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My newest pottery creations.  One of the things I’m really enjoying about working out of a pottery studio rather than taking classes is that I can do stuff in my own time and it’s nice to see how I’ve progressed over the year. I haven’t made a huge amount of stuff, but the handles on my mugs have really started looking like good handles. You can see it in the picture of the four. The one at the back left is the newest handle. Also the greeny-blue mug is a new handle. I’ve started pulling them which makes a HUGE difference!

Bowl with a double dip of glaze made with red clay. I didn’t glaze the bottom half.

This is the first time I’ve used this glaze. It’s called Cloud Blue. I love the way it ran down the handle. It’s my new favourite.

I am in love with this mug.  It was going to be a present (sorry Shannon), but I think it will instead be my new morning coffee mug.

This set of four is half made out of red clay half out of grey clay, but all glazed with an Evening Blue glaze. It’s only one glaze that just has a really cool brown undertone. My previous favourite (as you may have guessed). Now outshone by Cloud Blue.

I know I’ve said it before, but it’s always really exciting for me to get my stuff out of the kiln. I’m not great at knowing how the glazes will turn out, so it’s a surprise every time. When they come out looking good I just want to show everybody!!

Every week I try to squeeze some time into my schedule to go to the pottery studio.

Behold my newest creation!

This red clay I’ve been working with is a bit of a challenge – it turns to slip so quickly.

But I love how this glaze looks on it.  I experimented with only having a thin layer on the rim, and seeing how the glaze broke in the kiln.  I’m super happy with how it turned out.

In all this last year that I’ve spent living in San Francisco unable to work I’ve been filling up my time with lots of different things.

Studying, volunteering, exploring the city.  My favourite new past time has been making pottery. I love it.  There is something that I find so meditative about sitting at the potter’s wheel trying to make something beautiful out of a lump of clay.  I love the way the clay slips through my fingers and the precariousness that happens every time I pull up on the clay trying to make it taller.  I still hold my breath in that moment.

I recently found out that I’m going to be moving to Vancouver in September to go to school and one of the results of this is that I wasn’t able to sign up for the next round of classes at my pottery studio.  I went by on Wednesday to pick up my last few pieces and to say goodbye to my new pottery friends.

I picked up my new favourite piece.  The same day I got some beautiful sunflowers from the farmers market.  I’m going to miss this city.

This jug matches the glaze of a set of mugs I made (I’ll have to put up a picture of those too soon).  The glaze is a glossy black with highlights of peacock.

I spent hours making a sweater.  When it was done, I was so proud.  Turns out it was way too big and didn’t look good at all.

So, I’m learning to let go, and I’ve frogged (that’s what us knitters call undoing our knitting) the whole thing.

On the plus side, now I get to try something new!  I’m thinking a button-up cardigan.  I might even sew leather patches on the elbows.

One Ball In

This is the Herringbone Cowl so far.  I’m one ball of yarn in.  So far so good, but I’m getting a weird pattern where the round starts.  I’ve read and re-read the pattern a bunch of times, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference.  Any thoughts?  Is this just the way it’s going to look?

(Or, almost on the knitting needles)

Big Herringbone Cowl

This will eventually be the Big Herringbone Cowl from The Purl Bee.  I have been eyeing up cowls in all the shops lately, but I keep telling myself I should just knit one.  So I am.  Instead of using the ever-so-soft Blue Sky Alpaca, I’m using Lion Brand’s Wool-ease.  Mostly because it’s cheaper.  Good thing I had already picked some up last week because I was in the knitting store today and felt the Blue Sky Alpaca and I couldn’t believe how soft it is!  Seriously.  We’ll have to see how this one turns out.  This one might become a gift for a friend and then I will knit myself one from that delightfully soft alpaca yarn.  I suppose it will depend on how long it takes to make.

Anyone want to knit along with me?

I’ve been super busy with studying, volunteering, costume making, and baking lately.

Coming soon…. my pumpkin carving and costume making!

I made those brownies last night with another fairy tale princess and they were the best brownies ever.  Seriously.  Go make them.

For now, I’m off to the hospital to do some reverse trick-or-treating for some sick kiddos.  I’d  take a picture of my fabulous raven costume, but I can’t seem to get it all in the shot by myself.  I need my Prince Charming to help me with that…. so… COMING SOON!

I’m looking forward to having more time in my life as soon as my class is done.  There’s light at the end of the long stretch of days spent studying ahead!

One thing I’m hoping to do is take an art class of some kind.  Maybe pottery, perhaps drawing, potentially painting.

But for now, I’m really excited about this weekly article in the New York Times:  Line by Line

{from the Line by Line post: The Frisbee of Art}

Today I think I will walk up to the art store, pick up some paper and pencils and start drawing along.

A way of looking forward.