Friday, June 27, 2008

I surface...

So my last class of that FAST and INTENSE session was yesterday. I loved the class and learned so much. I struggled through writing my first paper since-I-don't-know-when but I received an A+ thankyouverymuch! I am hooked! I will continue in the fall part time for now. Meanwhile I will look forward to enjoying the too brief summer. I also have to get Lisa ready for her send off to NYC. Everything has backed up on me around here. I haven't been in my garden for a month!!!!

Here is some of the work I did in class.

I love the glaze on this bowl and box.

None of these pieces were made with the benefit of a wheel.

This is my first attempt at horsehair reduction.

Disappointing glaze. I will re-glaze and refire this one.

Raku mask.


Blogger Ritardo "Gar the Conqueror" said...

can you make me an ashtray

6/27/2008 12:55:00 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Since I don't smoke, can you make something for me that's not an ashtray? And then I want to donate it to your gallery. Don't forget to include the little plaque that says I donated it back to the person who made it for me. :)

6/27/2008 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

That horsehair is very nice! As are they all.

Nice work! ; )

6/27/2008 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger Krissy Doyle said...

Wow! Those are very impressive. Congratulations!

6/27/2008 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

So how much you are selling the blue bowl for?

I love your work!

6/27/2008 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Oh these are so beautiful...and yeah, when is your first exhibit...and can I come ;-)

these are soooooo wonderful...I am so proud of you....and inspired...

Keep making the beautiful nice to know an artist ;-)

6/27/2008 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

wow, Mary, they are all so beautiful! the little box is a knock-out! and the mask!!!!!!

6/27/2008 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Ritardo-We are instructed to resist the urge to make an ashtray as that usually means you have screwed up whatever piece you were going for and an ashtray is your last resort. :)

RR- You are too kind. Everyone made me really smile w/their comments.

CM- I was REALLY excited to try this. That's not the last time I will be trying that either.

Krissy- Thank you!

Ole Blue- How much you got cause I am definitely selling?! What a compliment!!!

E4E-I am glad I inspired you. I encourage everyone to go for it and do something they always wanted to.

Hayden- The box was fired in a gas kiln with a cone 10 reduction glaze. This was my first opportunity to do that and I loved that process. The glazes have so much more dimension.

6/28/2008 07:43:00 AM  
Blogger susan said...

Very nice work, Mary. I'm delighted to see the new pieces and your efforts are truly an inspiration.

btw : That was a fine Mark Twain quote. For my choice I'll not only give you the title of my long time favorite but also the descriptor I found on his web page:

The Prince and the Pauper (1881)
Edward Tudor and Tom Canty are the same age and share the same features only one of them is a pauper's child and the other is the heir to the throne of England. When chance brings the boys together, they decide for fun to switch clothes, but fate suddenly casts them into each other's worlds. Tom learns what is to be caught in the pomp and folly of the royal court and the young prince learns what it is to survive in the lower depths of 16th century English society. Through the switched identities Mark Twain has fashioned both a scathing attack on social hypocrisy and injustice, and an irresistible comedy imbued with the sense of spirited play that belongs to this creative period. The delightful fable of The Prince and the Pauper has delighted readers young and old for over 100 years.

Hope you have a wonderful summer.

6/29/2008 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger susan said...

ps - fairlane gave you an award :-)

6/29/2008 04:55:00 PM  
Blogger Carla said...


6/30/2008 07:46:00 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Way to go Mary!!

6/30/2008 08:34:00 PM  
Blogger dawn said...

You look like your having a great time. Fascinating stuff.

7/01/2008 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

I also nominated you for an Art Award, Mary. Looks like Fairlane beat me to it, but with all the beautiful things you are producing, I think another nomination is in order. ps, the raku mask is my favorite. Stunning!

7/02/2008 01:35:00 AM  
Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

awesome talent. I'll take two of each.

7/02/2008 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Beautiful work, Mary! I'm very impressed. I'm glad that you enjoyed the class and congratulations on the A+!

7/02/2008 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger The Beltway B@stard said...

Mary - since your selling, I bet my wife would like a lot of your stuff. Do you have a portfolio so to speak. A picture album on-line she can go and look at?

7/02/2008 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Susan- It looks like I will be reading a lot of Twain this summer!

Carla-I'm staining, I'm staining!

La B-Thanks!

Dawn- I miss your posts!

D.K- Wow! Everyone is making me feel so good. Thank you so much.

Maria- Wrapping them up now!

Carol- Thank you. Still playing catch up with all the things that have gone to the wayside. Got a lot done yesterday but more on the list today.

BB- First, you are so kind. I am in the process of having a website made. At least I have contacted someone. STill waiting. This is the first bit of pottery I've ever made but I do have the mosaic stuff and I have some of it on the MY MOSAICS link. At any rate I am trying to get it all on a website. It's the only way to go it seems.

7/03/2008 08:55:00 AM  
Blogger Krimo said...

Absolutely beautiful, Mary.
Wow...A+! You are flying!

7/03/2008 05:35:00 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

I'll take one of each!

You are an extrordinary ar-tist.

Glad you had so much fun learning & playng with techniques & equipment.

Kind of a combo mad scientist & pottery art.

Mad Potter?

Happy Mad Potter....
Once upon a mosaic....

7/05/2008 02:07:00 PM  
Blogger The Follow Spot said...

you are SOOOO crafty!!!!

7/08/2008 03:55:00 PM  

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