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Thursday, March 31, 2016

More Catawba Pottery Show (chapter 2)

I enjoyed following my eyes around the Convention Center in Hickory.  It wasn't until the next day that my lower back said I'd been walking on that concrete floor for a couple of hours.  But it was certainly worth the hour's drive over to Hickory from Black Mountain, NC.

Hog Hill Pottery, Vale, NC
I immediately thought "Rookwood potters" with the tree designs reminiscent of the Art Neuvo era.

 
Jugtown Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Jugtown Pottery, Seagrove, NC
I was impressed with the lifelike crows in the Jugtown Pottery display.

There were quite a few face jug pots throughout the show, maybve a 10th of the displays.  I wasn't really interested in face jugs, so won't be showing you any.

Cary Pottery, Cary, NC.

My friend introduced me to one of her favorite potteries, the Parmentiers.  This double booth featured some large well made pieces, all of which were glazed in subdued satin finishes.

Parmentier Pottery, Mars Hill, NC

Parmentier Pottery, Mars Hill, NC

Parmentier Pottery, Mars Hill, NC
This final picture is a design which I would like to try making.  A three sided planter, carved on exterior,  with a bird on each angle.



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finished ladybug vases

Remember me painting all those ladybugs? (check here if you missed it)

The first one has glossy green glaze all over, then a bit of satin white on the top edge, causing the drips.

A simple form in matte black would look great with a few spring blooms in it!

And one done with celadon all over, then the top neck dipped into plum...which gives sky blue!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Catawba Pottery Show

Last Saturday my friend and I visited this show in Hickory, NC for the first time.
And being the kind of potter that I am, I looked for inspiration, as well as learning the techniques of the pottery which I admired.  So my photos are as biased as I can get...just my favorites.

With the usual photographer's disclaimer, I'm leaving out the ones I liked but had fuzzy pictures.

I'll be posting more pottery show displays every week now, as I keep going to them.  They are FUN!

JCR Designs, Asheville, NC
JCR Designs, Asheville, NC
Banfield Pottery, Forest City, NC
Banfield Pottery, Forest City, NC
Nelda French Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Nelda French Pottery, Seagrove, NC
Yes, we asked how she glued the goblets to the bases...good old E-6000. She said she just broke off the stems of glass, and connected these goblets that way.  A potter we enjoyed talking with!

Secrets of the craft are often shared willingly with anyone!

Pottery by Eugene, Cowpens, SC (a husband/wife team in a double size booth)
We enjoyed seeing the diversity of decoration by Mr. & Mrs. Eugene.  I carefully found that everything had been hand done, including little logs and trees in some scenic paintings.
Pottery by Eugene, Cowpens, SC (a husband/wife team in a double size booth)
Pottery by Eugene, Cowpens, SC (a husband/wife team in a double size booth)
Pottery by Eugene, Cowpens, SC (a husband/wife team in a double size booth)

More to come!  Much much more!

Monday, March 28, 2016

2 more vases torn and reassembled

The glaze breaks delightfully over the torn construction

Side one of round vase with groups of red beads around the bottom

Side 2 of round vase where 2 red beads show at bottom
The glaze is a comination of glossy green first, then satin white appllied over it.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

1833 birthday of Elizabeth Pulsifer Granger Sweet

 
Oh I'm kicking myself.
I haven't tried to enter information about my genealogy for months, maybe years.
So I had 6-7 paragraphs all nicely delineating my Great great aunt Lizzy Sweet (perhaps another great).

And wanted to try to pull up something I'd just deleted.  Ctl-z is the command.  But oops.  It erased the whole posting.  I tried immediately to close it, hoping it hadn't saved the blank screen yet.  Nope.

So I'm not going to do all the work I did before.  There was a great woman who mothered not only her own children, mainly in Galveston TX, as well as her great niece, my grandmother, and during the 1900 storm of the century.

Red and white striped awning at 1709 Winnie St, photo from Google Earth 2013

Elizabeth Sweet (age 69) was living at 1709 Winnie St. as of June 7, 1900 census, with her son Chauncey Sweet, (age 37) his wife Ada Phillips Sweet, (age 34) nephew, Lucian Chamberlain, (3) nieces Ada Swasey (14) and Stella Swasey (12).

Sept. 8-9, 1900 was the worst storm to hit that island to date.  This was before storms were given names, but it was known by my grandmother Ada Phillips Swasey Rogers and her family as the Storm of 1900.  I've posted about it before (HERE). And a lot of Galveston's history is on this blog HERE and Here.

Then I looked over at Ancestry, and got involved in finding out Elizabeth Sweet's husband's parents had recently been entered, including his birth place in Massachusetts.  Lizzy herself was from Newburyport, MA.

And I also got into trying to chase the roots of his uncle, who lived and was one of the main founders of Sabine Pass, TX...and is buried there.

So that's what I spent several hours doing, instead of playing with clay, or cleaning my apartment, or other blog posts.  I did take a break and went to a potluck dinner at the church...and got to talk with some lovely people.

Now I'm going to go unwind some of those Sweets ancestry lines, which believe you me, are a tangled web at this point!  The ones in Connecticut and Massachusetts are my ancestors...it's the ones who went to Texas and fought in the revolution of Texas Independence that I want to get straight, even though they are just uncles and aunts.

