Wednesday, August 30, 2017
good morning. well--pottery was on my agenda yesterday, but it didn't happen. cindy had some free time and came by for a visit. it's been ages since I have seen her, and it was wonderful to catch up. she was very ill with pneumonia over the winter and I was really worried about her. but she's all well now, and back into her very busy schedule with Dwayne. they finished all the construction at the big vet clinic and are now working at home to get a couple barns repaired and battened down for winter. Dwayne rides for the sherriff's posse and with the notre dame football season commencing, he will be busy at home games for the rest of the fall, so they are trying frantically to get everything done before the snow flies.
anyway--she stayed for about 2 hours and we had such a nice catchup. and Phyllis p. my neighbor stopped by with a bucket of gargantuan tomatoes for me. I added them to my collection, and this morning chunked them all up into a roasting pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and into the oven they went. yesterday I did red peppers and have a big bowl of them waiting to be peeled. will be two nice sets of "ingredients" for the freezer.
after cindy left it was too late in the day to throw, so I checked my platter from Monday--still quite wet, which is good--meant I didn't have to put handles on it until today (wed.) and then set about my books. as it happened, I got my cookbooks sorted through and then hit my studio and went through all my old art books too. emptied out an entire bookshelf and condensed the "keepers" onto two shelves. last night rob and I drove to a goodwill bin and dropped off three HEAVY construction bags full of books.
don't have anywhere to go until 3:30 or so, which gives me plenty of time to handle my platter, and I may throw a little bit today to make up for yesterday. still struggling mightily with shaping pulls--I can do basic ones but I am trying like mad to get a little more complex, and so far it's not going well. but all I can think to do is throw, fail, reclaim and repeat until something starts to click. watch more youtube videos. I know its a "feel" thing--understanding the structural properties of the clay--and I just have to develop an instinct for it--and the only way to do that is keep trying.
foggy and cool today and I don't feel like running--so its the long (80 min) leslie tape this morning. have a lovely day!!