Monday, May 31, 2010

punk projects: Featuring YOU! *Erin*

punk projects: Featuring YOU! *Erin*

My crafty friend Erin was featured on the blog Punk Projects! Go check it out! (Just clicky the title up there.) Her stuff is sooooo adorable!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

New stuff out of the kiln!

I've just started taking photos of the new kiln load and editing them. Wish me luck - I'm submitting to Oranje again this year. Some of my friends might remember that I had to miss it last year because of my Dad's bicycle accident. I hope I get in again this year.
Had just enough time before work to throw 5 new bowls yesterday. Amazingly enough, they're all roughly the same size and shape, which I'm pretty proud of.
I'm sending in my Oranje submission tomorrow morning, so look for pics of the rest of my work in the next couple days.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

My Mom doesn't have internet, so she never sees my blog or anything else I do online. Sometimes this is a good thing, like when I post pictures of SUUUUPPEER SEEECRET presents for her.

My Mom lived in England when she was a little girl. They had a maid and a nanny and everything, and would have afternoon tea everyday. My Mom's childhood always seemed so far removed from mine - like she'd grown up a little princess. She always told me they had to make play dates for tea with the neighbor girl because she lived miles away, and I guess making official play dates was proper. My Mom would describe how much she loved afternoon tea, and all the little details - the lovely china or silver tea set, the tiny cucumber sandwiches, the little cookies (or biscuits, as they call them, which confused me as a kid) and scones. I always found it all fascinating, and wished I'd gotten to live in a big old house in England.

I've always wanted to take my Mom to a proper high tea as a gift for Mother's Day or her birthday, but the one time I found a place and made reservations, something went wrong and foiled our plans, and we never got to go. Once I moved to Indiana and started making ceramics, I vowed to get good enough to make my Mom a little tea set. I've had to put it off every year because I suck SO HARD at making teapots. But this year I finally got it.

My Mom loves anything to do with cats, especially if they have enormous eyes. Does the cup look familiar? I got inspired by that Hello Kitty Sake set. There's also a little warmer for under the teapot that she can put a tealight candle in to keep her tea warm, and some Japanese Cherry green tea from the local tea shop (it's not English tea, I know, but it's REALLY good stuff, and she likes green tea).

I haven't fired this yet because I was dragging my feet making it (as I do with everything), and I was sure it was going to crack or explode, or my handle was going to fall off, or something. KNOCK ON WOOD! I  know today is Mother's Day, but we're celebrating Mother's Day next weekend while I'm home in New Orleans for a long weekend.

Wish this little set luck! It's a long time in the making, and it needs to make it home.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Cry havoc! And release the cats of war!

This is Josie.

Cats + ceramics = a recipe for disaster. Especially, old, grumpy, chronically clumsy ones that come tromping over your stuff, drooling and purring because they think they're gonna get pets.

I was helping, right? Purrrrrrrr!
This happened yesterday, just as I was getting ready to paint a couple things. She knocked over a box that was sitting a little too close to my shelves, smashing all this stuff to bits.


I painted two new cups today, with more in the works. Lets hope I can keep Josie away from these.
"Ooh! The little cream filled kind!"
Thanks again, Josie.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Birthday drawing - "I look HOT animated!"

I drew my sis-in-law as a birthday gift to her. She said "I look HOT animated! But you made my butt really big!"