Great Aunt Lizzie, aka Grand Aunt, died in Galveston, at the age of 77.   She was survived by her son Chauncey Sweet.
Uncle Chauncy July 1936
notes are by my grandmother, Ada Swasey Rogers

Of course I could also spend a few hours looking at the Granger family tree from Newburyport, MA.  This is such a fun and enveloping endeavor.  If you don't hear from me for a while, just send some food and water...I'm back in the 18th century with ancestors!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Children playing


Rare snow fall in Dallas, TX, Feb 15, 1946. Barb and a neighbor see what snowballs really are.  My baby sister, Mary was just a week old when this picture was taken!
What children do to entertain themselves...from a photo over on Sepia Saturday.




Boys playing marbles early 40s
The  link here goes over to Sepia Saturday

Most of the things children did when I was growing up didn't include having our pictures taken.  When a camera was brought out in those days, it was usually for an event.

 My 3 year old sister was caught in a sunsuit in our Houston backyard.

Front row, Barbara, Mary, Daddy, back row, Claudette, Sandra.
Summer of 1953 my cousins from Texas visited us where we'd moved to St. Louis.  Whose birthday was it?  I have an August birthday, so probably was celebrating my 11th.  I imagine we were picnicking in Forest Park.  And if you look close you'll see my still favorite box of crackers in the foreground.  In a day before plastic grocery bags, we carried things in paper bags, and that great cake carrier on the lower right corner.

 As an adult I made sure my Floridian sons learned some engineering techniques for sand castles.  Here Russ and Tai are at work on Cumberland Island, GA on one of our vacations.


Barb making sure the next generation knows how she makes sand castles.  Grandson William is hard at work, while Cayenne (on right) may have been tasting the seashells.

Hope you have a great day today!



Black Matte Glaze

Another of my small vases formed with torn slabs and coils, but the black glaze kind of hides how it was made!

This second black vase only has one red button.  And a bit of another glaze was added around the rim, flowing with some misty greys.

The black glaze was a bit too thick on this vase, covering some of the decorations, and adding a drip to the kiln shelf.  A bit of another glaze on the top rim did give some drippy fog against the black.  But my biggest surprise was that this vase shrunk so much...much more than 15% that I usually expect.  From a 7" height it now is only 4.5 inches.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Those little vases

Remember my nuevo primitive vases?  (See this blog post for another example)
Here are a couple from the latest batch.

(From the right of photo above.)
(From the left side of first photo)
The red is Mayco Stroke and Coat. Which is then waxed when I wax the bottom of the vase.  Dipped once in celadon (studio glaze).  The very top edge is then dipped into plum (studio glaze).

Clay is a recycled mix, primarily speckled brownstone.  All fired cone 5-6.  These today are completely hand crafted without using the extruder for any parts...though I do admit to rolling the pieces of slab through a slab roller!  I make a slab and then tear pieces off of it, and then adhere them to the base, building up of course until the desired height is reached.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lady Bugs!

Some mugs with tree blossoms...
Some bud vases and little juice/whiskey cups...

Painting delight on pottery for my friends.

Hope you have a good day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Barefoot no less...

Fred Feldman was taking me to a free concert...in my dream.  It was being held at a huge outdoor stadium, and we were walking to it from an overlook area by the parking lot.
 File:New Meadowlands Stadium Bon Jovi concert.jpg

I wore a big floppy straw hat, a hippy skirt, and was barefoot.
Barefoot!

I told Fred he needed to take me back to wherever my shoes were.  Nah.  He plowed ahead and lost me in the crowd.

I figured I'd call him on his cell phone and state my imperative to go get my shoes.  No luck.
So I just stood somewhere or another, trying to not step on anything sharp.

Woke up to the smell of cake baking.

how to tell when cake is ready i always know when my cakes are ready ...
Aren't dreams nice that they can provide such insight into our lives?  I did go with another friend and Fred to a big rally downtown in Asheville, several years ago ...which planted the seed for the dream.

I hope I find out whoever was baking the cake.  And except for football stadiums, I used to go barefoot lots of places where grass grew.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Cheese trays - in process

 And no, that doesn't make any processed cheese!
I thought they are rather large for cheese cutting...perhaps some fruit or crackers would also be spread around on these trays.  Here they are bisqued, with just a bit of bend from true flat where handles are.  I was amazed they didn't crack or bend more as large thin slabs are wont to do.

The rather normal shaped one is now waiting to be in a glaze kiln-load.

I just got some shots of my process of painting geraniums on the strange shaped one. I used 3 Stroke & Coat colors, and 3 Designer Liner colors (all by Mayco).

After painting all the color images, I then put a coat of matte clear over them all, and then wax them with a liquid wax.  That way I can next pour any glaze over the whole surface and won't interfere with all that painting.  I'll also wax the edges and back so there won't be glaze on those surfaces either.


I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Oestra (Spring Equinox)

Though the temperature was in the 80's on St. Patty's day, my purple shamrocks closed up like umbrellas in the north wind on my front porch...so you can barely tell their pretty shamrock shaped leaves at all!
They were happy to come back inside...for a month or so!


What a pretty bed of blue (Periwinkle?) outside the library.  And since they were in partial shade, they didn't bleach away but remained blue to the camera.  If you know what this ground-cover blue plant is, please let me know!


And a beautiful Bradford Pear tree is on the side of our parking lot, already giving beauty to us all.  It will festoon the cars under it with some petals soon as well.  Due to be below freezing tonight and maybe tomorrow night.  I hope it is enjoyed before the blossoms fade.

Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts. The goddess flies through the heavens surrounded by Roman-inspired putti, beams of light, and animals. Germanic people look up at the goddess from the realm below. Source: Wikipedia