Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Getting ready for the annual Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival I packed my trusty little mountain Cress kiln , programed it for a medium bisque and went to bed. It never got to temperature stubbornly staying at 1546 degrees all through the night. I thought maybe because it hadn't been used in a year it was just a little cranky so I optimisticaly tried it again...nope again it got only to 1546, being cranky was not the problem. Why does this ALWAYS seem to happen right before a show ????
We are up in the boondocks...I had days of work to fire and transporting it bone dry back to the Bay Area made me shiver. I couldn't call the amazing kiln doctor, Saadi, who comes and makes everything better in Berkeley. I emailed Cress (which luckily is in Carson City NV - 1 hour's drive from my house) and got an auto message back that they were on vacation. My heart sank. Next minute I got another message...Arturo from Cress was breifly in the office and could give me the parts to fix the kiln if I would come and get them. I have never "fixed" a kiln but I was desperate and my husband, John was game to try. I had diagnosed the problem as a relay because both the elements glowed red during the firing and the little clicking noise that signals the temperature raising was non existent when the kiln reached the higher temperatures. Arturo said relays were a piece of cake to fix and guess what ....they were. John took out the old replaced with the new and VOILA...the kin is fixed. Much thanks to Arturo Maldonado who REALLY went the extra mile and of course to John Schnick, who's screw driver skills amaze me!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
view out my studio door
We made our annual summer mountain migration to our cabin near Lake Tahoe about a week ago. We knew we would find snow, we just didn't know how much. We found a seven foot glacier out my studio door and snow fields where the flowers usually are. It's been sunny, warm and beautiful. The snow recedes at least a foot a day. At this rate it might be the end of July before we see bare ground and are able to cross the creek (which is now a roaring river of icy water) and hike in the high mountains without snowshoes.
I have been working in my cave-like studio (think natural air conditioning) doing production on a nice sized order that came my way right before I left Berkeley. I am learning patience and how to schedule my time but I don't think I'll be adding the title "production potter" to my resume any time soon.
The dogs are in love with the snow and will be sad to see it go. John made this video yesterday. It is shot a short walk from our cabin:
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I find Hella Jongerius to be so inspirational. I love the book Misfit. It is covered with clay fingerprints in my studio because I use it for reference so often. I found this delicious video via Poppytalk today. Just listening to her voice gives me goosbumps.....
Monday, June 06, 2011
Last year I participated in the Art House Coop's Sketchbook Project.
My theme was "Inside/Outside".
I kind of went crazy researching the history of underwear.
My book was full of little cutouts that, when the outside garment was lifted, showed the underwear of the times on the next page. I had a great time doing this and was proud and happy when I shipped my Sketchbook off. These books on tour, there are over 10,000 of them to choose from, are viewed by thousands of people. WELLL....I waited and waited to be notified that ANYBODY had viewed my book (we were to receive an email notification when our books were viewed). As of today ONE person has picked up my sketchbook and paged through it. WAAA, I felt swindled. My studio mate rae dunn (her book has been viewed twice) and I hatched a plan to go to the San Francisco Sketchbook Tour stop and steal our books back. But today I received notification that my book had been digitized and can be viewed online.
Perhaps you'd like to view it (please)? Click here if you do (keep in mind that the little clothes drawings were cut to lift up and reveal the undies underneath):
Friday, June 03, 2011
Since our beloved Kitty died in January Harry Potter has been grieving big time. So the time is right to get him a friend...enter Gus...an 8 week old golden doodle puppy.
He ought to liven things up around here!
Here he is with Christa on his first day at fourth & clay. I think it was love at first bite.