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Monday, August 20, 2012

Crazy Bird Lady


Much fun in the studio today. Put on my happy shoes, (hand me downs from Wesley), poured a cup of coffee, put on some tunes, ready, set, go. More bird shenanigans. I nearly stepped on a baby cardinal at the door to my studio. There he sat looking freaked out, so I bent down and picked him up and he just hopped around on my hand. I'm beginning to feel like the crazy bird lady or something. The Lowrenzo family showed up outside my studio too, all five of them. Then this cardinal's family showed up, mom, dad, brother and sister. I'm guessing he is a baby still and they had come to fetch him. So off he flew with them, then four doves showed up. I have a bird feeder outside my studio and I put some new seed in it this week that apparently all the birds in the Chapel Hill area are hearing about. It was quite a bird fest today. 

 I managed to get three houses made after all the bird drama, although it felt like a warm up or something. I fumbled around a bit until I finally got back in some sort of groove. These three are for a show I am in at Cedar Creek Gallery. It's about political commentary, so I am going to be using some photo transfers, I hope. That's the plan right now anyway. It's not like my work has a lot of room for political statement.
I also found this plate that I forgot I had. I bought it years ago at the thrift store for a class I was teaching. I made a plate with it today and forgot what a nice mold it makes. Maybe I'll make some plates.... and put a bird on them.......
Well, I have had three uninterrupted days to get back to work. Gerry is home form the golf tournament now, so the house is less quiet, but more comforting to have someone around. It was getting just a bit too quiet. I have two commissions to finish up tomorrow, so this is good. I feel like I am officially back at work!

9 comments:

Dennis Allen said...

The Cardinal is adorable.Political barns? Tax shelters of course.

Amy said...

yeah, birds! mold question: when you made that bowl from the mold how did you get the clay to that thickness? slab roller or a rolling pin or what? I'm wondering how I can get such an even slab without a slab roller....

Lori Buff said...

I have a bird feeder outside my studio too, it's so nice to watch them while working.

The houses look great, I'm looking forward to seeing them finished.

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Oh My Goodness! That little bird is so cute! I think it's awesome that they see you as a safe soul to help them out :)

Tracey Broome said...

Dennis, brilliant!
Amy, I use a slab roller but I didn't always have one. You can use a rolling pin and either paint sticks that you use to stir paint, or my favorite, you can buy dowels is different sizes, I used the 3/8 size. Michael's has them. Slam your block of clay down on your table to an approximate size and then roll it out. YOu can also throw your slabs to get the thickness you want, just takes practice. You could probably find a demo on youtube. I bought a portable slab roller several years ago, it's small but perfect for my needs and it has been a life saver.
Thanks Lori, finished might be awhile with this wet weather! Hey Kathy, yes he was a cutie, ust call me the bird whisperer, ha!

Michèle Hastings said...

that bird is almost as cute as those sneakers!!!

Scott Garrett said...

Great post Tracey and good to see you getting back into the swing of it. Good footwear too!

Amy said...

thanks a bunch, Tracey! I'll take a look at the dowels there... in the size you mentioned.

cookingwithgas said...

TB- the bird whisperer.... That is so funny how birds come to you. Some juju you have there.
Love the blue shoes- want some now!