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Friday, September 28, 2012

I almost cried

 Yesterday was one of those days in my studio that I wish I could have every day. The music was good, the clay was perfect, the light was beautiful and my head was in a really good place. I finished this piece above, sat back and nearly cried I was so happy!
 I was able to finish six tiny barns and two larger ones in one day, I think that might be a record. My efficiency with the tiny ones has gotten better and I can make five in about an hour and a half, where as last week when I started them I made two in an hour. Much better!

 I was less fussy with them yesterday and left lots of marks that ordinarily I would clean up more, but I liked the spontaneity of the work and I liked the marks I was leaving.

These two pieces just make me smile. I used old rusty nails, that I got from that barn I helped tear down awhile back, for the posts. These pieces remind me of an old western store with a wooden indian standing out front (don't mean this in a politically incorrect way). I'll have a hard time giving them up. I think I will keep them here until the Carolina Designer Craftsmen show. They will be good company and I can get to know them before I pass them on.
Three more to finish up today, then terra sig and a kiln firing early next week. I am just about right on time for Festifall next weekend without the panic mode kicking in.

13 comments:

Anna M. Branner said...

I absolutely love days like this! They help balance out the few that are definitely NOT.

And I often keep pieces I really love around for a bit before pricing them. :)

Tracey Broome said...

Yeah, I needed some balance! I love these pre fall days, sigh......

Michèle Hastings said...

those little characters look right at home! they made me smile too.

Dennis Allen said...

Glad you are getting in the groove.

cookingwithgas said...

OH, yea! They do look right at home.

JUDI TAVILL said...

I could almost CRY!!!! Knowing your timing... I spend a ridiculous amount of time on each piece...HOURS.... What am I doing????

Scott Garrett said...

Tracey, those are just great! The nail posts are a perfect addition, they work brilliantly. Those are two fine pieces and they won't be sticking around long... well, once you can part with them!

Laura Farrow said...

Best creative use of rusty nails I have ever seen!! xo

June Perry said...

Just great!

Vicki said...

These are beautiful! Standing at the thresholds of their new homes. Perfect :)

JUDI TAVILL said...

oh ... and by the way, I LOVE them!

angela walford said...

love the extreme close up trace of the purple frock and the nail...mmmm closeups!!! awesome work trace :))

Tracey Broome said...

THANKS!!! EVERYONE!!!!! getting behind on my comment reading here, too busy reading everyone elses blogs!