Friday, April 17, 2015

Yetta's Pot

I tried to make a pot with holes in and I succeeded. But now that it's done and glazed I lost interest in the technique, although I like the glaze.  My friend Yetta loved it and made a small saucer to go under it so a candle could be put in it.  So I gave the pot to Yetta.  She's happy and I'm happy to see my work make people happy.

We saw a great show at the Blanton Museum -- James Drake's Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash). The whole installation would include over 1200 drawings but I know the Blanton didn't have that many, even though it filled four rooms. Go here for an interesting video of him.

Yes, that's me in the last picture. Don't you recognize my chrome-dome?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Not Pine Cones

They really aren't supposed to look like pine cones. Or even like elaborate hand grenades. They are supposed to be.... never mind.  Anyway, I was experimenting with glazes that puddle and run and change effects on edges.  More to come eventually.

I've been asked, "What do you do with your spare time now that you're retired?"

Excuse me while I laugh myself into a fit. WHAT spare time? If it's not ceramics, it's eating. Or working out. Or, as often as possible, a nap.  And then....
(Susan thinks the only way this is accurate is if my eyes are closed.) 

Sunday, April 5, 2015


When we make hard-boiled eggs I mark them so as to be sure we know they aren't the raw ones. Okay, we really can tell the difference between the ones in the carton (raw) and the hard-boiled ones in this bowl.  So why do we bother?  Well, it was not a pretty picture on the day one of us, being very helpful, put an unmarked raw egg on the counter and the other person (not naming anyone....Susan) thought it was hard-boiled and thumped it hard on the counter.

Susan just puts a boring pencil line on them. I, on the other hand, feel that an egg deserves to be adorned appropriately.  So there.

Just in case you live in some foreign country, like Canada or Alaska or Idaho, these are the traditional Easter Peeps. No, I don't know why they are traditional.

If you think you might want to microwave your Peep, don't bother. This (below) is all you'll get.  I'd like to show you some other images but every time I googled "microwave peeps disaster" all I got were links to websites full of advertisements.  Sorry, but I'll try not to throw ads at you.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bump It Out

This pot stands about 12 inches high. I like the glaze effect I got but not the fact that it looks like a snake that swallowed a large frog.

Susan says it brings to mind this quote from A. A. Milne (the Winnie-the-Pooh author):
A bear, however hard he tries,
Grows tubby without exercise.
The latest in street art (aka Graffiti) as seen on my weekend bike rides.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


This is Martha, named after a character on the only tv show we watch (other than the pathetic nightly news), The Americans (on FX). We LOVE that show. But if you haven't been watching it regularly, it might be difficult to follow what's going on and why.  We sometimes go to websites that summarize the episodes just to make sure we got the storyline right.  This is Season 3 and Season 1 and 2 are on DVD.  Just before this season started we borrowed the DVDs from the library so as to refresh our memory and review some of the convoluted plots. But the library had set up each season on 4 DVDs (8 total) and we could only check out 2 at a time. In the end we were watching the last few episodes of Season 2 while we were also watching the first few episodes live for Season 3. Yeah, I'm confused too.

Seth of the famous Altered Page wants me to FB my traveling train children. Seth, don't kill the messenger but Susan, my current Blog Wrangler who is hopelessly behind in blogging for me, wants to tell you .... well, it wasn't very nice and is probably physically impossible. So definitely she's not getting me on FB.

We did make it to New York City last fall and to the Matisse exhibit. Here's a tip: When the museum opens, head straight to the special exhibit and fast pace it right to the back/end of the exhibit.  No one will be there! Then you can slowly work your way backwards to the front and probably not run into a big clump of viewers because by the time you get back to them trotting obediently through the exhibit they will be spread out. Which is how we got to the room shown above with absolutely no one else in the room for at least 5 minutes.

We also saw a Gober exhibit.  Nope, do NOT get it. No. Not at all.

Gober made Susan very crabby but we resurrected the day by seeing her favorite, Cy Twombly, at the Morgan Library. Probably a lot of people don't get him. Such is life.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Traveling Sweater Children

Little Sweater Children have been placed in lots of different places. But now I'm letting my Little Children travel.  You've read about them in the past here and here. I've decided to give them numbers just like on the train cars. They also have magnets on them so they can maybe survive a few bumpy miles.

Little Sweater Child #4 is now on the road, in about a week #7 will move out.  The next time you are waiting for a train to clear the crossing look for a Sweater Child.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Women's Day

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt.

Today is International Women's Day. Behind every truly successful man there is a woman and there is definitely a woman behind this blog - my Blog Wrangler, Susan. It's not her fault there haven't been blog entries lately. It was my decision to give her a break so she had time to make quilts and read books and clean up her work area. Okay, she accomplished two out of three.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Feed Me. Now!

Susan gave me a Fitbit for Christmas. Guess why.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Yes, We Are Still Here

In November we made it back to New York City and to Washington, DC. for our museum viewing.  I frantically worked on pieces for our student art sale - about half of them sold. I kept some for the next sale and the rest are slowly being distributed as Give-Aways. Susan frantically sewed 5 baby quilts and one large quilt she'd promised by Christmas time (well, some of them wound up being New Year's gifts).  Right after New Year's we made it to Crystal Bridges Museum without getting caught in any of the winter storms. Later this week we head back to Houston for more museum looking and after that, a day in San Antonio. And THEN, school begins again for me. These pictures are proof that I have actually been accomplishing something.

Susan speaks: Yes, your Blog Wrangler has been less than diligent. Many thanks to the faithful viewers for your comments. Google and Yahoo have been conspiring to make things very difficult, especially commenting on your blogs.  Sorry about that but why the hell can't they leave things alone!?!  It used to be simple.

He was going to make a New Year's resolution to do more viewing of people's blogs but now he's been distracted by the Fitbit I gave him for Christmas. He thought it would help him lose weight but all he does now is exercise more and then eat more. And life goes on.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014