Thursday, September 30, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Remember those Dudes from a few days back? The ones with pale blue? No more pale blue - that glaze has been fired to clear gloss, best seen on the chest of the 2nd Dude from the left on the bottom row. But this is only Phase Two of a Three stage firing. They will change appearance again with their 3rd firing. I can only hope that the Kiln Gods and Goddess are happy with me and that The Dudes will survive their firing looking like I want them to.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
These little Dudes are not going to look pale blue and grey when they are done. This is just what the initial glaze treatment looks like and the clay will get a different color also. Glazing on ceramics can be deceptive in the early stages because the color of the unfired glaze can be totally different from what the fired glaze turns out to be.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
P.S. We have no idea what his name is or anything about him, other than that he was wearing a black suit, a yarmulke, and this beautiful tie.
Monday, September 13, 2010
A while back Seth asked me if I would give him some feedback for The Pulse. When Seth asks, I just say "When do you want it?" and don't even worry about the What or the Why. The photo on his website was taken about 10 months ago so I thought I'd update you with what my studio looks like now.
other studio area I have is inside and I share it with Susan. That's where I do my jewelry work and where my Bisley is.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
At the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial the benches representing the victims that were inside the Pentagon are arranged so that when you read the engraved names you are facing the Pentagon's south facade, where the plane hit; the benches dedicated to the victims aboard the plane are arranged so that when you read those engraved names you are facing skyward along the path the plane traveled.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
It rained a lot this week. A LOT. It rained very hard Tuesday night and kept us awake - a metal roof is nice but when it's torrents of water coming down it can be pretty noisy. The video above is from Tuesday afternoon on a nearby street. Our soil has a lot of caliche, which is clay-like material, in it. When it is hot and dry (our normal summers) the clay dries up and shrinks up and this jiggles the underground pipes into awkward positions. When the rain comes and washes away chunks of the clay, the pipes sometimes break and the result can be ... Old Faithful!
Or worse. Sewage is flowing into some of our creeks because one lift station was hit by lightning and another one was flooded out. Times like this sort of force you to be a little more humble about your ability, or lack thereof, to control your environment. Weather happens.
We had about 9-10" of rain in our neighborhood, some areas got nearly 15". One of our neighborhood access roads will be shut for a few days until they clear out a 600-lb boulder from a slide area, it hit a car but fortunately the airbags in the car prevented serious injury. This happened about an hour after both Susan and I drove down the road.
The biggest problem with all this sudden rain is that we have very quick, heavy flash flooding over a lot of roads. TexDOT (Texas Dept of Transportation) employees work hard and fast to put up "High Water - Do Not Cross" signs and block off problematic roads.
The Caution slogan everyone is taught is "Turn Around, Don't Drown". Unfortunately, we've had at least one death already, from a woman who DROVE AROUND the barricades and past the flashing police cruiser. Inexcusable and thus twice as tragic.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
In a previous life my business card included the initials ChFC after my name. That meant I was a Chartered Financial Consultant and was able to help you set up a financial plan for your retirement. I studied on weekends for over 3 years to take the tests required to earn those initials. For your benefit, and yours alone, I will give you the sum total of all my knowledge:
Pay off your credit card debt now. And don't let it happen again.
Prepay against your mortgage.
Stop buying so many pairs of shoes. You can only wear one pair at a time anyway.
Don't eat out so much.
Don't go to the movies, use Netflix instead.
Use the library instead of buying so many books.
Susan says that not only does it make it easier to pack up for art supplies, it can also function as elephant toilet paper, just in case you find an elephant that needs some.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Push peanut butter into the groove.
Put red hots on top of the peanut butter.
-----> Fire Ants on a Log
The ants that live in the Northeast (and maybe the Northwest) are wimps. Fire Ants are voracious and if you've ever absently-mindedly stood still too long near one of their mounds you will learn a painful lesson. They are not Red Ants, they are Fire Ants, because their bite burns like hell.