Posts made in July, 2011

Lists and Plans

Posted by on Jul 31, 2011 in About Me, Philosophy, Teaching, Workshop | 0 comments

It is Sunday evening and I am contemplating what I want/need to accomplish this week.  I am a consummate list maker so when a Sunday night falls on the eve of a new month, I can’t resist the compulsion to make another list. Lists help me clear my mind and to keep focus.  I have a list on my refrigerator labeled “Clean Something Obscure Month”.  The thing is, when I clean my house, there are always tasks that I don’t get to before I run out of time, energy, or motivation.  Things like: dust the blinds, clear out the TV cabinet, wash the ceiling fans, wipe down the tops of cabinets, etc.  These are the leftovers – so I thought if I dedicated a month to working on them, they would get addressed.  And, they have. Of the 24 tasks, I have completed all but 4 of them.  That is pretty good and much better than if I hadn’t made the list – even if the actual ‘clean-something-obscure-month’ was May… anyway, there is much more satisfaction for me to set the goals and check some of them off than to arbitrarily do things. The things I need to accomplish this week have mostly to do with glazing.  There is a lot of glazing to be done.  And, glazing takes more time than I care to admit.  In addition to the multitude of pots that need to be glazed, I need to get ready for my workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (that sounds so prestigious – I call it ‘sleep-away-clay-camp’ – which it is).  In preparation, I need to assemble my travel tool kit.  Also, I am dog sitting while my friend is on vacation.  This is great for Braum because he will have a playmate for the next few days.  I have some reports to finish at work; and, I am covering additional projects for a colleague who is on vacation (I am also taking care of his cat, but the cat is not in residence with us during the pet-sitting).  And, a new session of Intermediate Pottery starts this week!  That is exciting but it will require some preparation if I am to have leather-hard pots for demo.  All-in-all a full (but manageable) week – I have a blessed life! You don’t really know about tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for only a short while before it vanishes. Here’s what you ought to say: “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James...

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Multiple Multiples

Posted by on Jul 30, 2011 in Bowls, Casserole, Multiples | 0 comments

Multiples are the path to perfection.  – Ben Jensen I love multiples – I get a lot of satisfaction seeing the pots lined up and waiting to go into the kiln. Casseroles Chip and Dip Serving Bowls Large Bowls Bowls and Plates Ring holders Berry...

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Big News

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Shows | 0 comments

We got some great news this week.  We were invited to participate in Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held August 27 in Cary, NC.  It is very exciting for us to return to this show.  And, we have been making pots in anticipation of the other upcoming shows now we need to make a few more pots.  I like making multiples – it is fun to try minor changes and look for new ideas.  Preparing for shows gives me lots of opportunities to do...

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Celebrating Summer

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in About Me, Lime Fiesta, Teabowl | 2 comments

My favorite time of the year is fall so summer has always felt like a long waiting period.  And, in eastern NC, fall doesn’t come until October so the wait is even more prolonged.  Add high heat and humidity, and summer has never been a favorite season of mine. I spent a lot of years in school until I finished my MS, therefore I was accustomed to an academic schedule setting the rhythm of my life rather than seasonal variations.  Essentially, I defined summers by time away from study and work, not by warmer weather.  After I began working full time, I realized that the season had no bearing on what I did.  Subsequently, I lost the sense of ‘summer’.  To that end, I decided that I needed to find ways to celebrate summer so I wouldn’t homogenize my days. I started a tradition of making a list of the things I wanted to do in the summer but didn’t get a chance and of the things I really enjoyed doing.  I make this list at the end of the summer and put it in my journal until May of the following year.  That list becomes my ‘to do’ list for the next summer.  It includes lots of small things: buy produce from the farmer’s market, swim with my nephews, take a day trip to the beach, walk in the morning before it gets hot, plant geraniums and marigolds, go to the movies in the afternoon, get a pedicure, wear a sleeveless shirt (an act of defiant bravery), pick strawberries, go to the library, etc.  All of these things have sensory or sentimental significance that help me embrace a season of the year that I would prefer to be shorter and cooler. This year, I added a couple things to the list.  I am really enjoying cucumber water – it is very simple but amazingly refreshing.  A few slices of cucumber in cool water, drunk from one of my tumblers – it is a perfect summer drink.  I think drinking out of a tumbler keeps the water cooler longer and I love engaging with pottery!  I serve cool beverages to my guests in ceramic tumblers (when they aren’t in the dishwasher – I really need to make more tumblers).  And, several of my regular guests have requested tumblers for themselves.  This is a major conversion since most people prefer glassware for cold drinks. I also love ice coffee.  So, each morning, I make a little extra coffee and pour it into a ceramic pitcher, which I store in the refrigerator.  I like to mix the chilled coffee with vanilla soymilk – it is a great mid-morning break.   And, pouring it from the ceramic pitcher makes it even more celebratory – and another great way I can commemorate...

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Quiet week

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in About Me, Enchanted Wood, Platters | 1 comment

It has been a quiet week – hot but quiet.  We loaded a glaze kiln, I mixed up 2 glazes, and I set up a sales display.  Tomorrow, I will throw pots which will make me feel like I have actually done something. I have been busy at my day job and with house things.  It is hard to maintain balance so sometimes I need to concentrate my energies on other projects in life.  There are some things that help me feel that life is in equilibrium: an orderly house, time with Jeff, meal planning, clean laundry, and keeping current with reports at work.  If I want to make good pottery, I know I need to keep the other areas of my life in...

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