Thursday, August 26, 2010

The first batch!

These are the first group of pots that Mom and I have created, fired, glazed, and fired again.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Even in August

I've been riding my bike in the early mornings and the sunrises have been lovely lately. Yesterday, I hauled my camera along with me and it just so happened that a "system" blew in while I was on my ride. There is beauty in Oklahoma - even in August.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Nells

Grandma fixing my niece's hair, and Buddy soaking in the morning sun thankful he's not an unfortunate dog depicted in the painting on the wall (one of Mom's earlier works).

Monday, August 9, 2010

Filming "Moving On"

My buddy Benny is directing a producing a movie "Moving On". You can check out the info here. In this picture the camera man, his assistant, and Benny were trying to get the right frame level for the shot. Yes, that is a trick-or-treat bucket on a skate board on some 1x4's.

I've never been around for the filming of a movie. It's interesting...for about an hour. No, there is a lot of down time. The cast and crew certainly aren't boring people, so it's been fun!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stop Light Sketch

Today, I went by and visited Mom and her painted ladies while they did art. They gave me paper and some pencils and a pic to draw from. I haven't sat down just to draw in a long time. This drawing's got some mistakes, but it was fun.

Throwing Pots

In our pottery class a couple of weeks ago, someone asked the teacher where the term "throwing a pot" came from. I had never noticed the strange terminology before. The teacher had noticed, but didn't know where the term originated from. After my last post, the "throwing" just seemed too weird. I did a in depth investigation (google) on the strange term and found the following article. To throw. Potters at Marshall Pottery in Texas describe their work at the potters wheel as turning. They understand only the modern meaning of to throw and do not use it to describe their work. However, the Old English word thrawan from which to throw comes, means to twist or turn. Going back even farther, the Indo-European root *ter- means to rub, rub by twisting, twist, turn. The German word drehen, a direct relative of to throw, means turn and is used in German for throwing. Because the activity of forming pots on the wheel has not changed since Old English times, the word throw has retained its original meaning in the language of pottery but has developed a completely different meaning in everyday usage. Those who say they throw pots are using the historically correct term. Those who say they turn pots are using more current language. Both are saying the same thing.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Learning to Throw

I'm learning how to throw pots and Mom is re-learning. It's slow going. Most of what we make is not worth firing and therefore made back into clay. Actually none of it is really worth firing, but we need to learn how to use our kiln as well!

Rosita? My Rosita!

This is the newest member of our little circus.

Farm Yard