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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Wedge and spine of what?

I can't in all good intentions include this in my Black Mountain and beauty of Western North Carolina blog. 
It's an interesting sculpture, maybe a spinal sculpture, and certainly not an expected thing to see as you park next to the Wedge building in the River Arts District of Asheville.

Last Wed. a friend and I walked around a bit, since it was the first day that we could wear sleeved shirts without coats.  It was also less than a week since a big snow storm shut down our entire area for days. 

So we enjoyed looking around.  And I took very few pictures. 


Friday, February 21, 2014

Tree mugs

OK, these are my standard tree mugs now...with the celtic cross thumb bob, and three colors of glaze and a stained and waxed (unglazed) tree shape on each side.  They still have the slope which allows stacking or using in a car cup holder.

  I've been so pleased that these go home and become parts of other people's lives.  I like using them, but I refrain from it.  If I ever get enough made for there to be "what's called inventory" in the merchandising of business, then I'll probably have a set for me to enjoy too!  For now, I get to look at them and enjoy my fun design.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Home work



More bowls...of course.

Three-glaze bowls, with 6 different colors where they overlap.



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Too hot to open

Waiting for the bisque to be complete, lots of pots that might need glazing are just sitting inside, baking hot!  Well, not many of our ovens can get this hot, can they! (Fahrenheit)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Awaiting the kiln load

Four mugs in a set with trees on them, await a glaze load before the kiln can be fired.  These mugs have cover/saucers that go with them as well.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Photos sideways

I'm pretty new to having a smart phone.
I take lots of photos with mine.
I always hold the phone vertically.  And snap the pics.

Today I discovered Etsy won't let me use any of those vertically oriented photos on my little shop.  These aren't exactly "professional" level photos...but I did set up a nice background, and had natural light, just like they asked me to do.


And all the pots lie there on their sides.  There is no Etsy fix.  I looked through 60 or so of their topics that had very little to do with sideways photos.  Finally tried the forum page, and others had had it happen, and spoke of using Picasa to switch them around.  So I edited all the ones I wanted to use, saved them after turning them on their sides then back to vertical, crossed all fingers and toes. And finally it worked. 


And of course then I had to click about a dozen other tabs that have nothing to do with pottery.

I'm so glad Etsy is there.  I'm waiting to make a sale on it.  I do like browsing other's shops and choosing favorites.  I'd like to sell something some day.  Maybe I need more pots listed.  So today I've got a few more to post.  Now that I've got the photos upright!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Hi blog buddies

Just checking in with you.  I'm still not feeling 100%.  Let's see, I guess if the best day I've had in the last year were 100%, then I'd currently be at about 85%.  I'm very grateful for that.

I went to the studio downtown yesterday and glazed 4 mugs and 3 tops.  The glazed stuff will all sit around a while, it looks like.  Charles started firing a glaze kiln that had already been loaded before I got there.  And the bisque shelves look like there will be enough for a bisque firing soon.

It was 62 in the studio, inside.  In the 40's outside, but windy, so I got pretty cold, and started coughing, so I went next door to warm up, and get a cuppa, and use the facilities.  And stayed an hour.  I didn't plan to, but I had to run back to lock up the studio.  I felt bad about deserting my friends and my duties, but I had finally gotten so there wasn't that shivering somewhere inside.  Not quite to where my teeth chatter.  Just felt too cold to be comfortable. 

My coughing treatment is changed after seeing a specialist on Monday.  I'll let you know if it's successful.  If not, who knows what's next.  So for now I keep on keeping on.  Slogging through February.  Seems pretty much the approach I expected to have.