Monday, May 9, 2022

Majolica Monday #9

 More little whisky sippers.  I am still doing major studio clean up before I move back downstairs to my real workspace.  Meanwhile these little guys are a good way to keep my hand in decorating, although they are not speedy.  They make great kiln fillers.  Majolica glazes are extremely stable so thes can be tucked into all sorts of nooks and crannies.

Today I go for my Covid test which is required by my hospital.  On Thursday I go for my two-year follow up colonoscopy after my surgery in 2020.  Various docs  are not expecting any problems, but there is always and element of uncertainty in any follow up.

Besides, now that winter is over, trees are leafing, and stuff beginning to bloom I have to have something to obsess and be anxious about!  It’s always sumthin’ 🤭 

We’ll see, grasshopper……we’ll see……… 

As always, stay safe, and thanks for stopping by………..*s*

P.S. Google logged me out and is not letting me sign in again.  Just want all to know that I am not ignoring you!

O grasshopper……..

Sunday, April 24, 2022


 My that was fun!

This was supposed to be posted for Earth Day  But we spent the better part of Friday hassling.

Went to Job Lot in Westerly instead of Hope Valley.  Big mistake!  Couldn’t find half of what I wanted.  Then when I got to the check-out line there were at least ten people waiting with only two cashiers open.  So I left!

Then the bank.  Another big mistake!  As we were leaving I hit a pot hole and blew out a rear tire.  (This is not uncommon in Rhode Island.) Fortunately Proge was with me so I didn’t have to call and wait for AAA.  Went immediately to my Very-Wonderful-Auto-Repair-Guys.  Who agreed that the tire would have to be replaced.  Wonder of wonders, they were just about to return a tire that fit our car that had been ordered for someone else who decided not to take it.  Changed it and we were so frustrated that we came home and flaked out with wine and cheese.

It’s always sumthin’!

This is a more or less final sketch for a large platter I am doing.  I rarely post my prelim sketches, but I felt this was appropriate for the day.

Toes crossed everyone was able to celebrate in some small way.

 I have fifty-two little yellow marigold seedlings and started some basil. And the catnip is already coming up.  It’s going to be a plantation this year!

As always, stay safe, and thanks for stopping by………….*s*

Monday, April 4, 2022

Majolica Monday #8

 Two views of the little handbuilt teapot from a while ago.

Ready for the kiln, but not thrilled with the grapes.  I need a lot mor practice.  We’ll see, grasshopper……we’ll se……….

As always,  stay safe, and thanks for stopping by………….*s*

Monday, March 21, 2022

Majolica Monday #7

 I’ve been cleaning my studio so I can move back downstairs soon.  Meanwhile I have been painting sippers.  I used to make them much smaller. Now I make them big enough to hold a jigger of whisky and, for us heathens, an ice cube.

Not great video but the whole thing is visible in its unfired state.

As always, stay safe, and thanks for stopping by………….*s*

Sunday, March 20, 2022

March 20, 2022

Happy Eostre 

We made it through the winter!  Time to celebrate!

As always, stay safe, and thanks for stopping by..........*s*

Monday, March 14, 2022

Majolica Monday #6

 Exterior of the sunflower bowl is finished. I just have to brush on a thin clear coat. With this glaze, Spectrum Satin,  coat of clear gives the colors an extra depth.

Two little sippers.

As always, stay safe, and thanks for stopping by……………..*s*

Monday, March 7, 2022

Majolica Monday #5


Sunflower Bowl in progress.  I have been drawing sunflowers in prep for some flower pot planters I am doing.  Suddenly became appropriate given the times we are living in.

This is the first time actually painting on the raw glaze.  Spectrum Satin white #251 with my own mixed Mason stains. It will have a thin coat of satin clear when I finish painting.  One of the things I have learned is that the glaze cannot be too thick when once firing.

As always, stay safe, and thanks for stopping by………….*s*