Monday, October 16, 2006

Hi Ho, Hi Ho....

its off to work I go... Whistle while I work? Nope. This whole time that I've been hunched over my tiles underglazing tedious details for the mosaic I have been craving spicedrops and those vile, fake-ass pringles. Never fear, nary a gumdrop has crossed my lips. Unfortunately half a can of pringles has. WTF? I don't know what it is about but as soon as I cross the threshold of the studio I am craving crap. Anyway I've finished the detail part and tomorrow will just be glazing and splattering and marking (making messes)my color tiles. More fun.

I start our fairly organized though it might not appear so.

Then it gets progressively messier...

This annoys me so I have to stop and clean up.

Then I begin my mess making again. It's a wonder I get anything done.

After that it's in the hands of the kiln gods and anything can happen in there.


Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Good stuff...well not the mess...the mess is well messy.

So do strange things happen in the Kiln?

All of that hard work the Kiln should be nice or send the kiln to the dumpster.

Perhaps you can do a happy kiln dance right before you put your beautiful art in and warn the kiln, sweetly, about the dumpster.

10/16/2006 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Mary, you have the dream job of every adult! Make a huge mess, play in it, clean it up, then go eat junk food!:) Only unlike most of us, your "messes" turn into things of beauty. My messes turn into....well, messes!
I know what you mean re Pringles. They are the crack cocaine of junk food, I swear! If a can of them is in the cupboard and a football game's all over, including all gone..(: My Doctor gets so mad at me. It's gotten so the first thing he asks when he walks in the room: "How many cans this time?" Sigh. Why can't that HDL and LDL stuff fight it out on their own....and leave me to my pringles? Sob......:)

10/17/2006 01:52:00 AM  
Blogger krystyna said...

Hi Mary!
Great art! Great Art needs Great Mess!
Keep up the great work!


10/17/2006 06:00:00 AM  
Blogger Lily said...

Nice to finally meet you! I've seen you around, here and there.

I think beauty requires a little mess.

Pringles are the food we love to hate but eat anyway. I am like that with those horrible cheap ramen noodles. My hubby always says "But how can you EAT that???"

10/17/2006 08:32:00 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Ohhh, this is going to be good. I can't wait to see the final product. Fun stuff.

10/17/2006 08:55:00 AM  
Blogger glenda said...

Hey, Mary. How is it going...the tiles are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful...I especially like the dragonflies!

10/17/2006 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Antonio said...

The problem with Pringles and ramen noodles (Lily mentioned those) is that they are both soooo good and soooo cheap. I love both!

10/17/2006 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

looks like fun work. organized disorganization and back again. work expands to fill the available horizontal surface until it is reined in again. peace, peter

10/17/2006 02:24:00 PM  
Blogger carbunclefrank said...

hi Mary

The reason you want "crap" when you enter the studio is because entering gives you a feeling of liberation and releases your inhibitions. You feel free to create and do whatever you want. Sort of like two or three shots of Tequila. That's just my opinion though so dont take it as gospel. As for the creativity; your pieces look beautiful. Can I buy a butterfly to exhibit on my wall? We have probably close to 30 galleries here in Sedona and your work is comparable to others I have seen. Nice (but messy) work girl

10/18/2006 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

mary - please email me your address again -

10/18/2006 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

Can I come over and play with you. I can't wait to see the finished project

10/18/2006 12:27:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

You crave Pringles because you've got your hands in lead-based glazes. It's like getting an itch on your nose when you're throwing a pot and up to your elbows in clay - the gremlins always pick their moments!

Low fire glazing is fun - you can do neat stuff like gold and platinum overglazes - but it's smelly smelly nasty toxic stuff to work with. But after it's done you open the kiln and there's GOOOOLD inside! Wooo!

Fast-fire? Are you talking about the wet clay method? I never had the courage to do that. I have friends who swear by it - they'd throw a whole bunch of pots and fire them all in four hours or something ridiculous, straight from wet. Apparently the water "steams" off and the pots don't explode, or at least that's what they claim. I was (a) not prolific enough to fill a kiln in half a day, and (b) prone to the no-no of mixing bisque and glaze pieces in the same firing, and ergo terrified of explosions. If you ever try it, let me know how it turns out.

How long is your usual fire? Are you doing earthenware, or do you sometimes do cone 6 or cone 10 ware?

10/18/2006 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Blue- The kiln is new but they have thier own will. I've had no problems so far but I have definitely seen my fair share of what can go wrong through others.

TUA- I am happy to report that yesterday I walked passed the pringles in the grocery store. One day at a time.

Krystna- Thank you. I am off to make more messes today.

Lily- Thanks for coming by. Ramen noodles mmmm... They are far better than pringles though.

Peacechick- I am so happy to be doing it you can be sure I will be proudly displaying the final product.

Glenda- Thanks. My hands were so cramped when I finished those dragonflies.

Antonio- I agree!

Peter- I am sure you know all about it w/your sign making.

Carbuncle- I will make you one is my next batch. You are so sweet. And I like your theory.

Dawn- I would love to have you! What fun. I am really not that far from you. How bout it?

Lukku- Right now its all just bisque tiles that I am glazing for mosaics. I haven't fired any ware in my kiln. I hope to get to it some day. I think fast fire was something I read on one of the glazes that said "fast fire to cone 06" I Anyway I think my low fire took 9 hours. I haven't even looked at the results yet. Will be doing that shortly.

10/19/2006 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger pinkfem said...

I wish you could make some new tiles for my confessional.

10/19/2006 09:08:00 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Can't wait to see it Mary.

10/20/2006 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

salt. there is something about those pringles that are addicting. they say it's lays that you can't eat just one of- but i say it's pringles. my husband can eat a half of a can in one sittng and not even realize. these are going to be beautiful- so the chips were worth it!!

10/21/2006 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Pinkfem- You know I would.

Donnie- Thanks. I can't wait either. It's a hard line of work to be in when you are as impatient as I am.

Betmo- That's right... a sacrifice for ART! I like that.

10/21/2006 08:57:00 AM  

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