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We had our first work day in the community garden on Sunday. I am so happy to have a student helper this year - she will free up my time at the non-profit so I can work on grants. We also had a lot of help from members of the Track and Field team from the college.

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I tended P and M's (the gardeners, not the artists P and M) garden for a week. It is so nice to be there - calming relaxing zen-like.

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Have some terracotta test pots drying - I took them out of my basement art space aka studio and put them on the back porch to dry, and then brought them in last night because we had a thunderstorm.  Once they're bisqued, I'll mix up some majolica glaze and give it a go. I also want to try some old low-fire glazes I have sitting around and see how they look. I need to make more test pieces.

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As I mentioned here, we have used white plates and bowls for years. Now we're using/testing some different colors and glazes on bowls/mugs/tumblers that I have made - making sure the glaze fits and the shape works well, and refining my color and glaze choices. (99% of my pieces are glazed white inside). We both have a few favorites!

dirt mud clay
we hand-wash all our dishes, not just pottery
I have a class with the at-risk youth group later this afternoon - have to do some preparation but maybe I can also sneak in a little nap beforehand!

blooming spring!

Walked out on the back porch, and our spirea 'Fairy Queen' seemed to have popped overnight!

blooming spring!

blooming spring!
close-up of spirea
It's a drizzle-y day today and these white plants sure bring joy!

Below is the Candytuft/Iberis 'Whiteout'. I cannot believe how much it has grown since I planted it late last year.

blooming spring!

blooming spring!
close-up of Candytuft

Aren't paint palettes some of the prettiest things?
One of my cheap sloppy watercolor palettes -  bought it for a dollar or two years ago.

Still making cards...
Blanks/backgrounds - haven't doodled on them yet.

My sister M is taking a watercolor class starting tomorrow!  Cannot wait to see her work!! She is so talented.

One of these days I hope to take a watercolor class, too, and not just screw around like I have been doing (though I have to admit I am having fun). A perk of teaching where I do is that we can take a class for free!

I am getting ingredients together for a majolica glaze recipe. Found some old terracotta clay in a bucket in the basement - it has been in that bucket for about...ummmm...ten years....more? Wedged some up today, will throw and/or handbuild some pieces so when I make the glaze, I can test it all together.

I haven't done proper majolica in years.  Here is a bowl I made back in college (1986?). I cannot believe I still have it.



And here's me, testing out one of my mugs...or am I just kissing it?



what's the buzz...

Weather: It's been a chilly April so far - we had snow over the weekend, and yesterday the powers-that-be cancelled the Cleveland Indians (baseball) Opening Day.Windchill of 18 degrees and snow/rain.  Not that I was planning on going to the game.  Baseball isn't my favorite sport to view (same with basketball), though if I have to watch any baseball, I prefer minor league, or folks at a pick-up game.

Television: Over the weekend, there are so many soccer and hockey games on television, esp. now that we have access to NBC Sports Network. By Saturday evening, after watching a ton of soccer, we started watching a hockey game, and I was fed up with myself. See, usually I knit while watching TV but I'm in between knitting ideas, and I had to do something, so I started making some very simple watercolor greeting cards, using masking tape, round stickers, and micron pen. I felt better about myself.

what's the buzz...

I enjoy sending and receiving cards in the mail, so I'll continue to play around with this idea.

Oh, and regarding television shows - I'm still not happy with the season finale of The Walking Dead- I am this close to being done with it, but I have to say I'm a bit interested in The Kingdom. Hinterland season 2 is on Netflix, so we'll be watching that at some point. Happy about Grantchester (season 2) and another season of Call the Midwife. And I'm still enjoying some sitcoms.

Pottery: I'm teaching some at-risk high school students on Tuesday afternoons for six weeks, and starting Wednesday night I have a new four week hand-building class.

I splurged on a new book - 500 Cups! I was able to find it for $10.00. I really want 500 Bowls, but cannot find that one cheap (yet).

what's the buzz...
My favorite mug at the moment.
Reading: Just finished a Mrs. Pollifax - enjoying these cozy mysteries these days.  Still reading The Art of Eating - I started it in August of last year. I'm on page 687 and I'm only now warming up to the author.

Garden: I'm using the weather and other (stressful) things as excuses, but truly, I should have started seeds weeks ago. Maybe this weekend.

