Archive for July, 2011

Random shots around the studio

Just took the camera around and took some pictures yesterday.

Pots, plaster bats and recycled clay drying in the blessedly non-humid sun!

I really need to clean out the splash guard on my wheel.  I bet I could get 3-4 squishy cups out of all that clay in there!

Some of my inventory storage shelves.  Yeah, those crates are full.

Ooey, gooey recycled clay ready to be dried and wedged!

John, talking to me about airsoft guns…or music…or his latest video game or something.  I’m a terrible mother- I should listen more carefully.  I was putting out more recycled clay to dry.

inside the kiln:

Oops.  I forgot to wipe my feet on the mat outside my studio!  And wear shoes!  And not walk like a duck!

Just for me!

It’s been a very, very long time since I made anything just for me.  Usually I just stock my cabinets with the rejects and duds that aren’t fit for selling, but still functional.  They are usually overflowing.  I think I have 20 cereal bowls at the moment!

However, we have had a dearth of mixing bowls for far too long.  So, I decided to make my very own set.  And here is my perfect, just for me, set of nesting mixing bowls!  The biggest holds just about a gallon.  I’m far more excited than I should be!

I cleaned out the little pond!  It was p.r.e.t.t.y. n.a.s.t.y.  It’s about 300 gallons and I hadn’t cleaned it the last two years (I usually clean it out every year or two). I didn’t think to take a before picture, but here it is after removing all the plants, about 50 pounds of string algae and a third of the water (with a shop vac, one vacuum full at a time):

And more:

Too bad I can’t capture the smell..

Here is some of what we vacuumed out:

We shoved all the plants and the critters (2 fish- we couldn’t find Mr. Frog :( ) into this 150 gallon rubbermaid stock tank:

including this monster lily that had jumped its pot and was growing rogue in the crap in the bottom of the pond (I included my foot for reference):

After 3 hours and the twins helping, we finally got the pond empty, some of the algae scraped off the sides, and started to fill it again (still didn’t come across Mr. Frog):

As the pond was filling, I was cleaning up around it, and there was a green blur that shot out from the tall grass by the fence!  Guess who landed in the pond?

I guess he couldn’t take much more than 3 hours without the water.  It was hot.  I’m surprised he lasted that long!  Not 5 minutes after he hit the water, he started singing again.

Done!  It isn’t the prettiest pond- I originally built it for the kids to put the goldfish they won at the fair, or turtles or frogs that they caught, and my extra lilies.  It’s been great for them to putter around in.

Mr. Frog is quite happy to be back in his digs.  He’s the tamest frog ever to move in to our little pond:

Post-Show Recap

I had my first show of the season/year today and it was a tremendous success!  I tried to take a lot of photos of the process, but once I got the pottery up on the shelves I was inundated for awhile and kind of forgot to take any more…

Here’s the van at 5:50 a.m., ready to hit Dunkin Donuts for a large coffee and continue on to Little Compton, RI!

Once I got there, my morbid self was chuckling happily as I discovered I had space 13, right in front of the entrance to the cemetery:

Since space was at a premium, they asked us to unload quickly and move our cars to a parking area- typical procedure.  So here is everything out of the van!

Tents starting to go up… this was about 7:15 a.m.

And things got blurry for awhile, but I did remember to take one last picture:

I had a Very Special Visitor.  Mike brought Russell to visit me, which was nice.  There was a dog show at the fair too, so he got to meet a few other pooches, and I bought him a handmade harness <3.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture!  It was Hot Hot Hot so I had Mike take him home before he had any problems from the heat.  I sure did- I forgot my sunscreen and the sun was beating down on my back for most of the day.  I’m pretty sure I’m a contender for Ms. Redneck USA.

I got to meet one of my hyenacart customers!  I also think I saw Cloris Leachman there :O  LOL.  But I was pretty exhausted at that point so it could have been anybody.  At any rate, I’m about to collapse.  Going to take a nice cool shower and then to bed!