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Birds! Nest!

This afternoon my daughter and I spent a bunch of time outside. We weeded and walked and went to my studio. In my ekiln and dry material shed we found a birds nest (between the silica and the old plaster).

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There is a mama bird around guarding the nest and atleast 5 eggs in the nest!

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Pretty neat!

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We stopped to smell the flowers.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I might just take the day off. Thanks for reading!

Solar panels and chainsaws.

It’s spring break for the kids in our area this week. I hope we’ll be a family who vacations during spring break, but not this year. John and I (but mostly John) have been getting the wood stacked for the firing. It’s almost done.

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I’ve been in the studio making pots and doing some ‘side projects’ at night.

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New sign.

Meanwhile on the homefront- our solar panels are up! The last of the wiring goes in tomorrow. We are still waiting on Progress Energy to get back to us, but hopefully all systems will be a go soon!

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Today’s bread. I bake bread about 3 times a week.

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Don’t you love primrose?

Thanks for reading.

Snow and tools.

Big plans to get wood stacked early this week were foiled by weather. With luck the snow will be melted enough to stack tomorrow.

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C’mon spring!

I’m making pots in the studio as much as I can despite the snow days and daughter being home. Always a challenge.

John is taking a class in Japanese woodworking this week and I finally got a chance to stop by. The tools are beautiful.

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chisels.

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saws.

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I love this one- for sawing large logs.

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Instead of running chalk lines they use this inking device. What an object!

Back at home, our solar panels were delivered this afternoon. They will be installed next week. I’m pretty excited!

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It’s a busy and exciting time here on Snow Creek.
Thanks for reading.

Taking Stock and Moving On

Being a potter, my work schedule isn’t 9-5 Monday to Friday.  I used to fire 5 times a year, but lately it’s been more like 3.  I’ll spend 3 months making pots for one kiln- starting to make them slowly in the first month, and working against the clock in the last month.  Then after the firing, I take a break.  Making pots is hard work.  My body gets tired.  And we live in the country- our property takes caring for.  Since Grae was born, John and I have been taking turns which of us is “on”.  If one of us has a deadline, the other is taking care of our daughter.

I had hoped that now would be my break time, but unfortunately I don’t have that luxury now.  I’ve been doing lots of refires, and while there are some interesting and some nice results, a lot of it I’m not thrilled with.  It’s not good enough for upcoming gallery shows.  I’m going to fire again at the end of April.

Lucky for me, I made way too many pots for the last kiln so I have a bunch of work ready to go in this next one.

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And I think I’ll try to refire some of the pots from the last kiln.  I had very little luck refiring my black glaze in the ekiln.  Maybe it will do better in the wood kiln?

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Milan brought me wood yesterday.  Oh wood!  It’s like money in the bank!

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3 bundles of wood and gilbert

This week John is taking a class at Penland (from Yann Giguere).  He’s learning Japanese woodworking!  Then next week John is turning on his furnace to get cranking on orders.  I’ll be cranking too to get this firing under my belt.

After I fire next month I am taking a break.  I won’t fire until late September.  John needs time to work, and I need time with Grae and working the garden.  Some years we grow almost all of our vegetables.  I want that to be a priority this year.  Grae is really getting into food and I want her to learn where it comes from and how good it can be.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate the support and kind words from you all after my bad firing.  I’m so lucky to have you as my community.