Politics:  Don't even get me started.

easter

easter
I just had to dye and decorate some Easter eggs
(dye, markers, crayons and wax)
I have always loved Easter.
The Easter Bunny would hide our baskets - 
we would tear about the house Easter Sunday morning trying to find them.
And when we had our morning newspaper route, those of us kids who got up early to deliver the papers had a hard time being good on holidays by not looking for our baskets (or under the tree on Christmas) before everyone else was up. Sometimes we did sneak a peek. We hurried to deliver the papers on holidays.
Candy was a special treat three times a year - Easter/Halloween/Christmas.
Dad would buy us girls (and Mom, too!) corsages.
We usually got a new Easter outfit.
I was so into that blue and green color combination. And I remember loving those tights I'm wearing.
A lamb shaped cake, too, for dessert after dinner.
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate. I'm celebrating Spring!

easter
1967 or '68 because brotherD isn't in the picture.
SisterM, brotherM, me, brotherC and sisterD
Thanks to SisterM for finding this photo!

blah and #tbt

Not feeling it this week - been sick, stressed, disgusted and grouchy. So I'll blab a bit. Tired of violence and hatred, tired of blow-hards, tired of financial stress and being ill. Just plain tired.

My husband is healing well - and that's a positive.

I really enjoy Sally Wainwright's shows. Recently realized that she did The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard. We just binge-watched season 2 of Happy Valley.

blah and #tbt

Still thinking about being 24 in '83. Which is probably not helping my mood much. Here's a few other pictures. "Youth is wasted on the wrong people" says an older man in It's A Wonderful Life.

blah and #tbt
#TBT - At the time, I blew this photo up and replaced
my (horrible) high school graduation photo with this photo
at my parents house.
blah and #tbt
'83 or '84  at college - I must have had a rough night

I'm semi-lurking in a Facebook group #100mugsin100days. I thought it would be good for inspiration and motivation - mostly it just makes me anxious. Carpal tunnel and arthritis make throwing difficult some days.

I need a nap, and cake. Robert just baked a coffee cake so away I go. My crabbiness is annoying me.

voting and vertigo

This morning, vertigo woke me up. That and a migraine kept me down and out most of the day but I had to go out to vote. Gosh, vertigo is weird.

Although I am a registered "Independent", I am able to ask for either a Democratic or Republican ballot - of course I requested the Democratic ballot. This vote is for the presidential primary, and for other primary state/local government officials, and some local tax levies.

I triple checked my ballot before it was cast.

As many of you know I live in Ohio - nothing was going to keep me from my civic and moral duty today.

Oddly, our governor is the least worst of the remaining Republican candidates running for the presidential nomination.

Update:  Watching the news, because you can cross-over and vote on the ballot for another party, a LOT of Ohioan Democrats are voting Republican and against Trump by voting for Kasich (our governor.) I actually thought about doing that, because like I mentioned above, he is the least worst.

Another Update:  Kasich won our state - trumped Trump.

24 in '83

Thanks to Vix' recommendation, we're loving Deutschland 83.

24 in '83


The lead character is 24 in 1983 - I was, too. Makes me think about what little I was doing as an angry anti-Reaganite American at that time. I was involved in an anti-nuke protest, but other than that...? Preached to the choir - lots of conversations.  But did I write letters or call the government? I may have.

Which makes me think of politics here now, which makes me angry and disgusted. I have written emails, but what more can I do? Of course I'll vote, I always vote; but is that enough? I don't think it is.
24 in '83

celadon glazed pots

I am currently using pre-made celadon glazes; my plan is to make my own one of these days.

In the meantime, here are a few pots that just came out of the kiln:

celadon glazed pots
This is the one pictured here, before I glazed and fired.
White engobe with sgraffito and glazed with light green celadon glaze.
celadon glazed pots
White engobe, sgraffito, and brown celadon glaze.
Because the white engobe doesn't show up much, I'm going to
lighten the glaze next time.
celadon glazed pots
A demo piece - I usually teach this technique in beginning hand-building;
I used two different celadon glazes on this piece - no engobe or
sgraffito, just texture with lace and a piece of open-weaved metal.
The first two pots were supposed to be mugs. But the handles weren't working, so I did what makes me happy - I threw on some engobe and started carving. Gosh I love doing sgraffito.

Next on my to-do list for pottery - I will, yes I will make actual mugs. And I will do some larger vases and jars so I can sgraffito to my heart's delight!


dirt mud clayblooming spring!spring snowwhat's the buzz...easterblah and #tbt24 in '83celadon glazed pots

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