Tuesday, April 27, 2010

FIRST BERRIES !!

Hooray! The first Strawberries are almost ripe. They should be at their peak tomorrow morning (If some critter doesn't get them tonight.). Several tomato plants have set tomatoes. I'll have to cover them tonight. The temperatures are predicted to be in the high 30f. range and some areas could see light frost.



Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Goose Nosed Boy

This guy was freaky from the start. He was made from leftover parts from other projects. Just as I finished sculpting him and turned my back on the workbench he lept off, turning a complete summersault and a half twist and landed with a SMACK! on the floor. I don't know if he tried to leap to his demise because of the embarrassment that having a goose for a nose would portend (Ie."Thats quite a honker you have there"), or if the goose decided that it was spring and it needed to fly North and forgot that it had a man attached. Anyway, I wish he had not waited until I had completely finished sculpting him. It will take more than that to escape his fate. He actually landed well with no major structural damage, aside from the obvious (I give him a 9 for style but the landing was a little abrupt). He could be hung on the wall. I drilled a hole in his flat ear that will accommodate a small nail .


















Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Food Chain, Raku Sculpture


Raku fired mixed media sculpture.
Different points of view on the same event.
The bug shrieks, "Oh S***"! The frog croaks, "yumm"!



He was made from thrown stoneware, sculpted by hand and raku fired in my homemade raku kiln. He was fired to 2000 f. then removed hot from the kiln and reduced in a smoky atmosphere with old paper and leaves. This process results in a rich and varied glaze surface. He has all sorts of textures colors and crackly details. He is definitely an original. The legs are made of recycled steel and are welded to the base. The frog slips onto the legs without the use of glues or adhesives. The tongue is made from some old corrugated sheet metal that flew in on a passing tornado in the 90's. The surprised bug is made of fired stoneware, wire and window screen. 21" tall and 20" deep.


































Friday, April 23, 2010

Azaleas In Angel Glen

The land slopes away from the shop into the edge of a deep woods and forms a peninsula surrounded on three sides by a deep densely wooded ravine with a stream at the bottom of it. This is the perfect environment for Azaleas. These are my wife's favorites and they are beautiful right now.














This is the ravine that surrounds Angel Glen. We call it, "The lost World" as we are pretty sure that few people have ever walked there. It is about 30 feet deep with vines and all manner of trees and undergrowth. You can spot  deer, bobcat, coyote, wild hogs and probably Big Foot, if you are patient enough to observe what goes here. Looks like a perfect place for Faeries, Goblins and all things Fae.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Two Raku Birds

Here are two Raku bird sculptures I just finished.
They stand about 16" high.
I sprayed them with Ferric Chloride while still hot.Their legs are welded steel rod.







Bird One
























Bird Two


Monday, April 12, 2010

Garden Update.

The garden is enjoying these warmer days and particularly the warmer nights. Many things are up and growing and more have been planted and will be peeking through the soil in a few days.


The mixed Romaine Lettuce is due for the second thinning. It will make a nice salad with some chives, onions parsley and baby asparagus.

peeking through the chives.


Potatoes are doing nicely. We don't grow them for storage potatoes. We harvest them as New Potatoes when they are about the size of a hen's egg.


Tomatoes are caged

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Strawberries are covered with bird netting.

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Yummmm! lots of berries setting.


Pole beans are up . They will soon cover the fence. Sweet, hot, Banana and Bell peppers.


The herb garden. Sage, Tarragon, Cilantro, Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley. more Chives and Rosemary. Dill is in the garden.

Squash. corn, bush beans, cantaloupe and honeydew melons are planted and should be up in the next few days. Eggplant and Okra and sugar snap peas are doing great also.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Piranha Man Raku Sculpture


I made the piranha several months ago. He has nails for teeth and dorsal fin. I couldn't find a proper display stand that i liked for him. Last week I had two closed shapes laying around the studio and decided to make them into a bust. As I worked on him it became clear that he should get together with the fish for a complete sculpture. Nails are inserted at the time of sculpting. He was Raku fired.

Olde Scrumpie Raku Jug













Olde Scrumpie The Cider Goblin..... I heard that my potter friends in the U.K were being unfairly taxed on their cider by a fella with the unlikely name of "Darling". I made Olde Scrumpie to help protect them from this grievous injustice. Scrumpie hides in the dark recesses of pubs and cider mills waiting for the tax man. When he shows up for his due Scrumpie leaps out of the shadows with a horrible roar. If his hideous face isn't enough to send the tax man running back to London, Scrumpie's sharp snagly teeth will take a big bite out of his backside. (At least a 10% bite)
After all, turn about is fair play!
Scrumpie was thrown on the potters wheel from stoneware clay and was sculpted by hand. After several layers of slips and stains were applied he was bisqued then glazed with a clear crackle raku glaze and fired . He has lots of color, texture and and crackly goodness .








Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Fine Spring Morning

The birds are singing and the sky is a beautiful clear blue.
An old Wisteria has gone wild at the edge of the woods.
It covers everything for more than 100 feet.
It climbs to the tops of trees and rambles on the ground .