Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer!

And it is passing way too quickly.  Here it is the middle of July and I feel like we have barely begun.  I blame it on the winter that wouldn't quit and the chilly spring.

Meanwhile I have been glazing and making at a slow but steady pace.  Below are two terra cotta planters that I bought and have glazed with spectrum glazes.  I used to these with great success.  I scrubbed the surfaces with a clean scrubby and vinegar and let dry.  Toes crossed that all goes well!   

These are Italian terra cotta which as I recall was far more successful than Mexican terra cotta.  I would say it's the formulation of the clay body than anything else.  We'll see, Grasshopper, we'll see..... 


I finally finished painting the turtle!  I was held up by a disastrous spill of wax across the tree.  I carefully scraped it down to the clay, then sponged and scrubbed (very carefully) with vinegar.  I ten had to dry it, which took forever with the humidity we have been having.  I then had to reglaze with three coats carefully brushed on. When the glaze was dry I could get down to repainting.  I probably would not have spent so much time on what is an experiment if I had not been three-quarters done!

I also managed to break my mermaid mold.  Sculpy breaks if you drop it.  I can't even blame the cats!  So I am making a new clay mermaid so I can make a new mold.  One more thing!

Speaking of Mermaids....Click on the link to see my dear great niece in her mermaid guise. Mermaid On The Beach, scroll down about two thirds of the page! 


Today would be my sister's eightieth birthday!  Here is a very old snapshot, probably taken by our older brother with his Brownie.

We are in the back yard of our house of our house in Hyattsville, MD.
Our father was working on government stuff during the war.  It was all very secret so we never really knew what he did.  My mother always said it was the smallest house we ever lived in, but there was a housing shortage and everybody made do.

The dogs are Duke and the tail end of Duchess, siblings barely out of puppyhood.


Aside from pottery and gardening we are preparing to put the new liner and pump in the pool.  We thought about replacing the whole pool, until we priced a new one.  For less that one third of the cost we can replace everything for less than a third the cost of a new one

Here's to summer days!

As always, thanks for stopping by.......*s*

14 comments:

  1. Yesterday was the birthday of one of my best lifetime friends who we lost a few years ago. Love the work you're doing, and I'm sure the turtle will be fine. Enjoy the pool!

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    1. Hi Barb......Thanks, we've missed having the pool this year.

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  2. sweet photo of your sister, we named many of our dogs Duke and Duchess when I was growing up, they were all Boxers, I am amazed that you are glazing pots that you purchased how do you know if might melt at a certain temperature ? what a bummer about the wax spill, isn't it always something.

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    1. Hi Linda....I think Duke and Duchess are pretty common puppy names. Terra Cotta pots are always low fire as are my glazes. These will fire at ^05. I do put them on broken bits of kiln shelf though!

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  3. Shame about the wax! That's painful even to read it. You are patient. I hope the firing goes well for all! : )

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    1. Hi Midori....I am only patient because I love the process!

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  4. Those are really beautiful. I love your paintings.

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    1. Hi Lori...Thanks. I've learned not to count on anything until it is out of the kiln!

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  5. Dearest Suzi,
    Fond memories and sad moments... Life goes on. Yes, breaking something and having bad luck creating is part of life. There will be another sunny day coming our way; no doubt! Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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  6. Hi Mariette....As I have said, I don't count on a pot until it is sold. Some potters don't consider it done until it is sold or goes to its new home!

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  7. Hi Michele...10 Thirty One does all sorts cool living statue and party stuff. the Mermaid is my favorite!

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