MINOR ADDITIONS

Good we don’t foresee everything beforehand.
Minor is tongue-in-cheek, for we had to wait
two months for the kiln.
Also, am now literally “poorer,” having purchased
the potters wheel and kiln. To give
up doing the challenge All Seasons to create
more time was harder than I thought.
All for this! A small corner in the kitchen (and garage for the kiln).

But it was all to learn this!
Elbows in – center clay- thumbs to make the hole
keep thumbing till opening is wide enough
use tool to round out walls and the bottom
Use tool to get the pot off the wheel (rather do this the next day!)
………. it sounds so simple, ha! Anyone can do this
(cracking a smile)
A note to Dan Antion: without a class, Dan:)

My first batch fired (except the top one on the left) in the kiln.
Thanks to my courageous hubby to learn navigate
the firing process. It takes 8 hours and a night to cool off!
Sure hope improvements will develop soon
since I like to make bigger things!

A little joke of Fake Fame on my computer
of Fame for One Word Sunday

Joe’s Crab restaurant at the waterside of Old Sacramento.
Jazzed to have such a clear reflection
Travel Tue, Weekend Reflection

The dunes by Sutro Baths, San Francisco
DND

Wordless
FOTD, Floral Fri Foto

If you don’t know what this is, there’s not much to see,
but this is a deer path clear across our property
and reminds me of all the deer visiting us. Sweet thoughts!
Makro Tex

Who can outdo the sky??
Only real cotton balls.

MONDAY – Garden Affair * Weekly Smile * FOTD *
TUESDAY – Tue Scribbles * Travel Tue * Makro-Tex *
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wed.* Der Natur Donnerstag *
THURSDAY – Thankful Thurs.* Sky Watch * Floral Fri Foto *
FRIDAY – Weekend Reflection * Fri Bliss *
SUNDAY – One Word * Sun. Best *

47 thoughts on “MINOR ADDITIONS

  1. That cloud shot is brilliant – the bottom one. Yes, who can out do the sky?! Fabulous. You’re pots are sensational. One day I’ll show you mine and you’ll laugh andf laugh (but that’s okay because I’ll laugh along with you) #FridayBliss

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      1. For a long time I wanted to go 3-dimensional (and good I had no idea about costs!!) and wished I would have started earlier on it:)

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    1. Love your humor, Lydia. That’s a deal, you can show your pottery one time by email …Love sky shots, because I don’t have to edit them, maybe just the contrast:) Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Your photos are lovely, but I am most impressed with t the picture of you at the wheel. You look like you belong there. Your work is already looking professional. You are an amazing artist. I look forward to seeing more of what you create,

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  3. Is that really you at the wheel of the potter’s wheel? You look so different sans glasses and from that angle! Your work is amazing and so even! I hope you can make bigger items too. Now will you paint your pots and refire them?

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    1. My face was too dark on one side so I lightened it in PS. That angle is hubby’s idea:).Yes, I already glazed the pots, an am waiting for them to be fired (which will take some time (to fire them, cones (to monitor the progress of the firing) are needed. You can use them only one time and they’re $123 – this is much more expensive than painting, lol!

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      1. It is! I got into ceramics for a little while and I was just buying green ware then firing it, painting it, glazing and refining that was expensive then. That was back in the 90’s.

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      2. It is expensive now! That’s why I started with it being good that we don’t know everything beforehand, otherwise I had probably not started on it! Talked to hubs, and he told he bought a package with enough for a few times – phew what a relief!

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  4. Oh, very beautiful, your pottery works! I took a pottery class at community college thirty or more years ago. Then I dreamed of a kiln and a potter’s wheel for a long time, but I never knew where to go – no space. Later, our friends had a pottery workshop that we were allowed to use. Unfortunately, the two are now divorced, now I don’t do pottery again. But there are other hobbies 🙂 I hope you continue to enjoy pottery – it is such a wonderful and creative process.
    How great that you have a deer path clear across your property!
    All the best and have a nice Sunday,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/03/zeit-fur-ein-rückblick-auf-den.html

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    1. Great chatting with your, Traude:) The wheel is at an awkward place, at the end of our galley kitchen, close to the back door. Austin is big, like Los Angeles with much traffic, so I wanted a kiln close by without have to drive close to an hour. It stands in the garage. We only could afford to pay for these because we had some money left of the sale of our previous house. I’ll visit you soon:)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Arun. Am not sure if the rose is my or hubby’s capture. The trail is a sweet memory of a time that may not come back!

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  5. My girls love working with clay. I don’t know why, but I always find it stressful. Maybe because I feel like the clay has more power than me.

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    1. Oh, that is how I felt too, and was determined to win the battle! And for this batch I made sure I was on the wheel at least twice or 3 times a week!

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  6. Wow looks good. So true….that it is not as easy as it looks. It must feel wonderful to have your hands in the clay and see the end product. Beautiful sky photo. I love when they’re puffy like that, and when we see shapes in them.

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  7. Wonderful that you have a wheel and kiln! For years we lived next door to a professional potter. He would make us stuff, and give us beautiful pieces that had little cracks or flaws that he didn’t want to sell. Between that, and the fascinating Native American pottery sherds I come across on my hikes, pottery has held my interest for a long time!

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    1. Yes, you are telling me about the perfectionist side of potters. Since I am starting so late in life, I don’t know if I will reach that point of giving flawed stuff away – everything is still flawed here, haha.

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  8. A true artist you are! Most artists I know work in more than one medium and are always experimenting with stuff.

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    1. Yes. so true. Never am to the point that I don’t want to try out something new. But for people around them, it is at times hard to keep up with them, lol.

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  9. Congrats on getting the kiln set up and going !
    Is that you in the image- what lovely hair color and such a great artist in action pose !
    -/
    And lovely other images – esp that flower of the day!

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    1. Thank you Yvette. I know it would have been much cheaper to bring it to a studio to have it fired, but I knew I wouldn’t want to drive clear across Austin to do that regularly. Have colored my hair for a long time (went grey early) The image is hubby’s ingenuity for unusual angles:)

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      1. Yes, not only the drive to have it fired, but also now you can work t your own pace and get to those bigger pieces (I read somewhere in the comments that you wanted to sculpt larger pieces).
        When I taught elementary art (about 15 years ago now) the private school that I first worked at for two years had a kiln and I was so excited. It was only about eight years old and it was a good one. I only knew the basics but was eager to learn.
        However, the kiln was way out in the back of the school – in a small, gross cinder block building that creeped me out. I decided I would just wait and use it later (but then I went to a different school) – and so for our clay lessons we used modeling clay.
        Students made little roll and pinch pots – and then some classes made little animals – I remember owls, snails, etc. In fact, I had my snail necklace for a long time and finally let it go.
        Anyhow, it was nice to have non-kiln clay options but I sure would have preferred to get to know that kiln – and Jesh, I think you will have so much art enjoyment with yours!

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    1. Thank you Amila! I only do the forming of the clay part. Hubby did the kiln part (since he is much better in reading instructions, haha)

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  10. I admire your talent with ceramics. It takes a creative hand and mind! Thanks for linking up and have a great week ahead.

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  11. Emille, your pottery is very pretty! I would like to try making something like that one day. I love the van Gogh scene–his cypress trees are one of my favorite objects he painted.

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