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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What am I doing..........

 Not pottery, that's for sure! I did manage to get these pieces off to The Bascom for the vase show. I'm sure there will be lots of pretty vases in the show, beautiful shapes and glazes, well thrown. Not from me, but I really like these. I had considered throwing some vases on the wheel and raku firing them, but this was more fun and a bit more challenging to make them a "vase".
 What I have been doing is watching all of the nests we have with eggs. We lost some, and we had some babies fly off. We have a crazy wren couple that built a mcmansion on our back deck in one of my plants. They are very loud and vocal and scream at the cat a lot. Wesley has named them as a unit "Lo wren zo". So when we talk about them we just say "the Lorenzo woke me up again this morning". There are lots of empty nests around here, not mine though. We have had lots of time with Wesley. She is in hibernation and writing so she has hardly left the house since school got out. So nice to have her here to have meals with and watch movies and go to the library and sit and read together. Bliss.... who wants to go out to a hot studio when I have all that!
 I have also been cleaning and organizing my "nest". Since last August, when we got Wes off to school, it seems like the world has been very demanding of my time and my house has truly suffered from it. Since we got home from Maine, I have been painting the dirty walls, cleaning out closets, chests, magazines, books, clothes, pantry, cabinets. BIG purge. Gerry took a car load to the dump and I have taken three car loads of stuff to the used bookstore and the thrift store. I am trying to de clutter and just keep the things I love and find useful and beautiful, thank you William Morris for that advise! It's hard, there are so many memories tied up in all the things I own, but some of them just don't need to be taking up my space, so off they go! And of course, if you walk into the thrift store something is going to catch your eye. Yesterday, for example, I found an antique table loom for $3. Today, I found some old balls of fabric strips in a basket that had to come home and see the loom.... sigh.... oh well, I have no idea how to set up this loom, but watched a lot of youtube last night around 2am when I couldn't sleep. I think I will like weaving if I figure the loom out.

 I have been taking care of lots of things the studio kept me from this past year, so that's good. I had a spot on my back that I was almost certain was skin cancer and finally stopped pretending it didn't exist and got it checked last week. It was fine but was removed so I have been whining about pain for a few days and now it's itchy, weh!
I almost have a clean house to live in now, so the studio needs a visit!
Maybe tomorrow before it gets to be 100 degrees again. Wasn't today beautiful!?!
I have a new collector in Charlotte that bought two of my pieces at Lark and Key and has now commissioned another. Where are more of these lovely people?! I love this woman, I must meet her one day! Sales seem slow in the other galleries, but this one is making me happy!

14 comments:

Anna M. Branner said...

What? No picture of the loom? WAAA!

Tracey Broome said...

I know! I realized that after I posted! I'll take a pic of it tomorrow, it's not fancy, but I like it! I think it's missing parts, but I'll figure it out eventually :)

cookingwithgas said...

I love your "vase" houses- it works for me.
Don't bring me anything. It would be too hard for me to a.find a place to put it and b. ever let it go since you bought it for me... too much responsibility.
I love the name of the bird family- funny. Enjoy your time with Wes.

Lori Buff said...

So now I wonder if you're going to mix weaving into your houses?
I had a pot sitting in the kiln room wrapped in bubble wrap for a few weeks (show season is over). I decided it should be put away but found that a bird was making a nest in the bubble wrap. Last year she did that in an old casserole that had a broken lid so I let her, this is a very nice lidded horse hair raku jar. Sorry birdy.

Dennis Allen said...

The studio will be there long after Wes has gone off the conquer the world.Enjoy.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey M. Thanks! ok, I will hold of on the giraffe!
Lori, I have been thinking that fabric would be a great thing to incorporate or maybe some weaving, first I have to figure out what I'm doing. I have a small frame loom and from time to time I get it out and make pot holders. I just enjoy the process....
I had a bird family build in my studio last year, it's fun having birds flying around pottery isn't it?!

Tracey Broome said...

I know Dennis, so right! Loving that she is here right now, the clay can wait!

Anna M. Branner said...

Post a couple pics and I'll see what I can tell you.

Tracey Broome said...

hey Anna, so far I think I have figured out that I don't have a heddle? I have a reed..... watching lots of videos haha! oh man, I think I like weaving....

Michèle Hastings said...

purging the house always feels good... i need to do more of it!

Cat's Ceramics said...

I love reading your blog Tracey. When I have these weird days where I feel all in parts, not knowing what I'm doing-I read your blog and I am shown the point of it again! Thank you x

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Michele, yes it does feel good and it's contagious, Wesley started on her room yesterday :)
Thanks Cat, glad you enjoy my mind numbing dialogues haha!

Laura Farrow said...

those vases are so boss! cha-ching, cha-ching! nothing wrong with a little R+R sometimes... xo

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Laura! I think there will be more of these to come, and they are priced right :)