Sunday, March 30, 2008

Our New Family Member

This post is completely off topic but I couldn't contain myself from telling you about our most exciting news! We welcomed a new addition to our family last weekend, her name is Lisa. I have always loved chickens. Lisa was given to us by our dear friend, Winston. He has a beautiful chicken coop for eleven hens. The hens are all paired up by breed except for Lisa. Apparently, chickens are just like high school kids, if you are different, you are likely to be made fun of. The other chickens rejected her. They would peck her until she bled. Winston had to separate her from the flock by putting her in a cage, much smaller than the chicken coop (of course). This broke our hearts and Winston's. We live in a suburbia home, with a small garden in the back. We have frequent visits from possums and raccoons (not to mention Larry, a mean neighborhood cat). Despite these issues, we took her home anyway and things haven't been the same since. At night we put her in her cage and cover it with a tarp to protect her from prying eyes and sharp claws. In time, my boyfriend will build her a little cozy home. We just love her! She's doing great. Even Sami, our old and sweet cat, likes her too. They find each other very amusing to watch.

Within hours at her new home, she made a little nest for herself and laid an egg, not just any egg, a green egg!

Here she is, frolicking about our garden.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dahlia Vase

It is so nice to work with colors again. I was on this black and white mode for a little while but colors are back! Please stay tune for more.

9" height x 5.5" width (base)
ready for bisque firing...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Accidents

Do you remember these cups? Well here they are fresh out of the kiln. I was nervous the underglaze would bleed but they turned out okay, yay!

I especially like the shape of this creamer. Let me tell you how it came about. I was trying to make round decorative ornaments but could not for the life of me close the top of the vessel to make a ball. What I ended up with are a handful of these creamers. Sometimes accidents are even better than what you can imagine.

Lastly, My parents came for a visit recently. They took a look at my drying rack and asked me to make them a few sauce decanters. I gladly whipped up this trio on the pottery wheel. I hope to find the time to glaze them today and perhaps have them fired by the end of the week.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Simple Perfection

I'm not sure what it is about this cup that makes me giddy just looking at it. Perhaps it is the delicate thin walls, or the simple black and white bird decorations, or maybe, maybe it's the subtle imperfection in the shape.

I'm crossing my fingers that it'll look even better out of the kiln.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Lucky Girl I am

Earlier this week, my boyfriend gave me a Skutt KM-1027 kiln and vent for my birthday. They were in boxes on his truck bed, complete with a bow and card. I couldn't believe my eyes or utter a word for at least 10 minutes. Needless to say, I am the luckiest girl in the entire world. The gift is amazing but I'm not talking about the gifts. I'm talking about the man himself. OK, enough with the mushy stuff, I thought you would like to see the new kiln. It is not in operation yet but soon, very soon!

Monday, March 3, 2008

More White Porcelain Mugs

Over the weekend, I made a few more porcelain mugs, ready for the kiln. These are greenware with black underglazed decorations. I hope you'll like them as much as I do.

Heart Broken

This morning, I dropped a couple of my beloved pieces on the floor. I know this has happened to everyone. I need to learn to deal with it, but today, it was especially hard. My heart still shattered into a million pieces. Why? This is so lame! It's just clay after all. I can make them again. [At least, that was what I kept telling myself over and over again. Maybe after a hundered repeats, it'll sink in *sigh*]