Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November30, 2010


November 30, 2010

Unloaded a kiln yesterday and I am pleased with all of it...FINALLY! Kilns are such fickle things, expecially when they get theirelements replaced. All my blues came out...even the new one(although it wasn't put on thick enough).

No red stain burnout either~!

It's time to ell me what you think...I am wondering ifI need the 'insert' of texture and color...maybe the cup has enough texture on itself...maybe leave it off the saucer.

I like the added second color. I learned a wonderful technique at a Julia Galloway workshop. I need to refine it, but I like it. The technique makes for a longer glazing process, but I sure do like the outcome.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 28, 2010

Tomorrow is my little Duncan-dog's 8th birthday. I am going to get him a Quik-Trip hot dog. Loooooove my puppy dog.

I am currently firing a glaze kiln load of cups...new cups...cup I constructed, shellaced and washed away excess texture. I glazed them with Higby Water Blue on the inside and in deep crevices on the outside.
To the smooth places outside I glazed:
  • tinted liner
  • Ron Roy's black
  • yellow liner

We'll see how those come out. I am going to /\5 as I don't have a /\4 cone to use. I tried /\3, but I felt those were underfired.

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19,2010

I went to the 'Ladies Night' at Sav*Art gallery last night. Lots of wonderful art to look at and BUY! I hung out with my buds, Cinderelish Andrew Johnson (and Ted), Robin McIntosh. I ate a few yummy snacks and a little wine (and Bailey's in a chocolate cup!)...and sold a few things. YAY!

I also met some other artists, Tammy Smith of 'Homemade Circus' and Christy of 'Dirty Cupcakes Pottery'...going to meet them along with Cindy at Chez Elle for lunch today. I also met Cale, a painter. Everyone was really sweet and we had a good time hanging out.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

November 14, 2010

I am home after a Saturday at the University of MIssouri-Columbia. I took my bf, Terry ("Mr. KU") to an MU football game and a tear around the campus. He indulged me even though he was kinda sick. We should have left right after the game, but he further indulged me and ate at one of my fave pizza places ever...Shakespear's Pizza. It was a lucsious taste treat. I hadn't had any since the fall of 2006. YUM, YUM, YUMMY!

odd fact, today is Prince Charles' b-day. I don't know how old he is...just...older than me. Is he 63?

I spent the day Friday making pots and pieces for my little galleries. I bisque fired them yesterday and today I must stain and glaze them. I really need to go into the studio and make other things on my list.
Go, Susan, go! Go make pots!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010

Lovely morning at Terry's and the Leavenworth Veteran's Day parade playing pipes with friends.

Just want to say 'thanks' to Sav*Art on the Plaza...for the opportunity they've given me. I made my first sale...a big Santa BoneGuy! I am off to make more and rescue a few others on a shelf downstairs.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 09, 2010

3pm: I refined cups and saucers by adding shellac edges. I also made ornaments for the Xmas sales at KC Clay Guild and Eclectics...snowmen, Xmas trees and snow globes...10 each.

10pm: I will go out to photograph and uncover the work I made the last few days.

Today: I went down to the Plaza and into Sav*Art. I talked to Jenny Meyer* and walked around the store. I can't believe my artwork is in a store on the Plaza! There are other great artists and friends there...Chari Peak, Andrew Johnson, Gayle Martin...and of course Mike Savage. (*I had never seen Jenny Meyers work. It is fantastic.)
More on this endeavour later.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November 7, 2010

Hello clay world,
Gearing up for the holiday season...making work, testing glazes, [trying to] figure out the kiln issues and creating a newsletter to inform customers and friends.
I went to STUFF to see my friend Amy Meya do some demos. Cinderelish and I met there and quizzed Amy about a wholesale market she and another potter go to in February. I think Cindy and I will attend and go to some workshops to learn all about the market.

I decided I like the Xmas trees that are finished. I refined the form and made some more today...5 of them. I will make ornaments and Snowmen and some cups, saucers and ice cream bowls this week.

*pictures to follow*

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1, 2010...again

Did I fail to mention that I did create some pretty cool cups and a small teapot using my techniques plus the shellac technique I saw Julia Galloway use in Lawrence a few weeks ago at the symposium at Lawrence Art Center.
I think I will love it. It will give me more opportunity for color on the outside of the pieces.

*PANIC* Ya know how much I dislike the glaze process?...this will just add to the stress.

November 1, 2010

Firing again...refiring I should say.
Yesterday, I had to throw out an entire kiln load of cups and my new tumblers for over firing AND some unattractive residue from some shellac I used.
I am so tired of messing with this kiln. Ever since I had it rewired, the firings have been haphazard and unpredictable. I fell like I have to continually adjust the kiln sitter and fire it empty to see what it will do.

I am taking what I can to SAV*ART on the Plaza tomorrow...crossing fingers on this kiln load AND that it will be out early enough so that I can go to Terry's on time.