Thursday, October 19, 2017

Combining things vase

 I integrated two thrown pieces into one vase...shown below as it waited to be bisque fired.

Glaze choice, again let's do integrating two glazes...inside and out a coat of Matt Bronze Green...

Then dip the lower half in Raspberry (looks green but won't be when fired!)...which should form some mottled coloration, perhaps some blacks.

Then I dipped the upper half in Plum, which goes blue/green, a shiny glaze. Plum is the same base glaze as raspberry with some cobalt. And sometimes some nice drippy effects.  I had waited till the first 2 glazing dips were almost dry, certainly enough to pick the vase up in those areas.

Then this started to happen after dipping into the plum where it was on the rim.  Oh oh, because some went inside, there were 2 coats of wet glaze over the dry one.  I got out a heat gun and hopefully dried it enough to keep it on the pot.

Here's the finished piece.  Those drips did some pretty things!

Yes this is a pitted looking glaze, so isn't appropriate for food dishes.  But a vase or decorative object can stand it!

Today's Quote:

Do not be small minded. Do not pray for gourds and pumpkins from God, when you should be asking for pure love and pure knowledge to dawn within every heart.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday (almost)

A wonderful view out the ladies room window (also my header this week!)

Going down stairs to ladies room with flushing toilets (way the heck up here!)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Traveling Tuesday

Love to check the miles along the Blue Ridge Parkway...and to check for colors in the trees.

  Last week on Wed. I drove along looking to see how far up I'd have to go to find leaves that have turned.

At Craggy Gardens picnic area turnoff
 After about 10 miles, and a couple thousand feet elevation higher than Black Mountain NC, there were yellows.

 Not many reds, to speak of.

 Our dogwoods used to be brilliant early color.

 Perhaps the storm a few weeks ago knocked many of those leaves down.

 Or the dogwoods are succumbing to the disease which is untreatable apparently.

Quote for today:
Stop running from the ferocity of your own Being...
Burn off all your own games to that in you which is
Pure Intensity...
When you meet the very Core of your Being
become completely loyal to the deepest passion in you
and allow no more waste of time - find that devotion
to Reality [Truth] within yourself...

Aisha Salem

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mug-Shot Monday hand painted glazes

Some hand painted tulips, added to some turquoise blue glaze inside and out, and smaller handles that are good for one finger holding.  These are "standard size" mugs.  Of course they're food safe, dishwasher safe, and microwavable.

Mayco Stroke & Coat glazes...with some overlapping colors.  The linework is done with Designer Liner.  I'm not thrilled with brushed on glaze for the interior and the background, would prefer to have dipped or sprayed, but it came out of a bottle, so this is what I did.

Clay is Little Loafers, which is behaving quite well these days.

Quote for today:
As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Blue Sunday blossom

This hydrangia is located at the Veterans' memorial at Lake Tomahawk.  Captured in August, I hope it reminds you that the building in the background was in heavy use at that time, it's the pool shower house.

Third Sunday of the month is Summertime Sunday, where I'll remind us of some of the beauties of summer each month.

Of course twice last week when the temperature was 90 degrees made me think perhaps summer is just going to continue all year...but we're due for chilly nights next week.

Quote for today:

In truth, the heart must crack open if the soul is to become free. And you simply cannot think your way into that.
Terry Patten

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pretty ladies

All dressed up and...

September 2009...Black Mountain, NC.

This lovely little lady from Sepia Saturday (HERE) has her hair perfectly in place...and her dress, and shoes and socks.  And she is probably writing a thank you letter to her grandmother.

All of which my mother strived to get me to do, to no avail!

But when I grew up I enjoyed having grown-up tea parties, where we had fun and acted somewhat like what we thought our mothers might have had in mind all along...some of us chose to even wear hats. 

These are photos of some women who got together on an afternoon to drink tea and eat dainty things. We also told some interesting stories, and I can't remember what the topics were, but there were lots of laughs!  I'm not going to try to list all their names.  Some of these wonderful women, so full of life and laughter here, have died since this afternoon tea party.

 The UUCSV banner stands for Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley

 Quote for today:

Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.