Saturday, November 08, 2008

Obama, Bowls, and Vampires

Yes I am pleased Obama won. I DO feel hopeful. What more can I say. For me it's hard to trust a politician. I don't fall for much. I prefer to wait for actions, which as we know speak louder than words.

My bowls are done. Good results and not so good but all a learning experience. I am not kidding when I say I am consumed.

The greenish bowl and the purple bowls are the exact same glaze! You can't count on anything with glazes.

The dark blue glaze did some crawling which I'm told is a result of putting this particular glaze with another. You really have to learn by doing w/the glazes. It's frustrating when you manage to get through all the other steps of the process and then mess it up w/the glaze. Learning! Learning! I have to keep telling myself.

I do like this purple glaze though. I haven't yet been disappointed w/the results which do vary but always look good. Of course it makes me want to glaze everything purple.

On to vampires. I started listening to the Twilight series of books on tape while commuting to school. Um...I love it. It's geared towards teens I believe but whatever. Think what you like. Somewhere along my travels I read that the new HBO series True Blood was kinda sorta inspired by the Twilight books as well as some other series of vampire books. So...last night with John and Johnny away for a lax tournament I got the remote to myself and was perusing the HBO series on demand menu and saw True Blood on the list. Three episodes later I was trying not to be afraid of being in the house all alone and trying, trying to sleep. I'm a smart girl aren't I? I love the show though. Love it. So it's nothing but pottery and vampires for me. Odd.


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

They're pretty!! One of the exciting things about glaze (depressing?) is you never know exactly what the finish product is going to look like until it comes out of the kiln.

My ex wife was into pottery. God, we had bowls and coffee cups piled on top of the refrigerator, there were so many of them, in her learning phase!

11/08/2008 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

TUA- It is like Christmas opening the kiln. 'Course it can be a good Christmas or a bad Christmas.
I can see I am headed the way of your ex. Pottery everywhere.

11/08/2008 01:06:00 PM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Wow, your output is amazing and all looking really nice!

BTW, I did the same thing with TB. Being the sensitive type though, my dreams were not helpful to a good nights sleep.

It's fun though......Dresden Files is pretty good too if you haven't seen that. Books too. ; )

11/08/2008 02:38:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

I absolutely LOVE that purple glaze, especially the inside of the bowl in the bottom pic. Wonderful. To me, purples and blues are the only *right* colors for winter - something about the angle of winter light makes them come alive.

11/08/2008 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger Krimo said...

Absolutely fabulous colours!

I am happy that Obama won. He is just another politician but he seems to be the break from old crooked ways. Let's hope he delivers.

11/08/2008 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twilight the movie opens 11/21/08. My daughter is psyched.

11/09/2008 07:38:00 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

I think I'm now going to want to replace all my plates, bowls, and cups with your stuff. I'll be your first customer. This is an official order.
Also, I LOVE True Blood. I read that Bill and Sookie are dating in real life.

11/09/2008 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Sornie said...

I'm thinking with so many bowls that you should open some sort of bowl store. Maybe a mall kiosk.

11/09/2008 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

You are one of several bloggers raving about the Twilight series. Will def have to check it out.

11/09/2008 09:32:00 PM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I like those bowls~!

11/09/2008 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Purple Glaze? Wasn't that a Jimi Hendrix song? Love the bowls, BTW.

And you are brave to tackle True Blood, I love Alan Ball and his work, but I haven't been able to try this one.

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

really cool pottery...I am enchanted.

11/10/2008 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Hey Mary,

I'm kind of with you on Obama. Happy, but we'll see... Still, I'm VERY happy that the U.S. voted differently than I would have ever guessed it capable of doing.

As for your bowls... they are great! I think that being consumed by pottery is not all bad.

11/10/2008 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

beautiful, really! So are you going to do a contest of sorts? the price being one of your find pottery work..(never mind me, just trolling for your work [g]**)


11/11/2008 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger just me said...

I love Obama, so I am glad he won. You are so very creative, and the bowls look very beautiful to me.

I was once a huge fan of Ann Rice, and her vampire novels. Have to check out the new ones.

11/12/2008 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Rhea said...

At a difficult time like this, I want someone like Obama at the helm. Yay!

11/12/2008 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger soubriquet said...

Glaze crawling is ALWAYS the result of poor adhesion. And the most likely cause is that the surface you applied the glaze to is dusty, slightly oily (too much handling can do it) or just shiny. If you're putting one glaze over another, then try to do it before the glaze beneath is fully dry.
The other complicating factor is that the top glaze mabe shrinking slightly, which can cause fine cracks in the dry state. if the adhesion to the clay is low, then as that glaze starts to soften (sinter) in the kiln, it may curl back from the edges.

Ahhh... looking at the pics, I'd guess there's a thin colour wash on the pot before the glaze?
Do tell. I like the pinkish ones best.

11/15/2008 08:18:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Soubriquet- You know...there are so many steps and details to get used to that I believe that was my mistake. The dusty surface I mean. I do forget that one. I hope I will remember now that you have pointed it out.

No color wash. The pinking glaze is dipped in Seafoam green first and then Coleman's Red. That's my favorite.

11/15/2008 09:22:00 AM  
Blogger Carol said...


I just tagged you (and you can blame Robert). :-)

11/16/2008 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Lovely bowls!

And don't be afraid to trust a little. If we support him, maybe he can actually pull off something.

If he simply closes Guantanamo Bay and ends torture as policy, he'll have been a successful Pres in my eyes.

11/18/2008 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh Gary, you are the voice of reason. You are right. And I do support him. I have a very cynical side and I am well served to have a voice like yours in my ear now and again.

11/18/2008 07:54:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

Boy you are a busy bee lately, ikinda of miss the old days with the blogs. Just stopped by to Hi

11/18/2008 03:10:00 PM  
Blogger Maithri said...

What a beautiful blog and a great post.

Your pottery is absolutely beautiful, have you visited Todd's blog "Peace through pottery"... I think you guys would get along really well.

I think its

Soft light, Maithri

11/22/2008 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

I love your so so lovely .....( and I saw that Micheal is doing better - that is good news too ...) many hugs...hope all is well....take care...

12/05/2008 12:10:00 AM  

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