These little houses remind me of the ones you see along the East Coast. I grew up around these stilt houses, no wonder they are creeping into my work. If you live anywhere near the Atlantic ocean chances are you and your family have stayed in a beach house that you had to walk up five thousand steps to enter. They're fun to stay in though, when the wind is blowing in hard off the ocean, they sway back and forth and sort of rock you to sleep. I have a box full of rusty nails that I found at the old barn I helped tear down, so I can make plenty of these. The ones in the first photo were fired in the kiln with the nails already attached. The one in the second photo had them attached later. I bought a box of greas of some sort at an antique shop and the little metal ladder was in there. No idea what it really is, but now it is a perfect ladder! The kiln burned off the rust and turned the nails black, which I like, but I also love the rust. Maybe some of each.... it's not as easy as you would think to get these nails in so that the things don't wobble. Every day, problem solving...... sigh.....
Proper photos of the raku barns. LOVE them!
They are a lot of work and at $40, to me they are a bargain! We'll see if anyone else thinks so, ha!
Pricing and packing for Festifall on Sunday. 40% chance of rain, ick. If it rains, this is the last outdoor show I will ever do! I swear!