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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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First of thanks to everyone that commented on my credit card poll. I really appreciate the input and it was most helpful! Another reason for blogging, instant help when I need it! If you haven't commented and have some useful info, go here and let me know what you do.
Boy, my house is quiet. Gerry is out of town today on an assignment and Wesley left for school this morning as a SENIOR! She is going to be a teacher's assistant for one of her most influential teachers ever this year, it's gonna be a good year!
Details: I am getting more and more surface texture on these structures and I am really liking what's happening. The more scritchy scratchy (a technical Ronan Peterson term) the clay gets the better it picks up the stains. I plan to wood fire a few of these and I want them pretty craggy. I am loving what is going on in these two photos!
I had noticed that my roof edges look a bit too sharp and clean and I couldn't quite figure out how to get them like I wanted them. While I was working in the Whynot studio last week, my slabs got too hard, so I thought I would just fold them up and recycle them when I got home. Voila, the folded edge was just what I needed for the roof edge, so now I let my slabs get really hard, fold them and I have a great looking roof. Plus they are much easier to apply to the structure when they are really hard.

This was an air bubble that I smoothed with a rib and it popped, LOVE it! I finished up a few barns yesterday and I have started on ..... are you ready.........Christmas ornaments, grrrr......
I'll post some pics of those later, Sarah at the NC Craft Gallery buys them and she gave me a great idea last week. Wait and see.............
a little of what I'm working on this week......

12 comments:

Kari said...

I can't keep up with how fast the info pours in. One afternoon offline and I feel like I've been left behind. You seem to be pretty prolific these days. Nice work.

Now where are pictures of the 'do?

jimgottuso said...

hi tracey, lovely scritchy scratchy textures... this post made me want to start doing slabwork again.

Linda Starr said...

Love the surfaces and wood fire I am envious, some day. I better start making more stuff you are putting me to shame.

Ron said...

Good stuff Tracey! Love all that texture,esp the popped air bubble. I've noticed the feet on these have pretty much remained the same throughout the weeks. It would be neat to see some different ones. I like that pear out on the ledge too. Keep at it.
I may have to call on your expertise about this terra sig I'm trying to make.

Judy Shreve said...

Really great surfaces! I'm loving the 'scritchy-scratchiness' of them. Do you use a slab roller? We are going to buy one in the next couple of weeks. I may have to just blog for some input.
Hope Wes has a great senior year -- it zooms by - mom!

ang said...

they're multiplying what's goin on out on your deck....love the textures and holes...Barn on trace!!!

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks guys. Kari, the hair pic is coming, just got to have a good hair day:) Jim, I keep thinking I need to get back on the wheel, grass is always greener on the other side isn't it! Linda, I can't keep up with you, no way! Ron, just email me about the sig, I have done a LOT of experimenting. As far as the feet, I have tried some different ones but I keep coming back to these, I really like them. Judy, do a blog search for my slab roller post. I bought one of the portable North Stars and I am very happy with it. Serves my needs quite well.

Laura said...

wow, look at them all! they're awesome! you wood firing with Susan? xo

Hollis Engley said...

Damn. They keep getting better, don't they, Tracey? Funny how the little accidents - like the hardening slabs - lead to breakthroughs.

Nu Kua said...

There are now mistakes, only happy accidents.... :-) and boy do you know how to make the best of them!
The textures look fab!!

Nu Kua said...

hmmm. I meant NO mistakes ofcourse.... :-D

cookingwithgas said...

GRRRRR eat stuff going on over there at your house!
Just what you needed some cooler weather and quiet!
Love that you got something from being here.