Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Well all... I made it through the firing of my kiln for the first time. It was consuming me much of this weekend. I couldn't sleep the night before. (wtf? Hope that isn't a trend.) It was empty mind you but it was a learning experience and I needed that. Much thanks to Andie who took ALL my calls and helped me through. Also of course my man.

He is so good to me. ( A glaze firing will come next week and I can't wait.) I feel kinda sorta confident. I am definitely walking on air.

My mother is coming on Thursday. She suffers from terrible arthritis and I will be taking her to see someone that is an alternative to traditional medicine. Hopefully he can help w/the pain. We shall see. Gotta keep trying.


Blogger Alice said...

Ooh ooh ooh!! NICE kiln!!! I used to run a small pottery in the northern Bahamas, and I know what you mean about not sleeping before - but it'll pass. After a while I only used to have trouble sleeping if I was doing an overnight firing (and with order deadlines, that happened a lot) - but I had a Skutt with a Kilnmaster that worked like a charm, so a lot of the worry was kind of superfluous. The thermocouple did need replacing after a few hundred firings, but I never had any real trouble with it. Except when we had to loft it off the studio floor and cover it with an old mattress bag when hurricane Floyd was coming - that was no fun! But it survived just fine.

What kind of ceramics do you make? Is this for yourself, or are you in business?

7/11/2006 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I worked for a potter for about 3 or 4 years and we did a lot of mosaics. I really enjoyed it so that is what I want mainly do. I took throwing classes from Andie before I bought the kiln because I thought I should have that skill also. I definitely want to get into throwing but I DO already have a job to do a mosaic around a fireplace. You can see the kind of stuff I do here http://getit4yourself.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_getit4yourself_archive.html
Umm...a pottery studio in the Bahamas sounds like a dream! I would love to see your work. Do you still do it?

7/11/2006 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger handfulofearth said...

God - when I was in teh Bahamas I tried to figure out how to move there, but couldn't get the clay cheap enough. What a total dream!!!

I'll ALWAYS take your calls, kiln-ralted or otherwise. *hug*

And as for alternative medicine - Michael at Salisbury Acupuncture is a total miracle worker - amazing. I would send anyone to him.

7/11/2006 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Andie- At least you've been to the bahamas....

7/11/2006 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Reflections said...

I did some clay in high school, my daughter in college is doing well at it and has made some nice things. Hope your mother finds some answers, I have the same afliction on and off.

7/12/2006 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

Good for you, I would love to try it

7/12/2006 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

umm- it looks like something from outer space. :)

7/14/2006 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

the kiln- not your friend :)

7/14/2006 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Betmo- LOL...they both look like something from outerspace!

7/14/2006 10:40:00 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Mary is that a Duncan kiln? My mother used to own a ceramic shop and also gave lessons. I used to do most of the pouring of the molds for her. She had three kilns. An old paragon and two Duncans I think they were. The nightmares I had when she got into dolls!! LOL.

7/15/2006 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Donnie- It's a rebuilt L&L and it's my first. I've done a little bit of everything as an assistant to a potter including molds and yes, at Christmas she made santas. We always seemed to have a lot of sea creature related things as we live by the ocean and that is what became my nightmare. If I had to paint one more fish drawer pull or sea turtle sink I thought I would go crazy! I forgot about that until your comment. I guess I've had enough of a break from it thatit should all seem fresh for a while.

7/17/2006 12:01:00 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Nice kiln. Would love my own, and a wheel. Would love to be doing pottery and painting full time, instead of working for a living. My dream is to retire to Nelson region of New Zealand, where they have the most amazing white clay -- like butter -- and be a potter.

7/17/2006 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

divajood-I have been working hard and have waited years just to get to this point. It's still hard making the time. Your dream sounds great. It really is too bad we need to make livings eh?

7/18/2006 07:47:00 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

To help your mum with her arthritis...try Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil with Omega 3.
Also condroitin [don't know how to spell it] and glucosamine. It takes a month or so, and she has to take it everyday, but it really works.

Unless she can't consume anything with oil, then it would be just the chondroitin and glucosamine.

7/21/2006 09:03:00 PM  

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