Friday, October 31, 2008

Okay, so I figured things out...

Finally got the computer set up and more importantly the old hard drive erased to MY satisfaction no thanks to Dell. It took me days to figure that one out and when I finally got it going the actual erasing took over 8 hours.I had some very heated calls w/Dell but they refused to let me keep my old hard drive. I kept asking for the manager and would get passed down the line. I am currently awaiting a call from a manager who should have called me Thursday. Anyway. Enough!

I am addicted to throwing on the wheel. I finally feel like I have some grasp on it, some control. It's pretty exciting to me. We started by making teabowl after teabowl, then moved on to mugs, then bowls and our next project will be lided jars. I can not get enough. I have the finished teabowls and mugs so I can share some pictures. My bowls still need to be fired.

I came home Thursday night to find Michael and his girlfriend carving pumpkins. I've been so consumed with school and computer repair that I hadn't even thougt about it. I was glad they had the Halloween spirit. So I grabbed a pumpkin and got down to it.

I am especially happy to have Michael HOME and really seeming to get back to his old self. I don't see that meaness or anger in his eyes any more. It is so great to have him back. I can't say it enough.


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"I don't see that meanness or anger in his eyes any more. It is so great to have him back. I can't say it enough."
You need never stop! You and Michael battled the Evil Empire and won!!!!!!

When are you opening your coffee shop, with all those mugs?:)

11/01/2008 04:33:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

TUA- Yea we did! That is how it feels exactly. We are very, very, fortunate.

11/01/2008 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

WOW, the cups look so great. The picture is much better here than on my cell phone. Really, really great!!!

11/01/2008 03:58:00 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I love so many things about this post Mary. Especially what you write about Michael... and the pumpkins and your clay work - wow! The Dell part is harder to love...

11/02/2008 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Wow! Beautiful pottery. I agree with your first Commenter. These would be great in a coffee shop. Maybe you could sell a coffee-shop line of pottery? Very nice.

11/02/2008 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

What a happy picture, kids & mugs, too!

Not to sound paranoid, but how can you ever be sure the hard drive has been wiped?

11/03/2008 01:02:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Car- I know those phone pics suck.

Gary- Thanks! What a compliment. Yes, life is prety good right now excluding Dell.

Joanne- Probably a good idea as I can't make myself stop making them.

DK- My understanding is the ONLY way to be sure is to drill holes in it. The program I used had pretty high regard amongst those who know and they suggested running it a couple times which I did. Dell is absolutely on my shit list on this one.

11/03/2008 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

re the hard drive ... we've used a sledgehammer them. Why not just throw it in the kiln & see what happens? Could be interesting. Oh yeah, Dell wants it back ... well, send them the baked-kiln version!

11/03/2008 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Dell is on my shit list so completely that 3 years ago I made the difficult switch to a Mac. Just so I could get customer service, which I payed for at Dell but couldn't get. I hate them.

On the other hand - I LOVE your cups.. that pink glaze is wonderful!

Glad that Michael is getting back to his old self. One of the many horrible things about war is the damage done to the many who "don't suffer injuries." But you know that.

11/04/2008 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Beautiful Mary!! Some of the pics don't show but the top ones of the pottery!! We had a community place in our small town and I got to 'throw clay on the wheel'..I still remember the feeling and the pleasure I got from doing it right as well.. the other kids were hopeless at it but I seemed to be a're tempting me girl..perhaps I ought to just take one of those classes..but the addiction!! I bet it is!
awesome work M!


11/04/2008 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said... all the pics show up..I 'hear' you when you're talking about a mom..'nuff' said!

hugs and a sigh of relief..


11/04/2008 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

I didn't realize Michael was home.

Cheers to him and hope there aren't any lasting negative problems!

Great looking pottery!!!!! ; )

11/04/2008 06:23:00 PM  
Blogger WT said...

Wow! The pottery looks fantastic!!

11/05/2008 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

I'm guessing it's appropriate to congratulate you on our new president.....

I'm sure smilin....

11/06/2008 01:34:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hey Mary, great pots

11/06/2008 02:20:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

But where is the post election result post?

Obama (like Tony Blair here ten years ago) appealed to the new generation the 18-30 voters
And the majority voted for change (and possibly belatedly against the war on Iraq. Bye bye Blair, bye bye Bush)

11/06/2008 02:21:00 AM  
Blogger Fran said...


Locally, they have an *empty bowls* annual event. Potters from around the region sell their bowls to folks & it all goes to feed the hungry.... food bank or the Mission homeless shelter. It is a total success, with people lined up out the door to participate.

We quit carving pumpkins a few years ago when the last one "liquidated" itself & self imploded into a watery mess.... started with an ewwww what's the goo all over the floor?

But I do have a ceramic pumpkin I bring out & put a candle into light up it;s eyes & face..... Now I;ve given you another pottery project idea... eh?

So glad your son is *back* in the real sense.

11/10/2008 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

wonderful. on all counts.

11/10/2008 08:49:00 PM  

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