NEW WORK – WORK IN PROGRESS – FINISHED WORK
AWWWW, pieces are invading my house. I have pieces EVERYWHERE!!! Dan was suppose to give me styrofoam boxes last week but we never met up. Now I am keeping pieces up and away from the little cats teeth and claws. She loves to bite, scratch and knock unfinished work over, oh and sometimes pee one them. So now they are all over the place until I can drop them off at ECHO. Maybe this Friday night after I take my Dad to the airport. Gives me time to finish things up.
Last Sat I threw 12 small to small medium orb vessels for my series called “GEO ORBS”. Last years sale I sold out (only had 4). This year I would like to try to be in 2 holiday sales so having a bit more is okay. Plus starts to give me inventory for when I open up my etsy shop. Hopefully as early as end of the year. This time around I am using a different clay. It’s called Jamaica, similar properties to bmix with sand. Very smooth and VERY wet hence why my first orb was a dud so only 11 made it. Don’t know if it’s as dark as Black Mountain, can’t wait to see results though. Rested my back a lot during the throwing session. I actually needed to use the heating gun quite a bit to get the proper shape without the bottoms collapsing. Also threw off the hump as well. Thanks to Jim for showing me how to take pieces off the wheel properly I didn’t loose much clay or take them off unevenly. See I can learn new tricks.
I like how last years orbs came out however this year I am taking it in a bit of a different direction. I really want to use bright matt glazes for the insides with hints of it showing on outside edge. I used painted bmix slip inside so the colors would be brighter. I have some with no slip inside for a more muted look. Since I have 3 studios to choose glazes from I can really get a nice variety. I’m excited to see the results.
WORK IN PROGRESS
I have 3 larger pieces almost finished. I have 3 larger pieces with design intention but not attended to yet. Also I have 2 smaller pieces to finish up. Gotta get them done ASAP by this Friday. As Tim Gunn would say “make it work”.
I will have a lot of work ahead of me again. The Geo orbs will have to trimmed and finished up on Sat and I have 3 pieces at Xiem that will need to figure out what they want to be. I will have lots of glazing to do soon. Sept is going to be a busy month, but I am pacing myself.
I was able to finish up the 4 of the 5 pieces I threw my first class. One I am leaving wet because i would like to try to get a few of the “woven series” done. Seriously it just doesn’t seem to work out. They are beautiful, unique and delicate but I don’t seem to be able to get them done. I’m sadden that I don’t have pictures either. No digital camera during that time of life. Oh well… Back to the topic.
I’m getting lots of work finished, really it’s pushing myself in getting faster and letting ideas get out of my head so new ones can form. I’m happy that a lot of new work has been produced in just a few weeks. I don’t really know what triggered me to get my butt in gear, but I’m glad it did. If only I had the somewhat of the same passion for work. Still working on that
For Labor Day I went wine tasting in Temecula. It’s my second time going EVER and I had a blast. This time around I bought my favorite sparking wine called RUBY CUVEE from South Coast Winery. Yummy yummy stuff. We stopped at 5 places. Only going to the 5th place because Callaway was such a crappy way to send the day. Our last spot was my second favorite. I don’t remember the name though. All in all, the 5 of us had a blast. My back was hurting so I took a pain pill even though I was tipsy but I got to sleep in the car. The 2 AB’s (fellow wine taster has same itinitals) passed out in the car. I woke up once thinking we were close by and kinda sad. Thankfully we were still kinda far and I slept more. Below are some pictures I took. Nothing special but I took them with the hipstamtic app.
View from first winery. I think it was Thorton Winery. Great flat breads okay wines.
Pic looks dingy but it's the app. Grapes from Callaway. Boo Callaway
More grapes from Callaway, different setting. Still a big fat boo to Callaway Winery.
Winecellar below at last winery. Was pretty cool to see.