Open Studio Update, 4-5-11

Things clicked along pretty smoothly today. I did take a green tea break at one point, as I found myself tired out. It tasted good and perked me up. Lifting things in and out of the damp room and expending brain power on tricky projects = break time. Later, we went out for lunch. Gary wasn’t in the studio today. We all missed him, but he showed up near the end of our lunch, so there was a nice bit of continuity.

"Girl with a Tea Cup," by Harold Gilman

Update: Formed the lid to the bird house. It’s a low, wide cone and, at present, is resting on yellow foam rubber with wadded newspapers underneath. The rolled out slab was too damp and it cracked. The cracks are now filled with clay. Fingers crossed. Paper clay RX if that doesn’t work. Glazed the oil lamps. I can’t wait to experience the soft, golden light of an olive oil lamp. Ovid said, “The lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean.” On another note, I am waiting for a Happiness Engineer from WordPress to transfer the contents of this site to another. It is supposed to be a seamless process. In the meantime, I am trying to learn about SSL and IP. I will continue to cram until they get in touch. If I have a shop front through Etsy.com, I may not need the SSL. Also, I am considering whether I need a dedicated IP address…and I am now looking at HostGator, too, since there are more hosting services to choose from for this swap out.

"Sunrise," Terra Cotta with Shino glaze

PLANS: I took my ‘Trees’ mold to the studio to today, intending to make some more tiles, but ran out of time. Therefore, I brought white clay home and will make about eight more tiles this week. Even though they are made from the same mold, none of them truly look alike, as I vary the treatment with each one. Am rather partial to ‘Trees.’  The new ones I make will be thinner, less heavy. Several years ago, I made a small tile, a reproduction of the famed rose designed by Dard Hunter in the mid-1900s. I thought of molding the tile I’d made, but decided it’s sub-par. I am going to carve another, fire, and mold it. I adore this stylized rose and want to see it with more finishes. In addition, I am going to mold something else that has taken some consideration, as it is personal. But it is so lovely, I want to share it. My “Sunrise” tile was made for our cottage, Sunrise Cottage, and the name for both comes from an exquisite silent movie filmed by German filmmaker Murnau, who was noted for expressionist cinema. Below is a photo of our cottage in the snow….

Our home, Sunrise Cottage

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About Jan

I have a background in ceramics, graphic design and journalism.
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