Too Good Not To Share

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This yarn bowl came out yesterday also. It’s been fired three times and I really need to stop.

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…also from yesterday. It’s straight up obvara with a little control twist. I prefer the work to have a good amount of white on it. I think it shows off the patterning…so I dip it slowly to about 1/2 way and then plunge it into the goo. I remove it quickly, watching for the pattern development. When the pattern is about where I think I like it, I drop it into the water bath to stop the process. Okay so maybe I don’t drop it into the water but you get the idea.

Today Was Mind Blowing Cool

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Today was a lot of experimental stuff…gas mask type of stuff. It’s the kind of day where you spend an hour prepping the space…water hose on…second set of tongs nearby…gas lines away from walking spaces…extra gloves for chemicals and so on.

I’m pretty happy with the results. The pictures are from four kiln loads. That answers that question I always have, “Will I be able to make this happen again?” “I think so is” about as good an answer as it gets…and these pieces can lead me in solid technical directions.

Brenda is away for the day…good thing. I “borrowed” a couple items from the kitchen for an experiment. Great idea…but not so good with “her stuff.” Luckily nothing was damaged (as in the normal result of my “great ideas”). I think she’ll let me use my “Get Out of Jail” card today :-)

I’m really diggin’ the obvara concept. It dovetails nicely with other families of techniques that I like. Today I started with obvara and branched out a bit from there…a little horsehair…a little feather work…some saggar techniques without the saggars. Blowin my own mind.

One Week with Kylie

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These are my girls. Montana is the orange and white one…an American Brittany and the Golden is named Kylie. Kylie is a recent “senior” rescue/adoption. She has been with us a week…been to the vet to get poked…to groomer to get a bath. She sleeps right by my bed, behind the office chair…whines when I leave her behind to run an errand. The two of them are getting along (for the most part) and that’s a good thing. Funny? Well…Kylie is the first puppy we’ve had in some 35 years with a long tail…and before that one 35 years ago, I can’t remember ever having a family dog with a long tail. Weird…about as weird as watching a 77 lb. Golden Retriever decide to chase that tale.

Oh well…life’s different. She hasn’t smashed up any pots yet so she can stay. :-)

Fresh From the Kiln

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What a spectacular day…lots of of kudos to the Kiln Gods…they did a great job.

Eight loads of raku and two batches of obvara to end the day. Would have done more but I ran out of fuel…so I might have been “out of gas” but I was honestly out of propane. I sit here very tired.

All this sets up the last loads later in the week. The next raku load will be the last until after STITCHES West.

Yesterday! But today…oh so slow…

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STITCHES West in Santa Clara is just a few weeks away. I’m not panicking…I’m in control…seriously…sure I am.

These pieces came out of firings yesterday…I did a number of pieces in obvara (the yarn bowl) and a load of pieces in their little saggars. The vase is one of the saggar pieces along with an array of other pieces…the shawl pins, brooches, yarn bowls, buttons and coasters. Pretty exciting day but I paid for it this morning as I tried to drag myself from the bed…successfully…but oh so slowly.

Getting Ready for STITCHES West

It’s coming up…February 19-22 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. (We’re booth #922). Lots of new things to exhibit…new colors…new techniques…new designs…new pieces to start with. We’re excited.

From today:

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Shawl pins…both small and large…and yes, that is a spindle whorl. We should have a few of those available.

Most of these pieces are done using a process called “obvara.” Stop by the booth and I can tell you exactly how it’s done…look it up on line and you’ll see how others approach it. Very rustic! Very one-of-a-kind! Well…they are “glazed” one at a time so they should be one of a kind right?!

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Rubble…And I Don’t Mean Barney

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Just one piece exploded in the kiln…all that rubble from one little piece. The round whorl in the middle of the picture was on top and got flipped upside down in the ruckus. These pieces are destined for obvara and saggar this next week. Going to be fun…and way less explosive :-)

Work Work Work

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Everything is on track for a great show in Santa Clara at STITCHES West…February 19-22 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We’re in booth 922.

I’m still working on new ideas for the show…I will be going down to the wire I’m sure.

…and as if I wasn’t busy enough, Knitting Universe announced a new show this morning. I’ll be there!

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The Saggar Was Crazy Good

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When I put the little packets together, it’s almost like I’m crossing my fingers. The ole’ “wing and a prayer”…I just hope they work out.

I think I know what I want them to come out like, but sometimes when I unwrap the things at the end of the day I just sit there and stare at them for a while.

I am in love with this kiln load of stuff. Crazy good.