Saturday, July 21, 2012

An Angel on my Shoulder

Here's Pippin! One of our little rescue kitties is now a whopping 2 pounds! The first day with us the vet weighed her at six tenths of a pound. She's the runt of the bunch - but such a little doll!
I had some fun with Pixlr with this one making glittery "snowflakes" for her. Isn't she gorgeous? Love often comes in very small packages!

Friday, July 20, 2012

So Sad

"If there's anything to take away from this tragedy, it's the reminder that life is very fragile here, time here is limited and it is precious," the president said. "What matters at the end of the day is not the small things; it is not the trivial things ... Ultimately it is how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another."
                                               President Barack Obama 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Fountain - so far

 So! Here's my fountain so far! The water will come out at the top of the "tree stump." There are two places where the water will travel down the sides - trickling over the vines and leaves.( I rolled a log across the clay which makes up the stump before forming it into the stump shape. The vines and leaves were then sculpted and attached to the stump.)

and then the water will collect in this bowl seated on more of the vines. I made the bowl a couple of weeks ago and it's dried enough for bisque firing. I made the tree yesterday so it should be ready for the first firing in a couple of weeks.The same clay was used for both, but when it dries out, it shrinks and gets lighter in color. I hope to glaze the bowl next week. I plan to leave the outside of the bowl natural stone colored and glaze the inside with my favorite - Pippin Green glaze which should look like an ancient boggy site. The vines will be colored with a red iron oxide as will the tree. Sure hope nothing cracks or explodes in the kiln!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lovely Gift

My dear friend, Sarah, gave me this lily last week. She says it's called a Casablanca lily and I can't tell you how good it smells. It lasted a full week in my sweet pitcher perfuming the house. Unlike many white flowers, this beauty stayed perfectly white. It's been such a joy!

It's full steam ahead for TBAI! i'm off to clay class today where I'm working on a fountain which I'll use on my table either for the New York show or later in Hunt Valley in November. I have a really neat "tree house" that will be part of my Arbor Day gallery piece and I'll be showing you how it comes together.

It's REALLY warm here in southern Virginia! Stay cool my friends!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Show "Friends of Teddy"

 Misty is certainly the tiniest elephant I've made! Misty is on her way to New York. Thanks Judy!

 Willow, my first kitty has a long journey to Belgium! Thanks Inge!
 Lammy Belle whom you saw in my preview photo is on her way to sunny Florida! Thanks Debra!

Harry (yes he is!) was chosen by Judith in Utah! Thanks so much! He should be there soon.

And luckily James the Steampunk Turtle knows the way to San Jose! He'll be taking up residence there! Thanks so much Kathleen!!

The show is just wonderful and I'm so thrilled that all those adopting my little ones were new collectors for me! I really appreciate hearing from so many during the show. It's still going on until later this afternoon, so if you haven't been to see all the wonderful creations, just click here:
Daphne and her Dad do such a wonderful job with these online shows. It gives all of us a chance to show our bears and friends to the world! Thanks so much Daphne and Frank!