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October 27,2017

October 27, 2017

Summer heat may finally be going away next week!  I got the big wet box moved inside the studio so the air conditioner will fit into the window.  Of course, I still need to get a piece of plexiglass cut to fit into the window but air conditioning is on its way!  One small step leads to another!   I keep plugging along to improve!

The studio was super busy last night!  Lots of talented people!  The wine was flowing and every wheel was spinning!  I just unloaded a glaze fire and this weekend I need to turn around and load a bisque!  

There has been a lot of building going around me, acres and acres of untouched land being developed.  This is great but it has also created a problem for the rats in the area.  They think they can move into my garage and make it their home! Nope!   I found an organic recipe to eliminate them and two weeks ago I saw 7 running in my garage rafters.  In the past few days the garage has been quiet and no sign of rodents!  Success!  If it's not squirrels then its rats! That's the beauty of living out in...

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October 14, 2017

October 14, 2017

The lantern turned out awesome!  My student, Inga got her lantern out of the kiln this week too.  They are beautiful.  Now I am inspired to make more!  Check out the photo on the What's New in Class page.

I am ready to begin planting for fall/winter crops.  I mowed the side lot and yard today.  I will try and mow the Labyrinth tomorrow.  I also need to cut the sheet of plywood to replace the sagging shelves that hold the glaze buckets.  There is always something to do around here!  


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Sept. 17, 2017

September 17, 2017

The air has a cool, crisp feel this morning.  Fall is on its way.   I can hear chain saws running, preparing wood for the winter.  The garden is slowing down and the flowers are setting their seeds.  I've collected quite a few so far, bright orange Coreposis and purple Zinnias that have grown as tall as me.  

The watermellons have really done well this summer.  Pablano peppers, Jalepeno peppers, and purple bell peppers have been picked today.  Still waiting for a tomato!  

Fired the kiln with a glaze fire and a bisque this weekend.  One of my students glazed the black Cassius clay with Banana.  The effect is so striking.  The bowl looks antique and has great texture.  I will use the Banana glaze on some black clay myself.  

I cleaned out the flower bed under my kitchen window and planted some fall chrysanthemums.  I also repotted two avacado plants that I started from seed.  They will be protected for the winter before planting them out in the yard with my other avacado tree.  Replacing sprinklers and cleaning out drip systems has been my focus this weekend. There is always something to do in the yard!...

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September 6, 2017

September 6, 2017

The heat has finally calmed down a little....still hot but can at least i can function!  I have been fighting with the squirrels all summer.  I planted tomatoes in the garden and I have been watching them grow bigger and bigger everyday.  I went out into the garden this morning to feed the chickens....and guess what!!  The tomatoes are gone!! Curse you squirrels!!!   I will keep trying!

One of my ceramic magazines showcased a lantern made out of clay.   A Thursday student decided to make one following the instructions.  This Tuesday I gave it a try, of course doing my own thing and I must say, the lantern is awesome.  I will post photos of it once it makes it all the way through the glaze fire process. 

It seems like everyone is making mugs right now.  One of my students is experimenting with handles and she is getting quite creative!  She is also using slip to decorate designs on the outside for texture with the glazes.  Looking forward to seeing her finished products!! 

 

 


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August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

Taking care of almost 5 acres really keeps me on my toes.  I spend every morning, after my first cup of coffee, outside in my levi's, big straw hat on, with my weed whacker or sitting on my riding lawn mower.  It has taken me all summer to finally get the yard "spit spot" like I like.  I often wonder where did I come from, that I need to be in charge of such a large undertaking.  I definately have a green thumb.  My genes are from Great Britian, where I can smell the heather and feel the wind blowing across the moors.  Gardens are so important to me.   

Walking out to the studio this afternoon, I frightened 4 little squirrels that were frolicking in the garden!  All this was going on while my silly, lazy dogs were laying upside down taking naps!  No wonder the zucchini and cucumber plants are gone!  

I had to hand mow the Labyrinth this summer.  There was so much rain here in sunny Calif this winter that the weeds grew to be almost 4 ft. tall.  I figured out that the Labyrinth is over 400 ft. from the studio and where I...

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July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017

I am not looking for my other half.....because I am complete as I am......July has brought many blessings to me and my family.  The studio is staying busy with the summer heat.  I have been trying to get the reclaimed clay under control.  I was hired to create two ice cream bowls for a wedding table. The bride and groom will be having ice cream instead of cake for their guests!   The bowls turned out great and were personalized with the bride and groom names. 

The garden has the most beautiful orange cosmos!  They stand about 4 ft tall and are full of bees and ladybugs! Either the squirrels or rabbits had a feast on the leaves of my cucumbers and zucchini!   Geez!   The watermellon is doing great!   One of my students brought me home grown tomatoes on Thursday.   Oh my were they good!  My tomatoes are finally blooming. 

The 17 peach trees will be ripe next week with the Asian pear trees ripe in mid-August.  All the apples are done and gone. I look forward to having more time to spend in my garden.   


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June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

July is just around the corner.  The heat is on and the studio is staying busy.  A new huge table was donated to the studio and I got new canvas today to cover it.   The old table has been moved out to the glaze area and the kiln moved to accomodate traffic flow.   New glazes have been added and tiles have been made.  

The garden is finally maturing due to the dogs helping with keeping the squirrel population down!   The drip system has been tempermental at best.  The water pressure occasionally blows out the couplers.   I tore down the cinder block wall in order to allow a better flow of air in the glaze area.

The dogs are all doing well.  Sadie is getting older and doesn't get around as well as the young dogs.  I will be keeping her inside during all the fireworks for the Fourth.   Happy Birthday USA!!!


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May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

Memorial weekend is upon us and I want to thank those who have served our country!  We are truely blessed from your sacrifice and dedication.  I appreciate those who have passed, my father and grandfather.  Thanks to my son, ex-husband, brothers and uncles. Happy Memorial Day!

Expecting warm weather this weekend and I plan on planting the garden and transplanting my seedlings.  Summer is on its way and the pool is calling.  The chickens are laying everyday now and their eggs are huge!

I am loading the kiln again for another bisque fire. My students are so talented and creating so much that I am firing the kiln almost every week!  That is awesome!  

 


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May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017

May has blessed me with beautiful weather...almost too hot at times.  My greenhouse has been repaired with two panes of glass and my seedlings are sprouted and climbing to the sky!  I planted a couple of squash plants into the garden but the baby bunnies have found them and eaten to their hearts content.  I replanted the squashes and will wait until they are big enough to go out into the "wilderness"! 

I have one student making plaster casts for his projects.  They have turned out great!  Another student has been making yarn bowls and another just filled the kiln with her gorgeous work for a glaze fire. Such talented students!

My new addition, Sheba is growing like crazy!  She is now 5 months old and has settled into the routine of the yard with the other dogs.  She's very intelligent and a great addition to my family! 

 

 


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April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

April has arrived with a vengence!  The summer weather is coming and all the trees are in bloom. 

New students in the studio and such talent!   The chickens are busy laying eggs and the dogs are catching squirrels and gophers!  

I rearranged the glazing area and now we have lots of room!  I'll have to take photos and post them next.  


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