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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Raku ornaments and old barns

I started the day off with organic oatmeal with flaxseed and brown sugar in my beautiful Hollis Engley bowl. Then I went out and raku fired a bunch of ornaments. Yes I said raku and ornament in the same sentence! And they turned out beautifully, I like them, and I will sell them and send the money to Wesley at school.
I was too tired to shoot any proper photos, but I'll put some up soon. And for all of my raku pals, I have a new turquoise glaze recipe for you. I'm also too tired to write a more serious post, but I feel one working itself up, I just need to be more awake.....
Yesterday I went back to the barns and got some more tin and wood and I picked up a rusty toolbox full of rusty square nails. It was like what most girls must feel like when they shop at the mall! Can you believe this green tin? I can't wait to use it and I have plans for these old tool handles. I have so many sketches and so many things I want to make, just don't have time for experiments right now.
Yes, I will store this properly when I get some time....
My little studio looks so happy tucked in the woods. I built it in March when there were no leaves on the trees and I have seen three seasons in it now. I wonder how winter will be. Winter may be in my upstairs art room making something else! Gerry has put up weather stripping for me, caulked all of the gaps and finished framing the outside overhangs. It's as tight as it can get except for insulation, I'll get to that in January when there aren't a bunch of breakables in there. I'm still making stuff and there are lots of things that are crossed out on my to do list, but it is a very long list......

9 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

your studio looks so sweet sitting there with the fall leaves...sweet!

Anna said...

I'm jealous of your beautiful setting. But then again at least I have heat! ;)

FetishGhost said...

I am soooo jealous Trace!

Tracey Broome said...

It is a sweet little thing! What I went through to have this little place! But you won't be jealous in January when I'm freezing out there!

Michèle Hastings said...

can't wait to see your raku ornaments and your turquoise glaze recipe. the one we use is finicky so i would like to compare it... although it seems all raku glazes are finicky!
we should be ready to raku in the next day or two... the last bisque is firing tonight.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Michele, I had a finicky turquoise too, that's why I tried this one. I don't know yet if it's going to the same way, but today it was great. I'll get a post up soon....

cindy shake said...

WHAT?!! Your sweet studio in the woods is not surrounded by snow?!! ha! That's all I'm looking at these days :) Remember when the dining room table was your clay friend?? You've come a long way baby xo

Tracey Broome said...

Snow?! Girl it was 75 degrees today, I'm in a short sleeve t shirt and worked outside all day. You can have that snow! Give me the south and the humidity any day haha!

Patricia Griffin said...

Oh, man, I'm glad I caught the bit about the tin in your post. I'm reminded to make sure the hubster doesn't get rid of some old copper gutters that came off the roof! There must be something I can do with it!... Your studio looks awesome!