Thursday, March 24, 2011

Studio Tour

Last week, Tracey Broome finished her studio and shared pictures on her blog.That inspired fellow blogger Judy Shreve to post pictures of her work space and encourage other bloggers to do the same. I really don't have anything else to talk about this week so I am inspired to post a picture tour of Whistle Creek Pottery.

Friday, March 11, 2011

What's New

This week brought a couple of nice things. Tina has been showing our little English Cocker "Izzy "in UKC shows.The other day we got official notification that she whas the third best English Cocker in the country and was invited to the Top Ten Show in June. I don't think Tina has told her yet, we don't want it to go to her head.

Other good things came out of the gas kiln at Middletown. I've been trying to glaze some of the big jars I made earlier this winter and they are looking pretty good. What's not good is the captions Picassa is not letting me make so in no particular order, we have Temmoku with copper red, green apple celadon, a couple of dark green Oribe pots and the big boy has fake ash and fake salt ( but the jar is real ). I don't know how I feel about the denim colored soup mug yet but it is growing on me.Maybe a contrasting rim would help? Let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New and Improved

Well, once again I have been too (pick one) (busy, lazy, tired, preoccupied, insensitive) to keep up with my blogging. Let's go with busy if we can. Monday my brother and I took a road trip to Tennessee, North Carolina,and back to Ohio. We stopped and saw out great grandfather's grave in Newcomb Tn. Then we went on to the land title office for Campbell County in Jacksboro.We found the deed to some property my great, great, great grandfather had sold in 1833. Fifty acres and a house for 5 cents.It is presumed that it was sold to a son in law but a nickel is still cheap. The deed index did not show when he purchased the land so it had to be before Campbell county was formed in about 1805. There may be a record of it in Anderson county which Campbell was carved out of. That mystery is for another trip. We scooted on down to Asheville for a truckload of clay through a heavy downpour that lasted all day. The good folks at Highwater took care of us and we headed back north. Nice to spend some quality time with the family. I got home about 10 pm tired but pleased.
The next project came from the decision that my beloved Scion XB (Excellent Box) was hitting 95,000 miles and soon would be needing brakes, timing belt, maybe a clutch, etc. My search criteria included something a little larger and more plush. The little Ford Transit Connect van was a contender but I ended up with a new Subaru Forester. Roomy, AWD, Comfortable, still economical.
Finally, Mike Baum had asked if I wanted to slip a few pots into his firing this week so I put in a couple of gallon jars and some refires while teaching a couple of days and taking care of the affairs of everyday life. Maybe I really didn't have time to blog.Thanks for visiting.