things in common that bring us together.  Again I thank each and every one of you for all your support.

I am watching Miss Congeniality,  which I have seen many times, but I do love the way Sandra Bullock plays her nerdy beautiful best.

And finally this will also be posted over on Sunday Ceramics.  Take a look at the world wide world of clay.

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


12 comments:

  1. Dearest Suzi,
    That drawing is fabulous and yes, we all long for the new life... Spring is a season of hope, to forget the harshness of winter.
    Even the winter of life has the same features. It can have some lovely moments but the harsh cold and wind are like the personal attacks on our very veins... One last battle before it will be calm forever; no more harsh battles to endure. Wishing all of you strenght for going this together. That is the only support we can give each other; knowing we're not alone on that dreadful last stretch of the winter of life...
    Tight hugs!
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette...Thank-you for your thoughtful words. And the hugs are always appreciated!

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  2. I think that you might like my friend Dawn Oakford's work, Dawn makes the funkiest teapots that are still functional. http://dawnoakford.com Thanks for joining in this week, I enjoy seeing the thought processes behind peoples work.

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    1. Hi Kim....I took a quick peek Dawn's site.....very cool indeed! Thanks.

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  3. A lovely teapot drawing, I like the comb and the lid so much. Looking forward to seeing the final pot! : ) .

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    1. Hi Midori......Thanks; I hope the pot lives up to the sketch. My enforced absence from clay is making me itch to get back into my studio!

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  4. Gosh can't wait to see what this looks like out of the kiln. Know what you mean about the birds..... watching the feeder is my favorite past time. Waiting for the red wing blackbirds to show up, then I know it's time to start my seeds inside for early gardens :)

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    1. Hi Sandy....I liked it so much in terra cotta that I may do one in white earth too....with a different decorating style!
      It's supposed to get cold again.....brrrrrr.....can't wait for spring.

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  5. Hi Suzi, your sketch is wonderful - I had to really look at it to 'see' a teapot. Can't wait to see the actual thing. I made a few teapots way back, but found them a bit fiddly for my limited capabilities! Happy New Year! xCathy

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    1. Hi Cathy....Fiddly? With the detailed work you do I would never call your abilities limited. It's just a question of finding what floats your boat!

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