Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Pinch Pots

Here is a rabbit/hare/bunny that I pinched out of a small cylinder of clay.

He was going to be a whistle but I let him get too dry.  I like my whistles to be on the edge of hard leather when I make them.

There is a lot wrong with him, including the mended foot, but he will be fine for design experiments.

Many of my potter friends on various FB pottery groups have been making coiled cone Christmas trees.

I built these two over bisqued cones wrapped newspaper. My clay was very wet and I was too impatient to dry it out a bit.  The smaller one is coils which I then smooshed  to get some surface movement.  The larger one is small wads of clay which I shaped as I applied them.

I remove the forms as soon as the clay has dried just a bit.  The newspaper stays in to provide a bit of support.  It removes easily when the trees are completely dry.

I have glazed these with three coats of Spectrum #799 Majolica White. The green in Mason Stain #6202 Florentine Green.

They will be single fired to ^05

We'll see, grasshopper...

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

Saturday, November 23, 2019


Our dear orange floof, Ringo, died suddenly of what I can only assume was a heart attack, while we were out shopping.

Ringo... July 1, 2017-November22, 2019
He was a fourteen pound ball of floofy love.  His goofy affection helped me get through Aloysius’s passing last summer.

I am devastated and heartbroken.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019


Yes indeed.  My sunflowers are coming into bloom.

They sprouted in a birdfeeder after days of rain in September.  I transplanted some of the strongest into a planter so I could bring it inside if it it got too cold.  Here on the south side of the house it has stayed nice and warm.

I think next spring I will scatter lots of sunflower seeds around and see what happens.

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

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Last Rose of Summer?

I thought this was the last rose, but yesterday I noticed two more buds forming.

Autumn is always interesting here because it often wanders along in the sixties even low seventies and then suddenly turns frosty.

The maples and some of the beech have begun to turn.  The oaks are always much later.


It's Turkey Time!  These are just a few of the very large flock that has been wandering through our yard at sunrise this week.

I have been reorganizing my studio to make it more conducive to work.

I am debating with myself about doing the Christmas Sale at my Art Association/ Pottery Co-op.

We'll see, Grasshopper.......we'll see......

The sun is out after days of rain and storm.   Enjoy!

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

Thursday, September 19, 2019


A not great photo of  Friendly and LuckyPeach sleeping together on the much coveted box in the sun.

This happened a few days ago and has been recurring every morning.

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see Peach starting to come out of her shell and starting to trust just a little bit.

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

Friday, August 30, 2019

Fishy Friday

Here  are two small prototype fish I have been working on.

Both will be glazed and single fired.  The white one on the left has it's base coat on.  The terra cotta one is still drying.  To single fire the pieces must be absolute dry before glazing. 

These are the beginning of an idea I have for larger fish whistles.  Single firing gives me results in one step.

I just realized it's the long weekend so we will be off to do errands, hopefully, before things become too crazed.

Celebrate and remember those who fought so  hard and gave so much for our country.

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

Sunday, August 25, 2019


I started this fish while Aloysius was sick.    Unlike throwing, I could work for small periods of time and easily stop when I wanted to give him attention.

Terra cotta, entirely handbuilt.  I am not totally satisfied with the tail.  Next time!

Although I often single fire decorative pieces I am going to bisque this one.  There are so many fragile add ons that it will be safer and easier to glaze when it is bisqued.

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