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July

I finally have a morning off after a couple busy weeks.  I’ve been making some pots in the studio,

square plates

doing the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands,

guild show set up
guild show glass
guild show pots

And my sweet girl turned 2. 

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It’s been a big month.  I plan to spend the next few weeks slowly ramping up the pace of work in the studio, but also taking some down time.  My body is tired and I need to recharge before our busy fall.  We need to spend time outdoors and get to the river to swim.  There are berries to pick, beans to harvest and enough basil to kill us all.  I’m hoping to have our freezer stocked well this year so I don’t have to buy much produce.  We live in a very rural place, and our local (big chain) grocery has a limited amount of vegetables I find acceptable.  So I can and freeze as much as possible.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Today John and I finally got back into the garden to finish the grand weeding, staking, and harvesting project I started before the rain.  It has been so wet here- we got between 9 and 16 inches in 5 days!  It was too wet to mow this morning so into the garden we went.

garlic

Garlic!  They look great- the bulbs are large, and I think we got them out before they got TOO water logged.  I haven’t counted them, but they filled the wheel barrow.

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kale

Kale!  We have been eating greens from the garden for a while now.  The spinach has bolted, and our peas are past (we pulled both of those out today), but now the beans are coming in, and the basil….

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Holy basil Batman!  I picked enough to make a batch of pesto to freeze this evening.

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The cherry tomatoes are ripening too.  Of course this rain was NOT good for the tomatoes.  We have a terrible tomato blight in this area, and water really accelerates it.  Today we picked off all the yellowed or blackened leaves, and we hope to have at least some cherry tomatoes for Grae to enjoy.

onion

Our onions have done well… but it seems like the ones with the big flowering stalk (on the left in the picture above) make poor onions, while the ones without the stalk (like the one on the right above) make great onions.  Does anyone know what makes them grow this stalk?  Are they male vs. female?  Is there a way to prevent them growing the stalk?  I guess I should do some research.

onions

See the difference?  Hmmm…

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View of most of the garden.  I have been working in the studio too, but trying to work in the studio a little less, and take the time to care for our place.  I love this garden.  One more picture- BEES!  The onion flowers are so beautiful (even though they don’t make good onions), and the bees were loving it.

bees

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Hops!

My hops are doing really well this year! They are beautiful, and I love the way they smell. Hopefully I’ll grow enough that they can be used by one of my many brewer friends.

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Big Things!

This week folks (Jen and Kevin) from Ceramics Arts Daily came to shoot me in my studio.  I am writing an article for Ceramics Monthly about my studio, and they are doing a video in conjunction.  I’m psyched.  I felt a little nervous doing the video, but hopefully it didn’t show too badly.  Here are a couple shots John took while I talked.

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I will of course let you readers know when the article is set to come out!  I haven’t submitted it yet, so it might be a while.  Keep checking in…

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New clay and patterns.

I’ve been taking a break from the studio. But circumstances conspire to get me back to work. So here are a couple shots from today.

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New clay! I got 2 kinds of stoneware from STARWorks.

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I was excited to try the new clay and threw a bunch of pots these past few days.

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And made test tiles. I’m hopeful the clay will be compatible with my glazes, but tests need to be done.

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I’ve also been sketching patterns.

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Summer is in full swing. We’ve been staying up late and hanging out with our friends. Our garden is full of peas and kale and blueberries.

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Costumes for next week’s 4th of July parade.
This is the last week of my show at Crimson Laurel. Only 3 pieces left- click here to see the show.

Life is good. Thanks for reading

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