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This photo was from last night before I started glazing. Oh yeah, there’s a ware rack outside the shot besides this lot as well. I am glad to say its now all glazed and in a lit kiln, finally. I’m relieved. In the morning I’ll load another bisque load, now that things are finally dry, and probably fire the gas kiln again Wednesday night.
The weather is fantastic tonight. Clear skies, 73 F, and (a rare occurance) no wind blowing across the clearing toward the kiln (and burners). How nice for being out by the kiln and firing! This is a relief after a summer of incessant rain. I was getting so tired of having to wear my muck boots seemingly everywhere to trudge through orange mud and puddles, not to mention having to deal with the headaches of trying to navigate my car strategically up our driveway without getting sucked down into a pot hole and stuck! Anyways, everything is drying up nicely and I am back to wearing flips and birks.
I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been working on expanding the studio for a while now. Its actually been an ongoing project for a long time.. scrape together a few dollars, buy a few more boards and nails. I would just love to be able to have all the materials on hand and get it done in one fell swoop so I could get back to some sense of order and normalcy, and maybe take on some students again, but for now, this is the way it is. This afternoon Lowell headed off to the recycling place in town to trade in some cans and metal stuff that was lying around, to clear up around and get a little pin money, I suppose. Well evidently he ended up having more than I thought because he came back with these. “These will look great in the studio upstairs!”, he said, with a big silly grin across his face.
Bake your own bread today – A simple, symbolic act for big change.
In today’s society, and actually since the beginning of the industrial age, we have been inundated (and programmed) from all sides as to what we must have, what we must buy, and how we must live. “Don’t think, just get it bigger, faster, and more of it… NOW! Get more and more stuff. Keep up with the Joneses!” ..but In the grander scheme of things.. why?
Fast food, convenience food, and processed food, not only take a toll on our health and pocket book, but our taste buds too. Here in Alabama, the price of a so called “better” loaf of bread from the grocery store is over $3-$4 now. You’re certainly not paying extra for flavor (of which there is little) or quality, but for the manufacturing, transport, packaging, preservatives, and convenience. (it cannot possibly rival taste, texture, and nutrition value of homemade)
Slow Sunday, a day designated by Britain’s ecology magazine, Resurgence, to encourage people to slow down. Small actions done collectively, can speak loudly. Baking bread today is a small act to defy consumerism and help the environment.
So Its Tuesday night (Wednesday morning), its 12:20 am, and I’m up waiting for the cone to bend in the bisque so I can turn it off and go to bed. Grabbed a cat nap a little while ago and though still a little bleary eyed, ready for the final stretch.
No matter how organized you *think* you are, the last 2 weeks leading up to a show tend to be somewhat more tense than usual, what with trying to make sure you have enough fired and hoping everything makes it through the firings okay (can you ever have enough pots?!). With the studio more or less a construction zone, I have to work around the weather forcast when it comes to glazing and other related outdoor activities. Potting is a lot like a well coordinated dancing act.. timing is everything.
The first fall show is just over a week away. The roof is finally on the studio (yay!) though rain can still blow through a bit from the sides, and I am still working out the house and around everything else. Pushing things through the bisque as I can, relying soley on the small electric kiln since our other 2 larger ones are out of commission due to faulty bits that still need replacing. Coming to the realization that tomorrow or the next day are probably my very last throwing days for the show Oct 4 & 5 (The George Ohr Festival in Biloxi, MS) and after that its just glazing and firing and hoping for good weather! Doh.. forgot to order that replacement part for the canopy. Tomorrow.
…And so show season begins!
Hope in these days of war. elections, and lip service promises.
September 21st ….”A day of cease fire, a day of non-violence, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that we have never known before” – Jeremy Gilley
Please visit: http://peaceoneday.org