Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stowe Botanical Gardens

Persian Inspired Plates with underglazes for colorants.
Variety of new work that is now at Stowe Botanical Gardens Gift Store.
Includes salt and pepper sets, cupcake/candle stands, small covered jars with a botanical theme.

It was really lovely out there when I dropped work off. The spring flowers and trees were all in bloom. I have some more photos of the Gardens I will post next.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

After and Before

New Koi Plates I have been working on, using underglazes to add more vivid coloration. Trying to capture some of the beauty of the markings. Not all underglazes turned out exactly as I thought they would. Expected more yellow/orange from the bottom plate and it is very subdued in the glaze firing.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Stylish Blogger..here I go!

Jen Mecca sent me an email the other day about being one of her "Stylish Blogger" picks. I have been stewing over who to send to and also what to say. In the meantime I went out of town, so, out of sight, out of mind. Having procrastinated long enough, here are the rules and my 7 scoops:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award being by providing a link to their site.
2. Share 7 things about yourself that other bloggers might not know.
3. Give the Award to 15 newly discovered or interesting blog.
4. Notify each of those blogger to present the Award.

7 Scoops about Me:

1. Whining drives me crazy. I come from a notoriously non-sympathetic family.
Which is not to say they don't have EMPATHY, because they do, fantastically. However, we all have a very short attention span for whining about conditions in life. Usually you will be treated to a "Suck it up. Life is hard. Life is not fair. Stop wasting time and get out there and DO something about it."
2. I lived in 7 different houses in 2 different states in 12 years. No, I don't come from a military family, we just moved quite a bit until we finally settled down in New Orleans.
3. I love books so much that when a hurricane was threatening to come inland to N.O. when I was in 7th grade, I stacked all my books by my bed so that I could evacuate them with me. How I thought I would get them into the car in that state of emergency is beyond me now. I probably knew my sister or parents wouldn't help carry them or listen to my woes (see #1 above).

4. A grown man once threatened me with a gun when I was in the sixth grade. My dog had run into his yard and he was threatening to shoot him and I got in front of my dog so he couldn't. As an adult I look back at that and think, "What the heck was he thinking?" Of course, he may have been holding a BB gun to give him the benefit of the doubt.

5. I started reading a series of books by Dorothy Dunnett when I was in high school. There are 6 books in the Lymond series and 8 books in the Niccolo series. For you, dear reader, I added up all the pages and they amount to a total of 3046 pgs. and 4484 pgs. respectively. And I have read the first series about 4 times minimum and the second series twice. 21152 pgs. A little scary when I think about it.
6. My favorite protein food is cheese. And yogurt comes a close second. I love cheese. All kinds of it. Heaven would be a cheese trip around the world. I can now satify my desire to catch up on my favorite cows and farm life by logging onto the Stoneyfield Farm website.
7. Have always disliked my middle name. Was very happy to replace it with my maiden name on documents after marriage.

A Word for the family

I just got back from a great 10 days away from the studio. I had a show in Mississippi, planned by my sister with her home as the location. It was great. Lots of sales and some orders to complete and great feed back on new work. Then my sister, my mom and I took a cruise out of Mobile, Alabama. We all shared a room and three of my sister's friends had the cabin next door to us.
My family never ceases to amaze me at how supportive they are of everything I have ever undertaken. I laugh more with them than almost any other people. And it still surprises me that this isn't the case with everyone. Anyway, my thanks to some of the MOST AMAZING PEOPLE I KNOW!