|Susan conducting the marriage of Peyton and Rachelle|
Something wonderful happened in Washington, DC, Saturday night - bet you don't hear that too often! I watched my wife, Susan, conduct the marriage of our oldest son, Peyton, and his long-time girl friend, Rachelle. It was a beautiful service - very different and very unique, but classy and memorable. I did have a small part in the wedding. They did not want the traditional bride and groom figures on the wedding cake and had asked me to make some face jugs that looked like them to use instead. So, . . . I worked at it and gave them a few to consider, but told them that I felt bad because it really is hard to make any kind of female face jug that looks flattering! They seemed to like the final products, anyway, including the very small jug I made to represent their dog.
|One set of Groom and Bride jugs with dog|
|Crepe Wedding Cake with the jugs|
Since my last post, a lot has happened - the end of the school year, a Pig-Picking for Peyton and Rachelle, a show with my pottery buddy Danny for the Halifax Arts Council, and all my pottery efforts being "in-house" because I have not been able to get to the studio. This last part has really pushed me to grow more as I learn more about using my kiln and glazing with cone 5/6 glazes. I had started out using Amaco Potter's Choice glazes, which work well. But, this time, I bought some Coyote glazes to try and was very pleased with the results. One of them is so close to the cone 10 Turquoise glaze we use at Dan Finch's that I think I will be able to replace a defective lid on a casserole with almost a perfect match!
The show for the Halifax Arts Council, a "Sip and See" held at their center in Roanoke Rapids, was successful in a number of ways, but, most importantly, almost every piece of mine had been made, fired, and glazed in my own shop at home. It was validating to know that, even though I miss the weekly camaraderie of the studio and the learning input of working around others, I could be completely self-sufficient in keeping up my inventory, if need be.
|Table at Sip and See|
|Table at Sip and See 2|
|Mottled Blue with Salt Buff carvings|
|Pistachio Shino center with Salt Buff rim|
|Matte Green, Mottled Blue, Firebrick, Pistachio Shino bases with Eggshell top|