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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Who has time to make pottery?!

 I thought that when Wesley went back to school I would have time to get back in the studio. Hmmm...
She went back for one week, Gerry went away to cover a golf tournament and I got six pieces built. Gerry came home, Wesley only has classes on Tuesday and Thursday so she came home, and I have achieved nothing since the six pieces I built when I had time to myself. But I have done other things.
We went rock climbing one day and put up a top rope, not bad for a couple of 50 year olds! Gerry still has the strongest legs of anybody I know! and I actually remember how to belay.

  I noticed Wesley's fish that she has had since first grade was looking tattered, so I got out some patchwork materials and mended it while she was home
 embroidery thread I have had since high school when I used to embroider anything that a needle could pass through
 Good as new. Her best friend in 1st grade had one of these and it kept bad dreams away. Wesley was having really scary dreams at the time so his mom made one for her too, and the bad dreams went away. She still has it and I love it so much for all that it represents. I hope it will last forever.....
 I also realized that she didn't have a pot holder for her room. We got a small hot plate and an electric kettle for her dorm room so she can do minimal cooking, but things get very hot on that hot plate. This loom was my mom's when she was a little girl and it makes the greatest pot holders. So I got it out and made one yesterday.
 The loops are from the original bag she had with the loom. Ta da!
 I have also started a sketchbook swap with Wes. I made this and sent it to her the first week she was at school. I thought it would be fun for us to share what's going on during the year, and then look back at what we sketched, wrote or collaged. I made it very quickly, didn't want to get too precious with it. I want it to be spontaneous. I even left the sloppy writing I did on the first page. I really should tidy up the writing a bit, but it was early in the day when I did this and I was a bit scattered mentally....
I used tea bags that Wesley saved for me last year at school, They make the greatest aged look pages. I just used a little matte medium to adhere the paper. Hopefully this will evolve into a beautiful book of this second year of film school for her!
.... like I said, who has time for pottery making?! Not to mention I am out of clay. So I will get clay tomorrow and hopefully get back to work on Wednesday. I did finish a commission but I'm still waiting for it to dry so I can fire it and I have another commission coming up. So things move slowly, but life is full and wonderful. Who could ask for more.....

7 comments:

imagine said...

Seems like you have got perspectives in life just right.

Must admit I was envious of those leg muscles of Gerry's.

Hollis Engley said...

All I know of rockclimbing I learned from my son. You guys should climb with Marcus and Anastasia some day.

handstories said...

love the fish and what it represents & that now you have a hand in it too.

Amy said...

like the scrapbook page the way it is. gosh, you are so creative! yeah for you doing pottery at your pace.

JUDI TAVILL said...

Really great.

Susan Wells said...

Well if not clay, it's clearly gotta be something! I think your insides are like mine that say: "make things with your hands. NOW."

Lori Buff said...

Thank you for making me feel like I'm not the only one who has been too busy to make anything. It's been such a struggle to get into the, I feel like it's become a hobby. But the holidays are approaching so we both need to get to work.