We had a weekend with our grandkids and what else do you do but make some pottery. Mark started them out on stamping and cutting. I moved them over to the wheel where we took some of the circles and turned them into plates for their dolls. The waiting is the hardest part for them. These should be ready to glaze on the next long weekend. It also gave me some thoughts about teaching my beginners at the school. I'll just have to see how I can carry this over.
And, here we are in the middle of spring, with summer coming fast behind us. Mark is throwing, I am tiling, frogs are looking for love, and we are open most of the week. Call or email if you think you are heading our way to be sure of hours. It looks like we will continue with closed on Mondays. I am looking at Tuesdays as an open day starting in the next few weeks. Pretty much 10-4 Wednesday-Saturday. Clear as mud? Yep. M
Here we go, month 3 is marching forward, week 2 is quickly here. I am piling up enough tiles to fire soon. Mark is working on a gas firing for Ms. B. Last month he worked over at the college firing the gas kiln we have there. It was full of students work. He was a little nervous firing a kiln load of pots worked on by others. It is hard enough to lose your own work, but the thoughts of messing up other work is a different set of jitters. He did a fantastic job, it was a great firing. The students were very excited over some excellent results, with almost no glaze on the shelves we were ecstatic. They are ready to fill this again soon. Now to teach them how to fill the kiln with less bowls and more other items. If you are interested the college has a facebook page, Montgomery Community College Pottery, they are in Troy NC, not Troy NY or other big cities. Just look them up, I have posted pictures of the firing.
The trees and flowers tell us that spring is coming, we are excited to see the usual signs of trees budding, flowers in the yard. There is still that chill in the air, but the promise of warm weather is here. Check with us on your next trip to the area our hours have changed. We are closing some in order to get work finished here, but we are always open to you. Come down, we will have a key ready. Otherwise you are very likely to find us open Wednesday-Saturday.
I know that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Then again neither does days of rain. What does make sense is how quickly you can forget the rain and all your troubles when the sun comes out. We started out our day with no power, we ended our day with plentiful sun and warmth. The gratitude you feel as you walk in sunshine can not be explained, just absorbed. What I noticed as we walked were small creatures happy that we had some sun. We saw turtles piled on the banks at the zoo, even turtles need some sun to make them happy. I saw squirrels hanging in the nooks of trees getting their fill of sun. After endless rain we all wanted our fill. The cows were happy, we were happy, sun and power restored all in one day.
At the zoo the trees were blooming red. Look below at the turtles sunning. Then look up -clouds! Pretty clouds. The clouds were filled with animals, kings, faces, all drifting off for other places. I love a good cloud watch as the weather clears off. You see such things that can never be repeated.
I am heading out to the studio this morning to finish some work I started weeks ago. I feel as if I an on a short ledge making yet another decision about the pottery, the school and what comes next.