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Monday, June 28, 2010

Barns and Bowls

Lots of little barns out of the kiln this morning. These may get more house hair as Ang called it or they may hang, haven't decided yet.
Like Ang, I opened the kiln to a small explosion. Don't you hate when that happens? We all know why it happens and yet we continue to put things that aren't quite dry in the kiln! Why, why, why!! It wasn't a major loss, just two stands that I had made, very thick slabs that obviously wanted to wait longer to get fired. The one in the background made it, one out of three, about like my Raku firings, ha!
Lots of staining and glazing to get done before it gets too hot. I'm working outside until noon and then it's just too much. Mosquitoes, heat, bees, whine whine...
I'm liking the little stand for the barn, too bad it's the only survivor
This was a coil bowl from the last firing. One of the coils separated and there is a large crack all around the interior, again I know how to avoid this but still it happens. Pretty bowl though...we were shucking corn yesterday and I tossed the husks in here, nice, they hide the crack.
When the mood to throw comes back around I am going to try some terra sig on my bowls and see what I can come up with. That mood may came soon, since my wheel is indoors where it is nice and cool!
I made this green box at Arrowmont while fooling around in Debra Fritt's workshop. I have had a sculpture on it, but I like it as a stand for the boxes. Lots to think about..... stands and new bowls, and new templates. I have got to get more made, I have a show in July and several others I'm applying for. These things take a while to make and they are time consuming to stain. I have got to get the production faster if I'm going to do these for a while.
How do you do this: you see a call for entries for a show. They ask for two photos. You have some pieces around the studio that you like and you photograph them but the show you apply for isn't for months and meanwhile you have made all sorts of other great things. Do you have to send the pieces you photographed months earlier or can you send a new and improved piece? and what if you sell that piece you photographed? or do you just make lots of the same thing? that lets me out you know, I don't do that too often :) and don't you think the deadlines are way to short? Do they not realize how long it takes to complete a piece whether it's a painting or ceramic or whatever. Do they think we just have all these pieces for the various themes just laying around waiting on the moment when that call for entries comes around? I find it all a bit frustrating. And the formats for photos, jeez, it drives me mad, they are all different. One application I have right now asks for 72 dpi, what the fark? (fark is my new word assigned by Wes because she doesn't like my other word that starts with F) !!
Happy week all, it's HOT, isn't it? On my way to the airport to pick up the AP man, see ya!

15 comments:

cindy shake said...

Tracey you are really onto an artful path with your Barns!! They are just FAB. Love the stain, texture, color palette, everything. The stands are very cool too... I can see all kinds of your art on those. Sorry for the blast -thought for a moment you had taken a picture of one of my kiln loads :o)

cookingwithgas said...

Mosquitoes, heat, bees, whine whine...

I read this as beer instead of bees!

And what the fark- I love new words.
All good questions I have no answer I just came to say:
I LOVE THOSE HOUSES and BARNS-love -love! love!THEM!

Jen Mecca said...

Love the barns...exstremely cool and they would FLY off a gallery shelf!
( Sorry about the explosion..)Been there, done that!

FuturePrimitive said...

absolutely beautiful barns. x

Judy Shreve said...

I love the barns! The stands & the feet on the barns are very cool too. Sorry about the explosion - it so annoying when that happens -- but wtf -fark is too funny!
Glad Gerry is coming home!

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks everybody! Gerry is home safe and sound, tired, we went to get some sushi/tempura and have a cold beer as soon as he got home!

Ron said...

Tracey, the barns look great. I need to do some homework on the terra sig front. That farking blue I tried made my head spin around. Love the palette you are using.
Glad Gerry is home. Stay cool.

Linda Starr said...

Your barns are so great and they look wonderful all together too in all the various surfaces you're using. I wish someone had the answers to the questions you have for shows I've wondered some of the same ones myself. I guess the answer is to make more and more and have a ton of pieces sitting around finished on the shelves. That means a studio the size of a barn - yeah a barn, that would be great wouldn't it.

Patricia Griffin said...

Adding to the long list of folks chiming in to say: LOVE THE BARNS. You are onto such a great vibe with the barns.

Laura said...

Dem barns is FABULOUS!

DirtKicker Pottery said...

Love, Love the Barns!! Sorry about the blow-up. I haven't had that happen...Yet.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey guys, thanks! LOVE hearing from all of ya!!

Tracey Broome said...

There were a couple of other comments on here earlier. I didn't remove them but I was having trouble accessing blogger and somehow they disappeared. Sorry guys! Thanks for the comments anyway :) I had replied and that's gone too, and now I don't know what I said haha!

ang said...

oooh a tragic week on the firing front then...bummer! work for shows is an issue i had my pieces for this weeks show sitting inside on my couch for weeks...didnt want to get them covered in stuff or damaged while my studio was all upside down... i dunno it depends on whether the acceptance into the show is on those pieces or not.. and 72 dpi may its for a powerpoint while they select the work for the show...makes for very small files that upload quickly...hope you were asking that question...fark is good..

jimgottuso said...

a blown up house... well fark! seems you've got a wee town of houses. i love the shot of them all lined up and i think putting them on plinths is a cool idea too. i've been thinking of making plinths for bowls but haven't pursued it yet.