Monday, April 28, 2014

Vacation photos

Just got back from vacation.  We flew out to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Bryce Canyon.  We had an OK time in Vegas but really enjoyed our time seeing the gorgeous scenery as we drove around the Grand Canyon.

We spent a couple days walking the rim at the Grand Canyon (pictured left, top).  The best photos were taken the first late afternoon after a rain storm.  The smog cleared and the shadows were great.
Then we went to Antelope Canyon (left, bottom).  That was our favorite and so much fun.  We had an Indian guide take us through the canyon and he new all about the settings on our cameras.  There are better photos of this one but my computer is still down and I am using my phone photos in this post.

Last we went to Bryce National Park (Right).  We hiked down into the canyon.  It took 2 hours and was fine until the last 1/2 hour of a 45ish degree incline.  My legs were jello afterwards.
So, I am back in the studio for a few days and have made salt and pepper shakers, teapots, fruit bowls, vases, a box, a hanging wall vase and heart dishes.  I am at the point that these items will not make it into the kiln for the show in Crozet but are backup for the next show in Virginia Beach in June.

I will be putting items into the kiln for a bisque firing tomorrow after I do the slip trailing.  After that I will take some new items to the Ciel Gallery for the May show "Into the Garden".  The gallery crawl in Friday, 6-9pm.  Maybe I will see you there.  I will also stop by Ruby's Gift and drop off some new items.

I will begin glazing most likely on Thursday since it's supposed to rain the next 2 days.  I anticipate doing 3 loads to get ready for the next show.  There is so much because a lot of the back stock from the fall shows have been sold on Etsy or sent to various galleries over the winter.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cookie Jar, Teapots and Vases

Very exited about this weeks glazing.  These are only a few of the pieces out of the two loads and I was happy with 99% of it.  A few of my favorites are shown here but you can see more on the Facebook Page.   I made a new green, which you can see on the leaf piece.  It is a pale green so I plan on mixing in a little more green colorant in the next batch  Although I like it because it matches my new decor in my living room.

The pot to the left is my new cookie jar.  I made myself all new pieces for my kitchen counter since I painted the room a powder blue.  I made canisters, butter dish, salt and pepper, salt cellar, olive oil bottle, utensil holder and a tea caddy.  The tea caddy includes a jar to hold tea bags, sugar jar, sweet and low cup and spoon rest.  My hope is that this will keep my family from leaving them all over the counter now that they are contained in a nice tray.

Two of the pieces will go to the "Into the Garden" show at the Ciel Gallery in May.

Lately I have been trying to stock up on items for my upcoming art shows.  I have one in May and one in June.  I also go on vacation this week so no work will be produced for a week.  At this point only a few more pieces can be made for the May show but I need to have pieces ready for glazing after it for the four day show in June in Virginia Beach.