Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sleeping Rabbit

This week I'm quietly working on more sculptures like this sleeping rabbit. I'm thankful for a warm studio. I can't help but think of the homeless and unemployed in our country especially California which now leads the nation in poverty.  (read some of the reasons why the state is failing here https://pjmedia.com/trending/whats-matter-california/). Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Birds, Bowl, and Mug

This week I'm working on more pottery to fill my kiln. To these two birds with texture, I added some stain right after I made them.

To make this bowl I have draped a slab of clay over a bowl set up on a wood pedestal to hold up. I tried a balloon but it promptly popped.

The handle of this mug is propped up with a piece of clay against some paper so they don't stick together.

Next week we're expecting below freezing temperatures once again so I'm gearing up to fire the week after that. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Homemade Hashbrowns

Every so often I run out of breakfast items. No avocados, no eggs, no fruit; and I must be gluten free. On those days we sometimes go to our local greasy spoon restaurant for breakfast. But wait a minute, I had some potatoes in the crisper. I decided to try making homemade hash browns. Oh my goodness, why haven't I tried making these sooner.

Grate three small potatoes with a hand grater. Pat the grated potatoes dry on paper towels. Melt some butter in a non stick ceramic frying pan, add the potatoes, season with salt, pepper, and dried or fresh chives. Cook till browned. It took about ten minutes to make the hash browns. Oh so delicious. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Planning a Pedestal for Sky Pony

Remember Sky Pony I made eons ago. I had intended to make a pedestal for him to rest upon. Yesterday I decided it was high time to accomplish that goal. He has been sitting on the shelf all this time.

At first I thought to use three pieces of wood with undulations on the side sanded smooth and the three doweled together. I still have to figure out how to attach the pony to the wood. I'm thinking I'll make a small depression in the wood for each of the feet and then glue him down. What do you think?

Then I thought I should just use one piece of wood in more of a pyramid shape. Now I'm thinking there is a reason most sculptors use a squared off piece of wood for a pedestal for their sculptures. The focus should be on the sculpture not the wood. So now I think just plain pedestal would be best. I plan to head to an exotic wood purveyor when the weather warms. Hopefully that will be next week.

I'd like to use a wood with a reddish tone which I think will complement the aqua color of the pony. But maybe I should just use a black color for the wood. Black being more of a neutral color. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.